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Katie Cannon Scholarship

The Presbyterian Mission Agency has created a scholarship to honor the name and legacy of The Rev. Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon, a pioneer and legend in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  The Women’s Ministry Fund (E049991) supports Presbyterian women of color, clergywomen, college women, and other women with opportunities for leadership and spiritual development as well as mission opportunities in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

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Applications are now being accepted for the Katie Cannon Scholarship, sponsored by the Women’s Ministry Fund.

The scholarship supports Presbyterian clergywomen and college women of color as well as other women of color with opportunities for leadership and spiritual development… helping women to develop leadership gifts and be equipped for even greater service in the PC(USA).

Up to $3,000 will be awarded for expenses for a leadership development event in the United States for qualifying applicants.

Individuals must complete a scholarship application and provide supporting documentation to be eligible for funding. Applications will be reviewed by a staff team in the Racial Equity & Women’s Intercultural Ministries ministry area. The deadline for applications is June 1. Scholarships will be announced and disbursed by July 31.

  • Following the awarding of the scholarships, award recipients must submit a report to Racial Equity & Women’s Intercultural Ministries detailing how the scholarship was used.
  • The awardee must submit this report before she is eligible to apply for another scholarship.

About the Rev. Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon and the Katie Cannon Scholarship

Rev. Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon was the first African-American woman ordained in the United Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in 1974 and in 1983 became the first African-American to earn the Doctor of Philosophy degree from Union Theological Seminary (New York).

Dr. Cannon lectured frequently to diverse audiences on a wide range of topics relating to African-American social ethics. She presented papers on the intersectionality of race, gender and class, at several institutions of higher learning including Harvard University, Yale Divinity School, Princeton Theological Seminary, Wellesley College, Smith College, MIT, University of Wisconsin, Marquette University, Emory University, Duke Divinity School, University of North Carolina, Boston University School of Theology and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley to name a few.

Dr. Cannon received the Distinguished Professor Award from Spelman College in 2006 during the Global Conference, “Sisters of African Descent Connecting Spirituality, Religion, and Vocation.” She was the Annie Scales Rogers Professor at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia and served on the faculties of Temple University, Episcopal Divinity School and Harvard Divinity School.

In May 2016, Dr. Cannon was the recipient of the UNION MEDAL, the highest award of distinction presented by Union Theological Seminary in New York city. At the 223rd General Assembly (2018) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Dr. Cannon was bestowed the Excellence in Theological Education Award.



Katie Cannon Scholarship Thank You Letters

Scholarships are announced and dispersed by July 31st. The deadline to apply is June 1st. Visit the main Katie Cannon scholarship to learn more and apply. “The Work Your Soul Must Have” I am retired from previous work in the education, health care, and mental health sectors serving persons with communication disorders.  In the prime… Read more »
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