The Nancy E. Roach Memorial Scholarship for Seminary Students


How does your Christian faith and justice
work together for social good?


Transform Network is honored to be partnering with the Ruth E. Roach Memorial Scholarship Fund to identify recipients of a new scholarship honoring the memory of Nancy E. Roach, who was a devout woman of faith who believed Christianity could make the world a better place.

The Nancy E. Roach Memorial Scholarship for Seminary Students is dedicated to awarding a seminarian tuition support for excellence and innovation in social justice ministry and theological reflection. This scholarship award is given to the most exemplary essay that addresses the following questions:

  • How can the Christian faith be a catalyst for social change?

  • How can faith communities be engaged in social justice?

  • What is your personal aspiration for bringing the realms of Christianity and social justice closer together?

  • What is your theological basis for this aspiration?

  • How will you put this into action?

The winning essay will be publicized widely through Transform Network’s progressive Christian partners and media. The $4,000 to $6,000 financial award for this scholarship is a one-time award.

Qualifying Information

The grant cycle for all scholarship programs are from February 1st to April 1st of each year. Each applicant may apply for only one award per year.

To be eligible to receive an award you must be:

  • a U.S. citizen (We’re sorry, it’s currently federal foundation law.) :-(

  • accepted at an accredited, post secondary level school in an accredited program at thatinstitution. Accreditation can be confirmed online.

  • AND attending a not-for-profit school, either a 501(c)3 classified organization or a publicly run University/College/Program. The Scholarship Fund cannot issue funds to a school that is a for-profit business.

  • demonstrate the ability to pay the remainder of/the balance of your educational expenses. Funds from our scholarship programs can only be used for tuition (or fees, etc. that are listed on your bursar's account)

  • not related to anyone that serves on the Selection Committee or as Trustee of the Ruth E. Roach Memorial Scholarship Fund

We appreciate your interest in our awards program and wish you all the best in your future pursuits!

Jackie Newsome

We’re excited to announce three recipients of the Nancy E. Roach Memorial Scholarship for Seminary Students in 2019 — Alicia Crosby at Duke Divinity School, Darrin Sims at Candler School of Theology, and Whitney Bond at Chicago Theological Seminary!

Read Alicia’s essay “The Heart of Our Problems

Read Darrin’s essay “Exiting the Wilderness

Read Whitney’s essay “The Work My Soul Desires Most

Nancy E. Roach

Nancy E. Roach