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General Baptist State Convention Gifts $100K to Shaw

Marilyn Baldwin Richards, Nilous M. Avery and Dr. Johnny Hill Shaw University received a gift of $100,000 from the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina at the organization’s annual mid-year session on Tuesday, May 15 in Rocky Mount, NC. Shaw and the GBSC have been linked since 1867 when it was founded to form an association to support the educational and missionary efforts of the black Baptist church.

“We are honored to receive this gift from the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina,” said Shaw University interim president Dr. Paulette Dillard. “The Convention’s continued support over the decades is affirmation that Shaw is fulfilling our mission to prepare young men and women for the challenges of life with a Christ-centered education.”

Shaw officials say the gift will help the university continue to educate students of all backgrounds and prepare the next generation of clergy for service.

“As is the case with many HBCUs, many students at Shaw University are the first in their families to go to college,” said Shaw University Divinity School Dean Dr. Johnny Hill. “Shaw has provided a path to economic prosperity and empowerment to thousands of young black people for 152 years. The black Baptist church has always been an integral part of this success and many clergy members today received their degrees from Shaw. This gift from the General Baptist State Convention will help Shaw continue that legacy.”