Bement/Waterfield Educational Grants help young people who are active in the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts to pursue their educational goals after secondary school. Grants may be used at accredited training and technical institutions as well as for undergraduate study at 2 and 4 year accredited colleges. These awards represent an investment by the Church in its young people. The goal of the Committee is to provide some support to as many of the applicants as possible. The average award at this time is $1200 to $3000.
The Bement/Waterfield Grants are made possible in part by income from a generous bequest by the late Miss Mary Bement many years ago. In 1998, William S. Waterfield, Jr. left a bequest to the Diocese to provide additional funds for educational grants. Mr. Waterfield was a lifelong member of St. John’s Parish in Worcester. When the original St. John’s Church was razed to make way for interstate highway construction in 1962, he created the design for the current structure incorporating significant architectural features of the original church.
The Diocese of Western Massachusetts has budgeted $70,000 in 2024 to grant for projects falling within the criteria from any of our congregations or diocesan-sponsored ministries beyond the congregation.
Applications are due no later than March 15, 2024. A second round will take place only if funds are available.
Diocesan Facilitator: The Rev. Richard Simpson, Canon to the Ordinary