Bishop Brian N. Prior Youth Scholarship Fund
The goal for the Bishop Brian N. Prior Youth Scholarship Fund is to ensure that youth and camp programs of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota benefit from the attendance of young people who might not otherwise have the capacity to pay registration and participation fees, or for whom costs associated with participation would be a barrier.
Inspired by Bishop Prior’s passionate work with youth and camp ministry, the Bishop Brian N. Prior Youth Scholarship Fund is established, and its proceeds will be used to provide lump sum scholarships for youth participants of Episcopal Church in Minnesota sponsored or partnered activities.
An anonymous donor has made a generous initial contribution of $164,097 to create the Bishop Brian N. Prior Youth Scholarship Fund. This fund will be left open to receive additional contributions from other donors. The proceeds from the Bishop Brian N. Prior Youth Scholarship Fund may be supplemented by funds from Episcopal Church in Minnesota accounts, by contributions from ECMN faith communities, and by individual donations.
Bishop Brian N. Prior Youth Scholarship Fund recipients will be selected by the Missioner for Children, Youth, and Camp, in consultation with the Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota. Funds will be deposited in the Pooled Investment Fund, in a separate account, to be held and managed by the Trustees of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota. The criterion used to select recipients of the Bishop Prior Scholarship are as follows:
1. Applicants for the Scholarship shall be made known to the Missioner for Children, Youth, and Camp.
2. The individual shall be registered as a youth participant in an Episcopal Church in Minnesota sponsored or partnered program.
3. Selection will be based on financial need.
Contributing to the Scholarship Fund
Even six years ago there was only one collaborative ministry in ECMN: Episcopal Youth Music Camp. Now there are seven: EYMC, EYQC, EKID, ECAD, SINC, Pre-TEC, and MNTEC (see flyers below). These seven ministries serve nearly 500 kids each year from around the state. This scholarship fund is seeking to provide scholarships for approximately 1/9 of all episcopal youth participants in all 7 of these programs. A total of 436 kids participated last year, meaning that ~50 required full or partial scholarships in order to participate. Monetarily, this means we need an annual interest draw of $17,000/year.
Right now, we are at about 1/2 of the total endowed funds needed in order to provide this, with a current draw capacity of $9,000. Any contribution to this endowed fund is tremendously appreciated, and it will continue to bless kids across ECMN for years to come.
You can contribute today by: