Metropolitan A.M.E. Church
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The Scholarship Committee
Metropolitan A.M.E. Church Scholarship Endowment
Post Office Box 19322
Washington, D.C. 20036
A.M.E. Legacy Continues ...
This Scholarship Endowment is formed with gratitude to,
and in honor of, two of our distinguished forbearers in
the A.M.E. Church,
Alexander Payne and
Alethia Tanner. Each in their
own way sought to elevate Negroes by uplifting both the
mind and the spirit.
In the mid-1880's, Daniel Alexander Payne, a man of
immense vision and concern for the Negro, was assigned
to the pulpit of Union Bethel A.M.E. Church, from which
Metropolitan A.M.E. Church evolved. Reverend Payne was a
distinguished pioneer, not just of African Methodism, but
also for the cause of Negro education. In 1856, Reverend
Payne organized and became president of
University, the nation's second oldest Negro college. He
was later elevated to a Bishop of the A.M.E. Church.
At the turn of the eighteenth century, when Washington,
D.C. was but a developing nation's capital, Alethia
Tanner was working diligently to make Negroes a real part
of this important city. She gained her freedom from
slavery and shortly thereafter operated a fruit and
vegetable stand on Sixteenth Street, very near the White
House. She became a noted entrepreneur and used some
of her vast resources to gain freedom for two dozen of her
still enslaved family members. Miss Tanner contributed
substantially to the first building fund of Israel Bethel
A.M.E. Church, another of our ancestor churches.
Scholarship awards are available for students who meet
the following criteria:
- Current members in good standing of Metropolitan African
Methodist Episcopal Church, or sponsored by any current
member in good standing; members having first
- Minimum cumulative grade point average of C, if applying
while in high school, or C+, if applying while enrolled
in an accredited post-secondary institution.
- Proof of enrollment or acceptance in an accredited
- Submit all required application materials and
comply with all application requirements within the
prescribed time period of February 15 to April 15.
All materials must be received by April 15. Incomplete applications
will not be considered.
- Submit to the competitive application process
administered by the Scholarship Committee.
Types of Scholarship Awards and Disbursement
The recipient may designate the scholarship award for
tuition aid and/or books. Checks are made payable to the post-secondary institution.
The amounts of awards vary from year to year.
The Scholarship Committee will announce the awards by
May 30 and presentation of awards will take place on the
second Sunday in June as part of the Youth Day
celebration at Metropolitan A.M.E. Church during the
worship service. The recipient, or an
immediate family member, must attend this service to
receive the acknowledgement of the award.
Instructions: Each applicant must submit a completed
application to the Scholarship Committee. Applications
supporting material will be accepted beginning February
15 but must be received by April 15. Incomplete
materials will not
be considered. Read the application carefully and answer
all questions. In addition, submit the following
- Letter of acceptance or a current certificate
of enrollment to an accredited
institution(if currently enrolled).
- Letter of recommendation from a counselor or major
- Letter of recommendation from one subject instructor.
- Letter of sponsorship from a current member of
Metropolitan A.M.E. Church (if applicant is not a
member of Metropolitan).
- Transcript or record of grades verifying a cumulative
grade point average of C (if in high school) or C+ (if
- A personal statement written by each applicant
addressing academic merit, reasons for pursuing
vocational and occupational goals, financial need, and
why deserving of an award by the Metropolitan A.M.E.
Church Scholarship Endowment (not to exceed 150 words).
- Any other pertinent information, i.e., honors, awards,
Interview: Each qualifying applicant will be required to
appear before the Scholarship Committee for a personal
Failure to appear for the scheduled interview will
result in disqualification of the application.
Priority and/or consideration for scholarship awards may
be given to first time applicants and graduates who meet