Calling young women who want to travel and study! United Methodist Women is accepting applications for the Theressa Hoover Community Service and Global Citizenship Award. The grant is awarded to a laywoman (between the ages of 21-35) who wishes to travel in order to explore and study in a country or region other than the applicant’s own.
Priority will be given to projects that match one of United Methodist Women’s four issue priorities for 2016-2020:
– Climate Justice: Advance just energy for all for clean, renewable energy, through a just and equitable transition.
– Maternal and Child Health: Decrease maternal mortality; develop a network of women’s health advocates for access to health care and education.
– Criminalization of Communities of Color: Interrupt the school to prison pipeline.
– Economic Justice: Economic inequality and living wages for all.
In addition, applicants should demonstrate concern for, and a connection to, their community, as well as a recognition of their global responsibilities.
Applications are due by Tuesday, January 21, 2020.
To learn more and obtain the application please contact the United Methodist Women’s grants office at firstname.lastname@example.org noting the subject line: Theressa Hoover Application Request.
About Theressa Hoover
Originally from Arkansas, Theressa Hoover joined the Woman’s Division of Christian Service as a field worker in 1948. In 1968 she was elected chief executive of the Women’s Division of the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church. She was the first African-American woman to hold that position or any comparable post in the denomination. She served as head of the division for 22 years and retired in 1990. Ms. Hoover died at 88 on December 21, 2013 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Theressa Hoover leaves behind a legacy: In 2004, Ebony magazine named her one of the 100 most influential African-American women, and the Theressa Hoover United Methodist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas, was named for her. In 1990, United Methodist Women created the Theressa Hoover Community Service and Global Citizenship Award. We are grateful to be able to continue Ms. Hoover’s passionate work for women and children by passing on the torch of global citizenship with this award.