Scholarship Endowment Gift A Challenge To Others

For Release: June 1, 2013

COLUMBIA – Cherry Hill Seminary has received a generous gift of $10,000 to endow a scholarship for graduate students. The anonymous donor has made the gift a matching challenge to others who support Cherry Hill Seminary’s mission of quality education and practical training in leadership, ministry, and personal growth in Pagan and Nature-Based spiritualities. Interest from the endowment will provide an annual scholarship to a master’s intensive, two of which are required in order to complete a Master of Divinity degree.

“Not only are we grateful for the foresight of this donor, who has demonstrated such admirable commitment, but we also applaud those who have already taken advantage of this opportunity to, in effect, double their own gift by responding to the matching challenge,” said Dr. Todd Berntson, President of Cherry Hill Seminary.

Executive Director Holli Emore noted that the donor was inspired to give by the recent Sacred Lands and Spiritual Landscapes held in collaboration with the University of South Carolina. “We have worked so hard for the past several years to shape our program into one with strong academic integrity as well as meaningful impact for the community of Pagan and nature-based spiritualities,” said Emore. This endowment is both an affirmation of that hard work, and a signal to others who might be ready to join the effort.”

Nearly $3,000 in gifts to the endowment have already been received; Cherry Hill Seminary has until July 1, 2013 to raise the full $10,000 match.

Those who wish to make a gift may do so online or mail their check to Cherry Hill Seminary, P.O. Box 5405, Columbia, SC 29250-5405.

Pledges may be made online here or by emailing your message to CHS @ All donors will be acknowledged online unless they request otherwise.

Those interested in a future scholarship may write Cherry Hill Seminary for more information, or watch future newsletters for announcement of an invitation to apply. Donors may make a pledge to pay any time before December 31, 2013.

For more information, contact Holli Emore at Cherry Hill Seminary at CHS @