The Durrington Award for Excellence in Biblical Research

Through the generosity of Victor L. Durrington an award has been established for excellence in biblical research for one graduate and one undergraduate student at Freed-Hardeman University.


Who is eligible?

Any student enrolled in Freed-Hardeman University during the Fall and Spring semesters of 2020-21.

What is the Durrington Award for Research Excellence?

It is a monetary award given annually to the writer of the best paper presented for consideration on the specified topic. Additionally, any paper written about a contemporary issue from a biblical perspective is eligible for consideration.

A committee of Freed-Hardeman Bible faculty will make the selection during the spring semester and the winner will be announced on Awards Day.

The winner will receive a significant monetary award and, if the committee's average evaluation score is high enough, a medallion will also be given, to commemorate his or her accomplishment. The committee may also, at its discretion, award second and third-place awards.

Details for Entry

To be eligible for the Durrington award, papers:

  • Must be written during the Fall or Spring semesters of 2020-21. 

  • Must be written on the current year's topic for a Bible course or independently, or written on some other contemporary topic from a biblical perspective

  • Must be submitted by student-writer or faculty member by March 31.

A digital copy of the paper (in Microsoft Word format) is required. Submissions should be e-mailed to Kay Pack, Administrative Assistant, at

While no specific style is required, participants are encouraged to use a recognized and appropriate style for their paper. MLA, APA, Chicago and Turabian are examples of recognized and appropriate styles for academic papers.

The Award Committee includes: faculty from the College of Biblical Studies.