Gordon in the News: last updated 08/13/2014

Lilly Graduate Fellows Program Selects Hilary Sherratt ’12 and John Mirisola ’11

Lilly Fellows Program announces the selection of Hilary Sherratt (’12) and John Mirisola (’11) as two of ten Lilly Graduate Fellows. 

The Lilly Graduate Fellows Program is a part of the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts that supports outstanding students who want to explore the connections among Christianity, higher education, and the vocation of the teacher-scholar.


The ten Fellows were selected by an eight-member selection committee who interviewed 17 finalists (selected from 42 applicants) in April 2014 in Indianapolis. The Fellows mett together for three days at an Inaugural Conference in late July at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, with their mentors, Paul Contino of Pepperdine University and Susan Felch of Calvin College. Following this Inaugural Conference, the Fellows will embark on a long-distance colloquium, engage in one-on-one mentoring relationships, and participate in the three additional conferences. All ten are pursuing terminal degrees in humanities or the arts.


The Lilly Graduate Fellows Program is funded by a generous grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. The current program will select a total of four cohorts of graduate fellows from the 96 schools that make up the LFP national network of church-related schools. Lilly Graduate Fellows participate in a three-year program in which they meet regularly with a mentor, attend four conferences, participate in a long-distance colloquium, and receive three annual stipends of $3000 ($9000 total) to use at their discretion. For more information on the Lilly Graduate Fellows Program, visit http://www.lillyfellows.org/.


The Valparaiso University-based Lilly Fellows Program began in 1991. Since its founding, the program has provided postdoctoral fellowships for teacher-scholars who seek to enrich their intellectual and spiritual lives while preparing for leadership roles in church-related higher education. The program also supports mentoring programs for new and junior family members at network institutions, exchange programs showcasing distinctive programs that highlight the church-related characteristics of institutions and conferences examining matters of interest to those involved in Christian higher education.


Media contact

M. Ryan Groff, Administrative Director
Center for Faith and Inquiry
978.867.4227, Ryan.Groff@gordon.edu