The Divinity Annual Fund reached a record level of support for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2011. Some 2,072 donors contributed $610,306, which will be used entirely for student financial aid in the new academic year.
The Stewardship Foundation of Tacoma,Wash., has awarded grants to the Center for Reconciliation in the amount of $407,411 over three years to fund an International Leadership Institute, to underwrite the African Great Lakes Initiative, and to support the ongoing CFR programs in the Divinity School. Part of the funding is a challenge-match opportunity to build additional support.
A total of $234,082 in matching funds from the Mary G. and Donald H. Stange Financial Aid Initiative Challenge Fund has been added recently to qualified scholarships. Those which have benefited include the William and Patsy Willimon Scholarship, the Reconciliation Scholarship, and the York Family Scholarship.
A grant in the amount of $163,800 from an anonymous fund managed by the Houston Jewish Community Foundation will support the Wise Women and Community Health Project in South Sudan under the leadership of Peter J. Morris M.D. D’07. This is related to several Divinity School programs in partnership with the Episcopal Church of Sudan.
The Bonnie Jones Shinneman Fund has been established with a gift of $50,000 from Susan Pendleton Jones D’83 and L. Gregory Jones D’85, G’88 of Chapel Hill, N.C., other Jones family members, and friends to honor Mrs. Shinneman -- wife of the late Divinity School Dean Jameson Jones, mother of four including former Dean L. Gregory Jones and United Methodist Bishop Scott J. Jones, and grandmother of five including a Divinity School graduate and a current student -- celebrating her lifelong work with missions and music. Mrs. Shinneman resides in Westminster, Colo., with her husband, Dean.
Generous commitments of $45,000 each from Sue and Neil Williams T’58, L’61 , of Atlanta, Ga., and from Jane and Charles Royce of Greenwich, Conn., are providing vital scholarship assistance for Divinity Th.D. students working in Theology and the Arts with Jeremy Begbie, the Thomas A. Langford Research Professor of Theology.
Thanks to a $35,000 contribution from Marion and Wensell Grabarek of Durham, N.C., the Divinity School has purchased a collection of royal subscription edition lithographs of the Holy Land from the 1840s by the renowned British artist, David Roberts. Their gift also enabled the renovation and lighting of the Divinity Faculty Conference Room where the Roberts materials are on permanent display.
Additional contributions of $20,000 or more to scholarship endowments already established and fully funded in previous years continue to secured 1:2 matching funds through a grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations of Jacksonville, Fla. The most recent are the Sally McWhorter Spears and Marshall Turner Scholarship, which benefited from a generous bequest from Mrs. Spears, and the Jones-Pickens Family Scholarship given by Susan Pickens Jones WC’52 and L. Merritt Jones T’52 of Raleigh, N.C . More matching funds remain to be claimed.