Arne Administrative Scholarship for women administrators

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide assistance to women interested in reaching the top of their field as an administrator. The additional education may be pursued through full-time school attendance, evening/part-time attendance, or summer session attendance. This scholarship was established in 1998 by Esther Arne. Esther served on the Women of the ELCA churchwide executive board in its first triennium. The average award has been $500.

An application will be considered complete once all forms have been submitted to Women of the ELCA at the address below. The following forms must be completed and returned by the deadline: February 15, 2017.

If a college transcript is required, all transcripts must be mailed to Women of the ELCA by the institution, by the deadline. (If an applicant has been out of school more than three years, disregard this requirement.)


Arne Administrative Scholarship

Background information and requirements  |  Application


The following forms must be mailed directly to Women of the ELCA from the individuals providing the references:

Pastors' Reference Form
(If the pastor is a relative, request a reference from the chairperson or vice-chairperson of the congregation.)

Academic Reference Form (A letter of recommendation from a faculty member who has taught the applicant within the last three years; disregard if out of school more than three years.)

Personal Reference Form
(A letter from someone who has knowledge of the applicant’s potential.)

Mail all application material to:     

Women of the ELCA Scholarship Program
ATTN: Valora Starr
8765 W. Higgins Rd.
Chicago, IL 60631-4101

It is the responsibility of the applicant to insure that Women of the ELCA has received all completed application materials. You will not be notified if documents are incomplete.
If you have questions or need clarification, please call 1-800-638-3522, extension 2741, or email: