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About the Lex Mathews Scholarships for Women

Application deadline: March 15, 2018

The Diocesan ECW administers and helps fund the Lex Mathews Scholarship program, named for the Rev. Lex Mathews who advocated for women’s issues and headed Christian Social Ministries for the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina before his death in 1985. The scholarships are geared to women of the diocese, age 23 and older, who are seeking either:

  • Specialized training in vocational or technical skills
  • A degree or certification below the masters or doctorate level
  • Continuing education courses for upgrading job skills

While preference is given to Episcopalians, non-Episcopalians may apply so long as they are sponsored by a member of an Episcopal church. The amount awarded each year depends upon how the selection committee evaluates each application as well as the financial interest generated by the scholarship fund. Generally, scholarship amounts run between $500 and $2,000 for one academic year.

All applications must be completed in full and received by March 15, no exceptions. Selections are made in April or May and recipients notified by the end of May so they have time to prepare for the coming school year.

For the application forms, use this link:

Application for Lex Mathews Scholarship, including general information for the applicant

Heidi LeCount Coordinates the Lex Mathews Scholarship Committee. The ECW President, in consultation with the chairperson, appoints members of the committee.

Download the Lex Mathews Scholarships flyer.