Since 1991, Church of Our Saviour has awarded scholarships each year to deserving college-bound seniors from Johns Island through an endowment established by Elizabeth Stringfellow and the generosity of COOS members and the community. Volunteers review applications, choose recipients and serve as mentors to the recipients. The team also plans Scholarship Sunday and does periodic fundraising in the community.
This year marks the 22nd anniversary of the church scholarship awards. In the early 1990s, the Outreach Committee was formed under the guidance of former COOS rector, Ladson Mills. Hattie Goodbody and David Bradford Cole chaired this committee. Upon David’s death, his wife, Bernice, designated that his memorial gifts go to establish a scholarship fund. It was then that Betty Stringfellow graciously endowed the fund and established the guidelines for distribution. Betty’s generosity, love of the islands and its residents, and her continued gifts has made this endowment a real blessing to over 110 students. Additional contributions have been made from the community and our parishioners, including Bernice Cole Fraser, who contributes every year.
Scholarships are given to worthy Johns Island high school seniors towards their freshman college tuition. Students are evaluated for: academic performance and honors, extracurricular activities, and commitment to community and church. The committee also identifies parish mentors for these students as part of their continued outreach.