The White Memorial Scholarship is a one-time annual scholarship of $1000 available to help support Unitarian Universalist Ministerial students from throughout the Western Regional District, with preference given to those who have a connection to the Pacific Southwest District. Such a connection could manifest itself as growing up in the district, doing work with the district, or living in the district. Further preference will be given to applicants who show great potential for the ministry.

To be considered, applicants must:
1) Have Candidate status
2) Envision their tentative goals as one of the following:

  • Parish work
  • Religious education
  • Clinical pastoral education
  • Community ministry
  • Or another related UU Ministry

3) Give one academic reference and one congregational reference
4) Be in financial need
5) Fill out the application specifying more information

The award will be determined without regard for gender, race, age or sexual orientation. However religious preference will be considered as the White Memorial Fund was established to award deserving Unitarian Universalist ministerial students with financial assistance to defray education expenses.

If you have any questions about the White Memorial Scholarship or application, please contact pswdwhitememorial@gmail.com.

History of the White Memorial Scholarship

The White Memorial Fund was established in the 1920’s with a $10,000 gift from Charles White of Pasadena. The interest from this amount was used to further the theological education of students preparing for the Unitarian Universalist ministry. Over the years, there was some dissipation of funds; the stewardship of Jack Thiebert (Fullerton), when treasurer of the district, brought the fund back into existence and in 1981, a committee was appointed by the Board, chaired by Jack, to again solicit applications and make awards for the 1982-83 school year. The fund has continued to grow by the reinvestment of a small portion of the interest and now amounts to over $20,000.

We are currently researching the history of this scholarship – in particular its founder Charles White. If you can provide further information about Charles White, please contact the committee at pswdwhitememorial@gmail.com. 

Thank you.