Educational Partners in Covenant (EPIC)


An ELCA Matching Grant Program
Wartburg’s EPIC (Educational Partnerships in Covenant) program began as a cooperative venture between congregations of the three Iowa synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in Iowa and their colleges: Grand View, Luther, Waldorf, and Wartburg.  Wartburg College, along with the other colleges of the ELCA (28 total) exist in mission to prepare young people for life lived faithfully in service to God and the world.  At Wartburg College, the EPIC program refers to a matching grant program that is available to ELCA congregations across the United States.

ELCA Congregations: Individual congregations who are new to EPIC enroll in the program by filling out the enrollment form and annually filing and intention form listing student names and the amount of the congregational gift.  Wartburg College will match congregational gifts up to $750 per academic year per student. The EPIC program is one that is intended to help congregations support young people in higher education.  It is not a place for parent contributions to their student’s financial needs.

Who can qualify? Any full-time student who is a member of an ELCA congregation and who has fulfilled their congregation’s requirements to receive an EPIC gift from the congregation.  Students and families who are interested should first of all be in conversation with their congregations. 

How do congregations enroll in EPIC? If your congregation has never enrolled in the EPIC program, please contact Kathy Liddle at 319-352-8217 or  Congregations that already participate in EPIC need to fill out an annual Participation Form (PDF link below) and return it to Kathy Liddle, EPIC Coordinator, 100 Wartburg Blvd., Waverly, IA, 50677. 

Note to church leaders and parents: Help your ELCA congregation support young adults as they pursue their education at a Lutheran college or university by starting or supporting a congregational scholarship program. If you would like some ideas on how to do this, contact the Admissions Office at 800-772-2085 or via email at

EPIC Details (PDF)
Congregation EPIC Enrollment Form (PDF)

Participation Form (PDF)