CDSP is recruiting and forming the kind of students who give us reason to feel confident about the mission of our seminary and about the future of our church. Our job is not simply to find and form these students; with your support, together we can reduce the crushing burden of student debt that would otherwise stifle their ability to build new, path-breaking ministries.
We have found, over and over again, that students not only choose to attend CDSP because of its distinct contribution to theological education, but also because our financial aid packages are competitive with other prominent seminaries. Because of your continued generous support, CDSP has increased the financial aid we offer.
Last month we welcomed two new Excellence in Ministry scholarship recipients to our campus: Mia Benjamin, an Episcopal Service Corps fellow who has done ecumenical work in Jordan; and Kathleen Moore, who was previously the director of communications in the Diocese of Vermont.
This year we awarded four new Bishop’s Scholar recipients. Claire Atkins is an Episcopal Service Corps alumna from the Diocese of Nebraska. Isaiah Brokenleg is a public health expert and epidemiologist from the Diocese of Fond du Lac. Phil Hooper is an experienced non-profit fundraiser from the Diocese of Nevada. Alison Fischer is an energetic young leader from the Diocese of San Joaquin. Like these four new students—whom you can read about on our website—many of our new and returning students are already deeply involved in ministries that make a difference in their communities and in the wider world.
Alumni and friends have been asking why CDSP is enjoying an abundance of interest in its seminary programs. I’m pleased to address this question because it gives me a chance to praise the good work of our faculty and staff. Our devoted faculty collaborated on and implemented an exciting and exacting revision of our curriculum. The Rev. Andrew Hybl, our director of admissions has successfully increased enrollment by more than 200% over the past three years. Last year, our advancement department found ways to streamline how endowed funds are administered in order to increase support for a range of initiatives that support students.
The good work of our dedicated faculty and staff is just one of the key aspects of our success. Your support of CDSP's annual fund enhances our ability to make competitive financial aid offers to top students, and that, as much as any other factor, has been responsible for the significant growth in our enrollment of high quality of students. You can make a difference in the lives of our of students--please make a year-end gift today.
Yours in Christ,
The Very Rev. W. Mark Richardson, PhD
President and Dean