Ircel Harrison served as Coordinator of CBF Tennessee from 1998 to 2008. Following his retirement, the Coordinating Council renamed CBF Tennessee’s theological scholarship in his honor.

CBF Tennessee established an endowment in 2000 from which it grants the annual theological scholarship. CBF Tennessee welcomes contributions to the endowment in honor or memory of persons. To contribute, click on the button below or reach out to Field Coordinator Rick Bennett for more information at


  • Be connected to Tennessee through birth, residence, or college education
  • Be a member of a CBF partner congregation or have demonstrated support for CBF initiatives
  • Be currently enrolled in an ATS-approved masters or doctoral program not supplemented by the SBC

How to Apply

Email a cover letter with the following attachments to no later than July 15::

  • Biographical information
  • Call to faith in Christ
  • Sense of vocational calling
  • Core Baptist beliefs
  • Relationship to CBF
  • Letters of reference (3 letters of reference: 1 ministerial, 2 professional) attesting to the following:
    • Potential for local church leadership
    • Emotional and spiritual maturity
    • Christian commitment
    • Interpersonal skills

The Coordinating Council awards scholarships annually with preference given to students pursuing a practical masters degree in theological education. Applicants may apply each academic year, but receive the scholarship no more than twice. Scholarship funds are released pending confirmation of the student’s enrollment. It is preferred that the recipient be present at the upcoming state General Assembly to receive the scholarship.