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Marjorie Bowens-Wheatley Scholarship Program

Providing direct financial support to aspirants or candidates to the Unitarian Universalist ministry, or candidates in the UUA’s religious education or music leadership programs, who identify as women of color, Latina, or Hispanic.

258_Bowens-Wheatley,_Rev._Marjorie1. . . Ministry is what we do together — clergy and the laity.  It flows from a religious conviction that invites people to become more of themselves, more whole, as we give witness to a vision of a world transformed by our care.
— Rev. Marjorie Bowens-Wheatley, January 2005

FUNDING PRIORITIES/CRITERIA
In addition to identifying as women of color, Latina, or Hispanic, applicants for these scholarship funds must also be either:

  • aspirants or candidates for the Unitarian Universalist ministry, or,
  • candidates in the Unitarian Universalist Association’s professional religious education or music leadership credentialing programs.

RESTRICTIONS
Scholarship recipients are expected to communicate with the scholarship panel about how their calling to UU ministry, religious education, or music leadership has been enhanced by a Bowens-Wheatley scholarship, but there is no requirement for post-award accounting of how funds were spent.

GRANT SIZE AND TYPE OF FUNDING
Awards are generally from $1,500 to $2,000.  These scholarships were made available to aspirants or candidates for the UU ministry beginning in 2009, and they are now available as well to candidates in the UUA’s professional religious education and music leadership credentialing programs.  All applicants must also identify as women of color, Latina or Hispanic.

FUNDING CYCLE AND DEADLINES
We have two funding cycles per year, with deadlines of March 1st and October 1st. Applications must be received on or before the deadline. Recipients are selected by the Marjorie Bowens-Wheatley Scholarship Panel two to three months after the deadline. All applicants – whether selected for a scholarship or not – are notified in writing of the decisions.

APPLICATION GUIDELINES
Applications must be submitted online.

MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The Life and Legacy of Rev. Marjorie Bowens-Wheatley
Scholarship Recipients

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Contact the UUWF Administrator at uuwf@uuwf.org or 414-750-4404.

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