Emilie M. Townes, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of African-American Religion and Theology at Yale Divinity School, was named Alumna of the Year by the University of Chicago Divinity School.

This summer Dr. Townes will become president of the American Academy of Religion.

Carol Wilson Spigner, Kenneth L.M. Pray Professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice, received the university’s Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Edmond Fomunung, a graduating senior at the University of Georgia, was awarded a Merage American Dream Fellowship. The fellowship, reserved for academically outstanding students who are immigrants to the United States, includes a $20,000 scholarship for graduate study.

Fomunung, a native of Cameroon, plans to pursue a medical degree and a master’s degree in public health.