Lex Mathews Scholarship for Women


The Episcopal Church Women administers and help fund the Lex Mathews Scholarship program. The program was established and named after Rev. Lex Mathews, who advocated for women’s issues and headed the Christian Social Ministries for the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina before he died in 1985.

Award Information:

Award Information $500 to $2,000 (Depends on the available funds)
Number of Scholarship Awards: Varies
Deadline: March 15; Annually
Renewable: Yes
GPA: Check the official website for more details
Major: Applicants are not required to pursue a specific major or course

Eligibility Criteria:

To be considered for this scholarship program, an applicant must meet the following:

– Be a woman of at least 23 years old or older
– Must be a resident within the boundaries of the Diocese of North Carolina
– Must not be a seminarian
– Must demonstrate financial need and a chosen field of study
– Must be seeking:
o Specialized training in a vocational or technical school; or
o A degree of certification below master’s level in an accredited 4-year college or university; or
o Continuing education courses for upgrading job skills either in an accredited academic institution or special training agency.

Application Process:

1. Obtain a copy of the scholarship application form from any Episcopal church or by downloading a copy at www.ecw-nc.org.

2. Complete the two-page application form.

3. Ask your rector or Episcopal sponsor to write a recommendation letter on your behalf. The sponsor must be a member of an Episcopal church within the Diocese. Your application will be considered incomplete without this letter.

4. Ask two (2) other individuals, who are not related to you, to write you recommendation letters. You’ll need to provide their name, complete address, and contact information on the application form. Their letters must be submitted along with the other application materials.

5. On a separate sheet, compose a letter describing your goals and how you plan to achieve your goals. Please limit your letter to one page only.

6. Download and complete the Lex Mathews Scholarship Yearly Budget Estimate from the website or from your nearest church.

7. Submit three (3) copies of the completed application form with Yearly Budget Estimation Forms and the other required application materials to:

The Lex Mathews Scholarship Fund for Women
c/o ECW Vice President Velma Bradshaw
308 Cambridge Drive,
Tarboro, NC 27886

Selection Criteria:

The scholarship recipients will be chosen based on the following:
• Quality of application
• Completed application submitted on or before the deadline
• Chosen course of study
• Financial need

Note: The selection of recipients is usually made in April or May; recipients are notified by the end of May.

Renewal Process:

A recipient who is continuing her education/training and who received the grant funds within 12 months may reapply for the funds for up to 4 years by submitting the following:

1. Current Yearly Budget Estimate

2. Letter from the recipient’s rector or Episcopal sponsor

3. Latest transcript or other proof of her continuing education from her chosen academic institution

4. No additional references are required

Contact Information:

The Lex Mathews Scholarship Fund for Women
c/o Episcopal Church Women (ECW) Vice President Velma Bradshaw
308 Cambridge Drive,
Tarboro, NC
Website: www.ecw-nc.org

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