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The Edward Lane Education and Scholarship Fund Committee (ELEFSC)

Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church, 39 Hildebrand Way (Morris Street), New Brunswick, NJ 08901


Rev. Dr. Golden W. Carmon, Sr. Pastor                                                        Rev. Dr. Mattie A. Carmon, Asst. Pastor


ELESF Committee:

Rebecca Dixon, President

Jane Curry, Vice President

Ronita Barber, Treasurer

Laura Nelson, Recording Secretary

JoAnne Brookins-Grant, Correspondence Secretary

Members: Barbara Saunders, Mary Hall, Leon Broadwater, George W. Dixon


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.

Sponsored by: The Mount Zion Preschool and Ed Lane Scholarship Fund - Thank you for remembering to save your pop-tabs for the annual distribution to Ronald McDonald House®. 

Donations can be left at the church office (see hours of operation or call 732-249-8476)

10/01/2022 - The Edward Lane Education and Scholarship Committee drops off their first collection of pop-tabs to Ronald McDonald House on behalf of the Mt. Zion Preschool. L-R: Leon Broadwater, Jane Curry, Ronita Barber, Joanne Brookins-Grant, Ronald McDonald, Laura Nelson, Rebecca Dixon and Mary Hall. 
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