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Scholarships for higher education -- undergraduate, graduate, and seminary -- are available for members of The United Methodist Church through a variety of channels. Be sure to check out all those for which you may qualify!
The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church offers both loans and scholarships. Loans are available up to $5,000 at low interest rates and there are a variety of scholarships. These can be used for any accredited school in the U.S. You can find more information at www.gbhem.org/loans-scholarships. The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation also offers scholarships for those attending United Methodist-related institutions of higher education. Their website is www.umhef.org. The same minimum criteria exists for both agencies: you must have been a member of a local UMC for at least one year, and be enrolled full-time in an accredited institution of higher education. But beyond that there may be other criteria for specific scholarships. The deadline to have all scholarship application materials in for both programs is March 1st each year. The loans through GBHEM can be applied for throughout the year for the upcoming term.
There are two general education scholarships available through the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference. Qualifications: Applicants for the two scholarships below must intend to be a full-time student and must have been a member of a United Methodist church within the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference (or a baptized participant in a UM campus ministry or other UM ministry setting) for at least one year. Awards for the 2016-17 academic year have already been made. Applications for the 2017-18 year will be available here in late 2016.
Oregon-Idaho Conference Undergraduate Leadership Award ($800)
A scholarship is awarded to one undergraduate student from each of the four districts of the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference, a total of four $800 scholarships, annually. Applicants are evaluated primarily on their leadership or potential leadership skills. Financial need is also considered. The scholarship may be used at any two- or four-year accredited undergraduate institution.
Oregon-Idaho Ethnic Minority Leadership Award ($750)
A $750 scholarship is available for one undergraduate or graduate ethnic minority student. Applicants are evaluated primarily on their leadership or potential leadership skills. Financial need is also considered. The scholarship may be used at any two- or four-year accredited institution of higher education.
More information is available from the Scholarship Coordinator by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Other specialized scholarships available are:
The Gertrude Boyd Crane Scholarship gives financial assistance for graduate study to women of the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference for use in a church-related vocation. The award is administered by the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference United Methodist Women. For more information go to www.umoi.org/cranescholarship. Application deadline is generally May 1st of each year.
The Edward Coe Memorial Scholarship and the Jasa Scholarship Award are available to students who are in seminary. These and other Ministerial Education Funds (MEF) are administered by the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference Board of Ordained Ministry. They are described in the Conference Policies section of the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference Journal. You may contact the BoOM Scholarships Officer, Rev. Jeremy Smith, for more information at email@example.com
And your home church may also award a scholarship – check with the church office of your local congregation!