nominating committee

The Nominating Committee’s primary function is to prepare a slate of members who are qualified for and willing to serve on the Session, Board of Deacons, Nominating Committee and Finance and Endowment Committee. The slate is presented for a vote at a congregational meeting for usually held in November.

The Nominating Committee also serves as the Scholarship Committee. 


UPC is blessed to have funds provided by members and specifically designated for scholarships. Currently the Scholarship Fund receives money from funds donated by Harriet R. Darmody, Kenneth L. White, Ethelyn I. Hewitt, the UPC Scholarship Fund and other donations.

The purpose of the scholarships is to offer the encouragement and support of our congregation for those continuing their education. The amount may vary from year to year depending on total funds available, number of applicants, and specific needs of applicants. Scholarships are normally awarded annually, and traditionally the award amounts for undergraduate education are larger than those for graduate studies.

The application deadline will normally be 12:00 Noon on the first Friday in June. Review of applications and awards to be made will be completed by the end of June and applicants notified of the committee’s decision. Award checks are mailed in early August. 

scholarship applications

The Union Presbyterian Church Scholarship Committee is now accepting applications for educational scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Scholarship awards are a token of encouragement and support of our Congregation for those continuing their education.  The amount may vary from year to year depending on total funds available, number of applicants and specific needs of applicants.  Scholarships are need-based; it is particularly important that your application section labeled, “Expenses” and “Aid” be as complete and accurate as possible.  We also consider other factors when evaluating applications; among which are regular participation in Church and Church-related functions.

By making application, you will be committing yourself to two things:

  1. Keeping in touch with the Scholarship Committee during the year. This requirement is to help us to better keep in touch with you and to know how you are doing during these important years of study and to let the Congregation know about your activities and experiences.

  2. Total confidentiality. Your award shall not be discussed among recipients, or their family members.

Applications are due in the Church office by 12:00 noon on Friday, June 7, 2019.  This firm deadline will allow the Scholarship Committee to review applications in a timely fashion. Award checks will be mailed to your home in early August.

We look forward to assisting you in obtaining your higher education.  May God bless you.


Scholarship Committee:

Diane M. Sommerville  - Chair
Jan Kelley
Carolyn Hale
Justin Park
Diane Mann
Joan Steenburg



The Union Presbyterian Church Scholarship Fund is funded by monies specifically designated for scholarships.  Currently the Scholarship Fund receives money from the annual accrued interest of the Harriet R. Darmody, Kenneth L. White and Ethelyn I. Hewitt scholarship accounts.  Don Haney expressed his love for education by establishing the College Scholarship Fund for the youth of the church.

Mrs. Harriet R. Darmody joined Union Presbyterian Church in 1920 and served in many capacities over the years, including terms as an Elder and on committees.  She helped promote the best interests of her church for the glory of God.  Harriet was extremely interested in the scholarships offered by Union Church and made a bequest to the church to be used for scholarships for Union Church students.

Kenneth L. White joined Union Church in 1919.  Ken was one of the most beloved persons ever to serve as Deacon in our church.  He represented his church well with his friendly and helpful manner.  Ken specifically requested that his bequest to Union Church be used for the Scholarship Fund to help students with their education.

Ethelyn I. Hewitt was a lifetime member of Union Church.  She served many years as a Deacon and was an active member of the women’s group.  She was a retired IBM employee of over 30 years service and although never married, she loved children and was interested in their continued education.

Donald W. Haney became a member of Union Presbyterian Church in 1947.  He and his wife Helen were very active in the life of the church.  Don was a development engineer during his career with IBM and had many patents to his credit.  At the age of 90, he authored a book of his life in the 20th century entitled Don Haney’s Odyssey.  A copy of the book is in the UPC library.


  1. The purpose of the scholarship funds is to provide scholarships for students who have graduated from high school and who plan to continue their education.

  2. Eligible education activities shall include full or part-time enrollment at an accredited college or university, technical, or trade school, nursing school, or in any training experience preparing a person for a vocation.

  3. Applications are accepted once a year from each student, and scholarships may be granted on an annual basis.