College announces new scholarships

Saint Joseph's College of Maine announces new scholarships for students enrolled in its online Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology degree. According to theology program director Dr. Daniel Sheridan, Dr. William and Judy Davis of Columbia, Mo., have pledged for the next three years to sponsor scholarships that can be used toward tuition, books and fees. Davis, professor emeritus at the University of Missouri Health Care School of Medicine, is a 2007 graduate of the master's theology program at Saint Joseph's.

Saint Joseph's College provides theological education for those seeking to serve the Catholic Church and society. According to Sheridan, the Davis scholarships will aid students seeking to work in lay ministry. "To be an effective lay minister requires a solid theological foundation in Catholic doctrine combined with a deep spiritual and pastoral orientation," he notes.

Each scholarship applicant must have taken at least two courses in the online graduate theology program, be in academic good standing, be recommended by their diocese or parish, and have demonstrated financial need. Applications will be accepted through March 31, and the first round of awards will be made in May for course enrollments starting in July through June 30, 2009. Visit www.sjcme.edu/gps/scholarships or call (800) 752-1266 or (207) 893-6612.

Saint Joseph's undergraduate and graduate theology programs offer study of the breadth, depth, and strength of Catholic theology. According to Sheridan, the programs deepen faith and enable a better-grounded and informed lay ministry. Saint Joseph's has offered distance education for adult learners since 1976. More information about the online theology programs can be found at www.sjcme.edu/gps/programs/theology.htm.

February 14, 2008 Contact: Charmaine Daniels at (207) 893-7723 or e-mail cdaniels@sjcme.edu