Episcopal Divinity School and City Year Announce “give a year” Partnership

CAMBRIDGE, MA, November 19, 2012—Episcopal Divinity School and City Year, an education-focused nonprofit organization, are pleased to announce a new agreement to award tuition scholarships to qualified City Year leaders, alumni, and staff.

The “give a year” Partnership is an innovative collaboration that unites colleges and universities with City Year to create scholarship opportunities for those who have given a year of service in high-need urban schools with City Year. As part of the “give a year” Partnership, Episcopal Divinity School will award qualified City Year alumni and staff, who are admitted to the Master of Divinity or Master of Arts in Theological Studies programs, a scholarship equivalent to 25% of tuition.

EDS is the first Episcopal seminary to enter into the give a year Program and only the second seminary in the nation participating in this program.

“We are thrilled to become a City Year “give a year” partner. Episcopal Divinity School has a long and rich history of preparing community leaders. It makes sense that we should reward those individuals who have committed to service with scholarship opportunities. We look forward to welcoming new applications from the City Year community and to supporting their education while they are here,” said The Very Rev. Katherine Hancock Ragsdale, President and Dean of Episcopal Divinity School.

City Year was founded in 1988 by Michael Brown and Alan Khazei, who felt strongly that young people in service could be a powerful resource for addressing America's most pressing issues. City Year is currently serving in 24 cities across the United States and in two international affiliate sites located in Johannesburg, South Africa and London, England. Since 1988, City Year’s more than 16,500 alumni have served over 23.2 million hours.

Episcopal Divinity School is a respected and progressive center for study and spiritual formation for lay and ordained leaders located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Committed to a mission of social justice and inclusive education and grounded in the Anglican tradition, EDS balances a respect for the past with an orientation to innovation.