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The William and Alice Hinckley Fund scholarships will be awarded, primarily to graduate students from the Bay Area, for study during 2023-2024 academic year. Financial need, career plans reflecting humanitarian concern, and good academic work are given priority by the selection committee. Applicants chosen for final consideration will be interviewed by members of the scholarship committee. The Scholarship Committee may limit the number of scholarships awarded to students following the same career paths. The Hinckley Fund requires that students who have been awarded a scholarship make a midterm report by December 15 and a final report by June 15 to the Hinckley Fund.


 $43,000 to UUSF

The Hinckley Fund is delighted to announce that the First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco has been awarded $43,000 as the 2022 Bruce and Ruth Cowan Memorial Grant. The 2022 Cowan Grant to the Society will be used for exterior landscaping, livestream upgrades, Religious Education re-envisioning, and sabbatical support.

The annual gift honors the memory of two Society members who were also key supporters of the Hinckley Fund. Bruce Cowan was a Moderator of the Board of Trustees and became President of the Hinckley Board. Ruth was active in many Society activities and her estate included a significant gift to the Hinckley Fund.

Including the support to UUSF, Hinckley will give a total of $140,500 in scholarships and grants in 2022. Other Hinckley recipients are the League of Women Voters Education Fund, Starr King School for the Ministry, the Unitarian Universalist Ministers’ Association Shared Guidelines initiative, the Faithful Fools, Kids’ Chance California, Up on Top, and the Prosp(a)rity Project of the Players Philosophy Fund.

The Hinckley Fund is an ongoing reminder of the power of charitable estate planning. The William and Alice Hinckley Fund was

established by the will of Captain Hinckley in the late 1800’s. Both Hinckleys were active members of this Congregation, and their legacy has provided important financial support for over 100 years to graduate students in the helping professions, the UUSF community, and Bay Area charitable organizations.

The Hinckley Fund is an organization separate from the Society, but the will of Captain Hinckley specified that its trustees must be Society members. Today’s Hinckley Fund trustees are Linda Enger (President), Galen Workman (Vice President), Matt Anderson (Treasurer), Lucy Smith (Secretary), Stephanie Gowin, David Jones, Howard Oringer, and Vanessa Rush Southern.

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