The Martha May Holman Scholarship Fund was established in 2002 by the SOAP (South
Atlantic & Puerto Rico) Region of the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators (APCE)
to honor the life and ministry of Martha May Holman.
Martha May Holman, a lifelong Presbyterian, served Christ with distinction as a church
educator. Martha served a variety of large and small congregations as an educator. For
many years she was Associate for Education for the Synod of South Atlantic. Martha was a
former member of the APCE Cabinet having served as Finance Committee Chairperson. She
received a Life Achievement Award at the 1997 San Diego APCE national conference.
Martha was retired when she died January 21, 2001 in Tallahassee, Florida.
The scholarship fund was established to enable APCE members in the South Atlantic &
Puerto Rico Region who have a continuing education allowance of under $500 to attend
SOAP Regional events or APCE events in order to develop their leadership skills and
enhance their ministry. This scholarship will be granted to at least one recipient each year.
Funds may be applied to the APCE SOAP regional or APCE annual event. Recipients can only
be granted one scholarship per calendar year. The SOAP Board will select the recipients
with first time requests being given priority status.
The funds for the Martha May Holman Scholarship come from individual donations and
through a special offering taken at the SOAP Regional Event and the annual APCE gathering.
The funds are housed in a special account with the Presbyterian Foundation and distributed
quarterly to the SOAP treasury.
Selection of scholarship recipients is by the SOAP Board, which consists of the President,
Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Social Media Coordinator.