Emerging Women Leaders Scholarship

The Southern Union Women’s Ministries (SUWM) Emerging Women Leaders Scholarship is a ministry established to support and encourage women, and given to those who are committed to serving the mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Scholarship awards are based on outstanding leadership that impacts their peer group, and their outreach service to the community. Specific amounts of scholarship awards may vary from year to year and are dependent on the availability of funds.

Application Form

Active women members of the Southern Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists territory (Alabama, Carolinas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee), may download the Southern Union Emerging Women Leaders Scholarship. Applicants may find additional scholarship awards on the North American Division Women’s Ministries’ website (www.nadwm.org).

Who is Eligible?

Any woman who is planning to attend AdventHealth University, Oakwood University or Southern Adventist University and is a member in good and regular standing of the Southern Union Conference is eligible. Primary consideration will be given to those in the first two years of university-level study. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of the impact for leadership, and community outreach, and GPA of 2.75 or above. She must be committed to the mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and have a passion to impact her generation.

How May I Apply?

Women interested in applying for the scholarship should download the application form on this page.

You will be asked to fill out the application, submit an official transcript from your high school or university and have three letters of recommendations from your pastor, church leaders, and/or teachers including one from university chaplain. Letters of recommendations must be mailed directly to your Conference Women’s Ministries director.

Applications should be submitted to your Conference Women’s Ministries director who will work with her committee to select the two top emerging leaders and forward to the Union WM director by October 15. The selected emerging applicants will be screened by the Union Women’s Ministries’ Scholarship Committee.


  • Each recipient shall sign a “Commitment Statement,” agreeing to uphold the standards of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and to use her education to further the mission of the Church.
  • Students shall be required to study within their own division.
  • The Southern Union Department of Women’s Ministries shall put safeguards in place to protect the program from nepotism and favoritism.
  • Each institution receiving scholarship monies must agree that these scholarships are over and above other scholarships that are available to women in that institution.
  • Scholarship should be used ONLY for tuition, books, and meal plan.

Selection Process

  • Students shall be considered on the basis of leadership skills, community outreach, and personal commitment to the mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
  • The overall ethnic balance in determining scholarship recipients shall be considered.


  1. Scholarships shall be available to emerging women leaders who are members of the Southern Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
  2. The program will be promoted through a brochure, the Southern Union Conference Women’s Ministries newsletter, University financial aid office, and other available channels.
  3. Applications shall be mailed to the Conference Women’s Ministries directors, who will be part of the screening process.
  4. Each Conference Women’s Ministries director shall mail the two top emerging leaders’ applicants to the Union Committee.
  5. Before any monies are transferred, the names recommended by the committee shall be reviewed and three individuals selected.
  6. The Conference Women’s Ministries director shall present the scholarship to students where possible and file regular reports of the student’s academic progress, and leadership and community activities to the Southern Union Department of Women’s Ministries.

Apply Today!

Download the necessary forms below:
Scholarship Application Form
Conference Directors’ Addresses
Checklist (for Conference directors only)

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