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Another Million Needed

As the late Dean Jameson Jones observed, “Our students—most of them just out of college—come to us ‘broke’ at best, and they don’t have the same financial prospects to borrow against as their colleagues in law and business and medicine.” That observation from 25 years ago remains true today.

Annual Fund Exceeds $596,000

By June 30, graduates and friends had contributed $596,887 for the Divinity School’s 2007-08 Annual Fund—an increase of nearly $25,000 over the previous year’s record total. Of concern, however, was a drop in the percentage rate
of alumni participation.

Thanks to the Class of 2008 for the enthusiastic response to the National Alumni Council’s “$2,008 in 2008” challenge. The senior class exceeded the targeted 60 percent participation rate, reaching a record 73 percent to secure an additional $2,008 for student financial aid. Congratulations to both the class of 2008 and the National Alumni Council for the Senior Class Gift of more than $7,000.

Special thanks to the class agents who helped raise the alumni Annual Fund gift total to more than $217,450, and to the phonathon volunteers who worked tirelessly for three nights last fall.

We are also grateful for support from the faculty, Board of Visitors, and National Alumni Council, who achieved a combined participation rate of 91.5 percent (still going on to perfection), as well as our gift club members, particularly those in our Dean’s Club, whose annual contributions provide a solid base each year for the Annual Fund.

  The Annual Fund goal for fiscal year 2009, which began July 1 and runs through June 30, 2009, is $630,000, with a minimum of 30 percent overall alumni participation rate. Every gift of any size is vital for success. Thank you to all those whose Annual Fund generosity supports student financial aid and the future of ministry.

Duke is committed to making excellent education possible for gifted students regardless of their economic situation. To support that commitment, the Divinity School will be seeking an additional million dollars in permanent scholarship funds—for both newly named and current endowments—during the final months of 2008.

“We encourage alumni and friends to be in conversation with us and others about giving and getting the resources that are essential to forming strong, transformative leadership for the church of Jesus Christ,” says Wes Brown D’76, associate dean for external relations.

Gifts from graduates and friends of the Divinity School for the Financial Aid Initiative, which continues through December, include the following permanent scholarship endowments.

The Aubrey C. Martin Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established through a generous bequest of more than $320,000 from the estate of Mr. Martin of Durham, N.C., who “wished to support ministerial education.” This gift will also help complete several endowed scholarship funds in the Divinity School.

A commitment of $250,000 for The Rose and Leonard Herring Scholarship Fund has been made by Mr. and Mrs. Herring of North Wilkesboro, N.C., to recognize the “inestimable value of excellent leadership for young people in their Christian identity and service.” Preference will be given to alumni of the Duke Youth Academy for Christian Formation, to those who are currently assisting with DYA or related programs, or to those who demonstrate promise in the field of youth ministry. An additional gift of $250,000 in program funds for DYA was announced previously.

The A. Purnell Bailey Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by his family and friends to remember Dr. Bailey, a member of the Divinity School Class of 1948, and his distinguished career as a chaplain, pastor, and writer of daily devotional meditations. The $100,000 scholarship is unrestricted.

For information about scholarship endowments and gift planning for the Divinity School, please call Wes Brown or Jami Moss Wise at 919.660.3456.