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Women in Leadership Conference Scholarship

The Inaugural Women in Leadership Conference was held at ETS in March 2011. The purpose of the Conference is to provide lay and ordained women academic and spiritual enlightenment on contemporary issues to enhance and sharpen their tools for engaging the complexities of the 21st century.

The Conference established a scholarship in the amount of $1,000.00 to be awarded annually as available to a female student whose ministry/work is focused primarily on women.

Students interested in applying for this scholarship will:

1) Be enrolled in an ETS Master’s level program at least half-time and will have completed at least one quarter
 
2) Maintain a 3.0 GPA or above
 
3) Submit an essay describing the ministry/work in which she is engaged that is focused on women
 
4) Submit a Letter of Recommendation from a ministry/work context supervisor or colleague
 

The Sergio and Lora Mazza Scholarship

Sergio and Lora Mazza established this endowed scholarship fund in their name in 2004 to help deserving ETS students advance their seminary education.

Sergio Mazza currently serves as the chair of the board of ETS and Lora Mazza is a committed volunteer, helping the seminary with many special projects. Sergio Mazza is President of SenSound and also holds a Master of Arts in Religious Studies from Hartford Seminary.

This scholarship will be awarded as available to deserving ETS students in good standing and based on need. Students interested in applying for this scholarship will:

1) Complete an application by May 1st.

2) Have a 3.0 GPA or above.

3) Be currently enrolled at least half-time.

            4) Submit a letter of recommendation from a ministry context supervisor or colleague.

 
The V. Bruce Rigdon Scholarship

Dr. V. Bruce Rigdon served as President of ETS and Professor of Church History from 1997 to 2006. He is internationally regarded for his specialization in church history and history of theology, with emphasis on the Reformation, modern European church history and the history of the Russian Orthodox Church. His graduate education was completed at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary, Yale Divinity School and Yale University.

The V. Bruce Rigdon Scholarship Fund will be awarded as available to a deserving ETS student in good standing.

Students interested in applying for this scholarship will:

1) Complete an application by May 1st.

2) Have a 3.0 GPA or above.

3) Be currently enrolled at least half-time.

                  4) Submit a letter of recommendation from a ministry context supervisor or colleague

 
 
The James W. and Ruth L. Schulz Scholarship

The James W. and Ruth L. Schulz Scholarship Fund provides scholarship funds for qualified students who are completing their education at ETS. 

Students interested in applying for this scholarship will:

1) Complete an application by November 1 or May 1st.

2) Have a 3.0 GPA or above.

3) Be currently enrolled at least half-time.

4) Submit a letter of recommendation from a ministry context supervisor or colleague.
 
 

The Anneliese Sinnott Scholarship
 
The Anneliese Sinnott Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in 1999 to help deserving ETS students advance their seminary education.

Dr. Sinnott, a Dominican sister, has served as ETS Academic Dean since 1996 and Professor of Systematic Theology since 1988.  She completed her graduate education at De Paul University, SS. Cyril & Methodius Seminary and Katholieke Universiteit in Belgium.

This scholarship fund is designated for women who are currently enrolled in the MDiv program and are focusing their ministry on children and youth.

Students interested in applying for this scholarship will:

1) Complete an application by May 1st.

2) Have a 3.0 GPA or above.

3) Be currently enrolled at least half-time.

4) Submit a letter of recommendation from a ministry context supervisor or colleague.

5) Submit an essay paper describing the ministry in which you are engaged.

 


The Marilyn DeGraw Scholarship Fund

This endowed scholarship fund was established by the DeGraw family to honor the memory of Rev. Marilyn DeGraw who participated in the cooperative Master of Divinity program at ETS and graduated from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in 1993.

Following her graduation, Marilyn was ordained in the Detroit Conference of the United Methodist Church where she served in both an urban church, Waterman-Preston in southwest Detroit, and a small town church in Byron, southwest of Flint. Marilyn is remembered as an outstanding preacher, administrator, educator, and music minister.

This scholarship fund gives preference to students in the United Methodist tradition.

Students interested in applying for this scholarship will:

1) Complete an application by November 1 or May 1st.

2) Have a 3.0 GPA or above.

3) Be currently enrolled at least half-time.

4) Submit a letter of recommendation from a ministry context supervisor or colleague.

 


The Marcus A. Foster Scholarship

Marcus A. Foster (1923-1973) was a public school teacher and administrator. In the 1960s he was principal of the O.V. Catto School, a disciplinary school for at-risk boys, and Simon Gratz High School, and Associate Superintendent of Schools in Philadelphia. In 1968, he was the recipient of The Philadelphia Award. This award was established in 1921 by Edward W. Bok (1863-1930), publishing executive and editor of the Ladies’ Home Journal. It is given each year by the Bok Foundation to a citizen of the Philadelphia region who acts and serves on behalf of the best interests of the community. In 1970, he became the first African American Superintendent of a large city school district when he was hired to lead the Oakland Unified School District in Oakland, California.

On November 6, 1973, Dr. Foster was assassinated by the Symbionese Liberation Army as he was leaving an OUSD Board meeting. During his brief tenure in Oakland, he was a trailblazer who left a legacy of innovation, community cooperation, and unwavering commitment to quality public education. 

For over ten years, Dr. Foster was a Christian Science Reader in the Delaware County, Pennsylvania, prison system. He felt that this was one important way to live out his Christian commitment. How ironic that one who loved to read and interpret the word of God to those confined behind prison walls would die such a violent, untimely death.

This scholarship in the amount of $500.00 will be awarded as available to a student who: (1) is engaged in prison ministry or a prison after-care program; or (2) works with at-risk youth through the Detroit Public Schools or in a religious setting.

Students interested in applying for this scholarship will:

1) Complete an application by May 1st.

2) Have a 3.0 GPA or above.

3) Be currently enrolled at least half-time.

4) Submit a letter of recommendation from a ministry context supervisor or colleague.

5) Submit an essay paper describing the ministry in which you are engaged.

 


The Maurice J. Higginbothan Ministerial Scholarship

The Rev. Dr. Maurice J. Higginbothan served as an ordained elder and presiding elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church for 52 years in the Illinois and Michigan Conferences. While in Detroit Rev. Higginbothan had a vision for what is now known as the Midtown Cultural District and knew that Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church would play a pivotal role in its revitalization. Despite an inclination on the part of his church members to leave the city, Rev. Higginbothan knew that God was in the midst of the city and would revive it again. This vision led him to build the Historic Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church located at 5050 St. Antoine St in Detroit. Rev. Higginbothan served on the Board of Directors of the Hospital Governing Commission and served as President of the Citizens Council for the Medical Center. His love for God and the people of God is evident in the lives of so many people that he touched and the legacy that he leaves behind.

A scholarship in the amount of $500.00 is awarded as available to an Ecumenical Theological Seminary Seminarian preparing for Ministerial orders in the Fourth (4th) Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Students interested in applying for this scholarship will:

1) Complete an application by May 1st.

2) Be a member in good standing in the African Methodist Episcopal Church in the Fourth (4th) Episcopal District.

3) Be preparing for Itinerant Orders in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

4) Be enrolled in the Master of Divinity program at Ecumenical Theological Seminary at least half-time or complete at least four (4) full courses in the academic year.

5) Maintain a 3.0 GPA or above.

6) Submit a letter of support from a Supervising Pastor or Presiding Elder indicating a capacity to provide transformative leadership in the service of the church.

7) Demonstrate financial need
 

The Carol Joyce Jones Scholarship

Carol Joyce Jones came to ETS in 2003 as a student in the Urban Ministry Diploma Program. After completing that program in 2004 she was accepted into the Master of Divinity Program and began her studies enthusiastically. Besides her professional experience and her role as wife and mother, Carol Joyce brought with her a life of service and volunteerism. In addition to her responsibilities as a student, Carol Joyce fully participated in her church, Friendship Baptist Church, and served as Coordinator of the Sustaining Pastoral Excellence Program and as a recruitment associate at the Seminary until her untimely death in February 2006.

This scholarship has been established in the amount of $500.00 to honor the legacy of Carole Joyce Jones here at Ecumenical Theological Seminary to be awarded as available to a student engaged in community-related ministry beyond the local church. Such ministry may include, but not be limited to: working with the homeless, abused persons and their families, feeding program involvement, community organizing within a religious context, significant inter-religious or ecumenical engagement, AIDS/cancer supportive care.

Students interested in applying for this scholarship will:

1) Complete an application by May 1st

2) Have a 3.0 GPA or above.

3) Be currently enrolled at least half-time.

4) Submit a letter of recommendation from a ministry context supervisor or colleague.

5) Submit an essay paper describing the ministry in which you are engaged.
 
 

Presbyterian Women Scholarship 

This scholarship is made possible by the Presbyterian Women of Detroit for a deserving Urban Ministry Diploma student.

1) Complete an application by May 1st

2) Have a 3.0 GPA or above.

3) Be currently enrolled at least half-time

4) Submit a letter of recommendation from a ministry context supervisor or colleague.