The Master of Arts in Higher Education Program
Every year there is at least one graduating college senior at our institutions that we believe has significant promise for a career in the academy in general and perhaps in student development in particular. The Master of Arts in Higher Education Program at Geneva College has developed the Rehoboth Fellows Program as a modest but tangible way to invest in such students through mentoring, contextualized learning experiences, and further education.
The Rehoboth Fellows Program invites educational leaders to initiate a process in which they nominate a graduating college senior at their institution:
- that they believe has significant promise for a career in the academy;
- to whom they would offer particular job responsibilities for a three year period, and perhaps even differing job responsibilities each year if desirable;
- that they would be willing to offer a stipend of at least $5500 over nine months for each of three years (other incentives may be offered as well, if desirable); and,
- that they would be willing to mentor the Rehoboth Fellow on a routine basis throughout the three year period of the program, for which they would receive $500 each year for three years if their nominee is selected for the Rehoboth Fellows Program.
Nominees must apply to and be accepted by the Master of Arts in Higher Education Program at Geneva College by April 17. 2015. If selected for the Rehoboth Fellows Program, these students will:
- Attend the Summer Institutes Program of the Master of Arts in Higher Education Program at Geneva College for three years, beginning in June 2015;
- Receive a one-third discount in tuition for three years;
- Receive a $1000 award each year for three years;
- Curate an online collection of relevant resources and commentary that may be of interest to others in the field of higher education;
- Be required to participate in a two-day colloquium each year for three years, including a $300 voucher towards colloquium expenses;
- Receive encouragement and support for the development and submission of an essay for publication, and/or of a conference presentation proposal each year for three years; and,
- Receive a $200 voucher each year for three years for participation in a conference at which the Fellow’s proposal has been accepted for presentation.
Nomination and Notification Processes
Educational leaders may nominate a graduating college senior for the Rehoboth Fellows Program by electronically submitting a letter of nomination to Dr. Keith Martel (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than April 17, 2015. This letter should address two primary issues: the particular perceived qualities and promise of the nominee; and, a statement of commitment to provide particular job responsibilities, the minimum stipend identified above, and ongoing mentoring to the nominee if selected as a Rehoboth Fellow. Notification of acceptance into the Rehoboth Fellows Program will be made by April 24, 2015. Our intention is to identify three or four Rehoboth Fellows this year based on available funds.
 In Genesis 26, Issac’s servants dig three wells, one of which he names Rehoboth. And, he offers these words in clarifying this name: “Now the Lord has given us room and we will flourish in the land” (26:22). We believe that it is altogether fitting to name the fellows program “Rehoboth” to the end that it may offer graduates of our institutions “room to flourish” as they ponder, experience, and pursue vocational service in the academy.