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‘A Remarkable Response’

New Divinity School Scholarships

Financial Aid Initiative 2005-2008

Gifts and commitments of more than $10.8 million — including 33 new scholarship endowments and generous additions to existing endowments — lifted the Divinity School past its goal for the three-year Duke University-wide Financial Aid Initiative, which ended Dec. 31, 2008. “This remarkable response means more graduates will leave with less debt, and the church will be the better for it,” said Dean L. Gregory Jones. “We are profoundly grateful for this remarkable support, yet we have more to achieve. Our greatest continuing concern is to have enough scholarship resources for every student so that debt does not interfere with ministerial formation and learning.”

Recent gifts include:

  • A commitment of $400,000 from the Ruth Lilly Philanthropic Fund, Indianapolis, Ind., to be matched by $200,000 from the Stange Financial Aid Initiative Challenge to establish The Reconciliation Scholarship Fund. These resources directed to the Divinity School by Bill McCutchen E’62 and his wife, Renie McCutchen WC’62, of Westport, Conn., will be for the Th.D. program, giving special consideration to students who work in the areas of Scripture and reconciliation. Bill serves on the Divinity School’s Board of Visitors and Renie is on the advisory board for the Center for Reconciliation.

  • A charitable gift annuity of $200,000, which will be added to The James L. Matheson Scholarship Fund, thanks to the generosity of Jim Matheson T’51, D’54, of Wardensville, W.Va.

  • An additional $150,000 from the Pine Tree Foundation in Gladwyne, Pa., contributed for The A. Morris and Annabel Williams Scholarship Fund.

  • A gift of $25,000 from Merritt Jones T’52 and his wife, Susan Pickens Jones, WC’52, of Raleigh, N.C., to be added to The Jones-Pickens Scholarship Fund.

  • A gift of $25,000 to be added to The William L. Carson Scholarship Fund from the Carson Foundation in Sparta, N.J.

  • An additional $20,000 for The Clair M. and Mary Durham Herndon Memorial Scholarship Fund from the C.M. Herndon Foundation of Durham, N.C.

Gifts received in recent months for Divinity School programs include a grant of $429,855 from The Stewardship Foundation of Tacoma, Wash., to support the work of the Center for Reconciliation; $125,000 from The Foundation for End of Life Care; $100,000 from the Dade Community Foundation and $100,000 from VITAS Hospice Services, all of Miami, Fla., $95,500 from the U.S. Cancer Pain Relief Foundation of Madison, Wisc.; and $85,500 from St. John Health System, Warren, Mich., for the Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life; and $157,100 from The Foundation for Evangelism of Lake Junaluska, N.C., to support evangelism leadership and programs

Support from graduates and friends for The 2008–09 Divinity School Annual Fund, which continues through June 30, 2009, continues to make a vital difference helping with financial aid for current students. Participation signals a faithful investment, and each Annual Fund gift, regardless of size, is greatly appreciated now more than ever.

For information on opportunities and needs and how to support the Divinity School through outright and planned gifts, please call Wes Brown, Jami Moss Wise or Robin Fowler at (919) 660-3456.