Florence Helen Sirb was born on July 13, 1918. She was the daughter of Flora and Pavel Sirb, active members of the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America (ROEA) Holy Cross Parish in Farrell/Hermitage, Pennsylvania. Florence graduated from Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA. Miss Sirb was an executive at Sharon Steel Company in Farrell during World War II. She later became a high school teacher at Farrell High School.
After her retirement from teaching, Florence accepted the invitation of Bishop Nathaniel, Vicar Bishop, to work at the Vatra. At her own request, she worked “gratis”, but soon, at the insistence of Archbishop Valerian (Trifa), she accepted a small remuneration “for her gasoline”.
During the administration of Archbishop Valerian, Florence was Executive Assistant and also Finance Officer of the ROEA. She continued in her work until she fell asleep in the Lord on April 25, 1999. She is laid to rest along with her two brothers in the St. Mary Cemetery at Vatra Romaneasca in Grass Lake, Michigan.
Florence also held the office of financial controller and provided oversight for the Holy Transfiguration Monastery, Ellwood City, Pennsylvania, during the time of the late Abbess, Mother Alexandra. Florence was also active in the ROEA National Women’s organization, ARFORA, and was always interested in the education of women.
The Florence Helen Sirb Scholarship is a scholarship with a $100,000 trust from which an annual scholarship of $5,000 may be awarded to wives of priests and deacons, and women monastics under the jurisdiction of the Orthodox Church in America. Preference will be given to applicants of the ROEA. This amount may be awarded to one woman or divided among several women. A recipient may apply for a renewal of the scholarship, but the total awarded to that recipient shall not exceed $5,000. Applications are to be made to the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate Chancery by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The applicant must show a desire to help her parish, monastery or family through pursuing an accredited course or courses of study. This is a universal scope scholarship and can be in any field of study helpful to the clergy family, parish or monastic community.
The applicant for this scholarship will submit the following documents in English. All documents not in English must be accompanied with an English translation:
- Check list which can be found at the end of this scholarship application.
- Full description with documentation and dates of the program to which she has applied or will apply.
- A list of Program Costs and any other expenses (i.e. travel expenses and course materials).
- A ½ to 1-page Personal Statement on how the course will benefit the parish and/or the clergy family or monastic community.
- A statement of any financial need.
- Proof of registration or acceptance as soon as it is available.
- Two letters of recommendation.
- Woman monastic must provide the blessing of her Abbess.
- Transcripts must be provided to be considered for any following years.
Completed applications must be received by the ROEA Chancery via email no later than June 1, 2022. All required documents must be scanned or saved in .pdf format. All required documents must be compressed into one zip file and emailed to the ROEA at email@example.com. Incomplete applications or documents in other formats, .doc; .jpeg; etc. will not be considered.
Instructions on how to create a .zip file may be found at the following link: https://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Zip-File
The decision for successful applicant(s) will be made no later than July 15.
The scholarship committee reserves the right to adjust the conditions of the scholarship in order to respond to the needs of the applicants.
Florence Sirb Scholarship Cover Letter and Checklist (click here for fillable form)
**Any documents in a foreign language must be accompanied by an English translation.**
Zip/Postal code __________________
Phone number _____________________________________________
Parish Name _______________________________________________
__ Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America
__ Orthodox Church in America
__ Documentation of Program
__ Cost of program
__ List of expenses
__ ½ to 1 page Personal Statement
__ Financial need statement
__ Proof of registration
__ 2 Letters of recommendation.
__ Blessing of Abbess for women Monastics only
Applications should be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org