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Established to assist deserving high school graduates and college students who need financial assistance to achieve their educational goals, The James H. Lightbourne, Jr. Scholarship is open to members of the United Church of Christ in the Southern Conference. The Scholarship is administered by Church Women of the Southern Conference, who first consider applications from graduating high school seniors, followed by college freshmen, then by upperclass students.


Details —

  • Application deadline: March 1
  • Applicant must be a member of a UCC church in the Southern Conference
  • Applicant must be enrolled for the upcoming fall semester in a college, community college or technical school
  • In addition to the Scholarship Application, applicant must submit the most recent copy of their high school or college transcript. Please allow plenty of time when you request a copy of your transcript, to be sure the transcript arrives by the Scholarship application deadline.Questions? Contact the individuals named in the Scholarship Application document.


The Western North Carolina Association supports members who are considering a call to authorized ministry by offering prayers, providing pastoral mentors, and sharing scholarship funds. Based on the availability of funds and the number of eligible applicants, awards may be made annually. Students must reapply each year, but will not be eligible beyond an equivalent of three consecutive academic years or the duration of their program of study. In the event that the annual applicant pool includes more qualified applicants than scholarship funds available, preference will be given to those who have not received a prior award, and then to those applicants with the highest cumulative GPA. Anyone applying for a ministerial preparation scholarship should indicate their interest to the Church and Ministry Commission.


To be eligible for scholarship consideration, applicants must —

  • maintain current membership in and attendance at a WNCA church or Institutional Partner (ie, Catawba College, Elon University)
  • demonstrate need based upon the cost of their program relative to income and other scholarship assistance available


Members in Discernment may apply for scholarship funds that may be applied to tuition, books and educational materials. To receive consideration, Seminary Scholarship applicants must —


Members of WNCA churches who are pursuing authorized ministry in the WNCA through alternative avenues may apply for scholarship funds to cover tuition and other educational expenses. To receive consideration, Formation Scholarship applicants must —


To be considered, a complete application package must be submitted (preferably in PDF format) no later than 5:00pm ET on the deadline date. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. A complete application package includes —

  • Completed application form
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Letter of acceptance from seminary or alternative program (a copy will be sufficient)
  • Letter of recommendation from local pastor or mentor
  • Deadline: February 28

The current Scholarship Committee will all applications and related materials during the month of March, and will notify selected recipients by April 1. WNCA reserves the right to rescind any scholarship award should the recipient’s circumstances change, and reserves the right to withhold awards in the event no applicants meet the qualifications. Scholarship award checks will be issued in mid-April for the fall term, and made payable jointly to the recipient and their college or program. Checks will be mailed to the recipient’s home address, but the recipient must deliver the check to their school or program’s financial aid office or program director.


The national setting of the United Church of Christ administers a number of scholarships and grant programs. To explore available options, visit the Scholarships & Grants page on the UCC website.


   AM 2016
Report—WNCA Church & Ministry Commission 2016
Report—WNCA Associate Conference Minister 2016
Report—WNCA 2016 Financials: Income & Expense
Report—WNCA 2016 Financials
Report—SOC Conference Minister 2016
Proposed Budget Narrative 2017
Proposed Budget 2017
President's Letter WNCA 2016
Nominations—WNCA Officers & Board of Directors
Nominations—WNCA Church & Ministry Commission
Minutes—Annual Meeting October 2015
Budget—2017 Narrative Approved100116
Budget—2017 Ministry Plan Approved100116
2016 WNCA Annual Meeting Registration
2016 WNCA Annual Meeting Call Letter
2016 WNCA Annual Gathering Agenda
2016 WNCA AM Minutes (Approved)


   AM 2015
Revisions to Constitution & Bylaws
Report: United Church Homes
Report: President
Report: Nominating Committee
Report: Minister for Church Affairs
Report: E&R Historical Society
Report: Commission on Ministry — Statistics.pdf
Report: Church Women of the Southern Conference
Constitution & Bylaws — Proposed Changes
Bio of Rev. Tamara Franks
Annual Gathering Registration Form
AG Standing Rules, Amended
AG Registration Form
AG Order & Agenda
AG Official Call Letter
AG Guests & Visitors
2016 Proposed Ministry Plan
2016 Final Budget Narrative
2015 YTD Financials
2015 Call Letter
2014 Annual Meeting Minutes.pdf


   AM 2014
Table of Contents
So Region E&R Historical Society Report
Rev. Eddie Weathers Bio
Registration Form
President's Report
Order & Agenda
Officers Installation
Nominee Bios
Nominating Report
MCA Report
Guests & Visitors
Elon Homes Annual Report
Comm on Ministry Report
Church Women Report
Bless You Churches
5 for 5 Giving
2015 Proposed Budget & Plan
2015 Narrative Ministry Plan
2014 YTD Financials
2014 Standing Rules
2014 Report Cover
2014 Call Letter
2014 Annual Gathering Minutes
2013 Annual Gathering Minutes


   AM 2013
UCHS Brief History
UCCOSSN Save the Date
So Region E&R Historical Society Report
President's Report
Nominating Report
MCA Report
David Schoen Bio
Conference Minister's Letter
Church Women Report
Agenda & Worship
2014 Proposed Ministry Plan
2014 Narrative Ministry Plan
2013 YTD Financials
2013 Statistical Report
2013 Annual Gathering Minutes
Helpful Documents
UCC 501c3 Letter