Each of the following awards is presented at the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc. (P.A.W. Inc.) International Summer Convention.
The Erma J. Bowers Scholarship Award is awarded to students enrolled at an accredited college, university, or an approved P.A.W., Inc. school. The International Missionary and Christian Women’s Auxiliary celebrated the 10th Anniversary of this award during the convention of August of 2016. The Erma J. Bowers (EJB) scholarship was established in 2006 through the vision of Dr. Winifred Nunes and has continued. Dr. Erma J. Bowers was a religious activist, as well as a church and school leader who taught for 27 years at Taft High School in Cincinnati, OH and 13 of those years as the English curriculum coordinator. The University of Cincinnati (UC) graduate also taught at UC and Xavier University. Dr. Bowers was a member of the advisory board of the Grace Apostolic University and Dean of the Grace International Apostolic Bible College, where she earned her doctorate. The mission of the Erma J. Bowers Scholarship endeavors to continue the spirit of Dr. Elma Jean Bowers through excellence in academic achievement and spiritual growth, to enhance leadership skills, and to help defray the cost of college education among Christian women of all ages. Two scholarships for $500 and one honorable mention are usually given each year. Scoring is done based on a list of criteria.
Established in 1980, Sister Evelyn Tyson and Dr. Elma Jean Bowers saw the need to recognize women ages 65 and above within the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc. (PAW) who were dedicated, gracious, committed, virtuous, and who give untiring faithful service to the Lord and His people. These godly women must be faithful, active members of their local church, women’s auxiliary, their State/District auxiliary, and the International Missionary and Christian Women’s Auxiliary (IMCWA). The commitment to honor great women has continued. The precious Women of Pentecost are the most precious of gems in the Christian community and it is a privilege to honor and acknowledge them in our organization.
The price of a virtuous woman is said to be “far above rubies” (Proverbs 31:10). A Royal Ruby is a woman of God that has shown commitment, faithfulness, and dedication to ministry. Strength, inner beauty, grace and service to her community speaks well of her.
The award was established in 2011 to reward and recognize women ages 21 to 64 who are in good standing and are serving at their local Churches, State/District Council, and attends the PAW, Inc. International Missionary and Christian Women’s Auxiliary (IMCWA). The award selection also includes outstanding community service, academic and/or athletic awards and achievements and/or employment recognition.
The Dr. Anita McCarther award is a highly esteemed award named in honor of Dr. Anita McCarther who was a past International Missionary and Christian Women’s Auxiliary of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc. (IMCWA) officer. She held the position of Second Vice-President under President, Dr. Charlotte Parker until her health failed and she went home to be with the Lord. She also served for 8 years as the Secretary under President, Sister Joyce Tate. Dr. McCarther was a distinguished woman of God in character, dedication, graciousness, and untiring service to her church, her Oklahoma Council, the IMCWA, the PAW, Inc., and her community. The award will be given annually to a deserving sister within the IMCWA who has shown the same outstanding attributes in service to her church, the community, and the IMCWA. The first award was given in 2019 and its recipient was Dr. Diane Hart of Chesterfield, VA.
The Heritage Award was established in 2015 to recognize Senior sisters that have been faithful in their support to the International Missionary and Christian Women’s Auxiliary of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc. (IMCWA). It was awarded 2015-2018.