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United Methodist Scholarship Program 
from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM)

United Methodist scholarships are available to undergraduate students at more than 100 United Methodist-related colleges and universities.
Many of the scholarships for graduate students are designated for persons pursuing a degree in theological studies (M.Div., D.Min., Ph.D.), higher education administration or older adults changing their careers.
Scholarships for racial ethnic undergraduate or graduate students and UM students at non-UM schools are also available.
Scholarships are awarded on an academic year basis. A student is eligible to receive only one United Methodist scholarship during any one academic year.
For more information, visit the Loans and Scholarships Web site or contact:

Scholarships Office
PO Box 340007
Nashville, TN 37203-0007
615/340-7344; FAX: 615/340-7367
Email: umscholars@gbhem.org

Scholarship Opportunities 
from United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (UMHEF)

Scholarship funding from the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation is provided by private donations and endowments.  Apportionment monies do not fund scholarships provided by UMHEF.

The United Methodist Leadership Scholars (UMLS) program is sponsored by United Methodist Churches in the southeastern U.S. and participating colleges and universities. UMLS is supported by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) and the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (UMHEF).  This Scholarship program is designed to encourage active United Methodist students to attend a United Methodist-related college or university by offering up to $3,000 in scholarship funds. These sponsoring colleges and universities intentionally affirm students as God's children through the development of the whole student — intellectually, by developing leadership capability, and growing spiritually through programs that focus on the individual student. More information can be found at http://www.umls.umc.org .

United Methodist students enrolled at a United Methodist-related college, university, or theological school are eligible for several scholarships administrated by the UM Foundation. For more information, visit the United Methodist Foundation website  or contact the annual conference office .

Foundation Merit Scholarships - Through the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation, Foundation Merit Scholarships are available from each of the United Methodist-related colleges, universities, theological and professional schools. For more information,  contact the financial aid office at your institution.

Named Endowed Scholarships are designed for United Methodist students who meet specific criteria outlined in the individual scholarship descriptions.  Please visit  www.umhef.org/receive.php?id=endowed_funds to learn more about these scholarships.


Double Your United Methodist Dollars for Scholars Program - Through the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation, a $1000 matching scholarship for students at United Methodist-related colleges, universities, or seminaries is available through the Double Your United Methodist Dollars for Scholars program. Only one applicant per church is accepted. For more information, visit the United Methodist Dollars for Scholars Web site or contact:  

United Methodist Higher Education Foundation
P.O. Box 340005
Nashville, TN 37203-0005
Toll free: 800-811-8110
615.340.7385
Fax: 615.340.7330
Email: umhef@gbhem.org

Through the National Association of United Methodist Foundations, conference and area Foundation offices may offer scholarships. Visit the Conference/Area Foundations Web site  for a list of the annual conference/area Foundation contacts.

United Methodist Colleges, Universities and Seminaries

United Methodist colleges, universities and seminaries award some scholarships. The financial aid office of each institution will have more information.

World Communion Scholarships (Formerly known as Crusade Scholarships)
from the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM)

World Communion Scholarships are given for academic programs on the graduate level to men and women who show promise of providing leadership for the church and society. Applicants must be:

  • a graduate ethnic student enrolled in a full-time graduate study
  • an active, full member of the United Methodist Church for at least one year prior to application

Crusade Scholarships are given to two groups of persons:

  • International candidates - Preference is given to those who hold membership in the United Methodist Church and/or in international churches where the UMC has a colleague relationship.
  • U.S. Candidates - Preference is given to those who hold membership in The UMC and are from these ethnic minorities: Black American, Asian American, Hispanic American, Native American and other ethnic minorities in the U.S.

For more information, contact:

General Board of Global Ministries
Crusade Scholarships/Leadership Development Grants
475 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10115
212-870-3787; Fax: 212-870-3932
Email: Scholars@gbgm-umc.org

Youth Scholarships 
from the General Board of Discipleship (GBOD)

The Richard S. Smith and David W. Self Scholarships are for United Methodist students pursuing a "church-related" career in their first year of undergraduate study. The Richard S. Smith Scholarship is open to racial/ethnic minority youth only.
For more information, visit the Division on Ministries with Young People Web site or contact:

General Board of Discipleship
Division on Ministries with Young People
PO Box 340003
Nashville, TN 37203-0003
Toll Free: 877/899-2780, ext. 7079
615/340-7079; FAX: 615/340-1764
Email: youngpeople@gbod.org

National and International Ministries Scholarships 
from the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM)

Limited scholarships are available from the National and International Committees with Women, Children and Youth of the General Board of Global Ministries. Scholarships are for women of all ages and for youth ages 18-30.
For more information, contact:

General Board of Global Ministries
Assistant General Secretary of Administration, Women's Division
Marsha R. Base
475 Riverside Dr., Room 1504
New York, NY 10115
212/870-3745; FAX: 212/870-3736
Email: mbase@gbgm-umc.org

Leonard M. Perryman Communications Scholarship
from the General Commission on Communications (UMCom)

United Methodist Communications gives two $2,500 Leonard M. Perryman Communications Scholarships each year to junior or senior level ethnic minority students enrolled in an accredited U.S. college or university. At least one of these awards will go to a United Methodist student. The memorial award is for ethnic minority students who are training for careers in religious communication.
For more information, visit the Perryman Scholarship Web site or contact:

United Methodist Communications
Scholarship Committee
P.O. Box 320
Nashville, TN 37202-0320
Toll free: 888-278-4862
615/742-5769; FAX: 615/742-5485
Email: scholarships@umcom.org

Stoody West Fellowship 
from the General Commission on Communications (UMCom) 

United Methodist Communications gives two $6,000 fellowships per year; one of these goes to a United Methodist student. The fellowships are given to students who intend to pursue careers in religious journalism in their post-graduate studies at an accredited U.S. college or university.
For more information and application forms, visit the Stoody West Fellowship Web site or contact:

United Methodist Communications
Fellowship Committee
P.O. Box 320
Nashville, TN 37202-0320
Toll free: 888-278-4862
615/742-5769; FAX: 615/742-5485
Email: scholarships@umcom.org

Bossey Scholarship Grant 
from the General Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns (GCCUIC)

The General Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns offers a partial scholarship to one United Methodist seminary student each semester to attend the Graduate Program at the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Institute at Bossey. To be eligible for consideration, the student must first be accepted by Bossey.
For information about the program, visit the Bossey Scholarship Web site or contact:

General Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns
475 Riverside Dr.
New York, NY 10115
212/749-3553; FAX: 212/749-3556
Email: bgamble@gccuic-umc.org

Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts Scholarships
from the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts (FUMMWA) 

The Fellowship generally grants four scholarships in the areas of music, worship, drama, dance, visuals and other liturgical arts. A candidate must:

  • Be a full time music degree candidate in an accredited university, college, school of theology OR doing special education in worship or the arts related to worship.
  • Be a member of the United Methodist Church for at least one year immediately before applying, giving evidence of strong Christian character and participation in Christian activities at a local church and/or campus.
  • Demonstrate evidence of exceptional musical or other artistic talents, effective leadership ability, and outstanding promise of future usefulness.

For more information, visit the FUMMWA Web site or contact:

Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts
David Bone, Administrator
PO Box 24787
Nashville TN 37202
Toll free: 800/952-8977
615/749-6875; FAX: 615/749-6874
Email: FUMMWA@aol.com



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