Fund for Leaders Scholarship

The Fund for Leaders Scholarship Application for the 2018-2019 academic year is available on our website, The deadline is midnight, December 15, 2017. Applications should be submitted to Tracy Moffatt, SWO Vice President, 1944 Crestview Way, Naples, FL 34119 or electronically to
The scholarship will be awarded by the decision of the FL-BA SWO board at their January 2019 board meeting using the following criteria:
 The applicant must be a student in the candidacy process attending one of the eight ELCA seminaries in either the Master of Divinity or Master of Arts program, or a student in an approved extension program of one of the ELCA seminaries and be enrolled in an approved program, such as the Theological Education for Emerging Ministries (TEEM) program.
 Preference will be given to residents of the Florida-Bahamas Synod.
 Preference will be given to female applicants.
 Preference will be given to an active member of a congregational unit of the Women of the ELCA.
 Applicant should exhibit faith qualities that empower others.
 Applicant should demonstrate leadership qualities in church and the community.

Thank you, Florida-Bahamas Women of the ELCA, for your generous support of our Fund for Leaders Scholarship! It is your financial support that allows us to make scholarships available which, in turn, reduce the amount of debt our recipients will have after leaving seminary. If you would like to donate to the Fund for Leadership Scholarship, please send your donation to our Treasurer, Ann English at 315 S. 57th Ave., Hollywood, FL 33023. Be sure to indicate that it is for the Fund for Leaders Scholarship.

  The Florida-Bahama’s Synodical Women’s Organization is pleased to announce that Nicole K. Eastwood and Jennifer S. “Jenny” Michael are the recipients of our Fund for Leaders Scholarship for the 2016-17 academic year.  Each recipient has been awarded a scholarship in the amount of $1,300.00. 

Nicole is a member of St. Stephan Lutheran Church in Longwood and is attending Luther Seminary – Distance Learning.  Her passion is for empowering, equipping, and nurturing the faith and gifts in others. She loves to help people discover their gifts and passions and use them to glorify God, by setting them free to serve and giving them feedback and encouragement along the way.

Jenny is a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Pensacola and is very active in Women of the ELCA, having served as the Florida-Bahamas SWO President, as Churchwide President as well as serving as a Congregational Unit and Conference Officer.  While serving as our SWO President, Jenny worked very hard to establish the Fund for Leadership Scholarship.  She is attending Wartburg Seminary and is currently doing her internship year at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Laramie, Wyoming. 

Congratulations, Nicole and Jenny! 

The Florida-Bahamas Synodical Women’s Organization (SWO) Fund for Leadership Scholarship recipient is selected in January of each year.  Information about the scholarship and the application form are available below for download or you may contact SWO President Phyllis Wade at 850-621-3267.

Scholarship History

Several years ago, the Women of the Florida Bahamas Synod developed a fund through the ELCA Fund for Leaders (formerly Leaders in Mission) to award an annual scholarship to a seminary student.  Upon reaching the required fund balance of $25,000, our organization was qualified to offer a scholarship beginning with an award to our first recipient, Michelle Walka (Luther Seminary), in 2011.  In 2012, we chose two recipients, Joan Holden (Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary) and Marissa Tweed (Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago), to receive scholarship assistance. In 2013 It was Marissa Tweed and Marilyn Beyer. In 2014-15 It was Joan Holden and Jenny Michael. In 2015  Marissa Tweed. We continue to do more as the fund grows thanks to all of you.  Joan Holden is now a pastor in Florida and attended Fall Gathering 2015 - our scholarship at work.! 


Elaine Heine,
Feb 1, 2017, 3:43 PM
Elaine Heine,
Feb 1, 2017, 3:43 PM
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