Our endowment has been established for the purpose of underwriting institutional operating expenses (general endowment), funding faculty salaries (endowed chairs), and providing financial aid for students (endowed scholarships). The principle of the endowment is held in perpetuity and is invested each year, and only a percentage of the earnings is spent. Our endowment is composed of different funds to which gifts are welcome.
You are welcome to give to any of our current endowments, found listed below. If you would like to establish an endowment please contact Chris Johnson.
Kent Mathews Endowed Scholarship Fund
The purpose of this endowed scholarship fund is to provide financial assistance for master of divinity or master of arts students in the Justice and Mission program who intend to go into full-time mission or social justice work after graduation.
Kingdom Scholars Endowed Scholarship Fund
The purpose of the Kingdom Scholars Endowed Scholarship Fund is to provide tuition assistance for deserving MDiv students pursuing careers in full-time ministry (pastor, youth pastor, local church ministries such as worship and/or outreach, church planting, mission work). “We do not equip students for class. We want to equip the recipients for a life in His service.”
Leadership and Excellence
Bruce Shelley Endowed Scholarship Fund
The purpose of this fund is to provide aid for continuing students who demonstrate academic excellence in the area of Christian thought and exhibit potential for teaching in a Christian higher education setting.
Carey S. Thomas Christian Leadership Endowment Scholarship Fund
The purpose of this scholarship fund is to recognize a student or students who exemplify biblical leadership and Christian character on the campus and in the community following the legacy of the first president of Denver Seminary, Carey S. Thomas.
Dr. Ed Hayes Presidential Scholarship Fund
This fund has been established to provide merit-based presidential scholarships for deserving students to enable them to attend and complete their degrees.
Christian Ministry Endowed Scholarship Fund
The purpose of this fund is to provide aid for one or more student(s) who are studying in any of the following areas: Worship, Leadership, Youth and Family Ministry, Christian Formation and Soul Care, or Intercultural Ministry.
Pastoral Student Endowed Scholarship Fund
The purpose of this fund is to provide aid for one or more student(s) who are pursuing a career in full-time pastoral ministry in a local church setting.
African Student Endowed Scholarship Fund
The purpose of this scholarship fund is to provide scholarship assistance for African students or other international students seeking a degree from Denver Seminary.
Chinese Student Endowed Scholarship Fund
The purpose of this scholarship fund is to provide aid for full-time Chinese students attending Denver Seminary.
Korean Student Endowed Scholarship Fund
The purpose of this scholarship fund is to provide aid for full-time Korean and Korean-American students attending Denver Seminary.
In addition, we have several funds that are used to provide students with specialized resources to provide the training they need for their ministry. We also have funds to help with their basic needs while attending seminary.
CPE Development and Education Fund
The purpose of the CPE Development and Education Fund is to provide a repository of funds to facilitate the advancement of the CPE program, specifically for non-budgeted items including but not limited to:
- Accreditation/reaccreditation expenses associated with the CPE program
- CPE related conferences sponsored by the Seminary
- CPE related conference expenses for Seminary faculty and students
- CPE related supervisory educational training for current or future Seminary employees, and
- Expenses for guest speakers for CPE-related events.
Grounds Institute for Public Ethics
Geared towards the Seminary's students, Christian leaders and the general Christian community, the Institute aims to provide an environment as well as resources designed to sensitize, educate, and train Christians in matters pertaining to social ethics, so that they may be empowered to fulfill the biblical mandate to be "salt and light."
Justice and Mission Education Fund
The purpose of the Restricted Fund is to provide a repository of funds to facilitate the advancement of the Justice and Mission program, specifically for non-budgeted items including but not limited to:
- Accreditation/reaccreditation expenses associated with the Justice and Mission program.
- Justice and Mission related conferences sponsored by the Seminary.
- Justice and Mission related conference expenses for Seminary faculty and students.
- Library acquisitions related to the Justice and Mission program.
- Expenses related to the recruitment and retention of students in the program.
- Travel for the program director to international partners.
- Travel for students in the Justice and Mission program to fulfill their field-based intensives.
- Expenses for guest speakers for Justice and Mission related events.
The Lewis Center
The Gordon Lewis Center for Christian Thought and Culture exists to engage the needs of the world with the redemptive power of the gospel and the life-changing truth of Scripture. The Center is focused on serving the greater-Denver community by using the disciplines of theology, philosophy, and apologetics to explore the question of what it means to be a Christian in our world. Driven by the mission of God, the Center serves as both an outreach to those who do not believe as well as to Christians in need of assurance of their faith. This means that the Lewis Center seeks to engage the Denver community in ways that emphasize the objectively true and subjectively transformational nature of Christianity.
The Food Closet is intended to assist any low-income student attending Denver Seminary and contains a variety of general items that are meant to supplement, not replace, regular grocery shopping.
Good Samaritan Student Fund
The purpose of this fund is to provide emergency grants to aid students, internationals, and staff experiencing times of financial hardship.
Haddon Robinson Endowed Chair
The purpose of this fund is:
- To further the educational mission of the Seminary by recognizing outstanding teachers or scholars in the area of preaching and thereby maintain and elevate the high caliber and reputation of homiletics at Denver Seminary.
- To provide an income from the Endowment to be given in support of a homiletics department chair to be used for teaching, salary and/or research activities.
Dr. Vernon Grounds Endowed Chair
The professor selected to occupy this chair will wear the mantel of this great man and be chosen to exemplify the qualities that best describe Dr. Grounds. This professor’s time will be focused on doing research and teaching in the classroom with Christian leaders in areas such as (but not limited to) pastoral care, philosophy of religion and theology, while also providing leadership and facilitating the programs of the GCPE, which targets community leaders worldwide. The GCPE will strategically enhance the Seminary’s mission by equipping leaders who have positions of influence, preparing them to impact society and the world.