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Douglass Scholarship

The purpose of the Douglass Foundation Scholarship Program is to encourage qualified college graduates to seek advanced degrees in the fields of theology, business, and psychology. Scholarships shall be awarded to qualified seminarians, graduate-level students, or post graduate-level students for a single year, with the privilege of reapplication in subsequent years. Applicants must be an active member of an Episcopal church in the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas, be accepted in a program of graduate study, show evidence of potential for excellence, be of high moral character, and demonstrate evidence of financial need and merit.

The first Douglass Scholarships were administered by the Diocese in 2000, since then The Douglass Scholarship Program has awarded $650,800 scholarships to 39 recipients. Applications are reviewed by the Douglass Scholarship Committee composed of past Douglass Scholarship recipients, clergy, and lay from the Diocese of West Texas.

The Douglass Foundation Scholarship application deadline for the 2020-2021 academic year is June 15, 2020. For more information contact Anne Spears, Development Director, or Leslie Mixson, Development Assistant, at anne.spears@dwtx.org, or leslie.mixson@dwtx.org.

Douglass Scholarship Application Forms

Clergy Children's College Fund

All college-age children of active, retired, or non-parochial clergy* who live within the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas are eligible for a scholarship from The Clergy Children’s College Fund to attend institutions of higher learning at either the undergraduate or graduate level.  Scholarships are restricted to full-time students (12 semester hours or more) for a maximum of eight semesters. Awards are made in equal amounts to all qualified applicants.  

This gift is made available through the generosity of The Rev. Gary Gooch, retired clergy of the diocese, and his wife Mrs. Donnelle Gooch. The endowment scholarship fund was established in 2000 and is held with the Episcopal Church Foundation in West Texas. The fund has distributed over $35,243 since inception. With receipt of completed letter of application, individual award amount is dependent upon how many applications are received. For the purpose of this scholarship, clergy are defined as ordained persons residing in the Diocese of West Texas, whether active retire, or non-parochial Episcopal priests. Children may include biological children, stepchildren, and adopted children, regardless of residential arrangements. Grandchildren may not apply at this time.

The Clergy Children's College Fund Scholarship application deadline for the 2020-2021 academic year is July 20, 2020. For more information contact Anne Spears, Development Director, or Leslie Mixson, Development Assistant, at anne.spears@dwtx.org, or leslie.mixson@dwtx.org.

Clergy Children's College Fund Application Process
  • Submit a letter of application that “tells your story” - where the student is in their life and what their hopes and dreams may be as they enter college or continue their studies, to Leslie Mixson, at leslie.mixson@dwtx.org.
  • Application should also include the student's college mailing address (in late August), full legal name, and college ID or other identifying number.

Camp Scholarships

Camp Capers, Mustang Island Conference Center, and Duncan Park in Colorado are wonderful and life changing places to learn, deepen, and experience God's love. The Camps Scholarship Fund is raised through various donors and fundraising efforts and allows families needing financial assistance an opportunity to experience the Diocese of West Texas camping programs. It is designed to pay approximately 1/3 of the tuition for its recipient, with the expectation that the camper's home church will pay another third, and the family will pay the remaining balance. Exceptions based on hardship will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Camper registrations must be completed and confirmed before a scholarship can be processed.

More information and camp scholarship forms can be found on the individual camp location pages for Camp Capers, Duncan Park, and Mustang Island Conference Center. Contact Rob Watson, Director of Camps & Conferences, at rob.watson@dwtx.org for more information.

Continuing Education Grants

Continuing Education grants for clergy and lay professionals actively serving in congregations and institutions of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas are available. More information about this process is available on the Ministry Policies page.

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