The School of Divinity offers two financial resources to help students: Stealey’s Purse for students in emergency financial situations and Student Academic Conference Grants to attend academic or denominational conferences. More information about these two resources, including a request form for each, is below.
There is an emergency fund available to School of Divinity students called Stealey’s Purse. The generous donor of this fund knew Sydnor L. Stealey, a church history professor, who underwrote students with unexpected needs. In order to request emergency funds, you must make a formal request using the form below with the pertinent information included (see procedures below).
The Stealey’s Purse Committee will have the discretion to determine whether or not to make exceptions to the frequency with which a student might receive funds. The committee may confer with the Office of the University Chaplain, depending on the situation that leads to the funding request. The funding source for Stealey’s Purse is individual donations. Students are encouraged to treat the account as a “borrowing program” and give back a portion of the amount they borrowed as a donation to Stealey’s Purse.
There is financial support available to students attending academic conferences during the academic year. You may apply for a one-time grant for up to $100.00. Typically, these funds will be to reimburse students for eligible expenses (conference registration, travel, lodging, food, etc) as a result of conference attendance. Reimbursement will be provided after you attend the conference and provide original receipts.
Interested students can apply by submitting the following information using the form below:
Please note the request for funds must be made prior to attending the conference event. Funds are limited and will be disbursed on a first come, first served basis.