Felecia Datus, a Communications graduate student at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich., is the first winner of the Jerry Jenkins Scholarship, which was established this past year by the generous donation of best-selling author and former EPA President Jerry Jenkins. Jenkins has committed $10,000 to EPA to provide a $2,000 scholarship each year for five years.
Datus, who is minoring in Media Studies and is the Assistant Editor for Envision Magazine at Andrews, was born to Haitian immigrants in the Bahamas. Through her sister’s influence, by seventh grade she was reading magazines, and biology and history textbooks. She became interested in Christian journalism in her late teen years after picking up a magazine in her church.
Datus’ long-term plans include writing a book geared toward young Christian women, media productions through a Christian media house to revitalize the church, and editorial work for Christian publications.
The Mel Larson Scholarship, in the amount of $1,500, was awarded to Dallas Theological Seminary student Ethel Gould. Gould and her husband served with Cru for 17 years before moving to Texas where she began to take writing classes. She is pursuing a Masters in Media Arts and Worship for a “foundation of theology” which she believes will help her “more accurately communicate the truth, beauty, and goodness of Christianity.”
“Ms. Gould is the sort of student whom professors dream of teaching. She is a self-starter with a strong work ethic and a willingness to make great sacrifices to pursue what she believes to be her calling. She responds well to critique, is respectful of others’ time, and is insightful and pleasant,” wrote Dr. Sandra Glahn of her student.
The San Diego-based scholarship committee consisted of Dean Nelson, journalism professor at Point Loma Nazarene University, former EPA member Anita Palmer and Lori Arnold, editor of Refreshed.