Recipients of 2023 Convocation Awards Announced

The President’s Office is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s Convocation Awards (in lieu of CST’s usual Fall Convocation, we will be hosting a welcome event at our Westwood campus in February. More information will be shared soon.) Please find a description of each award, and this year’s recipient(s) below.

Bishop Golden Award 

David Rogers, the son of Cornish Rogers, former faculty member at CST, established the Golden scholarship to honor Bishop Charles Golden who was the only African American Bishop to serve the California Pacific Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Bishop Golden was committed to multicultural ministries and appointed clergy of all ethnic groups to various positions. 

The Bishop Charles Golden Scholarship was established to provide a scholarship to an ethnic minority full-time student in a Doctor of Ministry, Master of Arts, or Doctor of Philosophy degree program who shows promise in academic competence and prophetic professional performance in Ministry. 

This year’s Bishop Golden scholarship is awarded to: Minhwan Song 

Fisher Award 

Willis Fisher was a professor of Old Testament at the University of Southern California. When the Claremont School of Theology was established, he was one of the USC faculty who moved here in 1957. He and his wife, Dorothy, endowed the Willis and Dorothy Fisher award which recognizes a Ph.D. student who has proven academic merit and demonstrates promise as both a scholar and a teacher of religion and theological studies.  

This year’s Fisher award is given to:  Adriana Tunliu-Dukabain and Kumrila Mongzar 

Elaine Walker Scholarship for African-American Woman 

Elaine Walker was the former Director of Circulation at Claremont School of Theology’s Library,  who retired after nearly 38 years of service to the School. Walker is many things–a mother, a  grandmother, an eager reader, a talented writer, and an important mentor to students. She also self identifies as an African American, a womanist, and a Southerner. Walker’s commitment to the  institution was honored with the creation of the Elaine Walker Scholarship for an African American  woman. The scholarship will be awarded to an African American woman with outstanding academic  achievement and who demonstrates promise as a teacher of theological studies and religion.  

This year’s recipient of this award is:  Eruke Ohwofasa 

Please join us in congratulating all of this year’s recipients!