by Valora K Starr
Two of the greatest challenges to returning to school in today’s economy are mapping out a financial plan and completing the scholarship application process.
Today, applicants must balance applying and securing multiple scholarships. If all applications are not successful, most students often have to make the decision to go forward one semester at a time.
The women who established what we now know as Women of the ELCA scholarships for laywomen and women seeking ordination were looking forward. They were imagining more than just a vehicle for financial assistance. They wanted a way for women to connect to a community that will support them as they grow in faith and make a difference in the church, society and the world.
For the 2016-17 school year, Women of the ELCA awarded $20,700 to 15 women.
Although, these scholarship funds were started years ago, your offerings continue to help applicants keep pace with the economy and cost of tuition.
Awards for the 2016-2017 school year were awarded from the Chilstrom Fund Ordained Ministry (for women who are second career students at ELCA seminaries preparing for ordained ministry in the ELCA) or from the Women of the ELCA Funds for Laywomen Opportunity (for ELCA laywomen who have had an interruption in undergraduate, graduate, professional or vocational studies).
This category awards scholarships from the Cronk, First Triennium Board, General, Mehring, Paepke, Piero Wade, Edwin/Edna Robeck Funds, Belmer, Kahler, Prince, Vickers-Raup, Wettstein, Drinkall, Arne, Kemp, Schmeider, Franke/Knudstrup, Norma Zack Currie, Lombardi, Wassman Laywomen Opportunity funds.
Women of the ELCA will begin accepting completed applications December 15, 2016, for the 2017-2018 school year. The deadline for accepting applications is February 15, 2017. Scholarships are awarded in May 2017.
2016-17 scholarships awarded
Chilstrom Fund Ordained Ministry Scholarship
Assists women who are second career students at ELCA seminaries preparing for ordained ministry in ELCA congregations.
Jennifer Michael (9F)
Wartburg Theological Seminary
Cronk Funds Laywomen Opportunity Scholarship
Assists ELCA laywomen who have had an interruption in undergraduate, graduate, professional or vocational studies.
Haley Armstrong (4A)
Erica E. Berg (3B)
Nursing Education, MS
Western Governors University
Betsy Borseth (4C)
Political Science, Ph.D
University of North Texas
Sarah Brock (3F)
Physician Assistant, MS
Des Moines University
Sarah M. Desjarlais (3B)
Dental Hygiene, MS
University of Bridgeport Connecticut, Fones School of Dental Hygiene
Kara Farrow (4C)
M.Div (not seeking ordination)
Phillips Theological Seminary
Tara Gilbert (6F)
Christian Ministries-Youth Ministry, BS
Indiana Wesleyan University
Yvonne Offill (2C)
Azusa Pacific University
Jennifer Pencek (8C)
State College, Penn.
Higher Education-student engagement, M.Ed
Pennsylvania State University
Mialy Rabe (9B)
International Relations, MA
North Carolina State University
Victoria Remer (3B)
Grand Forks, N.D.
Journalism-Strategic Communication and English, BA
University of Kansas
Jessica A. Rico (4F)
College Station, Texas
Public Health, MS
Texas A&M University
Beth Allen Slevcove (2C)
San Diego, Calif.
Clinical Pastoral Education-Chaplaincy Training
Sherrie J. Squires (7C)
Southwest Bible College & Seminary
Valora K Starr, director of discipleship for Women of the ELCA, oversees the scholarship program.