May 17, 2012—Luke Kinney of Aurora was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Major in Religious Studies Award during Honors Day May 15 at North Central College.
Kinney is a senior double-majoring in religious studies and English: Literature with a minor in English: Writing. He is the son of Paul Kinney and a graduate of Aurora West Senior High School.
After graduating from North Central in June, Kinney will pursue a master of divinity degree at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Mo., on a full-ride scholarship awarded by the Kern Family Foundation.
At North Central, Kinney has been a dean’s list scholar. As a student he conducted research and presented his findings, “The Social Meaning of the Divine Image: A Comparative Study of the Theological Anthropologies of Kallistos Ware and Reinhold Niebuhr,” at the 2012 National Conference on Undergraduate Research at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, and at North Central’s 2012 Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research.
In 2011, he led a student spring break service trip to Coatesville, Pa., to work on homes through Habitat for Humanity.
“I have greatly enjoyed my religious studies classes and learning from incredible professors who have challenged and supported me in my studies,” Kinney says. “I have also been incredibly blessed through serving as a student leader in the Office of Ministry and Service and my three years of serving on the executive board of Focus, a student led worship service.”