Scholarship Fund Announced
The Professor Yolanda Smith Scholarship Fund is part of a Yale Divinity School effort to remember Dr. Smith’s legacy. In memory of Yolanda’s vision of Community and social change, the fund will have a preference for students with a demonstrated interest and commitment to the African-American religious tradition.
Purpose of the project
The purpose of this study is to contribute to the understanding of the history of theological education for blacks in America, linking church and academy, with particular attention to the experience of blacks at Yale Divinity School. It also seeks to elucidate the impact that theological education at YDS had on the lives and careers of generations of church and community leaders, many of whom have made significant contributions both at home and abroad. In addition, this study will attempt to ascertain effective (as well as ineffective) strategies employed in the theological education of blacks in hopes of contributing to the formation of new paradigms for black theological education.