Shaw University Divinity School gets grant to spur fundraising

Shaw University’s Divinity School has received a $500,000 grant from the Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc.

Announced last week by the university, the three-year grant will launch a development office to help the Shaw Divinity School raise money for scholarships and other priorities. Three people will be hired for the office, including a development director. Faculty and alumni also will be trained in development to boost fundraising efforts at the school.

The focus of the new development office will be scholarships, David C. Forbes Sr., dean of the school, said in the school’s news release announcing the grant. “It is our vision that the next generation of Divinity School students will graduate debt free,” Forbes said.

Shaw’s Divinity School offers two degrees – a master’s in divinity and a master of arts in Christian education.

The Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by J.K. Lilly and his two sons, Eli and J.K. Jr., with stock in their pharmaceutical company. The endowment provides support in the areas of community development, education and religion.