The Synod of the Covenant is delighted to announce that it has awarded almost $40,000 in scholarships to 54 students from 10 presbyteries and 28 churches.  These awards, ranging from $700 to $1,400, go to the winners of the Higher Education Scholarships for Christian Leaders.

These scholarships include 44 bachelor’s degrees, 4 associate degrees, and 6 theology degrees. Of the 54 scholarships, 33 were given to people who self-identified as Black, Korean, Asian, and African.

This year, in addition to articulating their career goals, applicants also reflected on how they work toward building congregational vitality, dismantling structural racism, and/or eradicating systemic poverty.  These areas of ministry characterize the Matthew 25 movement within the Presbyterian Church (USA), of which the Synod of the Covenant is a part.

These scholarships are funded in part by per capita payments from the almost 700 Presbyterian Church (USA) congregations and more than 100,000 members, mostly in the states of Ohio and Michigan, throughout the Synod of the Covenant.

The Grants Committee includes Lisa Allgood (Presbytery of Cincinnati), Rev. Betty Angelini, chair (Eastminster Presbytery), Rev. Amy Duiker (Miami Valley Presbytery), Jackie Humphries (Detroit Presbytery), Rev. Skip Jackson (Scioto Valley Presbytery), Georgia McCall (Lake Huron Presbytery), and Rev. Matt Meinke (Maumee Valley Presbytery).

This team will also administer and award the Matthew 25 Grants for churches and ministries; the application for these awards are available on, and applications will be due by September 30, 2022.

Let us focus together on the words of Colossians 1:9-10 as we thank God and pray for our scholarship winners.

Be assured that from the first day we heard of you, we haven’t stopped praying for you, asking God to give you wise minds and spirits attuned to his will, and so acquire a thorough understanding of the ways in which God works.

2022-23 Higher Education Scholarship for Christian Leaders

Cincinnati Presbytery
Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church
Zachary Goode
Zoe Goode

First Presbyterian Church of Glendale
Phoebe Lang

Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church
Elizabeth Lindeman

Detroit Presbytery
Calvary Presbyterian Church
Mason Martin
Aniyah Ngare
Sakinah Wilson
Wamuci Karimi

Grosse Pointe Memorial Church
Clara Lincicome
Dayle Lincicome
Lucy Lincicome

Westminster Presbyterian Church of Detroit
Andrew Palmer

Starr Presbyterian Church
Lon Kuehn

St. Thomas Community Presbyterian Church
Paige Coleman

Broadstreet Presbyterian Church
De Shira Longmire

Lake Huron Presbytery
First Presbyterian Church of Alma
Adam Dixon
Daniel Dixon

Westminster Presbyterian Church
Kylee Woodward

St. Andrews Presbyterian Church
Lily Brown

First Presbyterian Church Mt. Pleasant
Anna Miller

Second Presbyterian Church Saginaw
Yaw Poku

Lake Michigan Presbytery
Brooklyn Presbyterian Church
Richard Recob

First Presbyterian Church Grand Haven
Annika Houser-Brydon

First Presbyterian Church Kalamazoo
Ailih Weeldreyer

Mackinac Presbytery
First Presbyterian Church Escanaba
Madison Ide
Brooke Landis
Daren Landis

Northern Lakes Community Church
Amy Jun
Hannah Jun

Maumee Valley Presbytery
First Presbyterian Church of Maumee
Isaac Tolbert
Lillian Tolbert

Hanmi Covenant Presbyterian Church
Hae In An
Grace Kim
Isaac Kim
Sara Lee
Junguen Lee

Miami Valley Presbytery
Sugar Creek Presbyterian Church
Cate O’Malley

College Hill Community Presbyterian Church
Aniya Drake

Muskingum Valley Presbytery

First Presbyterian Church Ashland
Na Yang

First Presbyterian Church Marietta
Audrey Campbell

Scioto Valley Presbytery
Ramseyer Presbyterian Church
Shanelle Abbiw
Wilberforce Amaning
Daizy Asante
Julilana Asieduwaa
Genevieve Boateng
Isaiah Boateng
Akosua Ofosuhene
Emmanuel Amoako Okyere
Wendy Oppong-Amoh
Monica Terkper
Ruth Yeboah
Stanley Asante

Worthington Presbyterian Church
Peter Okyere

Presbytery of the Western Reserve
Korean Central Presbyterian Church Cleveland
Steven Choi