FUND FOR LEADERS SCHOLARSHIP
The Fund for Leaders Scholarship Application for the 2020-2021 academic year is available below. The deadline is January 1, 2020. Recipients will be notified by April 30, 2020.
Applications should be submitted via mail or email to:
Phyllis Wade, SWO President
412 North Sea Lane, NW
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
The scholarship will be awarded by the decision of the FL-Bahamas SWO Board at the February 2020 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.
Applicants should exhibit faith qualities that empower others.
Applicants should demonstrate leadership qualities in the church and the community.
Contributions to the scholarship fund:
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:
Laurie Nelson, Treasurer
Attn: Fund for Leaders Scholarship
22223 Buffalo Avenue
Port Charlotte, FL 33952
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. In 2011, upon reaching the required fund balance of $25,000, our organization was qualified to offer a scholarship. The fund has since grown to over $70,000
2011: Michelle Walka
2012: Joan Holden and Marissa Gardner Tweed
2013: Marissa Gardner Tweed and Marilyn Beyer
2014: Joan Holden and Jenny Michael
2015: Marissa Gardner Tweed
2016: Jenny Michael and Nicole Eastwood
2017: Nicole Eastwood and Diana Fajardo
2018: Lois Sorenson and Trixie Richter
2019: Lois Sorenson, Trixie Richter, and Ruth Ann Hoy