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December 13, 2007

Important Information Regarding the ELCIC's Continuing Education Plan

Along with member accounts for short-term study, the ELCIC's CEP provides opportunity for members of the plan to apply for long-term study grants. Please note that the deadline to submit your applications for long-term study grants is January 15. The application form, which has been revised for 2008, is available online at http://elcic.ca/Documents/documents/CEPLongTermStudyLeaveForms.pdf

To be eligible to apply for long-term benefits, the member must have been an active contributor to CEP for at least one full year and have been in an approved ministry for at least five years in Canada. After having secured permission for an extended leave of absence (3 months or more) from the parish/employer and synodical bishop, a member may apply through the ELCIC's National Office, to the Program Committee for Leadership for Ministry for a grant from this fund. Normally for long-term study, a member will be involved in a degree program (academic or clinical) requiring full-time residency.

The size of grants awarded in a given year will depend on availability of funds and number of applicants and consideration will be given to need. The maximum grant awarded per individual for any one year will be $5,000.

Additional information regarding CEP long-term grants can be found in the CEP Brochure, at
http://elcic.ca/Leadership/For-Ministers/documents/CEPBrochure2006.pdf


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