Christ Church Endowment, Inc.
The Christ Church Endowment, Inc., valued today at $4.1 million, is composed of six distinct funds: the Ellison Scholarship Fund, the Building Maintenance Fund, the Restricted Fund, the Special Gifts Fund, the Dave Woodward Fund, and the Parker Memorial Fund. The Endowment’s board manages and distributes income from each fund according to policies and purposes spelled out by a fund’s founder. Though incorporated as a separate entity apart from the Church in 1996, the Church had been managing these endowed funds, in some cases, since the fifties. Their principal is held in perpetuity.
To emphasize, the Endowment is a ministry, alongside the numerous other ministries at the church from the pantry to the choir. We are not in the business of raising money. We do not conduct capital campaigns. None of the Endowment’s income is intended to provide operating funds to the Church. Rather, the Endowment exists to meet the needs of those who wish to make the Kingdom of God more a reality on this earth through their financial generosity expressed as a gift while alive or by will. Its funds normally cover special purposes not ordinarily covered through the budget.
If your vision of faith includes the church in your will or by gift please contact Anna Jewell, 736-3132. We have worked with a variety of assets and financial arrangements and are here to serve you.
Columbarium at Christ Church
The Columbarium at Christ Church is located in the memorial garden. Christ Church's Columbarium consists of 288 niches for the interment of cremated remains. Each niche has a brass plate for the engraving of the name of the deceased and the dates of birth and death. The purchase and use of niches is limited to present and past members of Christ Episcopal Church and their immediate families. The garden location and benches provide a quiet place for prayer, meditation and reflection.
The price of a single niche is $1,100 and includes administrative fees. If you are interested in discussing or purchasing a niche or niches, you may contact the Christ Church office at 736-3132.
The Estelle Beaumont Ellison Scholarship Fund
The spirit of generosity and concern for others which is evident in her endowment of this Scholarship Fund reflects only a part of the person who was Estelle Ellison.
Born Edna Estelle Beaumont on January 31, 1894, she lived all of her life in San Antonio, as had her father. In the early 1800s, long before Texas completed its transition from Spanish Territory to Statehood, her grandfather, Dr. E.L. Beaumont, practiced medicine in San Antonio. Her father, Edmund F. Beaumont, was an engineer for the Southern Pacific Railroad at the time when railroads had just completed the network which linked the East and West Coasts of the United States. Maude Coates Beaumont, Estelle’s mother, was the daughter of a Quaker family from Massachusetts.
Estelle was blessed with parents who were eager and interested participants in the world around them, and this blessing helped shape Estelle’s own attitudes toward life. She was a gifted student, graduating as Valedictorian of the Class of 1911 from old Main Avenue High School. Rather than use one of the scholarships she won to attend either the University of Texas or Southwestern University in Georgetown, Estelle married Walter W. Ellison, a young man with good humor and outgoing ways. Throughout their married life, the Ellisons actively contributed to their community, showing great concern for young people and giving generously to numerous charities that benefited children. After her husband’s death, Mrs. Ellison continued in those endeavors until her own death on October 23, 1979.
Estelle Ellison is remembered by her friends as a devoted Christian who faithfully attended Christ Episcopal Church, of which she was a member. She had a quiet and dignified manner, and she remained interested in her community until the end of her life. Her stewardship of God’s gifts stands as an example to all who would bring the light of Christianity and the focus of intellectual achievement to mankind.
The Scholarship Fund
The perpetual scholarship fund endowed by Estelle Beaumont Ellison is an expression of her faith in Jesus Christ as her Lord, in Christ Episcopal Church in its mission as God’s Church in this world, and in the potential of young Christian men and women. The income from this fund is to be used for a variety of scholarships and grants; the scholarships will be awarded in two categories, those of Individual Seminary Scholarships and Individual Educational Scholarships.
Mrs. Ellison’s intention was that awards be made to individuals who show evidence of the following:
1. Moral character
Individual Educational Scholarships
For persons who are members of Christ Episcopal Church or who are residing in the greater San Antonio area and enroll in accredited educational institutions at secondary, undergraduate or graduate levels:
Scholarships will be awarded for a single year; applications may be renewed for succeeding years. Preference will generally be given to renewal applicants who are satisfactorily continuing the pursuit of a degree program.
Individual Educational Scholarships are limited to students between the ages of 14 and 30 years.
Individual Educational Scholarships will be awarded in amounts from approximately $500 to $3,000 per year.
A new application is required (as opposed to a renewal application) when submitting a request for graduate school, or an alternate degree program.
Individual Seminary Scholarships
Individual annual scholarships are available for persons canonically resident in the Diocese of West Texas who enroll as postulants in an accredited Christian seminary.
Scholarships will be awarded for a single year; applications may be renewed for succeeding years.
Applications for individual seminary scholarships will receive priority over individual educational scholarships.
Age limits do not apply on seminary applicants.
Amount of seminary scholarships will be individually decided.
Completed application forms with required letters of recommendation, etc., should be submitted to the Scholarship Committee for evaluation no later than March 1 of the year for which the scholarships are sought. Late applications will receive consideration to the extent that time and availability of funds permit.
THE SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE
The Estelle Beaumont Ellison Scholarship Fund
Christ Episcopal Church
The deadline for applications is March 1, 2013.
To be eligible for a scholarship, a student must be a full-time student, of good moral character, exhibit academic excellence (based on the ability of each student), evidence financial need, and regularly participate in a Christian church. All applicants must also be residents of the greater San Antonio area. Students who are currently recipients of an Ellison Scholarship award must apply to renew their award using form below. Any questions, please contact Lou Kissling, email@example.com or 210-220-4050.
General Instructions for all Applicants
There are 5 forms located on this website:
1. Application for a New Applicant (which includes a former recipient who has graduated and is applying for a different level of education, i.e., high school to college, college to graduate school).
Please download and print the 2 forms which are needed for your application, plus the personal financial statement. There are some fairly significant changes this year, one of which is the option to include your FAFSA form instead of your tax returns. The Ellison Scholarship Committee is dedicated to reviewing the applications as fairly and consistently as possible, taking into account all the stated requirements currently set forth in the guidelines for review. The Committee is equally dedicated to reviewing and awarding the scholarships in a very timely manner, and would therefore appreciate the cooperation of all applicants in turning in the application and all supporting documents by the deadline.