Ministerial scholarships top $422,000 in 2003

Ministerial scholarships top $422,000 in 2003

October 31, 2003
Written by Staff Reports

Each year, the UCC awards hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships to support UCC seminarians and those preparing for ministry in global partner churches. In addition, the church provides grants to support continuing education for its pastors.

In 2003, $422,657 was distributed from the church's endowed scholarship funds to support this educational commitment.

Here's a run down of the number and amount of awards offered this year:

Make a Difference Awards

The Make a Difference awards are funded from endowments established with funds contributed by UCC members to the all-church Make a Difference capital campaign of the mid-1990s. Awards totaling $55,719 were distributed for:

 Seminarian scholarships, $14,700;
 Doctoral awards, $4,488;
 Educational support awards,$18,338;
 Bi-vocational and licensed ministry training, $1,346;
 Health and human service training award, $1,600;
 Continuing education, $11,612; and
 Global partner church awards, $5,235.

Cannon Endowment Scholarship

The Cannon Scholarship was established in 1992 with a gift from Dr. Clinton Cannon, a U.S. Army retiree. It provides assistance to students planning to become military chaplains.

Four UCC seminarians received a total of $5,750 in assistance.

Garrett Trust Scholarship Fund

The Garrett Fund was established in 1946 to provide scholarships to UCC seminary students seeking a Master of Divinity degree. $10,600 was distributed to 12 seminarians.

Adrienne M. and Charles Shelby Rooks Fellowship

The Rooks Fellowship was established to support UCC seminarians from historically under-represented racial and ethnic groups. Twenty-one UCC seminarians received scholarship awards totaling $97,000.

Richard and Helen Brown Pastoral Endowment

Richard and Helen Brown bequeathed nearly $5 million to the UCC to establish an endowment for pastoral scholarships for seminarians and for continuing education for pastors.

The endowment provided $229,288 in awards for a variety of purposes, including:

 International seminarian scholarships administered by the seven UCC-related seminaries,$22,000;
 UCC seminarian scholarships administered by the UCC's Council for Racial Ethnic Ministries: $17,200 awarded by United Black Christians; $13,500 awarded by the Council of Hispanic Ministries; $19,480 awarded by Ministers for Racial, Social and Economic Justice; and $12,823 awarded by Pacific Islander and Asian-American Ministries. No awards were given this year by the Council for American Indian Ministries;
 Bi-vocational and lay ministry training, $24,379; and
 Continuing education for UCC pastors, $45,192. Global partner church scholarships (administered by Wider Church Ministries): $32,496 awarded to seminarians of the UCC's global/overseas partner churches; $42,218 to support continuing education programs in global partner churches.

William R. Johnson Scholarship Fund

The Johnson Scholarship was established in 2000 to provide scholarships for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender seminarians. $24,300 was awarded this year to help nine UCC seminarians.

UCC congregations, members and friends may contribute to any of the UCC's endowment funds in order to increase the amount of interest income available annually to provide scholarship assistance and grants. Contact the UCC's  Financial Development Ministry at 800/846-6822 for more information.


For more information on UCC scholarships, contact Veronica Jefferson of the UCC's Parish Life and Leadership Ministry, 216/736-3839;

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