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ECW Endowment Fund and Honored Women Program

Episcopal Church Women, A Legacy of Mission and Ministry Continues

100 years of mission and ministry have been a powerful witness of the significant work of the women of the Diocese of Texas. With the help of generous donors, their love and commitment to Jesus Christ have resulted in:

  • Millions of dollars raised for outreach grants by the United Thank Offering
  • Numerous scholarships given to Episcopal women through the Vera Gang Scott Scholarship Fund
  • Financial support for seminarians through the Bishop Kinsolving Memorial Fund
  • Education, training and spiritual enrichment for women through workshops, conferences, annual retreats and special events
  • A strong network of communication for women in the diocese
  • Direct financial grants to outreach ministries
  • A deepening commitment to lay ministry through ECW related ministries

ECW Honored Women Recognition

Each year the board accepts nominations for the Honored Women Program. Women should be nominated for outstanding service to their parish or to honor a birthday or special occasion. Any parish can nominate women for this honor. The recommended contribution to the ECW Endowment fund is $100 per honoree. Each woman honored will receive a calligraphed certificate to be presented to her by the parish and will be announced at the ECW Annual Retreat in October. For more information, please contact your convocational coordinator or ECW Endowment Fund Chair, Jamie Watson (see below for contact). 

Nomination forms can be found here:

Honored Women Nomination Form

**NOTE**
Please make all contributions payable to:
...Episcopal Church Women - Diocese of Texas...
with Honored Women in the memo line

mail directly to: 
Diocese of Texas ECW Funds Coordinator
c/o Jamie Watson
3328 Charleston St.
Houston, TX 77021
832.687.0044

Congratulations to the 2019 Honorees:

St. Christopher, League City
Allyson Hardick

St. Francis, Houston  
Ellen Bachmann

Good Shepherd, Friendswood
Kathy Brafford
Sherry Fisher
Dariel Jacobs
Pat Kepka     
Nicki Leasure
Catherine Schnur

Holy Spirit, Waco
Carol Stukenbrocker

St. John’s, Silsbee
Carole Eppes

St. Mark’s, Austin
Jonea Raney 
Pattie Rose   

St. Peter’s, Lago Vista
Dana Zink

St. Thomas the Apostle, Houston
Joyce Wulfers

Trinity, Galveston
Lisa Fiegle


Vera Gang Scott Scholarship Fund 

The Vera Gang Scholarship Fund was started in 1972 by the ECW Board of the Diocese of Texas with a gift (her life's savings) from Vera Gang Scott. In the 1920's Ms. Scott received aid for her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the women of Trinity Episcopal Church in Galveston. She kept careful track of all the money she received. After starting work as a social worker, she repaid every cent, and that money became the seed for the Vera Gang Scott Scholarship Fund. Ms. Scott's dream was to help others just as she had been helped. Although she lived in many states, Ms. Scott always considered herself a Texan. She led an active life as an educator and continued to be involved in service to others. Vera Gang Scott was very proud that a school was named after her in Colorado Springs.

The scholarship eligibility requirements are: 1) A female communicant in good standing, 2) Acceptance or enrollment in an academic institution of college rank, 3) Pursuing professional certification or a degree from an accredited institution and 4) Ability to show real financial need. To apply for this scholarship, click for downloadable application. All applications for 2019 scholarship awards must be received via email by March 31, 2019. For more information, please contact your convocational coordinator or ECW Vera Gang Scott Scholarship Chair

**NOTE**
Please make all contributions payable to:
...Episcopal Church Women - Diocese of Texas...
with Vera Gang Scott Scholarship in the memo line

mail directly to:
Diocese of Texas ECW Outreach Chair
c/o Deidre Hicks
14923 Cobre Valley Dr.
Houston, TX 77062


Our 2018 Vera Gang Scott Scholarship Recipients

Ariana Estis                                            St. Francis Episcopal Church, Tyler

Rebecca Gray         St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church, Nassau Bay

Christina James               Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Friendswood

Emily McCarthy        St. Michael & All Angels' Episcopal Church, Longview

Chizie Ogbonnia                              Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Houston

Faith Reyes                                      Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Houston

Carey Stangl                                        St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Austin

Brianna Thomas                               St. James Episcopal Church, Houston

Madison Vanacore                                  St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Katy

Robin Wesley                                   St. James Episcopal  Church, Houston

Michaela Wilkins                            St. James Episcopal  Church, Houston 


ECW Endowment Fund

Contributions from the women of the Diocese of Texas to the endowment fund build the financial foundation for ministry in the next 100 years. For more information, please download this form, or contact our ECW Funds Coordinator.

**NOTE**
Please make all contributions payable to:
...Episcopal Church Women - Diocese of Texas...
with Honored Women in the memo line

mail directly to:
Diocese of Texas ECW Funds Coordinator
c/o Jamie Watson
3328 Charleston St.
Houston, TX 77021
832.687.0044


Bishop Kinsolving Memorial Fund

Founded in 1929, the Bishop Kinsolving Memorial Fund is an entity of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas and primarily provides scholarships to seminarians sponsored by the Diocese. Funds are donated as a living memorial in the name of a loved one or friend. That person’s name is inscribed in the Book of Remembrance. Donations are invested by the Diocese and only the interest is used for scholarships. It is overseen by the ECW. 

This fund provides a permanent, living memorial for your loved one while assisting seminarians that are called to serve the Lord as His priests. Recipients of the scholarship are chosen by the Diocesan Bishop. 

For more information, please contact The Rt. Rev. C. Andrew Doyle.

Memorial Information to send:
~ Name of individual to be memorialized, with month and year of death; the name of the church
~ Indicate whether the individual was a member or a friend of the church named above
~ Send the name and address of the living individual(s) that will need an acknowledgement sent

**NOTE**
Please make all contributions payable to:
...Bishop Kinsolving Memorial Fund...
and mail the contribution as well as the memorial information to:

Diocese of Texas ECW Funds Coordinator
c/o Jamie Watson
3328 Charleston St.
Houston, TX 77021
832.687.0044

All donations to the Bishop Kinsolving Memorial Fund are made through the ECW. The ECW records the memorial name for inclusion in the Book of Remembrance or Friends of the Episcopal Church memorial books, sends out acknowledgements and, in turn, sends the funds directly to the Diocese of Texas.