Episcopal Women Award Scholarship

The Brunswick News July 12, 2018 by Lauren McDonald

The Episcopal Church Women of Christ Church Frederica recently awarded its first scholarship from the “Scholarship for Women Fund,” which has been years in the making and aims to support the educational endeavors of local young women.

2018 ECW Scholarship Maggie Holt

Maggie Holt, second from left, has been awarded the first scholarship from the Episcopal Church Women of Christ Church Frederica recently established “Scholarship for Women Fund.”

Maggie Holt, who will start her sophomore year at the University of Georgia this fall, has been awarded the fund’s first scholarship.  “We could not be more pleased to have Maggie Holt selected as our first recipient,” said Jane Watson, President of Episcopal Church Women, in a press release. “Few young women have demonstrated a greater commitment to their church and broader community while maintaining an impeccable academic record than has Maggie.”

Holt, a member of Christ Church Frederica, graduated from Frederica Academy in 2017. She’s a former member of the Pirates of the Spanish Main, a local service sorority for high school students, and served as president of her high school’s service council. She also volunteered with The Gathering Place’s youth ministry, as well as through her church.

“Perhaps the most impactful lesson I have taken away from my time in the Episcopal Church is how to serve and love one another,” Holt said in the release. Over the past 15 years, women at Christ Church have made donations to help establish the scholarship program for local female students. In partnership with the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation, the initiative provides a $2,500 scholarship to a female high school graduate pursuing a degree at an academic or technical college or university. The student must be Episcopalian and a resident of Glynn or McIntosh counties.

“This effort is a great example of how the Coastal Georgia Foundation can work with other organizations and individuals in our community to accomplish meaningful, impactful and, often, complicated objectives,” said Paul White, president and CEO of the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation. “I am so proud that we could be a part of the team that made this scholarship a reality, not just for this year, but in perpetuity.” Watson said Holt perfectly exemplifies the kind of young woman the Episcopal Church Women of Christ Church Frederica aimed to help through this initiative.“Maggie embodies precisely what we were hoping to accomplish through this effort,” she said.