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Davidoff Fund to Scholarship Eight Seminarians

Eight seminarians studying for parish ministry, four from Meadville Lombard and four from Starr King, will receive a $500 scholarship to attend General Assembly (GA) in Louisville this year. The gift will be funded by the Davidoff Fund for Lay Leadership.

“I believe that our future parish ministers must be made aware of the significance of the GA experience in the formation of lay leadership in the UUA’s member congregations,” says Denise Davidoff, Meadville Lombard Senior Consultant for Development and Alumni/ae Affairs.  “This is a passion of mine. If clergy don’t encourage laity to attend, participate in and appreciate the importance of UUA governance, lay involvement at GA will diminish and, as a consequence, weaken the Association.”

The scholarships will be awarded out of the President’s office at each school. Recipients must be students entering their second or third year of studies towards parish ministry. Each student will be expected to assist at their school's exhibit booth, participate in school-sponsored programs, and be present at all plenary sessions. Awardees are encouraged to request delegate status from their home congregations and will be expected to send a brief reflection about the plenary experience to both Denise Davidoff and their respective school.

“The 2013 GA is rich with governance issues and includes a major election for moderator,” Davidoff continues. “It's a good year to help seminarians at UU-identified schools to be part of the action!”

Denise Davidoff served twelve years on the Board of Trustees, eight of them as Moderator of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Prior to her service on the Board, she led the Unitarian Universalist Women’s Federation, chaired the General Assembly Planning Committee, and served on the Ministerial Fellowship Committee. She currently serves as the Senior Consultant for Development and Alumni/ae Affairs at Meadville Lombard Theological School.

The Davidoff Fund is also providing scholarships to lay leaders of congregations to attend General Assembly who have not had lay leader representation at GA since 2009.

 

Media Contacts:

Madeleine Robins
Director of Development and Communications
Meadville Lombard Theological School
T: 312-533-4647  |  M: 218-390-6233
E: mrobins@meadville.edu
 
Federico Pacheco
Advancement Director
Starr King School for the Ministry
T: 510-549-4711
E: fpacheco@sksm.edu
 
Meadville Lombard Students interested in Applying:

Please email Tina Porter from your Meadville Mail account attesting that you will be attending General Assembly and that you are willing and able to comply with the requirements as outlined in the article, i.e.:

  • Applicant is entering their second or third year of studies towards parish ministry.
  • That they understand they will be expected to:
    • assist at their school's exhibit booth,
    • participate in school-sponsored programs, and
    • be present at all plenary sessions.
    • send a brief reflection about the plenary experience to both Denise Davidoff and their respective school.
    • Awardees are also encouraged to request delegate status from their home congregations so they may fully participate in plenary.

Applicants should also be aware that this grant is considered to be taxable income and will need to be reported on their 2013 tax return.