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Dean Hays: Endowment Gifts Reflect ‘A Circle of Grace’

Endowed resources provide vital support over many generations. As Paul explains in 2 Corinthians 9, those who share the good gifts that God has given participate in a circle of grace: their generosity not only supports the work of ministry “but also overflows with thanksgiving to God.” And so, these new endowed funds are signs of God’s grace at work in our midst.

It is our aim at the Divinity School always to use these investments wisely. We are deeply grateful for the witness of those who are honored, as well as for the faithfulness of the donors. — Dean Richard Hays

The L. Gregory Jones Endowment for Global Church Leadership , established with $1 million in gifts and commitments from alumni and friends, celebrates the distinguished leadership of L. Gregory Jones D’85, G’88, dean of the Divinity School, 1997–2010. The Jones Endowment, which may at some future time be converted to a professorship, is to support global church leadership including innovative, entrepreneurial programs.

The William S. and Judith A. Shillady Scholarship Fund , a planned gift from William S. Shillady D’81 of Tuckahoe, N.Y., is in honor of his wife, Judith, with gratitude for theological education, friendships, and lifelong learning at Duke Divinity School.

A gift of $100,000 from the members of the local chapter has established the Sheltering Home Circle of the King’s Daughters and Sons Scholarship Fund to celebrate and continue 105 years of faithful service by the Sheltering Home Circle in the Durham community, to commemorate long and joyful ties to the Duke family and Duke University, and to foster excellence in ministerial education and leadership.

The Annabel and A. Morris Williams Sr. Fund , a $50,000 endowment from Ruth W. Williams WC’63 and A. Morris Williams Jr. T’62, G’63 of Gladwyne, Pa., honors the memory of Annabel and A. Morris Williams Sr. D’32, and celebrates worship and ministry through Goodson Chapel in Duke Divinity School.

The Mary G. Stange Charitable Trust of Troy, Mich., has committed an additional $100,000 to the L. Gregory and Susan Pendleton Jones Endowment , which provides unrestricted support for the Divinity School.

Additional contributions of $20,000 or more to scholarship endowments already established and fully funded in previous years have secured 1:2 matching funds through a grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations. These include the William L. Carson Scholarship , the Charis Scholarship , the Jones-Pickens Family Scholarship , the Clair M. and Mary Durham Herndon Memorial Scholarship , and the Freida Bennett Shaulis Scholarship . More matching funds remain to be claimed.

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To learn more about the Annual Fund or about options for planned giving, contact Wes Brown, Jami Moss Wise, or Betsy Poole at the Divinity School by calling (919) 660-3456.