Pauli Murray Scholarship

Named for Pauli Murray, a civil rights activist and the first African American woman ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church, this scholarship seeks to equip African American leaders and other leaders of color for the next chapter of the church’s life.

Created by a partnership between Seminary of the Southwest and local Episcopal congregations, the Texas Pauli Murray Scholarship will help cover living expenses, in addition to tuition and other assistance provided by the seminary, helping students earn a Master of Divinity without incurring extra debt.

(For Pauli Murray’s remarkable story, please see ‘The Many Lives of Pauli Murray,” Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker,

Our inaugural fundraising scholarship gala (“Shoulders to the Sky”) will be on Saturday, September 28, 6:30pm, in Austin. We welcome – and thank you for – your ticket purchase, sponsorship, and/or dinner program ad.

Our financial goal is to raise money to award up to $25,000 to a student per class or $75,000/year. At the same time, we want to build an endowment as rapidly as possible to allow the program to become self-sustaining. So, far we have raised $115,000 toward this goal – a good beginning.

Gala Tickets: $100/person

Gala Sponsorships (includes a table of 8/10, depending on total attendance and hotel space, and recognition during the dinner and program). Levels of sponsorship:

$25,000 (whole page ad in booklet) — Absalom Jones Sponsors

$15,000 (1/2 page ad in booklet) — Ida B. Wells Sponsors

$10,000 (1/3 page ad in booklet) — Desmond Tutu Sponsors

 $5,000 (1/4 page ad in booklet) — Oscar Romero Sponsors

 $2,000 (name listed) — Frances Joseph-Gaudet Sponsors

Gala Program Booklet Ads (ads are due by August 10):

Full page  $1,500

Half page  $800

Quarter page  $500

1/8 page  $300

Please send your ad work-up or PDF to, if you would like. Otherwise, we will be happy to fashion your ad for you. Thank you.

General Scholarship Sponsorships: You may also use the “Donate” button to make a tax-deductible donation independent of the Gala.

Please use this button for gala tickets, sponsorships, program ads, or a general contribution:

Thank you for your generous support of this important endeavor. Please contact, if you would like more details about giving a gift to support this important work.