Scholarshipping Our Sisters
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Department of Women's Ministries
General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
12501 Old Columbia Pike
Silver Spring, MD 20904
Each quarter we print a SOS newsletter updating you on what your donations are doing and sharing true stories of some of our recipients. To sign up for the SOS newsletter, send an email to [email protected]
Thank you for strengthening our world church by Scholarshipping Our Sisters.
Assist a future leader, Honor a GCWM leader
Gifts have been given in memory of Rose Otis, first General Conference Women's Ministries director, who passed away January 7, 2023. GCWM will always remember her as the right woman for the right place at the right time to organize and lead this new ministry of the world church. From the beginning Rose dreamed of a scholarship fund for women in need. That dream became the publishing of our annual women's devotional book series.
With the permission of Bud Otis and the family, GC Women’s Ministries is establishing the Rose Otis Scholarship Memorial Fund for women in the neediest countries. Please let us know that your donation is in memory of Rose Otis by writing her name on the check memo line or by sending us an email at [email protected] when you complete your online donation—if you don't find a place to write it in. Learn more about Rose Otis.
Gifts have been given in memory of May-Ellen Colón, who passed away, August 3, 2022. GCWM will always remember her as a special friend, our “Poster Child” for the potential our Women’s Scholarship program nurtures around the world. Learn more about May-Ellen.
Gifts have been given in honor of Raquel Arrais, former GC Women's Ministries associate director, who guided the scholarship program from 2005-2021, before accepting a call to Northern Asia-Pacific Division as director of Women's Ministries. Raquel put her heart into the scholarship program. She loved meeting scholarship recipients during her travel around the world.
Did you know?
Prior to 2004 all scholarships were funded by profits from the Women's Ministries' daily devotional books for women. The first devotional book, Among Friends, was printed in 1992 for the 1993 reading year. As of 2023, we have published 31 annual books.
In 2004 we became aware of our need to raise even more funds for this program as we were turning down almost 50% of all applicants. A program was developed to raise funds that would allow more women to receive help. This new program is called "Scholarshipping Our Sisters" (SOS) and is managed by the GC Women's Ministries department.
Funds are solicited from businesses, retirees, women's organizations, and other interested groups and individuals. Donations may be named or unnamed. Donors may give a donation in memory of, in honor of, or just as a gift. Donors are also free to specify if their donation is for a particular field of study or for a selected region/country of the world.
Recent fundraising efforts have benefitted women in the Ukraine, Romania, and the Sudan. Learn more. In