Annual gifts to the Theology School Fund for Excellence support Candler’s long-standing mission to educate faithful and creative leaders for the church’s ministries in the world. They also nurture the financial health of Candler graduates by reducing their education debt, a heavy burden too many seminary graduates take with them into ministry.
Your gifts provide Candler students with the support they need. In fact, 83 percent of eligible students enrolled last year received scholarship assistance, and the average award per student covered 66 percent of Candler’s $18,800 tuition. Despite this significant scholarship support, last year 57 percent of students borrowed substantial sums to cover living expenses, books, and health insurance. Starting salaries for clergy and other ministry professionals make repaying this debt a challenge.
Candler remains committed to helping students graduate and effectively minister in their communities without the worry of excessive debt. My pledge is that all gifts to the Theology School Fund for Excellence will be dedicated to student scholarships.
I hope you will consider a gift to the Theology School Fund for Excellence this year. Your investment will help Candler continue to prepare real people to make a real difference in the real world.
Dean and Professor of Christianity and World Politics
Candler School of Theology
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