Pastor Hicks, CDC leadership and scholarship winners

Metropolitan Scholarship Opportunities

In June of each year, Metropolitan offers three scholarship contests to members who are college-bound high school seniors. Themes are announced in the Spring.

Eleanor Frazier Hicks Oratorical Contest

The Eleanor Frazier Hicks Oratorical Scholarship, named after the beloved mother of our Pastor, is designed to give financial assistance to graduating high school seniors who are members of Metropolitan Baptist Church. The scholarship, presented to the winner of the Eleanor Frazier Hicks oratorical contest, seeks to provide financial assistance to seniors who will both continue their education, and seek to be articulate and effective communicators in their careers.

The scholarship is sponsored by Dr. H. Beecher Hicks, Jr., Sandra Cox, Esq., and William Hicks, M.D. Three awards are given: first place – $1,500, second place – $1,000, and third place $750.


Lena Price Smith Scholarship

The Christian Discipleship Council, formerly known as the Board of Christian Education, was founded in 1944 under the leadership of the late Dr. E.C. Smith. Mrs. Lena Price Smith was the first Chairperson of the Board, a post taht she held from 1944 to 1976. Under her leadership, the following initiatives were established: Teacher Training Class, The Christian Education Institute, Leadership Training School and the Baptist Youth Fellowship.

All high school graduates who will be attending a college or university are eligible to apply for a scholarship in the name of Lena Price Smith. Praise God for the legacy of Mrs. Lena Price Smith!


Mamie O. Smith Scholarship

Dr. E. C. Smith, the late Pastor Emeritus of Metropolitan Baptist Church who served as Senior Minister for over 45 years, bequeathed in his will the establishment of the Mamie O. Smith Scholarship. This scholarship is in honor of his first wife, the late Mamie O. Smith, a former MBC First Lady who served God at Metropolitan with charming dignity and refinement. She was an active member of the Senior Choir and the Union Missionary Society.

Each fall a $1000 scholarship comes directly from the estate of Dr. Smith and is presented to a high school graduate enrolling in college in the fall and exemplifying Metropolitan at its best.