Women in higher education globally

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Scholarshipping Our Sisters

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To give by check, make check payable to General Conference of SDA, and write in the memo line: WM SOS.
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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, Contact Us.

Thank you for strengthening our world church by Scholarshipping Our Sisters.

Honor a GCWM Leader

Gifts may be given in memory of Heather-Dawn Small, fourth and longest serving General Conference Women's Ministries director, who passed away, January 2, 2024. She served as associate director for two years before being elected as director, a position she held for eighteen years. She believed in nurturing and empowering women to use their God-given gifts in carrying the gospel to all who were in their own center of influence. Her personal hobbies spilled over into her legendary workshops for Bible Art Journaling and with her advice for women beginning card-making ministries much like her own. Women around the world will always remember her JOY in the Lord and her favorite saying, "Don't let anyone steal your joy."

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. Learn more about Heather-Dawn Small

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. When giving by check, please write WM SOS Rose Otis in the memo line. 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 Colón.

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 this 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 2024, we have published 32 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. Gifts may be named or unnamed. Donors may choose to give in memory of or in honor of and the name will be printed in the SOS newsletter. Donors are also free to suggest a particular field of study or school/country of the world for their gift. We will try to match it to an approved student meeting the criteria.

Recent fundraising efforts have benefitted women in the Ukraine, Romania, and the Sudan. Learn more.