At the May 23 Online Celebration of Graduates, the Very Rev. W. Mark Richardson, PhD, announced this year’s recipients of annual awards for graduating students. Two returning students also received awards, announced in an email the previous week.
The awards and recipients are as follows:
The Right Rev. Richard Millard Prize for Excellence in Preaching
Winner: Courtney Tan, Diocese of Los Angeles
The Right Rev. Richard Millard ’60 was the former rector of Christ Church, Alameda; former Bishop Suffragan for the Diocese of California; former alumni director for CDSP; former director of mission development for The Episcopal Church; and retired bishop of the Convocation of American Churches in Europe.
The Fran Toy Prize for Multicultural Ministry at a Field Education Site
Winner: The Rev. Anthony Jones, Diocese of Long Island
In 1985, the Rev. Dr. Fran Toy ’84 ’96) was the first Asian American woman ordained a priest in The Episcopal Church. The Fran Toy Prize was established by the Alumni Council in 1996 to honor Fran upon her retirement from CDSP. Her passion for multicultural ministry was evident as she served the seminary as director of alumni/ae and student affairs.
The Episcopal Preaching Foundation Award
Winner: Laura Rezac, Diocese of North Carolina
The Annual Episcopal Preaching Foundation Award is bestowed upon a CDSP student who, in the estimation of the dean and faculty, has demonstrated the most improvement and aptitude in preaching. The award is sponsored annually by the Foundation.
Lawrence Kristin Mikkelson Preaching Scholarship
Winner: Peter Vazquez Schmitt, Diocese of Maryland
The Lawrence Kristin Mikkelson Preaching Scholarship, established by St. John’s Episcopal Church, Aptos, California, is awarded to a CDSP student who has demonstrated outstanding promise as a preacher and a commitment to social justice and human dignity.
Kellor Smith Scholarship for Youth Ministry
Winner: Will Bryant, Diocese of Western North Carolina
The Kellor Smith Scholarship for Youth Ministry honors the dedication to youth ministry and decades of service to youth by Kellor Smith, youth and family minister at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Oakland, California. The scholarship is awarded to a CDSP student who has demonstrated a special interest in, and talent for, youth ministry.