The prestigious Lilly Fellows Program announces the selection of Houghton alumnus Gerad Gentry ’10 as one of 16 Lilly Graduate Fellows.
Gentry is the second Houghton alumnus to be selected for the prestigious program. Graduating from Houghton with a triple major in English, philosophy, and art, Gentry currently lives in Chicago, Ill., and works as an adjunct professor of philosophy at both North Central College and Prairie State College.
After the fellowship, Gentry plans to attend the University of South Carolina to obtain a doctoral degree in philosophy. He currently lives with his wife Megan (Scrafford) ’10 and are expecting their first baby this summer.
Kyle Vitale ’09, also a Houghton graduate, was accepted as a Lilly Graduate Fellow in 2011. Vitale is currently at the halfway mark in the program.
The Lilly Graduate Fellows Program is a part of the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts that supports outstanding students who want to explore the connections among Christianity, higher education, and the vocation of the teacher-scholar.
“The Lilly Graduate Fellows Program continues to strengthen my spiritual life and commitment to faith and learning as I work toward my degree,” said Vitale. “…Most valuable, though, is the cohort of fellow Christian academics I encounter regularly throughout the year, sharing ideas and reminding me of the larger intellectual realms beyond my own field."
The 16 Fellows were selected by a nine-member selection committee, who interviewed 24 finalists (selected from 60 applicants) in April 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Fellows will embark on a long-distance colloquium, engage in one-on-one mentoring relationships, and participate in the three additional conferences. All 16 are pursuing doctoral studies in humanities or the arts.
Lilly Graduate Fellows participate in a three-year program in which they meet regularly with a mentor, attend four conferences, participate in a long-distance colloquium, and receive three annual stipends of $3,000 ($9,000 total) to use at their discretion.