Annual Academic Prizes

Descriptions of the Annual Academic Award Prizes

Call for Entries - How to Apply

The Raymond W. Albright Prize in History


Est. 1990 in Will of Mrs. Raymond Albright

“To be given each year to a member of the graduating class who has demonstrated the greatest proficiency in Church History through an essay or source notably in American Church History.”

[provision in Living Revocable Trust of Mrs. Caroline A. Albright.  Letter dated 4/23/91 from Owen L. Cox.]

The Reverend Delores Berry Liberation Theology Preaching Prize


The prize will be “awarded each year to the student who preaches a sermon that best embodies the principles of Liberation Theology.  Preference will be given to a graduating senior.”


Class of 1892 Prize for the Best Written Sermon **

Class of 1892 Prize in Sacred Rhetoric is the original name of this prize.

The Class of 1892 Prize for the Best Written Sermon states:

This prize is to be awarded to a person who has completed or is currently taking the required preaching course and, in the opinion of the faculty, writes the best sermon.  The prize is to be awarded on the ground of truth and the literary finish with which the sermon is prepared. [Acts and Proceedings of the Eastern Synod of the Reformed Church in the US, Lancaster PA 10/19/1892.]

Herman M. Lutz Prize in Christian Education

Est. 1985 by St. John’s (Hain’s) UCC, Wernersville

“To be awarded to a seminarian who has demonstrated special gifts and competence in the teaching office of ministry through field education, the parish training program or other local church experience, as evidenced through and supported by such things as the creation of curricular resources and/or models for teaching, a videotape of an outstanding teaching event, and Seminary classroom leadership.”

The Schaff Prize in Church History


“...any seminarian who has completed the basic Church History course and who writes the best paper on an assigned topic in Church History during the academic year.”

Unitarian Universalist Preaching Prize

To be awarded to a Masters-level Unitarian Universalist student for a preached sermon that best embodies the values and principles of the Unitarian Universalist tradition.


(a) In judging the extent to which a sermon “embodies the values and principles of the Unitarian Universalist tradition,” evaluators will look to the seven principles which Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote. (See The Unitarian Universalist Association website at

(b)  In addition, the sermon will be evaluated on the basis of characteristics associated with good sermons, such as creativity, literary flair, and whether the sermon is thought-provoking, insightful, and/or inspiring. 

Masters-level Unitarian Universalist students must submit a manuscript and video of their sermon along with information about where and when the sermon was preached.  

The Richard B. Hull Memorial Scholarship

Est. 1993

by Rev. Charlotte Hull Whiting ’79


“To provide a cash scholarship award for the musical enrichment of a child or spouse of a full-time candidate for a master’s degree at Lancaster Theological Seminary. First preference will be for the child of a student; second preference will be for the spouse of a student.  Hull Scholarship Application Form