Events for February 2023

Lawrence Home Academic Grants provide opportunities for young women

Lawrence Home Academic Grants provide opportunities for young women 1275 1650 Episcopalians in Connection

The Lawrence Home Association, founded in 1896 under the will of philanthropist Eleanor Earnshaw, was started to “provide a Christian home for self-supporting, young women on limited means, the most important aim being to help them elevate their standard of life.” To this day, the Lawrence Home Association provides opportunities for young women in the Diocese of Southern Ohio.

An eight-member board, appointed by the bishop, meets once a year to vote on recommendations for academic grants for minority women, scholarships for clergy daughters and funding for social-service agencies whose mission is to serve women of limited means and help them move out of conditions related to poverty, abuse, etc.

The Academic Grant for Minority Women program helps finance the postsecondary education of minority women, regardless of age, who are affiliated with an Episcopal church within the Diocese of Southern Ohio. The association expects to make eight grants in 2023. The application deadline is March 17, 2023. All applicants for the 2023-24 grant period will be selected by April 28 and notified by May 19 about the status of their applications. Applications can be found here.

Grant criteria
  • The Academic Grant for Minority Women is open to all minority women who are affiliated with an Episcopal church in the Diocese of Southern Ohio.
  • Applicants must be in pursuit of a postsecondary education in a degreed program or on a postsecondary track toward a professional certification.
  • No age restrictions apply.
  • No socioeconomic criteria apply.
  • Applicants must fill out a brief application that includes a biography and an essay to be considered.
  • Applications must be signed by a member of the clergy in the Diocese of Southern Ohio.
  • Grant awards are limited to four consecutive years, beginning with the 2023-24 academic year for undergraduate studies.
  • Grant awards for master’s or doctoral students are limited to two consecutive years beginning with the 2023-24 academic year.
  • Grant awards are based on the availability of funding for the Lawrence Home Association’s Academic Grant for Minority Women program. Upon award, applicants must present a class schedule or school registration.