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HU Senior Receives Presidential Scholarship to the Master of Divinity Program at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

COAS Graduate David J. Simon Smiles with Founder's Library in Background

Congratulations to David J. Simon, a May 2019 graduating senior earning a B.A. in Afro-American Studies, for his acceptance into Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (LPTS) and for receiving the seminary’s 2019 Elaine Smith Presidential Scholarship: an annually-funded scholarship of $20,000 fully covering tuition and housing. Continuing in the Howard University creed of Truth & Service, David will serve as a student ambassador at LPTS, a seminary devoted to preparing servant-leaders for effective and empathetic ministries that empower marginalized and oppressed communities, LPTS is currently presided by Dr. Alton Pollard III, former Dean and Professor of Religion & Culture at the Howard University School of Divinity.

During his time at HU, David has served as an Intern for the Rock Newman Show at Howard University’s WHUT-TV station, Chapel Assistant with the Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel, and 2nd Vice President of the Howard University NAACP chapter. Recently licensed as a minister by Rev. Dr. Nurney K. Mason, pastor of Millennium Bible Fellowship in Capitol Heights, MD, David has begun preaching at various churches in Maryland, the District of Columbia, New York, and Kentucky.

In March of 2019, David presented his essay Across & Beyond The Halifax River: Dr. Howard Thurman, The Religion of Jesus, & The Disinherited in New Orleans, Louisiana after winning 3rd Place in the National Council for Black Studies’ (NCBS) essay-writing competition. Written as a course assignment for Howard University professor Dr. Mario Beatty, Across & Beyond The Halifax River examines Howard Thurman’s belief in the distinction between Christianity as historically practiced and the “Religion of Jesus,” the life, teachings, and ministry of Jesus. It further examines how Thurman’s embrace of the “Religion of Jesus” informed Thurman’s personal ministry and engagement with marginalized communities. Howard Thurman was an internationally acclaimed spiritual leader of the 20th Century, serving as the first Dean of Howard University’s Rankin Chapel from 1932-1944.

David will graduate from Howard University in May of 2019 and begin the Master of Divinity program at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary this Fall. He will move to Louisville with his wife Allyson Majors, an HU alumna and musical recording artist. Having met during Freshman year at HU, they will celebrate two years of marriage in June of 2019. 

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