Endowment Giving

Brite is dedicated to providing a faculty of the highest academic excellence. Endowment support ensures our ability to attract and maintain talented faculty who are committed to leadership through teaching and active scholarship.

Endowment Gifts will sustain Brite’s mission and needs in perpetuity. When you provide endowed gifts, you are contributing to a permanent financial resource with managed investment funds. Brite’s Board of Trustees maintains a designated and limited draw (projected to be approximately 5 percent) on combined invested funds to ensure the long-term viability and health of the seminary.
Endowment funds support endowed chairs, professorships, scholarships and other valued programs. You can establish named funds, which are recognized annually. The amounts of endowment gifts vary and are determined by matching your interests with the Divinity School mission and priorities.

ENDOWED FACULTY CHAIRS
Minimum Gift: $3,000,000
Faculty Chairs underwrite the salary of a senior faculty member of established national or international reputation.

ENDOWED PROFESSORSHIPS
Minimum Gift: $2,000,000
Professorships help to underwrite the salary of a faculty member.

FACULTY FELLOWSHIPS
Minimum Gift: $500,000
Faculty Fellowships are named endowments that may be used to bring visiting scholars or other professionals to Brite.

RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS
Minimum Gift: $500,000
Research Fellows are named fellowships offered to support current Brite faculty or qualified staff in their research interests.

DISTINGUISHED FACULTY AWARDS
Minimum Gift: $100,000
Distinguished Faculty Awards are restricted gifts acknowledging faculty excellence in both teaching and scholarship.

PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARS
Minimum Gift: $1,000,000
Presidential Scholars receive scholarships, designated to ensure Brite’s ability to attract and retain talented prospective students, regardless of financial need.

DEAN’S SCHOLARS
Minimum Gift: $750,000
Dean’s Scholars are awarded scholarships based on demonstrated promise for congregational or innovative ministry.

PH.D. STIPENDS
Minimum Gift: $500,000
Ph.D. stipends are designed to supplement living expenses and other educational needs as doctoral students prepare for vocations in teaching and scholarship. MASTERS

STIPENDS
Minimum Gift: $100,000
Masters stipends are designed to supplement living expenses and other educational needs as students prepare for vocations in ministry.

BEING BRITE SCHOLARS
Minimum Gift: $50,000
Being Brite Scholars are named endowments used for tuition assistance.

MINISTERIAL EDUCATION FUND
Minimum Gift: $25,000
Ministerial Education Funds are named endowments used for, but not limited to, tuition assistance.

EMERGENCY FUND GRANTS
Minimum Gift: $10,000
Emergency Fund Grants are given to students at times of demonstrated financial need. Emergency Fund Grants are one-time gifts and do not require student repayment.