THE HELENA B. COBB
Women’s Missionary Council
The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
WHAT IS IT?
The Helena B. Cobb
Scholarship Program emphasizes the importance of educational
training beyond the high school level whether that training is
higher education at a college, university, or vocational-technical
school. The program was named for the first Vice President of the
Council, Helena B. Cobb, who was an educator.
The program is
divided into two categories:
– The Helena B. Cobb Annual
A scholarship of $100.00 is given annually to
approved applicants for a maximum of four years. Applicants
must apply/reapply each year. Stipends are also given to our
theology students and donations are made periodically to our CME
Instutions of higher learning.
– The Helena B. Cobb Four-Year
Higher Education Grant.
This scholarship is awarded each quadrennial. Presently, six $
4,000 and four $1,000 scholarships are given. Applicants are chosen
through a four-year progressive competitive system from the local to
Episcopal levels. In 1975, the first four-year higher education
scholarship was granted.
WHOM DOES IT HELP?
Any member of the
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church who has graduated from high
school and who is enrolled in a college, university, or
vocational-technical school may receive help from the Helena B. Cobb
Fund provided that person makes application and that application is
HOW IS THE
Scholarship funds are
raised through the local societies by having special observances-
programs and other activities to generate revenues to provide
scholarships for deserving students. Donations are also accepted.
HOW CAN EACH
Each Local Society
can help fund the program by sponsoring some type of educational
program and/or activities that will bring in revenues. Money
generated from these programs should be sent to the Region (Annual
Conference) Vice-Presidents. A written report of the
program/activity should be sent to the vice presidents on the
District, Region (Annual Conference) and Council level. Helena B.
Cobb Scholarship Fund Day should be held
no later than the
second Sunday in January
of Mrs. Cobb’s birthday.
WHAT KIND OF
PROGRAMS CAN EACH SOCIETY HAVE?
Some suggested ideas are:
- Educational Forums
– Any month. Invite several educators in to talk on
issue/issues facing your particular school situation.
- Honor Day For
Students – Any month. Invite your students to a special
service. Present them with a Certificate of Achievement. Have
Day/Conference – Any month. But, the months of March, April,
May, and June would be good. Invite representatives from
several colleges, universities, the Armed Forces, businesses,
agencies, etc. to come to talk with students in 9th
through 12th grades. Invite the whole community.
This Day/Conference can be held at night or on Saturday.
- Black History
Program. February. Focus on outstanding educators in your
church and/or in the local community. Use as many youth /young
adults as you can.
- A Musical. Any
month. Invite a high school choir, a high school band, a
college choir, or college band to give concert at your church.
You could also invite Church Praise Dancers. This could be a
- Pageants and Plays
Highlighting Educators. Any month. This could be a fund
raiser. Have someone who can and will write a pageant with a
theme around educators in your area. Present “Since the
Church Said Yes,” a play depicting the Pioneers and
Presidents of the Women’s Missionary Council.
- Local Achievers.
Any month. Invite several local achievers: business people,
professionals and others to come talk
with your young people about how they got started, and how they
have become successful, and what the students need to do to
become successful also.
- Kwanzaa Program.
December. Introduce your church and the community to this
outstanding African-American Cultural program. Have a speaker
and involve as many children as you can.
- This is your Life.
Any month. Have someone who and will write a “This Is Your
Life” about a local church educator or a community educator.
Use as many young people as possible to display as many aspects
of your honoree’s life as possible. Serve refreshments.
Did You Know? Any month. Have a program about Helena B.
Cobb and give historical information about her life. Or have
someone to write a short play/drama on her life. You could
highlight other vice presidents of the Council and/or other
officers of the Council. Prepare and distribute a “Fact Sheet”
on the person’s life.
FOR SUBMITTING APPLICATIONS
- Students applying for
the Helena B. Cobb Annual Scholarship should get a Council’s
approved Application Form from their local church missionary
president or vice president, properly fill it out and return it
to their local missionary vice-president.
- All application forms
should be given/sent to the Region
(Annual Conference) Vice-President by December 31 of the
- Applications from each
Region should be sent by the Region Vice President to the
Council’s Vice President by January 20 of each year.
- Applications are then
processed and the scholarship grants are forwarded to the
applicant’s college or university in September of the same year.