The Metropolitan A.M.E. Church
Scholarship Endowment

Payne-Tanner Memorial

Metropolitan AME Scholarship Endowment - Payne Tanner Memorial

Applications must be Printed and Mailed to:
The Scholarship Committee
Metropolitan A.M.E. Church Scholarship Endowment
Post Office Box 19322
Washington, D.C. 20036


The 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, Daniel 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 Wilberforce 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.

Eligibility Criteria

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 preference.
  • 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 post-secondary institution.
  • 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 and all 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 information:

  • Letter of acceptance or a current certificate of enrollment to an accredited
    post-secondary institution(if currently enrolled).
  • Letter of recommendation from a counselor or major advisor.
  • 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 in college).
  • 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, special programs.

Interview: Each qualifying applicant will be required to appear before the Scholarship Committee for a personal interview. 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 the stated criteria.