Tiffany Chaney of Mobile, AL, awarded J.Q. Jackson Scholarship for highest GPA

Tiffany Chaney with Dean Rajashekar and Dr. RobertsonTiffany Chaney of Mobile, AL, has been awarded the J. Q. Jackson Scholarship Award at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), where she is a second-year seminarian studying for a Master of Divinity Degree.The award was presented at April 28, 2011 event by LTSP Dean J. Paul Rajashekar and UTI Director Quintin Robertson.

Established by the seminary’s Trustees, the Jackson Scholarship is awarded to a student studying in the Urban Theological Institute (UTI) initiative of the seminary receiving the highest cumulative grade point average (GPA) during her matriculation at the seminary. The 30-year-old UTI offers African American scholars the chance to expand their academic credentials. Many students study in the UTI part time while they continue to hold regular jobs. UTI graduates enjoy professional church careers as pastors, educators or outreach coordinators.

Chaney, a candidate for ordination in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), is a 1996 graduate of John L. LeFlore High School of Communications and Arts in Mobile.

She’s the recipient of three degrees from the University of Alabama at Birmingham – a B.S. in Finance (2000), a Master of Business Administration (2002), and a Master of Science in Health Administration (2003). Prior to entering seminary, Chaney was System Director of Business Development at Baptist Health in Montgomery, AL.

Chaney is affiliated with the ELCA’s Southeastern Synod, one of 65 jurisdictions of the national church denomination. She is a member of Messiah Lutheran Church in Montgomery, AL.

The Jackson Award was established to honor the Rev. J.Q. Jackson, who in 1949 became one of the first two African American scholars to earn an advanced degree from the seminary.