The Divinity School's Annual Fund reached a record level of support for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2012. A record total of 2,182 donors contributed $604,867, which will be used entirely for student financial aid in the new academic year. This achievement continues an important and deeply appreciated trend for the Divinity School, according to Betsy Poole, associate director of annual giving and alumni programs.
A splendid multiyear commitment totaling $2.835 million to the Divinity School from former Board of Visitors members Renie and Bill McCutchen,WC’62 and E’62, of Westport, Conn., will provide major new resources for programs. Areas of particular interest are the Center for Reconciliation, East Africa Intiatives, the continuing Umoja Project in Kenya, the Divinity Annual Fund, and the Reconciliation Scholarship for Th.D. students in reconciliation and Scripture. Additionally, the new McCutchen Fund will provide visiting lectureships, scholarships, travel, and program innovations, while the Transformative Legacy Fund is a challenge-match opportunity to build support for work of the Center for Reconciliation. The McCutchens helped to lead their Half Century alumni celebration in April.
A gift commitment of $300,000 for endowment plus $45,000 expendable from Len and Marlene Hadley of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has established The Brian K. Milford Scholarship Fund, with priority for United Methodist students from the state of Iowa. Brian Milford D’86, former pastor and longtime friend of the Hadleys, is a United Methodist district superintendent and a member of the Divinity School’s Board of Visitors. Additional significant pledges for the fund are being booked from other Iowan friends. A contribution of $268,402 has been added to the Charis Scholarship—an endowment for excellence in ministry celebrating lives of grace and blessing—by donors who prefer to remain anonymous.
The State Library of North Carolina has made a grant of $110,000 to the Divinity School Library for the digital project “Religion in North Carolina,” which will be a collection of the primary materials of religious bodies across the state. Final matching funds of $107,766 through a grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations Inc. of Jacksonville, Fla, have been added appropriately to the Helen and Everette Eason Memorial, Frieda Bennett Shaulis, and Charis Scholarships. Matching funds of $60,000 from the Mary G. and Donald H. Stange Financial Aid Initiative Challenge Fund have been added recently to the Reconciliation Scholarship. A major testamentary commitment from Michael Gast D’97 of Florence, Ariz., will provide The Michael F. Gast Scholarship for the Divinity School. An outright gift of $50,000 by J. Peyton Royal D’49 of Clarkton, N.C., with a $50,000 match added from the Stange Challenge Fund, has established The James Peyton and Vera Rogers Royal Scholarship Fund for excellence in ministerial education. It celebrates the lives and Christian service of the Royals, who met as students in the Divinity School. Vera Rogers Royal D’47, who died in January, was a mother, Christian educator, and musician who served parishes over many decades with her husband. A gift of $50,000 from Courtney G. Amos T’99 and her husband, Paul S. Amos II T’98, through the Daniel P. Amos Foundation of Columbus, Ga., has been received in support of the Center for Reconciliation. Paul is a member of the Divinity School’s Board of Visitors.