Help Repair the Breach

Introducing the Repairing the Breach Scholarship Fund

In June of 2020, The Board of Trustees and President’s Council of Columbia Theological Seminary announced Repairing the Breach: Deepening Columbia’s Commitment to Black People and Their Flourishing, an initiative to “critically examine its structures and create new models for education that take seriously the flourishing of Black people in our community and beyond.”

As one tangible expression of this commitment Columbia Seminary began to fully fund the cost of tuition and student fees for all Black students who apply and are admitted to our Masters degree programs.

Scholarships under Repairing the Breach have been temporarily funded out of existing undesignated funds. This was done immediately and short-term, but in anticipation of long-term funding being established.

In the summer of 2021, Columbia Seminary alumnus William Pender (M.Div, 1980) made known his sense of call to initiate and spearhead fundraising for an endowment fund to support the Repairing the Breach initiative by endowing a William Thomas Catto scholarship. The Alumni Council of Columbia Theological Seminary decided in December 2021 to join Dr. Pender in this initiative. The Alumni Council is calling on fellow alums to join in and raise funds to permanently endow this scholarship for Black Columbia Theological Seminary students.