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Native American Scholarship Awarded

David Dunson, a Master of Ministry in Arts and Culture student at Phillips Theological Seminary (PTS), has been honored with the Thomas Roughface Memorial Scholarship

The Rev. Dr. David Wilson, a 1994 graduate of PTS and Conference Superintendent of The United Methodist Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference, (OIMC) presented the scholarship during a luncheon in the PTS student commons.

“The Roughface Memorial Scholarship is given annually to a seminary student from the OIMC who has demonstrated dedication both to their studies and service as a pastor in OIMC,” said Mr. Wilson. "David has been a great student at Phillips. He was chosen because of his academics, leadership in his local church and his ability to attend Phillips while working full-time and serving a local church."

Dunson is the Assistant to the Second Chief of the Creek Nation and plans to graduate in May 2011. 

The Thomas and Patricia Roughface Memorial Scholarship was established upon the passing of Mr. Roughface. Thomas Roughface served in the OIMC for 42 years and was serving as the Conference Superintendent at the time of his death. He was instrumental in making it possible for pastors from the OIMC to begin attending the Course of Study program in the early 1970s, thereby raising the level of preparation and training available to the Conference's leaders. He continued his work by raising funds for tuition, books and travel for pastors to attend school.

Following his death, the OIMC began raising funds at the Annual Conference session for a memorial scholarship. Both individuals and churches have contributed to the fund with the OIMC Oklahoma City area churches raising funds through an annual powwow.

The OIMC is one of three missionary conferences in The United Methodist Church. The conference exists as a mission strategy to reach and be in ministry with persons who, in the judgment of the Church, cannot effectively be reached through the normal structure and purpose of annual conferences. Native persons in Alaska, Appalachia, and Oklahoma (including adjoining areas) are those so identified.

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