The award honors Rabbi Schaalman’s long commitment to interreligious understanding, including his 12 years of teaching at CTS. The award is intended to advance interreligious understanding, engagement, and leadership.
Each year CTS students are invited to submit an essay and proposal for an interfaith project. One entry is selected as the Schaalman recipient and receives a $500 cash prize and $500 microgrant to implement their project.
The IRI offers a full scholarship each year for a student in Muslim Studies at Chicago Theological Seminary. Combined with directed, interfaith recruiting efforts, this scholarship will enhance religious diversity in our student body and Muslim representation in our community.
Additional, partial scholarships for Muslim students will be funded by CTS as other students are recruited, enabling us to continue growing our Muslim student population.