The Catholic University of America

June 19, 2008

CUA Student Receives Theological Education Doctoral Fellowship

Karl Brower

Karl Brower, a doctoral candidate in biblical studies in the School of Theology and Religious Studies, has been awarded a 2008 Fund for Theological Education Doctoral Fellowship.

As a recipient of this award, Brower will receive a stipend from the Fund for Theological Education for education-related expenses.

The award is designed to support the next generation of African-American theological scholars, who are traditionally underrepresented in graduate programs in religion and theology.

Brower says the fund is important because it allows him to attend school without working so he can focus solely on pursuing a doctoral degree while also being more involved in the CUA community.

"It provides significant mentoring for underrepresented students (in religious studies) and pushes you toward successful completion of a doctoral degree," he says.

As a recipient of the award, he attended a conference for more than 50 doctoral students sponsored by the fund titled "Next Generation Leaders: Voices & Vocations That Change the World" held June 13-15 at Emory University in Atlanta. The conference featured several lectures, round-table discussions and a chance to meet students from other institutions.

"The conference provided some significant guidance on how to overcome the hurdles you may encounter in your studies," he says.

Brower says that, at times, some minority students may feel they're the only ones pursuing an advanced degree in religion or theology. The conference created a sense of camaraderie among the students who received this award.

"There's a very embracing environment at Catholic University but there's a very affirming feeling at the Fund for Theological Education as well" he says.

After he receives his degree, Brower hopes to teach at his alma mater, Howard University, where he received a master's degree in religious studies.

The Fund for Theological Education is a leading ecumenical advocate for excellence and diversity in Christian ministry and theological scholarship, according to their Web site.