Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

OCU announces 2018 Bishop Scholars


Madison Day
Madison Day
Allison McMurry
Allison McMurry
The Wimberly School of Religion at Oklahoma City University has announced its selection of two incoming freshmen as recipients of the prestigious Bishop Scholar Award.

Madison Day is a graduate of Yukon High School and will be entering OCU in the fall on the youth ministry track. She is a faithful member of Yukon-Good Shepherd where she is active in Sunday school, youth group, worship, and camp and has been a member of the youth praise band since seventh grade.

Maddy participated in four years of CYME and in 2017 served on the curriculum writing committee for the camp. She has also been active in missions, having participated twice in Youth Force and on mission teams to Missouri, Alabama, and Canada.

Maddy answered her calling to ministry during the summer before her junior year of high school.

“I want to be able to help, teach, and guide youth in their faith,” says Day. “I hope to help youth have a stronger faith that lasts beyond middle school and high school.”

Allison McMurry is a graduate of Bishop Kelley High School in Tulsa and will enter OCU this fall on the youth ministry track. She is an active member of Boston Avenue UMC and the Council Oaks District.

Allie has attended four years of CYME and district camp, served on the Boston Avenue Youth Council, and as a youth intern at Asbury UMC. She was also very active with her school and participated and led several groups on campus.Allie describes her calling to ministry as “progressive over several years.” She is still discerning that calling, but feels confident that God is asking her to be a servant leader in the church.

“Leading as a servant is putting the well-being of the people you are leading before yourself,” said McMurry in her application essay. “I want to have the best opportunities to lead, learn about leadership, and be in community with other people who desire to lead.”

The Bishop Scholar Award is a four-year full tuition scholarship for in-coming freshmen in the Wimberly School of Religion who are pursuing a calling to ministry in The United Methodist Church.

Application for the 2019 school year opens this fall with a deadline of February 1.


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