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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    2018 UNY Lottie Brown Scholarship recipients announced

    July 23, 2018 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Each year the Upper New York Annual Conference College Scholarships Committee offers Lottie Brown Scholarships for undergraduate students who are intending to enter a career in Christian service. This year’s recipients are Tristan Turner, Madyson Valeski, Kelly Thompson, Katherine Bobsein, Zachary Moyer, Emily Allen, and Katherine Allen.

    Tristan Turner will be attending Rochester Institute of Technology. He has chosen Chemical Engineering as a major. Already having done mission work in Uganda and Guatemala, Tristan hopes to become a long-term missionary, using his chemical engineering education to help increase the accessibility to portable water.

    Madyson Valeski will be attending Saint John Fisher College and will be preparing for a career in nursing. Madyson believes a nursing career will enable her to share God’s love with people of all ages and backgrounds; she feels this career path is God’s calling.

    Kelly Thompson will be attending the University of Nebraska Lincoln and will begin preparing for a career in law, politics, and Civil Rights. She hopes to be able to provide legal services for the less fortunate.

    Katherine Bobsein will be a sophomore at Ithaca College this fall. She is pursuing a career in music and wants to be a part of a worship band.

    Zachary Moyer attends Houghton College; he is preparing for a career as an ordained clergy member.

    Emily Allen also attends Houghton College; like Zachary, she wants to go to seminary after college and pursue the path of ordained ministry.

    Katherine Allen is Emily Allen’s younger sister. Following her sister’s footsteps, she too will be attending Houghton College. Katherine believes God is calling her to ministry either through pastoral work or Christian teaching at the college-level.

    It is scholarships like the Lottie Brown scholarships that enable our young people to fulfill the path God is calling them to take. We ask that you keep each of these scholarship recipients in your prayers as they begin their steps to careers where they will continue to serve God.


    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 91 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."