Morehouse Receives One Million to Fund King Chapel and Endowed Chair

Philanthropists Ken and Kathryn Chenault have donated $1 million to Morehouse College, half of which will support the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel Restoration Project and half of which will continue funding for the Dr. Hortenius Chenault Endowed Chair in Math and Science.

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Named after Chenault’s father who was an alumnus of Morehouse, the Dr. Hortenius Chenault Endowed Chair in Math and Science was established in 2005 to help increase student opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Meanwhile, the other $500,000 gifted to the Chapel Restoration Project will help upgrade the 41-year-old building by replacing its roof, electrical and plumbing systems, auditorium chairs, ceiling, flooring and lighting, among other projects. King Chapel is the nation’s only college-based chapel dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr., Morehouse’s most notable alumnus.

“The generous donation from Ken and Kathryn Chenault will support innovation in STEM education and enable renovations to begin at King Chapel, the heart of Morehouse that houses our academic ceremonies, our worship services, and the student leadership forums that prepare our scholars for success,” said Morehouse President Dr. David A. Thomas. “We appreciate the continued support of the Chenaults.”