Financial Aid for Students
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How Your Giving Helps

Financial Aid

Currently 95% of all students enrolled in Yale Divinity School receive some form of financial aid.  The top financial priority is to increase the amount of aid available to students. 

Endowed Scholarship Funds

All gifts can be paid over a period of 5 years.


Named Endowed Scholarship Fund

  • At the Divinity School a donor may establish an endowed scholarship with a minimum gift of $50,000.

Full Tuition Named Endowed Scholarship Fund

  • A donor may create a designation when establishing their Endowed Scholarship Fund.
  • The income will cover full tuition for one student for one year. 

Comprehensive Named Endowed Scholarship Fund

  • Income will cover full tuition, books, fees and living expenses for one student for one year.

Annual Fund

All gifts to the Yale Divinity School Annual Fund will be used for direct financial aid for all students.  Gifts of any amount are welcomed.  Support of $250 and above will be recognized in the following leadership giving circles:

Nathan Hale Associates $10,000-above
Marquand Society $5,000-$9,999
Edwards Circle $2,500-$4,999
Beecher Benefactors $1000-$2,499
Stuart Associates $250-$499

To make a gift please click here.

Berkeley Divinity School Annual Fund

Gifts to the Berkeley Divinity School Annual Fund are used to support the work of the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale.  For more information please click

Endowed Programmatic Funds

In order to increase excellence, the Divinity School has other giving opportunities such as for new faculty positions to lectureships for visiting professionals.   To discuss your interest, please contact:

Rod Lowe
Senior Associate Director of Major Gifts
409 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Telephone: (203) 432-8127

Or e-mail:

Action & Impact

May 11, 2022
The YDS Dean’s Advisory Council, joined by Yale President Peter Salovey, members of the George and Carol Bauer family, and the design team for the School’s Living Village,...
May 3, 2022
May 3, 2022 YDS Dean Greg Sterling released the foillowing statement today to the Divinity School alums and the campus community. —— I write today about a major...
April 13, 2022
By Pressley Peters As the threat of climate change grows more urgent, Yale Divinity School is showing the world one way to confront it. Through the creation of a regenerative...
March 7, 2022
A pair of new scholarships honor two towering figures in the history of women at Yale Divinity School—Rena Karefa-Smart ’45 B.D., the first Black woman to graduate from YDS,...
February 11, 2022
By Leah Silvieus ’21 M.A.R. This winter, mother and son Jean Wood ’64 M.A.R. and Chris Wood ’90 B.A. pledged $250,000 to support 10 new annual social justice scholarships at...
January 14, 2022
January 14, 2022   Yale Divinity School Dean Greg Sterling announced today that fundraising success and endowment performance now make it possible for YDS to meet the full...
November 15, 2021
Following fundraising success and project approval by the Yale Corporation, Yale Divinity School is moving ahead with design and construction of its history-making Living...
October 1, 2021
By Lauren Yanks ‘19 M.Div. Born in Philadelphia in 1943, Marylouise Oates ‘73 M.Div. has spent her life breaking barriers and helping those in need. These values were planted...
September 22, 2021
A nearly 31 percent jump in gifts, including substantial new support for the Living Village. A significant increase in dollars given for the Annual Fund. Twelve new endowed...
June 21, 2021
By Pressley Peters A significant new scholarship underwritten by the MRW Education Fund and partially matched by the Divinity School Scholarship Challenge Fund honors the...
May 14, 2021
By Pressley Peters Ademuyiwa Bamiduro ’13 M.Div. had two reasons for starting a fund to help YDS students pay for their divinity education, both learned through personal...
February 9, 2021
By Pressley Peters   The Rev. James K. Donnell ’58 B.D., a retired Presbyterian minister from Pennsylvania, had such confidence in his alma mater that he contributed over $1...
October 29, 2020
Yale Divinity School has received a grant of $1 million from Lilly Endowment Inc. to establish Reimagining Church: New Models for the 21st Century, a YDS program aimed at...
October 1, 2020
Clyde Tuggle ’88 M.Div. and his wife, Mary Streett, made a $1 million commitment to YDS to be used for the Divinity School’s area of greatest need. YDS plans to apply the...
October 1, 2020
Samuel W. Croll III ’75 M.A.R., and his wife, Ann, have made a $1 million commitment to the Living Village project. The Crolls’ gift brings the Divinity School closer to...
April 30, 2020
The Society of the Descendants of the Colonial Clergy, a national hereditary society, has endowed a new scholarship at Yale Divinity School. With the gift of $67,000 and a $...
April 3, 2020
By Pressley Peters Jennifer Boger ’71 M.A.R. and John “Jack” Boger ’71 M.Div. share a lifelong interest in equality, social justice, and education. Despite the depth of their...
February 7, 2020
Editor’s Note: Dean Greg Sterling sent the following announcement to the YDS community today. ——– Dear Colleagues, I have exciting news. Thanks to the...
October 9, 2019
The Divinity School’s Office of Alumni Engagement and Development has made two key appointments. Barbara Palmer-Bostick is the new Senior Associate Director for Major Gifts,...
August 2, 2019
The YDS Annual Fund surpassed its goal of $650,000 in fiscal year 2018-2019, raising a record $658,483. Every dollar raised goes to student financial aid, and approximately...