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Scholarships and Grants: Ministries of the ECW

Centered in congregations, the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) empowers women to do Christ’s ministry in the world. The following ministries are supported by ECW members in our Diocese.
ECW College and Women of the Well Scholarships


Over the last decade or more, the ECW has awarded over $100,000 in college scholarships to students in the Diocese of Alabama. The ECW College Scholarship program was born perhaps just prior to 1900 with a request from then–Bishop Richard Hooker Wilmer to John Ward Noble, the builder of St. Michael’s and All Angels Episcopal Church in Anniston, AL., to enable daughters of diocesan clergymen to attend the Noble Institute. Since that time other funds have been established in recognition of people who have taken to heart the education of young people in our diocese; several of those funds include restrictions in addition to the policies of the ECW Board and Scholarship Committee. In recent years these named funds have been augmented significantly by the ECW General Scholarship Fund, which is derived from the diocesan and parish ECW budgets, memorials, alms and other gifts. In addition to Bishop Wilmer, the donors whose dedication and vision continue to inspire us include Edith Buell Wilson, Isla Hall Hilderbrand, Elizabeth Blair Pannell, Sarah Sterret Porter, Bishop Onell Soto and St. John’s Church, Ensley.


How to donate to the ECW College Scholarship Fund

If you or your parish would like to contribute to the education of a young person in our church family, please consider making a gift to the ECW College Scholarship Fund. Your generosity is the only way to continue this very important program.All contributions may be sent to: ECW, Diocese of Alabama521 North 20th StreetBirmingham, AL 35203-2611. Please note on your check ECW College Scholarship Fund. 


Application Information

All college scholarships are based on need (40%), church involvement and activities (40%), and merit (20%). Applicants should be able to document information regarding their family’s financial status (Form 1040). An application for a college scholarship may be made every year a student is in college; however, an award to any one person is limited to a maximum of two years. Granted funds are mailed directly to the registrar’s office of the college of the recipient's choice. Seminarians are helped with CPC funds and are ineligible for ECW college scholarships.


Eligibility Requirements and Application Process

  • Each applicant must submit a completed Application Packet by March 31st and be:

  • A communicant in good standing with the Episcopal Church, Diocese of Alabama

  • Accepted or enrolled in an academic institution of college rank

  • Pursuing professional certification or a degree from an accredited institution

  • Able to show financial need

  • A recipient of no more than one previous ECW Scholarship


Application Packets must be complete, and must arrive by March 31st. Application Packet must include:

1.  Completed Application Form

2.  Recent transcript

3.  A one or two-page essay summarizing your need, your school and community accomplishments, and your church activities.

4.  The Church Involvement Form, completed by your priest.

5.  Your parents most recent Federal Tax Return (first 2 pages).

6.   Photograph no larger than 5x7, to be published.

Instructions for completing the package are included on the Application Form.






Applications must be postmarked or received electronically by March 31st of the year of application. Completed applications should be sent to the ECW Scholarship Chair, Katherine Jacob, 2701 21st Street Ensley, Birmingham, AL  35208, for more information call Katherine at 205-451-7561.


The awards will be announced in June. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated. If applying for a second scholarship, an evaluation by college chaplain is acceptable. Scholarship Application Forms and Church Involvement Surveys may be downloaded from the links on this page (see above), or requested from the Scholarship Chairman and mailed to you.


For more information on Scholarships, contact our Scholarship Chair:

Katherine Jacob

2701 21st Street Ensley

Birmingham, AL  35208





Birmingham -Emily Holmes; St. Mary's on-the-Highlands

Black Belt - Amy Cooper; St. Paul's, Greensboro

Cheaha - Cyndi Whetstone; Grace, Anniston

East Alabama - Jolai Jenkins; St. Andrew's, Tuskegee

Montgomery - Mary Benton; Ascension

Mountain - Karen Lancaster; Holy Comforter, Gadsden

Tennessee Valley - Mary Maiorano; St. Matthew's Madison






Women at the Well

The Women at the Well Scholarship is available to women, both lay and clergy, seeking refreshment. Women of the Well Scholarship applications may be submitted at any time to the Scholarship chair.  To be eligible for a Women at the Well Scholarship, an applicant must be a lay or clergy women who is a communicant good standing with the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Alabama; accepted or enrolled in a spiritual or religious program or lecture, and a recipient of no more than one previous ECW scholarship. Each recipient of this program may receive no more than a total of $400.  The application form should be submitted 2 months prior to the program or event, to allow time for review by the committee.


The completed application form should be sent to the ECW Scholarship Chair, Katherine Jacob, 2701 21st Street Ensley, Birmingham, AL  35208 or 205-451-7561 or Godsown4ever1@gmail.com


United Thank Offering (UTO)


Mission of the UTO

The mission of the United Thank Offering is to expand the circle of thankful people.  UTO’s simple purpose has remained constant; thankful offerings given for the everyday blessings of life, provide blessings for others.  Individuals in each parish take part spiritually by offering prayers of thanksgiving and by actively dropping coins in the “Little Blue Box”.   These coins are gathered twice a year at each church and then united with others from all over the country.  All UTO Ingathering money is used to award grants.  Over the past 126 years, the United Thank Offering has collected and granted over $137,250,000.00


UTO Ingatherings are done twice a year and should be arranged with the rector.  Publicize the meaning of UTO several weeks before the Ingathering.  Please mail parish Ingathering check payable to ECW, marked for UTO to:  ECW, Diocese of Alabama, 521 North 20th Street, Birmingham, AL 35203-2611.  Send Ingathering money and other donations on a regular basis.  Checks should not be held in your account.  The interest earned on all offerings increases the amount that can be granted.  All funds must be received by Dec. 15 for inclusion in the 2016 ingathering.


UTO Grant Application Process


2019 UTO Grant application materials and information will be posted on the 1st Friday in December at www.episcopalchurch.org/uto.  Before beginning the process, it is recommended that you contact the Diocesan UTO Coordinator, Maggie Noland, for updates.  The 1st Friday in March (March 1, 2019) is the general UTO grant application submission deadline. 


Applications are due to Maggie Noland, maggienoland@hotmail.com by the 1st Friday in February by 4:00 p.m. (February 1, 2019) for screening by the Diocesan UTO Committee.  The committee selects the grant which best fits the Mark of Mission as designated by the national UTO Committee.


UTO supplies:  Contact www.episcopalmarketplace.org/Products/United-Thank-Offering or call 866-937-2772.


UTO Alms Basin is made of silver and gold gathered from women of the Diocese of Alabama and is used at the Annual Fall Conference.  It may be borrowed by any parish for an Ingathering or for a parish ECW meeting.  Contact Mildred Knight, Altar Guild Chair – The Cathedral Church of the Advent, at mknight@realtysouth.com  or call:  205-266-3850.


UTO Memorial and Gift Trust Fund The UTO Memorial and Gift Trust Fund is separate and apart from UTO Ingathering donations. Interest from these gifts covers the expenses of the UTO program, such as material preparation and distribution.  The names of those who are honored or memorialized are permanently recorded in a book that is kept at the Episcopal Church Center in New York and is displayed at each Triennial Meeting. Contributions to the Memorial and Gift Trust Fund should be made payable to The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society (DFMS) and marked UTO Trust Fund #852 and mailed to United Thank Offering, DFMS – Protestant Episcopal Church US, PO Box 958983, St. Louis, MO  63195-8983.   


For more information on UTO, contact our Diocesan UTO Coordinator:

Maggie Noland

122 Magnolia Street

Livingston, AL  35470





UTO Committee:

MAGGIE NOLAND, Chair, St. James, Livingston

LINDA KENNEDY, Church of the Advent, Birmingham

MARIETTA HOLMES, St. Wilfrid’s, Marion

MARILYN ATKINS, St. Simon Peter, Pell City

JOLAI JENKINS, St. Andrew’s, Tuskegee

ANNE KIMZEY, Ascension, Montgomery

BRENDA MAYHALL, Christ Church, Albertville

DEE BUZBY, St. Matthew’s, Madison

Church Periodical Club (CPC)

The Church Periodical Club Assists Alabama Seminarians by providing funds to them purchase textbooks. Although the first Sunday in May is traditionally CPC Sunday in Alabama, parishes choose to observe CPC Sunday at different times between May and August, and in a variety of ways, including taking a special offering to fund seminarian book purchases.

The CPC is an affiliated organization of the Episcopal Church and functions at all levels including province, diocese, and parish. In Alabama it is a ministry of the Episcopal Church Women. Each October, contributions made to CPC are divided among all students attending seminary from the Diocese of Alabama.


For additional information contact CPC Diocesan Coordinator;

Linda Kennedy

3611 Redmont Road

Birmingham, AL 35213

205-324-7116 H  205-305-0858



Contributions may also be made to CPC by check, payable to “ECW, Diocese of Alabama,” with “For: CPC” in the memo line, and mailed to ECW, Carpenter House, 521 N 20th Street, Birmingham, AL 35203.