Christ Church |
Friday, February 27, 2015
San Antonio, Texas | Patrick Gahan, Rector


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 Ellison Scholarship 

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. 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
2. Academic excellence, diligence, achievement or ability
3. Financial need
4. Regular participation in a Christian church

The deadline for applications is March 2, 2015.

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. Applicants are not required to be a member of Christ Episcopal Church, however, if an applicant is not a member, a reference from a member is required. 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 the forms below. Any questions, please contact the Scholarship Committee chair.

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).
2. Instructions for a New Applicant
3. Application for Renewal
4. Instructions for Renewal
5. Personal Financial Statement

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.  Completed application forms, required letters of recommendation, financial forms and documentation should be submitted to the Scholarship Committee for evaluation no later than March 1 of the year for which the scholarships are sought.  Applications are considered when all documents have been received.