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. ECW College and Women of the Well ScholarshipsUnited Thank Offering (UTO), and Church Periodical Club (CPC), 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 Alabama, 521 North 20th Street, Birmingham, AL 35203-2611. Please note on your check ECW College Scholarship Fund. 


Application Information

All scholarships are based on 40% need, 40% church involvement and 20% merit. Applicants must be communicants of the Diocese of
Alabama and must provide document information regarding family’s financial status (IRS 1040 Form). Application may be made each year a student is in college with awards limited to a maximum of two years. Granted funds are mailed directly to the registrar’s office of the college.

Since Seminarians receive CPC funds, they are ineligible for ECW scholarships. Applications must be accompanied by a transcript,
photograph, and a Church Involvement Survey completed by the Parish Priest (or Senior Warden, if no Priest). Incomplete packages will not be evaluated. If applying for a second scholarship, the College Chaplain’s evaluation is acceptable. All required information forms must be completed and postmarked by April 30 th with awards announced in June.


Eligibility Requirements and Application Process

  • All required information forms must be completed and postmarked by April 21st 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 April 21st. 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 April 21st of the year of application. Completed applications should be sent to the ECW Scholarship Chair, Rie Linton, P.O. Box 11213, Huntsville, AL 35814-1213, for more information call Rie at 256.457.6048.


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:

Rie Linton

P.O. Box 11213

Huntsville, AL 35814-1213



Birmingham –Kirby Pool Henderson:  St. Mary's on-the-Highlands,

Black Belt – Kathy Whatley Holy Apostles, Hoover

Cheaha – Nancy Kilgroe: St Simon Peter, Pell City

East Alabama – Dr Yolanda Patterson-Seawright:  St. Andrew's, Tuskegee

Montgomery – Melanie Ruppert: Trinity, Wetumpka

Mountain – Rev Polly Robb: St Luke’s Scottsboro

Tennessee Valley – Ana Tamm-Daniels: St Stephen’s, Huntsville






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, Rie Linton, P.O. Box 11213, Huntsville, AL 35814-1213, for more information call Rie at 256.457.6048.


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


UTO Grant application materials and information will be posted on the 1st Friday in December at  Before beginning the process, it is recommended that you contact the Diocesan UTO Coordinator, Marilyn Atkins, for updates.  The 1st Friday in March is the general UTO grant application submission deadline. 


Applications are due to Marilyn Atkins, by Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 5:00 p.m.

  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 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  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:

Marilyn Atkins
205.525.4403; 205.405.1283



UTO Committee:

MARILYN ATKINS, Chair, St. Simon Peter, Pell City

MAGGIE NOLAND, St. James, Livingston

LINDA KENNEDY, Church of the Advent, Birmingham

MARIETTA HOLMES, St. Wilfrid’s, Marion

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 (CPC) was founded in 1888 by Mary Ann Fargo. While on a trip to the Dakotas, she learned of the great need for Bibles and other inspirational literature. Mrs. Fargo and her friends at the Church of the Holy Communion-New York sent bundles of books and eriodicals westward to missionaries and pioneers. From these small beginnings the network of CPC has spread throughout the Anglican Church.

The mission of Alabama’s CPC is to provide funds to assist seminarians from the Diocese of Alabama. The first Sunday in May is traditionally our day of observance, but each Parish may choose their own day. Contributions are divided and distributed each Fall.


For additional information contact CPC Diocesan Coordinator;

Katherine Jacob



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, Diocese of Alabama, Carpenter House, 521 N 20th Street, Birmingham, AL 35203.