Wayland senior awarded full scholarship to Truett Seminary

Ginger Noblett decided long ago seminary wasn't for her. Film school was in her future, with a career in religious filmmaking as her dream.

Now she's realizing that when God opens a door in a way only He can do, she'd best follow Him through it.

Noblett, a senior at Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, was one of 19 students awarded full-tuition scholarships from Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University. The ministerial scholarships were awarded not solely for academic standing or financial need, but were based, Noblett said, on the whole student profile.

A native of Clovis, N.M., Noblett said the $36,000-value scholarship was a clear indication that God had other career plans for her. She'd also considered a career in family counseling, but wanted to follow the film path. When doors along that road seemed closed, she took the Truett offer as a clear sign from above.

"I had not decided between counseling and film, but I also hadn't had doors open up for me. This was the deciding factor to pursue the counseling route," she said. "This is one of the biggest blessings of my life. I'm still in awe of God's provision for me."

What leaves Noblett even more awestruck is that she had nothing to do with the award. Dr. Fred Meeks, chairman of Wayland's Division of Religion and Philosophy, contacted her over the winter break to ask permission to nominate her for the award. She agreed, and later supplied some information for the forms.

After that, however, she said she really just blew the whole thing off, sure it was a long-shot at best. Honored just by the nomination, she continued to look into graduate school options. She knew that Wayland had nominated a few students, as had other Texas Baptist schools. The field, she figured, was too competitive for her.

Then in February, Noblett received a letter notifying her of the award. In March, she visited the campus and was honored at an awards ceremony. Now, she's excited about starting classes in the fall. She intends to pursue dual master's degrees in counseling and even mentioned following up with her doctorate, shaking her head in amazement that she's even considering it.

Meeks beams like a proud father when mentioning Noblett's achievements.

"Her attitude as well as aptitude has been very positive and we feel she's a good role model for other students coming in behind her. I felt she would represent Wayland well and that's important to us," Meeks said. "The seminaries are unique kind of graduate schools in that they are concerned about academics but they are also interested in students that have demonstrated ability in ministry experiences. Since she'd been interim youth minister at Calvary Baptist Church in Lubbock, I knew she'd fit that category."

"Truett is interested as well in supporting female ministry students. They try to encourage women, and that was one reason I felt good in recommending her."

Meeks added that Wayland has had several success stories at Truett, including 1990s WBU graduate Kyle Reese, who was a member of the fledgling seminary's first graduating class, and Chad Chaddick, who received an award for outstanding work at Truett.