Pittsburgh Theological Seminary senior Master of Divinity student Charles Cotherman is the recipient of a Jefferson Fellowship, a highly competitive scholarship for doctoral work at the University of Virginia.

Established in 1980 as a prominent merit-based scholarship program, the fundamental mission of the Jefferson Scholars Foundation is to identify, attract, and nurture individuals of extraordinary intellectual range and depth who possess the highest qualities of leadership, scholarship, and citizenship. Cotherman competed with 49 other Graduate School of Arts and Sciences applicants to receive one of only a dozen Jefferson Fellowships awarded by the school this year. As a Jefferson Fellow, Cotherman will receive a full tuition scholarship for up to five years, an annual stipend, and additional research funds over the course of his program.

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is a graduate professional institution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). Founded in 1794, the Seminary is located in Pittsburgh, Pa. and approximately 310 students are enrolled yearly in the degree programs. The Seminary prepares leaders who proclaim with great joy God’s message of good news in both word and deed. PTS is rooted in the Reformed history of faithfulness to Scripture and commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.