GETTYSBURG, Pa. (May 17, 2018) – The United Lutheran Seminary (ULS) today announced a $30 million anonymous gift given in the memory of James Franklin Kelly and Hope Eyster Kelly. The usage of this legacy gift, which is one of the largest gifts ever received by an ELCA seminary, is restricted to a new faculty chair and student scholarships beginning in 2019.
“We are deeply grateful for this generous gift and look forward to honoring the donor through our work on campus. The donor’s vision and commitment to the seminary will benefit current and future generations of educators and students,” said Bishop James Dunlop, acting president of the United Lutheran Seminary. “The seminary will utilize diligence in the planning of the faculty chair and scholarships.”
“This remarkable gift brings a wealth of positive momentum to the seminary," said Cheryl Williams, vice chair of the ULS Board of Trustees. “Gracious donors such as this can and will make a lasting impression on the ULS community.”
Vice President of Institutional Advancement Angela K. Zimmann, said this gift will benefit ULS students for decades.
“Over the years, many people have walked alongside this wonderful family who are deeply faithful and care so much for our seminary community. This is a transformative gift for the future of the Seminary and Lutheran theological education,” Zimmann said. “Generations of students will be impacted by this legacy. United Lutheran is committed to decreasing and eliminating educational debt for its students, and this gift is a key component in realizing this endeavor.”
About the United Lutheran Seminary
With deep roots on its two campuses in Gettysburg and Philadelphia, the United Lutheran Seminary is theological education’s newest graduate and professional school. It awards seven different degrees and has more than 10,000 graduates. Learn more at www.unitedlutheranseminary.edu.
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