Scholarship Portal

All in One United Methodist Scholarship Application from GBHEM

This is a one stop shop general application for over 50 scholarship programs from the United Methodist Church administered by the GBHEM Office of Loans and Scholarships. Apply ONCE per year, every year. The scholarship programs criteria vary. With this one application students with completed applications are screened and reviewed for each program for which they are qualified.
Students may be undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral students; must be full active members of the UMC for at least 1 year (some programs require 3 years); have a minimum GPA of 2.5+, and are attending any accredited institution within the U.S.

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Field(s) of Study: 
All areas
Application Deadline: 
03-05
# of Awards Given: 
2,500 students per year awarded over $2.5 million total
Average Award: 
$500-$2,000
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Application Requirements:

Essay
Transcript
Minimum GPA
Eligibility Requirements:

Freshman
Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Full-Time Student
Undergraduate
Graduate
Doctoral Degree
2-Year College
4-Year College
International Student
US Student
UMC Membership
Institution Accreditation
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Awards and Grants from Archives and History

The General Commission on Archives and History offers financial support in a variety of UMC history-related areas.

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Field(s) of Study: 
History and Archives
Application Deadline: 
varies
# of Awards Given: 
varies
Average Award: 
varies
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Application Requirements:

None
Eligibility Requirements:

x
Chaplain Powell Scholarship

This scholarship provides assistance to students preparing for chaplaincy in any branch of the military.

The Chaplain Samuel Grover Powell Scholarship Fund was established as a memorial in 1980 by the family and friends of Chaplain Powell. The Reverend Samuel Grover Powell served as a chaplain in the United States Air Force for 28 years. He believed that “Military people deserve the best qualified chaplains, for they are not only serving God, but their country.”

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Field(s) of Study: 
Military Chaplaincy
Application Deadline: 
07-01
# of Awards Given: 
Average Award: 
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Application Requirements:

Transcript
Eligibility Requirements:

Graduate
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United Methodist Leadership Scholars

The United Methodist Leadership Scholarship (UMLS) has parameters of merit based on church and community involvement as well as scholastic achievement. UMLS is for United Methodist student applicants in the southeasteastern jurisdiction (SEJ) who will attend a SEJ United Methodist-related institution of higher learning. The applicant must exhibit exceptional leadership characteristics and promise for church and community leadership in the future. They must have the ability to articulate their future vocational goals as they relate to personal faith and leadership in the church. These are $10,000 yearly scholarships that require reapplication annually to assure parameters of merit are being maintained. FOR THE 2014-2015 ACADEMIC YEAR, TWO UMLS SCHOLARSHIPS WILL BE AWARDED.


Field(s) of Study: 

Application Deadline: 
01-10
# of Awards Given: 
2 per year
Average Award: 
$10,000
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Application Requirements:

Essay
Transcript
Minimum GPA
Eligibility Requirements:

High School Senior/Incoming Freshman
Full-Time Student
UMC Membership
UMC Institution
Institution Accreditation
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Communications / Journalism Opportunities

United Methodist Communications seeks to promote a level of excellence in communication.

The Stoody-West Fellowship recipient must be a United Methodist student who intends to pursue a career in religion journalism and is enrolled in graduate study at an accredited school in the U.S.

The Leonard M. Perryman Communications Scholarship recipient must be a United Methodist ethnic minority student enrolled at the junior or senior level in the journalism or communications department of an accredited college or university in the U.S.

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Field(s) of Study: 
Religion Journalism
Application Deadline: 
03-15
# of Awards Given: 
2
Average Award: 
$2,500 - $6,000
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Application Requirements:

Essay
Transcript
Eligibility Requirements:

Graduate
Junior
Senior
Undergraduate
Ethnic Minorities
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Dempster Graduate Fellowship

The fellowship is named for the Rev. John Dempster, a pioneer in United Methodist theological education. Converted at a Methodist camp meeting in 1812, he preached in New York, served as a missionary in Argentina, and founded Boston University School of Theology and Garrett Biblical Institute (Garrett-Evangelical Seminary) in Evanston, Illinois.

The purpose of this fellowship is to increase the effectiveness of teaching in United Methodist schools of theology by assisting worthy Ph.D. students who are committed to serving the church through theological education.

The fellowships are funded by the Ministerial Education Fund through the Division of Ministry, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.

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Field(s) of Study: 
Theological education
Application Deadline: 
10-01
# of Awards Given: 
Average Award: 
up to $10,000
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Application Requirements:

Essay
Transcript
Eligibility Requirements:

Graduate
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September 11th Memorial Scholarship

These awards are for United Methodist students enrolled in United Methodist-related educational institutions. The institutions receive an annual allocation from this program and the institutions choose the recipients. This scholarship provides assistance for surviving victims and dependents of victims of the terrorist attacks on September 11. The scholarships are restricted to either: (1) students attending one of the over 100 United Methodist-related institutions in the United States, or (2) United Methodist students attending higher-education institutions in the United States.

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Field(s) of Study: 
Any field of study
Application Deadline: 
10-01
# of Awards Given: 
Average Award: 
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Application Requirements:

None
Eligibility Requirements:

High School Senior/Incoming Freshman
Freshman
Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Full-Time Student
Undergraduate
Graduate
2-Year College
4-Year College
US Student
UMC Membership
UMC Institution
Institution Accreditation
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Hoover-Lee Scholarship

This scholarship endowment was established in 2000 by Drs. Lillian and Lik Kiu Ding and is supported by the Drs. Lillian and Lik Kiu Ding Southeast Asia Scholarship Endowment. The recipients of this scholarship are required to return to their native country and use their education to serve humankind in the unselfish manner demonstrated by the Reverend & Mrs. James H. Hoover and Bishop & Mrs. Edwin F. Lee.

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Field(s) of Study: 
Any field of study
Application Deadline: 
03-01
# of Awards Given: 
Average Award: 
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Application Requirements:

None
Eligibility Requirements:

High School Senior/Incoming Freshman
Freshman
Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Full-Time Student
Undergraduate
2-Year College
4-Year College
UMC Membership
UMC Institution
x
United Methodist Dollars for Scholars

Each year through the United Methodist Dollars for Scholars (UMDFS) program, the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (UMHEF) provides $1,000 matching scholarships to United Methodist students who have received a $1,000 scholarship from their local United Methodist church to help them attend a United Methodist-related college, university, or seminary. Additional matching funds may be available to eligible applicants through the Triple Your Dollars and/or the Quadruple Your Dollars components of the UMDFS program.

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Field(s) of Study: 
Any field of study
Application Deadline: 
03-01
# of Awards Given: 
Average Award: 
1000
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Application Requirements:

None
Eligibility Requirements:

High School Senior/Incoming Freshman
Freshman
Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Full-Time Student
Undergraduate
Graduate
2-Year College
4-Year College
UMC Membership
UMC Institution
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United Methodist Women International Scholarships

Contact Betty Gittens at United Methodist Women using the more link below for information on international scholarships.

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Field(s) of Study: 

Application Deadline: 
# of Awards Given: 
Average Award: 
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Application Requirements:

None
Eligibility Requirements:

International Student
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World Communion Scholarship

The Global Ministries scholarship program intentionally facilitates the educational preparation and training of mission partners from around the world whose subsequent work will have the most direct and positive impact on the communities from which they come. There are separate opportunities for national and international students.

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Field(s) of Study: 
Global Missions
Application Deadline: 
# of Awards Given: 
5-10
Average Award: 
1,000-12,500
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Application Requirements:

None
Eligibility Requirements:

High School Senior/Incoming Freshman
Freshman
Junior
Senior
Full-Time Student
Part-Time Student
Undergraduate
Graduate
Doctoral Degree
4-Year College
International Student
US Student
UMC Membership
Sophomore
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Young People’s Ministries Global Scholarship

This need-based scholarship is for United Methodist students, ages 16-30, attending a university outside of the United States. This one-time scholarship requires the applicant to be accepted to an international university/institution, and the award amount will vary annually based on need and available funds. Applications are available in English, French, Portuguese, Russian, and German, and are due March 1.

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Field(s) of Study: 
Any area of study
Application Deadline: 
March 1
# of Awards Given: 
03-07
Average Award: 
$600
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Application Requirements:

Essay
Eligibility Requirements:

Undergraduate
Graduate
Doctoral Degree
2-Year College
4-Year College
International Student
Ethnic Minorities
UMC Membership
x