6 Students Selected for NRB's Inaugural Oxford Distinguished Scholar’s Program

Jesus College OxfordThis summer, NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson will lead a select group of college students on a two-week study abroad trip to Oxford, England, where they will engage in “one on one” tutorials with a distinguished scholar at Jesus College in the heart of Oxford University.

Out of those who applied earlier this spring, six students were selected for the program: Matthew Abeler (University of Northwestern-St. Paul), Emily Gissendanner (North Greenville University), Mark Klein (Louisiana College), Dawn Mellinger (Bob Jones University), Joshua Mulvaney (North Greenville University), and Miranda Quartemont (Louisiana College).

On June 28, the students will travel to Jesus College (established 1571), where they’ll be staying until July 12. While there, the students will participate in Oxford method “one on one” tutorials (research and writing) with a distinguished scholar. The program will include each student having to complete four essays in one of the following fields of study: communication, film, theology, ethics, or philosophy.

Students will also learn about Reformation leaders and martyrs from Dr. Harold Rawlings, an expert on the history of the English Bible. In addition, they will have the opportunity to meet with NRB Chairman of the Board Bill Blount, who will be joining them during their stay.

Dr. Johnson, who was elected as NRB’s President & CEO last October, began the Oxford Distinguished Scholar's Program while he was serving as Dean of Boyce College and later as President of Criswell College in Dallas, TX. During the NRB Convention earlier this year, Dr. Johnson announced his desire to transition the program to benefit student members of the Intercollegiate NRB (iNRB).

“iNRB is NRB’s future, Dr. Johnson expressed. “We want to encourage and equip these prospective Christian media leaders and professionals. They’ll be the ones who will drive our industry forward and impact generations to come.
To learn more about iNRB – including student membership, faculty membership, and award competitions – visit nrb.org/membership/intercollegiate.

Published: June 19, 2014