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 the Office of African Descent Ministries. In 2021, $106,500 was awarded to 21 black scholars. This year’s scholarship distribution:

– $30,000 awarded to 3 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. 

– $55,500 was awarded from the Robert W. Patton Memorial Fund and the Mary J. Stroud to 9 scholars. Both funds were established in 1968.

– $21,000 was award to 9 applicants from the Eckhardt & Hattie Rebecca Anderson Memorial Fund. (Established 1948) Collins, F.K., Jane K., & W.S. (Established 1884) Richardson Fund (Established 1905)

Scholarships for the 2021/2022 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