Skinner Scholarships are merit-based awards for Episcopalians who are full-time undergraduate or graduate students at the University of Virginia.
Recipients are chosen based on demonstrated or potential lay ministry in St. Paul’s Memorial Episcopal Church, another area church, or the broader Charlottesville community.
The scholarship gives students time to spend in personal spiritual development and ministry to others rather than in work to cover school expenses.
Skinner Scholars must commit to the following:
- Participation in a Skinner vocation study group that meets several times a semester and provides an opportunity to discuss God's calling in our lives.
- Involvement in parish life at St. Paul's or another local Episcopal church, through regular attendance at worship and through service to the parish.
- Assumption of responsibility for some aspect of lay ministry, in the St. Paul's community, another Episcopal church, or the broader Charlottesville community.
Skinner Scholarship funds are in an endowment administered by the University. The amount available each year varies with market conditions. In no case will an award exceed a student’s need as determined by UVA’s Student Financial Services.
James H. Skinner
A bequest from James H. Skinner, a UVA graduate and Civil War veteran, established a scholarship at the University for “persons who purpose to become Ministers of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America.”
The terms of the will are now interpreted to include lay as well as ordained ministers in the Episcopal Church.
An 1846 UVA graduate, Skinner was a prominent lawyer in Staunton and served in the Virginia legislature. He served in the 52nd Virginia Infantry Regiment during the Civil War, rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel. Skinner was wounded at Second Manassas, Gettysburg, and Spotsylvania and lost an eye in the last battle. He died in 1898.
How and When To Apply
A committee appointed by the rector of St. Paul’s reviews all applications and recommends awards. The rector nominates potential recipients to the associate director of student financial services at UVA. The committee, the rector of St. Paul’s, and the University of Virginia do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, sexual orientation, or disability. Awards are made for one academic year. Previous recipients are welcome to apply for another year of funding.
For further information, contact John Reid, parish administrator at St. Paul’s, at 434-295-2156.