Lilly Fellows Program announces the selection of Spencer Kyle Johnson '12, graduate from Houghton College and native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, as one of ten Lilly Graduate Fellows selected throughout the country. Johnson joins the ranks of previous Houghton graduates, Gerad Gentry and Kyle Vitale, who were honored with the selection over the past seven years.
Johnson was a double major at Houghton earning bachelor degrees in both Bible and Humanities with a minor in political science.
The Lilly Graduate Fellows Program is a part of the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts, which supports outstanding students who want to explore the connections among Christianity, higher education and the vocation of the teacher-scholar as they pursue graduate degrees in humanities and the arts.
The 10 Fellows for this year were selected by an eight-member selection committee who interviewed 16 finalists (selected from 56 applicants) in April of 2016 in Indianapolis, Ind. The Fellows will meet together for three days at an Inaugural Conference on August 1-4, 2016, in Indianapolis, Ind., with their mentors, Gretchen J. Van Dyke of the University of Scranton and Douglas Henry of Baylor University. Following this Inaugural Conference, the Fellows will embark on a long-distance colloquium, engage in one-on-one mentoring relationships and participate in the three additional conferences. All 10 are pursuing terminal graduate studies in humanities or the arts
The Lilly Graduate Fellows Program is funded by a generous grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. The program will select a total of 10 cohorts of Graduate Fellows from the current 99 schools that make up the Lilly Fellows Program National Network of Church-Related Schools. 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. For more information on the Lilly Graduate Fellows Program, visit www.lillyfellows.org.