Scholarship Awards Celebration


The ELCA Fund for Leaders 25th Anniversary Scholarship Awards Celebration took place on Friday, Sept. 30 in Chicago Ill. See a few highlights of the event above. Watch a recording of the full program on YouTube or download it here.


Fund for Leaders 2023

Learn more about this year’s scholarship recipients in the interactive celebration program book.

View the interactive program



Quotes From Scholars

“I especially enjoyed connecting with other scholarship recipients from across the United States. It was inspiring to be able to share ideas that I can take back to my own community. I hope the donors know just how much we appreciate their generosity. Their kindness matters."

Nicole Phillips, Full-Tuition Scholarship recipient
“I knew that receiving a Fund for Leaders scholarship would change my life in a financial sense, but I had no idea how blessed I would be by the community of Christian public leaders that I would meet along the way. It was such a joy to meet in person and establish connections that will sustain me throughout my seminary education.”

Sydney Spray, Full-Tuition Scholarship recipient
“During our time together, I was filled with gratitude — gratitude for the ELCA members willing to invest in us, gratitude that I was able meet others in my cohort and gratitude for the ability to explore our hopes and questions with each other.”

Marit Johnson, Full-Tuition Scholarship recipient

Thank you. | ELCA Fund for Leaders Class of 2022

The ELCA Fund for Leaders supports students of tremendous promise attending ELCA seminaries to become pastors and deacons in our church. This year, 375 students are receiving over $3.5 million in scholarship support. A few of them would like to express their thanks to you for making their scholarships possible. | View Video

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