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Bexley Seabury St. Marina Scholarships Will Support LGBTQ Students’ Master of Divinity Studies
CHICAGO, February 16, 2017—Bexley Seabury, one of 10 accredited seminaries
of the Episcopal Church, today announced receipt of a $279,000 grant to fund three three-year Bexley Seabury St. Marina Scholarships for entering Master of Divinity students from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community. The grant, established by two anonymous donors through the Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), stipulates that the scholarships will cover the cost of tuition, books, travel, and other expenses for all three years of Bexley Seabury’s Master of Divinity curriculum, leaving students free to concentrate on their studies.
Bexley Seabury St. Marina Scholars will be members of the LGBTQ community who are committed to justice ministry in the Episcopal Church and who fulfill other Bexley Seabury Scholars Program requirements. One scholarship will be awarded each of three academic years, 2017–2018 through 2019–2020. Bexley Seabury St. Marina Scholars are named for St. Marina, an eighth-century woman ascetic who assumed a masculine identity as Brother Marinus in order to join an abbey. Her sex was discovered upon her death, and she was later canonized as St. Marina, venerated by Syrian, Albanian, Coptic, and Maronite Christians.
“Bexley Seabury is deeply grateful for this generous grant,” said Board of Directors President W. Michie Klusmeyer, Bishop of West Virginia. “We share the donors’ commitment to make a difference in the Episcopal Church, and create new possibilities for LGBTQ leaders ready to work for a more just society.”
For more information about Bexley Seabury’s Master of Divinity program and how to apply, visit http://www.bexleyseabury.edu/master-of-divinity-mdiv/. All Bexley Seabury programs are low-residency, combining classroom sessions at the seminary’s Hyde Park/Woodlawn campus with online learning. All students are eligible and are encouraged to apply for scholarship support.
Central Indiana Community Foundation is dedicated to changing the world for the better by awarding grants to nonprofits doing good work in our community; by helping donors change the world through highly effective charitable giving; and by providing leadership in finding new ways to make Central Indiana a better place. The foundation’s history stretches back to 1916 and today stewards more than $725 million in charitable assets, connecting donors with causes they care about, serving as a catalyst for community change. Learn more at cicf.org.
Bexley Seabury is an Episcopal center for learning and discipleship offering theological education in a generous spiritual and intellectual tradition. Our mission is to equip lay and ordained leaders for bold inquiry in service of the Gospel and active engagement in congregational and community life. Learn more about our degree, diploma, and lifelong learning programs and our ecumenical teaching-learning environment at bexleyseabury.edu.