Merit Scholarship


The King-Mitchell Merit Scholarship Prizes were established by a bequest from the estates of Howard King and his sister Ruth King Mitchell.  These one-time scholarship prizes of up to $5,000 each are awarded independently of our need-based aid program, and are intended to encourage academic excellence and foster potential in the broadest expression of theological education.  They are awarded on a competitive basis to entering master's degree students who complete all admissions requirements (with particular attention to GPA, GRE scores if submitted, and academic references) and submit an original entrance essay (maximum 1,500 words) specifically for scholarship prize consideration by the designated deadline.  For August 2015 admission, all application materials for the scholarship prize must be received by the Office of Admissions by March 2, 2015.

The entrance essay will address one of the following questions:

The Preface found in the Episcopal Church’s Book of Common Prayer (1979) includes the following words:   
The Church of England . . . hath . . . laid it down as a rule, that “The particular Forms of Divine Worship, and the Rites and Ceremonies  appointed to be used therein, being things in their own nature indifferent, and alterable, and so acknowledged; it is but reasonable that upon weighty and important considerations, according to the various exigency of times and occasions, such changes and alterations should be made therein, as to those that are in place of Authority should, from time to time, seem either necessary or expedient.”

Using the Book of Common Prayer, please examine the following questions:
  • What does this claim mean in concrete terms?
  • How does it relate to the Episcopal Church’s attachment to fixed forms of worship?
  • What does it say about the character of worship?

Form II of the Prayers of the People in the Book of Common Prayer (1979), includes the following petitions:
       "I ask your prayers for the poor, the sick, the hungry, the oppressed, and those in prison. Pray for those in any need or trouble."

Similar petitions are found in the worship books of other denominations. Drawing on your familiarity with these forms of prayers, address the following questions:
Why would the Church pray for this particular cast of characters?
  • What implication does the petition have for the life of the Church outside of worship?
  • What implication does it have for the life of the individual believer?
Please limit your essay to 1,500 words.  Essays should be formatted in 12 point font, and double spaced.