Valorie I. Hamstreet was a well-loved member of St. Margaretís Guild. Upon her death in 1952, the guild named its scholarship fund in her honor. Hamstreetís husband, Loil, was a generous financial supporter of the fund.


St. Margaretís House was founded in Berkeley, California in 1909 to train women for church ministry. The St. Margaretís Guild was established to support St. Margaretís House. Valorie Hamstreet was a member of the St. Margaretís Guild at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in McMinnville, Oregon. She was an active participant in the guildís activities for many years.

Upon Valorieís death in 1952, the guild established a scholarship fund, named in her honor, for women who wished to pursue a degree in Christian Education at St. Margaretís. Valorieís husband, Loil, initially endowed the corpus of the trust. Member donations at each meeting of the guild contributed to its steady growth.

The purpose of the fund is to establish a trust corpus from which the income earned can be used to benefit women in the work of the church. Scholarships are awarded for the use of a woman student who is entering full-time Christian service in some church-related occupation or, in lieu of such a candidate, for the use of a married seminarian during his senior year of seminary. While it is desirable, it is not absolutely essential that candidates come to the Diocese of Oregon. However, preference is given to those persons returning to the diocese.

Grants are also awarded for the use of a parishoner who wishes to attend church-related symposia or workshops.

The fund is administered by an all-female board. The present board consists of Sandra Cronk, Edie Rissberger-Stow and JacE Macy, pictured below, left. Memorial bequests to the fund are always welcome.

The fund has granted sixty-five scholarships since its inception.

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Applications are available through the Valorie I. Hamstreet Memorial
Scholarship Fund of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church.
Applications must be submitted by May 1.
Candidates may contact:

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church
P.O. Box 539
McMinnville, OR 97128