Palm Beach Atlantic University has received a grant of $1 million from Lilly Endowment Inc. to help establish culturally competent graduate theological education on the campus of Florida Memorial University, a historically Black university in Miami-Dade County.
Lilly Endowment’s Initative
The effort is funded through Lilly Endowment’s Pathways for Tomorrow Initiative. It is a three-phase initiative designed to help theological schools across the United States and Canada as they prioritize and respond to the most pressing challenges they face as they prepare pastoral leaders for Christian congregations both now and into the future.
“We’re deeply grateful to the Lilly Endowment for its continued, generous commitment to this innovative initiative championed by our School of Ministry,” said PBA President Dr. Debra A. Schwinn. “We look forward to building on our relationship with Florida Memorial University to expand the accessibility of high-quality ministry education to unique populations in South Florida.”
Palm Beach Atlantic will provide the Master of Divinity component of a Bachelor of Arts-to-Master of Divinity program on FMU’s campus. PBA offers the only university-based Association of Theological Schools-accredited M.Div. in the region. PBA intends to replicate its School of Ministry’s 3+2 program, which combines three years of undergraduate study with two years of M.Div. study in a model that reduces time and money needed for pastoral education. In addition, PBA will offer generous, targeted scholarships and continue to develop a low-cost management structure to keep tuition affordable.
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