In 1964, Addie Davis was the first Southern Baptist woman ordained to the ministry. Baptist Women in Ministry gave the first awards in honor of Addie Davis in 1998. This year they gave two $1000 scholarship awards, Excellence in Preaching and also Pastoral Ministry, in memory of Addie Davis who died in December of 2005. They have also awarded $100 awards to the fifteen other nominated women from the various seminaries and schools.
Marquette Bugg is the recipient of the Addie Davis Award for Excellence in Preaching. Marquette will graduate from George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Waco, Texas, with a Masters of Divinity in Theology in May 2009. She used Mark 10:46-52 as her sermon text and entitled her sermon Blind Bart Has a Daydream. She related how it is good for us to dream but that we need to check our dreams with Jesus, because Jesus is asking us the same question he had for Bartimaeus: "What do you want me to do for you?" Marquette is moving to Ghana, West Africa to help begin an Upward-like basketball and soccer ministry.