To provide scholarships, grants, and stipends to Mt. Zion (New Brunswick, NJ) African Methodist Episcopal Church’s high school graduating seniors and post-secondary matriculating students who meet the specific criteria established by the committee. Disclaimer: anyone who is not a member in good standing with Mt. Zion AME Church, New Brunswick, NJ will not be considered for a scholarship, grant, stipend or any funds from this program.


The Education and Scholarship Fund was started in the 1940’s during the administration of Rev. Solomon Hill. It was dormant for a number of years until Brother William Jackson revived it in the 1990’s. On April 16, 1998, a meeting was held for members of the congregation interested in reviving that group. The group agreed to rename the fund “The Edward Lane Education & Scholarship Fund Committee”. The committee selected as its president Brother Edwin Bess. Under his leadership, the committee was able to award an annual scholarship and provide assistance to several other graduating students. Additionally, a tutorial program and a Computer Learning Center was established. The Committee continues to assist college and high school students.

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Scholarship Eligibility:

All graduating high school seniors are encouraged to apply for the scholarship.  There will be one scholarship awarded annually to the student who best meets the following criteria.


  • Is a member in good standing of Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church, New Brunswick, New Jersey

  • Is involved in at least one of the church ministries.

  • Has attained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or an average of 80 or better

  • Will enter an accredited college, university or trade school program as a full-time, degree - or certificate-seeking freshman in the fall, spring or summer term.

  • Has demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in church, community service, or other activities.

  • Submits an essay or personal statement to the committee on a topic suggested by the committee.

  • Submits a letter of recommendation from:

  1. a Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church leader outlining his/her service to the church

  2. a school official outlining his/her academic and extracurricular activities

  3. a church or community leader outlining his/her service to the church or community

Note:  Recommendations from family members will not be accepted.

👩‍🎓👨‍🎓 Calling all 2022 college graduates to contact the Ed Lane Education Scholarship Fund Committee and confirm you are graduating in the "Class of 2022". The committee is looking forward to celebrating this outstanding achievement with you!!! Graduates who provide proof of graduation by June 30th will receive a certificate of completion from the ELESF program as well as a monetary gift. Please contact Sis. Rebecca Dixon at dixon2029@hotmail.com for further information. Thank you.

For continuing students, click here for important information

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