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Matching Funds Boost Scholarships

Generous gifts for endowed scholarships at Duke Divinity School continue to provide essential, permanent resources for ministerial education.

The Financial Aid Initiative, a three-year university-wide endeavor, challenges donors to underwrite excellence in education. Financial commitments for The Divinity School are at $4.5 million toward the goal of $10 million by the end of 2008.

The latest gifts include:

  • The McCutchen World Christianity Scholarship Fund is being established with a $250,000 commitment from William W. McCutchen E'62 and his wife, Irene L. McCutchen WC'62, of Westport, Conn.

    Their gift will be matched by FAI funds. The scholarship is given with appreciation for the faithful witness of Christians across the world and specifically to encourage global perspectives, learning, and leadership in ministerial education at Duke Divinity School.

    Scholarship award preference will be given but not limited to international students with particular promise for Christian leadership who also have significant financial need. Bill and Renie McCutchen are long-time friends and generous supporters of The Divinity School. She is a member-emerita of the Board of Visitors, and he will be succeeding her this year.

  • A gift of $125,000 from Bruce and Peggy Ann Kresge of Lake Angelus, Mich., along with contributions from others, has inaugurated The Timothy R. Hickey Scholarship Fund in honor of their friend and former pastor. The Rev. Dr. Timothy R. Hickey, now retired in Palm Coast, Fla., earned the B.D., now M.Div., degree at Duke in 1962. The scholarship is unrestricted and the initial principal amount will be matched by FAI funds.

  • Divinity School graduates Rodney C. Brown D'60, D'64 and his wife, Martha R. Brown D'59, of Winston-Salem, N.C., have added $100,000 to The Brown and Riggins Family Scholarship Fund, which they established in 2004. This additional contribution will be matched by FAI funds.

    The scholarship is for students with prior experience in business who seek to connect their careers-whether in the parish or through workplace chaplaincy-by bringing theological and ethical perspectives into conversation with practical business wisdom. Matching funds are available for several more scholarship gifts. These investments in leadership strengthen the life of the church in remarkable and far-reaching ways.
The Divinity School's Annual Fund for fiscal year 2006 reached a total of $474,131 in cash. Thank you to all the alumni and friends whose generosity supported student financial aid and the future of ministry.

Our goal for fiscal year 2007, which began July 1, 2006, is $510,000. We look forward to your continued support.

To consider the possibilities of establishing and naming permanent resources for ministerial education at Duke, please contact Wes Brown at 919-660-3456.

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