BCA's 2004 Scholarship Winners!
Association’s scholarship committee announced the winners of its
scholarship program on February 23, 2004, in Nashville during the
association’s executive board meeting.
Presented scholarships were: Brian
Koonce, Oklahoma Baptist University; Chris Turner, Austin Peay
State University in Clarksville, Tenn., and Hae Yun Park,
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.
had a challenging task due to the fact that every application had merit,”
said BCA scholarship committee chair Polly
House. “It was a difficult decision-making process and we wished we
could have awarded scholarships to every applicant.”
Applicants must have at least a 2.5 GPA and
have vocational aspirations in religious communications. Funds may be used
for tuition, books, housing or food and are forwarded to the institution in
which the student is enrolled.
a junior from Bartlesville, Okla., received the $1,000 Al Shackleford and
Dan Martin Undergraduate Scholarship. Koonce aspires to be a print
journalist for a publication that focuses on missions. He’s served as an
intern for the Baptist Messenger,
weekly publication for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma and
traveled to Russia as part of a 3-member media team during his spring break.
was awarded the $500 Shackleford-Martin scholarship designated for graduate
students. Turner is a graduate of Ouchita Baptist University and
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He currently works as the media
relations manager at LifeWay Christian Resources in Nashville. Turner will
begin classes at Austin-Peay in the fall of 2004 working on his masters in
corporate communications. Turner’s past communications experience includes
serving as an overseas correspondent for the International Missions Board in
Panama and as sports editor at The
Millington Star in Tennessee.
Yun Park won the $1,000 Bob Stanley and Al Compton Minority and
International Scholarship. The Compton-Stanley scholarship seeks to aid
minority and international students who are pursuing communications degrees.
Park is currently studying religious communications at Southwestern Baptist
Theological Seminary. Formerly, she was an art teacher and president of Blue
Fish Design in Seoul, Korea. In her scholarship application, Park listed her
future communications goal as the launching of a religiously-based internet
site for children and youth.
Each of the winners expressed a deep
appreciation to the organization for sponsoring such a program. The
scholarship committee is comprised of House, LifeWay Christian Resources;
Jesse Conte, Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions; Mark Kelly,
International Mission Board; Jacqualine Preston, Brentwood Baptist Church,
Houston, Texas; and Holly Smith, California Southern Baptist.
began in 1953 as a professional development group for Baptist communication
professionals. Its scholarship program was later introduced in 1988.
Currently, the association boasts a membership of over 300 Baptist
communicators in such varied careers as videographers, graphic designers,
journalism professors, public relations professionals, writers/editors and
further information about how to obtain scholarship materials for the
2005-2006 school year call (615) 904-0152 or email <