The Davida Foy Crabtree Scholarship Campaign
The Rev. Dr. Davida Foy Crabtree was not aware that her mother had created a scholarship in her honor until her mother’s death. “If my mother had had any idea a woman could be ordained, she would have gone to seminary herself. She was always working to build up the church,
and to improve public education and her community,” Crabtree said.
Though Davida’s mother designated the testamentary gift with a preference for women studying to be UCC ministers, Davida, Andover Newton Seminary (ANS), and Yale Divinity School (YDS) encourage donors to give to endowment supporting all women in ministry. As Crabtree said, “I welcome women from all kinds of backgrounds and interests into ministry because that is what strengthens the church. Anything we can do to release women’s talent to focus on ministry, instead of having to repay debt, will benefit the wider church.”
United Church of Christ (UCC) minister Rev. Dr. Davida Foy Crabtree has provided extraordinary service to the UCC and ANS. Most recently, she was Interim Vice President for Advancement at Andover Newton Theological School. Prior positions include serving as Interim and Acting Conference Minister in Florida and Missouri Mid-South Conferences, and as Conference Minister for Connecticut and Southern California. She also served as Senior Consultant to the Collegium of Officers of the UCC and as a local church pastor in Connecticut.
YDS is offering a challenge fund with a match of $1 for every $2 of new funds committed to the Rev. Dr. Davida Foy Crabtree Endowment Fund, up to a total of $100,000. Pledges may be paid over a period of five years and will be matched upon first payment.
The Impact of Gifts on Tuition
Thanks to donor generosity and great progress toward fundraising goals, students will pay and borrow less than they did five years ago. Over that time, tuition has risen only eight percent, while the standard scholarship package has gone up by 33 percent. As a result, the annual cost of attending YDS is now $2,580 less than it was for the 2013-14 academic year.
A contribution can be made to these funds by…
- Mail a check made out to “Andover Newton Seminary” to 409 Prospect St., New Haven, CT 06511. Be sure to write “Davida Foy Crabtree Scholarship” in the notation on the check.
- Go to the Giving page, enter the amount you would like to give and click on “Andover Newton Seminary.” As you scroll down, you will be given the option of adding Comments and Additional Instructions with your gift. Simply write “Davida Foy Crabtree Scholarship” in that notation and then enter the appropriate payment information.
Don’t see an option that works for you? Call or email Ned Allyn Parker with questions (firstname.lastname@example.org; 203-464-2287).