School of Religion Accepting Applications for Free Residential Summer Theology and Leadership Experience


School of Religion Accepting Applications for Free Residential Summer Theology and Leadership Experience for High School Students, 

Lilly Endowment, Inc. Grant Provides Support

Bethune-Cookman University School of Religion is now accepting applications for the 2018 Exploring Gifts and Graces (EGG): Summer Adventure in Theology and Leadership program for high school students. EGG is a nine-day, all expenses paid, residential summer experience for rising high school juniors and seniors to explore their faith, learn more about themselves and to think deeply about their dreams, goals and gifts. 

Fifty high school students will be accepted and have the opportunity to explore Christian faith, ministry, theology and religious vocation. EGG will be held on the campus of Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida from July 14 – July 22, 2018. Participants will build friendships, participate in community service projects, gain leadership skills and experience life on a college campus.

“This is a unique and exciting opportunity for high school students who want to explore their giftedness and become more aware of how God is leading them in their lives,” said Dr. Randolph Bracy, Jr., dean, School of Religion. “We are extremely fortunate to have such an outstanding summer program at B-CU that helps to develop character, confidence and leadership skills in youth which will be important for living out their calling as the next generation of theologically minded and socially-engaged future leaders of both church and society.”

Dr. Alice Wood, associate professor of religion and philosophy and program director of EGG, emphasized the need for the program, which is funded by a four-year grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. 

“Many students in their junior and senior years face the most important decisions of their lives,” said Wood. “They are beginning to reconcile their beliefs with their own emerging identities and expressions of values and faith. Through EGG, students have an opportunity to focus attention on these issues in a supportive environment alongside distinguished faculty and a group of their peers. Participants leave with greater maturity and clarity about themselves and the goals they wish to pursue after high school. Some will eventually discover significant interests in religious-affiliated careers and ministries. EGG is a time of exploration, investigation, and reflection.”


Rising high school juniors and seniors who will enter grades 11 and 12 in August 2018 and live anywhere within the state of Florida may apply at: or call 386-481-2712. Priority applications are due by May 4, 2018, with the final deadline to apply for the program on May 31, 2018. For more information, contact Dr. Alice Wood at 386-481-2712 or

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