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Scholarship supports women’s leadership development

by Gail Strange | Presbyterian News Service

The Rev. Dr. Katie Cannon

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

The scholarship supports Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) 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 to be equipped for even greater service in the PC(USA).

The scholarship, named in honor of the late Rev. Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon, a pioneer and legend in the PC(USA), awards up to $1,500 to qualifying women for expenses for a leadership development event in the United States.

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 2019 awardees included the Rev. Zaida Rodriquez, a Hispanic clergywoman currently serving as chaplain in Raleigh, N.C.; Dana Purdom, a bi-vocational African American leader in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) who is passionate about social justice; and the Rev. Ngochuong “Cedar” Dang, the senior pastor at The Vietnamese Presbyterian Church in Garden Grove, Calif.

The scholarship, the Women’s Ministry Fund (E049991), is a fund of Racial Equity and Women’s Intercultural Ministries at the Presbyterian Mission Agency.

Gifts in memory of Dr. Cannon can be made online or by mail. Those wishing to donate to the scholarship fund should click here. To send a check please make it payable to “Presbyterian Mission Agency” and write “in memory of Rev. Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon – E049991” on the memo line. Please mail your gift to:

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

PO Box 643700

Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700

Give to the Christmas Joy Offering to help Presbyterian-related schools and colleges equipping communities of color provide life-changing experiences.

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