SHAWNEE, Kan. -- Central Baptist Theological Seminary has announced sustaining gifts totaling $1.7 million from two foundations.
The Houston-based Eula Mae and John Baugh Foundation, named for the late founders of what is now the Sysco Corp., has pledged $1.1 million for general expenses.
The foundation assists several Baptist entities, including Word&Way.
An unnamed Kansas City foundation awarded the seminary $600,000 for create, a master of divinity degree program. Central covers the cost for students selected to enter the entrepreneurial plan.
Vice President for Institutional Advancement John Gravley called the gifts a "testament to the seminary's faithfulness to these foundations' high expectations, its forward momentum and its vision for the future of theological education."
Both entities contributed grants to Central's current library and chapel building program.
"It is truly a vote of confidence for these foundations to support Central's mission," Gravley added.