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Division of Religious and Ministry Studies Receives $30,000 Gift

July 17, 2023

The Division of Religious and Ministry Studies recently received a gift of $30,000 from The Rev. Dr. Laticia Hill Godette. This gift is to help support students who are currently enrolled or enrolling in the Division of Religious and Ministry Studies. 

Dr. Godette is the first woman to serve as a Presiding Elder in The New Jersey Annual Conference of The A.M.E. Zion Church and the owner of Godette Health. She is a philanthropist who has given away more than $1 million in the last two years to help students, preachers, churches, and colleges such as Livingstone College and Hood Theological Seminary. Dr. Godette says she gives because she believes God blesses her to be a blessing to those in need.

"We are thankful for this gift from Dr. Godette that will help students continue their education," said Rev. Dr. Jerrett Fite, Chair of the Division of Religious and Ministry Studies. "These funds will provide scholarships and other resources to help our students be successful."

Growing up in poverty, Dr. Godette became the first person in her family to graduate from college. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and a Juris Doctorate from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After graduating from Hood Theological Seminary, Dr. Godette committed to helping historically black colleges and universities.