African Descent Ministries

Black Students Scholarships

The Episcopal Church supports future Church Leaders of the African Diaspora to further their academic goals by providing scholarship opportunities. Scholarships are primarily for students enrolled in theological education and specialized training. Funding for the program is derived from annual dividends of designated trust funds established by generous donors. The program is administered by the DFMS Scholarship Committee and African Descent Ministries. In 2022, $182,238 was awarded to 34 black scholars. This year’s scholarship distribution:

  • $100,000 awarded to 10 seminarians from the Black Clergy Development Fund. This fund was established in 1983 to be used for recruitment and scholarship aid for Black postulants and candidates for Holy Orders in the Episcopal Church.
  • $59,622 was awarded from the Robert W. Patton Memorial Fund and the Mary J. Stroud to 10 scholars attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Both funds were established in 1968.
  • $22,616 was award to 12 applicants from the Eckhardt & Hattie Rebecca Anderson Memorial Fund. (Established 1948) Collins, F.K., Jane K., & W.S. (Established 1884)

Scholarships for the 2022/2023 academic year opens in the early spring and awards are generally granted in May. Typical awards range between $1,000 – $10,000 per year.

If you are interested in establishing a Trust in your name or in honor or memory someone, please email Maximillion Elliot-Quinerly.

The Rev. Canon Ronald C. Byrd Sr.

Missioner for African Descent Ministries

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