$1,000 Scholarships for Women in Graduate Theological Study


As part of WOC’s commitment to creating an inclusive Catholic Church, we have created a permanent scholarship fund. Every year, we award one-two $1,000 scholarships to female WOC members who are furthering their theological education.

Women in seminary and diocesan certificate programs are encouraged to apply!

For women who are:

  • Members of the Women’s Ordination Conference*
  • Enrolled or accepted in a graduate theological program of study or diocesan certificate program and preparing for Catholic ministry

Candidates must provide:

  • A letter of recommendation from a mentor who can testify to the candidate’s commitment to WOC’s goals**
  • Personal statement of how her future ministry supports WOC’s mission
  • Resume or Curriculum Vita
  • Proof of enrollment

Scholarship funds must be applied to educational expenses. Recipients are required to submit a report at the end of the grant period explaining how the award impacted her study and growth.

Application timeline to be announced shortly

For more information, contact WOC

You can submit your application materials online or through land mail.

Send to:
Scholarship Committee
Women’s Ordination Conference
PO Box 15057 Washington, DC 20003

E-mail to:
WOC Scholarship Committee, email here

Note: Women who are currently, or have been within the last three years, employed by WOC are not eligible to participate.

* Application for WOC membership can be submitted with scholarship materials.
**Candidates related to a WOC Board Member cannot have that Board member write a letter of recommendation, nor will that member be part of the decision-making process in any way.

Past Winners


Rebecca Chabot, Weston Jesuit School of Theology

Mahri Leonard-Fleckman, Union Theological Seminary


Michelle Chava-Redonnet, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School


Wendy Arce, Claremont School of Theology

Rosemary Ananis, Bangor Theological Seminary


Rachel Bundang, Union Theological Seminary

Jill Kress

Jane Casperson, St. Mary’s University of Minnesota



Barbara Bodengraven, Weston Jesuit School of Theology

Corene Besetzny, United Theological Seminary

Janice Sevre-Duszynska, Lexington Theological Seminary


2002 (None given)


Kimberly Graw, Loyola University

Christine Mabonzo, Claremont Graduate University


Claire Anderson, St. Francis Seminary

Kate Collins, Washington Theological Union

Claressia Harris, Marygrove College

Kerry Danner-McDonald, Washington Theological Union