The Dr. W. Robert and Frances C. Holmes Scholarship Fund was established in early 2008 – first as a part of the Lady Doak Endowment Fund and later, in December 2012, as a separate stand-alone permanent fund of Wider Church Ministries of the United Church of Christ. This fund is established in honor of the parents of Robert C. Holmes and Caroline Holmes Sommerville. W. Robert and Frances C. Holmes taught in what today is Sri Lanka and in India for many years as mission personnel of what is today the United Church of Christ.
Distributions from the Dr. W. Robert and Frances C. Holmes Scholarship Fund provide scholarship support for one or more deserving student with financial need as determined by Lady Doak College in Madurai, India.
Lady Doak College (LDC), a long-standing partner of Global Ministries, was established in 1948 by Miss Katie Wilcox, a U.S. educational missionary. It has grown from three thatched sheds to a lovely campus with more than 20 buildings. LDC achieved autonomy in 1978 and was awarded the highest Five Star Status by the Indian National Accreditation Council. It is an autonomous, progressive women’s college with an international outlook and provides a high quality, holistic education. Enrollment is approximately 3,000 students (of whom 1,700 receive financial aid) from cities and villages across south India and beyond. There are 140 faculty members, most of whom are women, many with PhDs and international connections. LDC offers BA, BS, MA, and MS degrees as well undergraduate studies in science (zoology, botany, chemistry, mathematics, physics, bio-technology, computer applications, information technology), humanities (English, Tamil, history, economics, social sciences), commerce and business administration. Thirteen post-graduate degrees also are offered. Thousands of Indian women have been educated at Lady Doak College to serve and lead their communities and nation in countless ways. Lady Doak College states their purpose as: “to impart a liberal Christian education to students of all creeds … to develop their intellectual powers, locate, identify, and cultivate their interests and talents, and train them to be responsible and useful citizens.”
Additional contributions may be made to the principal of the Dr. W. Robert and Frances C. Holmes Scholarship Fund by sending a check written to Wider Church Ministries to:
700 Prospect Avenue, 7th Floor
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
Please include the notation “Holmes Scholarship Fund” on the check memo line, or in an accompanying note.
Questions about the Dr. W. Robert and Frances C. Holmes Scholarship Fund are welcome. Please contact the Global Ministries Office of Resource Development, at (317) 713-2555 or firstname.lastname@example.org.