Truett Student Awarded Fellowship at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics

April 9, 2024
Emily Hooker stands in a white tank top and pink headband in the Truett Chapel. The background is blurred and Emily is seen smiling from mid chest up.

Emily Hooker, a second-year MDiv/MSW student at Baylor University’s  George W. Truett Theological Seminary, has been awarded Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE).  

WACO, Texas (April 9, 2024) – Emily Hooker, a second-year dual degree student, has been awarded a Fellowship at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE).

The Fellowship at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE) is granted to students pursuing advanced degrees in business, journalism, law, medicine, theology, technology, as well as early-career professionals. During the program, participants spend two weeks in Germany and Poland, visiting Auschwitz and other significant historical sites. Fellows engage in seminars guided by experts in their specific fields of study.

Hooker is a Truett dual-degree student pursuing a Master of Divinity and Master of Social Work. Seeking a career in counseling and pastoral care, Emily has worked with adolescents and young adults with a particular emphasis on offering holistic care to populations working through religious trauma. As an undergraduate at Texas State University, she studied psychology and geography in order to understand better the intersection of mental health and nature – focusing primarily on how nature can benefit those seeking therapeutic services.

“I look forward to being part of FASPE, hoping it will broaden my understanding of what it means to make church environments more just and compassionate by integrating faith and ethical leadership,” Hooker said. “By studying the political and religious context of World War II, participants will have the opportunity to identify ways our beliefs might be complicit with injustice and to map a more faithful way forward.”

Hooker is among nine Truett students and alumni who have received this fellowship since 2015, including Josepha Mbouma (2023), Kingsley East (2023), Kathryn Freeman (2020), Julia Wallace Butler (2018), Sam Davidson (2016), Daniel Headrick (2016), and Elizabeth Andrasi Deere (2015).

“I was thrilled to hear that Emily had been selected as a FASPE Fellow,” said Michael W. Stroope, Professor of Christian Missions and Holder of the M.C. Shook Chair of Missions. “She is a worthy recipient and someone who will make the most of this wonderful opportunity. I am certain the experiences and interactions of this summer will deeply form her as a person and give her an even greater capacity to love and care for people.”

Congratulations to Emily Hooker for this prestigious achievement and to FASPE for including and recognizing our Truett students in their program!


Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary is an orthodox, evangelical school

in the historic Baptist tradition that equips God-called people for gospel ministry in and alongside Christ’s Church by the power of the Holy Spirit. Accredited by the Association of Theological Schools, Truett Seminary provides theological education leading to the Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Christian Ministry, Master of Arts in Contextual Witness and Innovation, Master of Arts in Theology, Ecology and Food Justice, Master of Arts in Theology and Sports Studies (online), Master of Theological Studies, Doctor of Ministry, and Ph.D. in Preaching. Truett Seminary also offers joint degrees through Baylor University school/college partnerships in social work, business, law, music, and education. In addition to the flagship Baugh-Reynolds Campus in Waco, the Seminary also has locations in Houston and San Antonio. Visit the Truett Seminary website to learn more.


Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked Research 1 institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 20,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.