Marva Rice becomes first recipient of Dr. George Thompson Scholarship

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Marva RiceMarva Rice, who earned her Master of Arts in Religion from LTSP in 2007 and her Master of Sacred Theology in 2012, is the first recipient of the just-established Rev. Dr. George Thompson Scholarship for African American PhD students.

Marva, an alumna of the Urban Theological Institute (UTI), for which Dr. Thompson taught for many years, was on hand August 23 as Dr. Thompson wrote his first installment check of $3,750 on a $7,500 gift to establish the scholarship. He will write a second check in the spring. The scholarship covers 50 percent of the PhD tuition for the 2013-14 academic year. Also on hand were the Rev. John Puotinen, vice president of LTSP’s Office for Philanthropy, Yvonne Jones, philanthropic advisor for the Office for Philanthropy, and Dr. Quintin L. Robertson, who directs UTI.

During their meeting, Marva recalled that Dr. Thompson was one of her first professors when she began the UTI program 10 years ago. She vividly recalled how he helped her overcome her initial fears and pushed her to excel.

A “kickoff” ceremony during Preaching with Power week in March 2014, with Dr. Thompson present, will celebrate the establishment of the new scholarship. Watch for more details!