Schmieder Leadership Scholarship for women faculty at ELCA colleges and seminaries

The purpose of this scholarship is to develop and promote women's leadership at ELCA colleges and seminaries by assisting women administrators and faculty to participate in a leadership and management training institute (such as the Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education at Bryn Mawr College). This scholarship was begun by Charlotte Fiechter, the second executive director of Women of the ELCA, to encourage academic and administrative leadership among women on our ELCA college, university, and seminary faculties and staffs. The funds for this scholarship are from interest on the Schmieder Endowment Fund. To date, 22 women have attended summer institutes, each receiving between $2,000 and $4,000, with additional monetary assistance from her college, university, or seminary.

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.)


Schmieder Leadership Scholarship

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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: