Stipend honors the legacy of influential educator, pastor and civil rights chief
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WACO, Texas (Sept. 8, 2020) — The division of faith in Baylor College’s School of Arts & Sciences has introduced the institution of the Robert L. Gilbert Scholar in Faith Graduate Stipend, named in honor of Baylor’s first African American graduate.
The late Rev. Gilbert — an influential educator, pastor and civil rights chief within the Waco space — graduated from Baylor in 1967 with a B.A. in historical past. In 1970, he grew to become the primary African American to enroll in Baylor’s graduate program within the division of faith. Throughout his time in that program he grew to become assistant director of the college’s Upward Certain program, which helps highschool college students from low-income households put together for faculty.
The Gilbert Scholar in Faith will obtain an yearly enhanced stipend of $6,000 above the bottom stipend of $20,000, with full tuition remission for as much as 5 years (a bundle of about $250,000 over that interval). The appliance course of will open this fall, and the profitable candidate will start graduate research at Baylor in fall 2021.
“We’re grateful to have the ability to honor the legacy of Rev. Robert Gilbert by providing this stipend that mixes two of his passions: schooling and the church,” stated James Nogalski, Ph.D., director of graduate research in faith. “We hope that the addition of the Robert L. Gilbert Scholar will improve our capability as a program each to diversify our scholar physique and to learn the way race and tradition influence the training course of. We anticipate that our Gilbert Students will return this funding many occasions over as they bring about new insights, totally different experiences and contemporary views into our conversations.”
In 1976, Gilbert grew to become the primary African American elected to the Waco Unbiased Faculty District Board. He additionally was a champion of girls in ministry, being the primary African American Baptist pastor to license a feminine minister.
Members of the Gilbert household expressed their appreciation for the inauguration of the Gilbert Graduate Stipend.
Gilbert’s son Kenyatta Gilbert, Ph.D., professor of homiletics at Howard College Faculty of Divinity in Washington, D.C., stated that “regardless of his deeply isolating instructional journey at Baylor, at a time of intense civil unrest in our nation, my father discovered a divine camaraderie inside himself — one which conspired together with his hopes to nurture his mind and develop in his humanity. Although splinter-pricked by the racism he skilled there, he adopted the grain in his personal wooden and, as a consequence of his daring, widened doorways of alternative for others.
“My household and I are very happy that the Robert L. Gilbert Scholar in Faith initiative will help coming generations of students who will dedicate themselves to the important work of cultivating websites of justice and belonging, which we hope will lead to a extra culturally numerous communion of students having significant voice within the academy,” he stated.
Invoice Bellinger, Ph.D., W. Marshall and Lulie Craig Chairholder in Bible and chair of Baylor’s division of faith, stated that “the story of Rev. Robert Gilbert integrates dedication to schooling and the church and conjures up studying and progress. The division of faith hopes that the Robert L. Gilbert Graduate Scholar in Faith will lead us all in additional realizing that inspiration whereas contributing from wealthy and numerous backgrounds to a curriculum steeped in Bible, historical past and theology. Might Gilbert Students contribute a lot to our future collectively.”
The submission deadline for the Robert L. Gilbert Scholar in Faith Graduate Stipend is Dec. 15, 2020. For extra data, contact Candice H. Williams tutorial and scholar help affiliate, graduate research, division of faith, One Bear Place #97284, Waco, TX 76798. Workplace: (254) 710-3742.
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