A new commitment of $1 million will be added to the Mary G. and Donald H. Stange Distinguished Scholars Fund from the Stange Charitable Trust of Troy, Mich. The Stange Distinguished Scholars are outstanding students who bring exemplary leadership, academic strength, vocational integrity, and spiritual maturity to the work of pastoral ministry. The Stange Charitable Trust also continues to provide major support for several other endowed funds in the Divinity School.
Other foundation support has been received recently: $198,134 from the Ruth Lilly Philanthropic Trust of Indianapolis, Ind., for a Transformative Legacy Fund; $100,000 from the Daniel P. Amos Family Foundation of Columbus, Ga., for the Divinity Annual Fund and work in the Center for Reconciliation; $100,000 from an anonymous source for the Center for Reconciliation; $20,573 from the James A. Gray Trust Fund of Winston-Salem, N.C., for support of continuing ministerial education; $20,000 from the Lucille P. and Edward C. Giles Foundation of Charlotte, N.C., for D.Min. scholarships; and $20,000 from the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation of Durham, N.C., for Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts.
Individual donors have been very generous as well. New gifts include $20,663 from Jack and Barbara Bovender of Nashville, Tenn., for the Divinity Annual Fund; $13,119 from Christie and Greg Whitehouse of Mountain Lakes, N.J., to be added to the William L. Carson Scholarship; and gifts of $10,000 each from Becky and Mac Briggs of Bethlehem, Pa., Jo and Sam Wells of Durham, N.C., and Ann and Vann York of High Point, N.C., for the Divinity Annual Fund.
Dean Richard Hays: “We are deeply grateful for these friends, graduates, and organizations that help to provide the financial resources that are essential for our mission: preparing faithful, excellent leadership for the church of Jesus Christ. These donors, along with many others, encourage us with their investments here and with their continuing engagement and prayers.”