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The Methodist Church is dedicated to providing opportunities for higher education by helping its members find money for college through local scholarships and national awards. Methodist scholarships exist to help its members attend college, reduce student loans, and achieve their educational goals. The Methodist church believes in community service and providing financial assistance to those in need. They award scholarships students they think embody community service, and will grow to become productive members of society and the church.

To view scholarship information or apply for Methodist scholarships, click the links below. For a more complete list of scholarship opportunities, religious and otherwise, conduct a free college scholarship search.

Iowa UMF College Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: $2,150
  • Iowa United Methodist Foundation offers thousands of dollars in scholarships and grants every year to students who demonstrate academic and community excellence and have maintained a faithful membership with the United Methodist Church. Applicants for this scholarship must intend to attend a United Methodist college. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Iowa UMF Seminary Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: $2,500
  • Iowa United Methodist Foundation offers thousands of dollars in scholarships and grants every year to students who demonstrate academic and community excellence and have maintained a faithful membership with the United Methodist Church. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

Leonard M. Perryman Communications Scholarship for Racial Ethnic Minority Students

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2021
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Leonard M. Perryman Communications Scholarship for Racial Ethnic Minority Students awards a scholarship for undergraduate studies of religion, journalism, or communications. The scholarship assists a United Methodist undergraduate who intends to pursue a career in religious journalism through study at an accredited U.S. college or university. Applicants must be a United Methodist ethnic [...] More

Ruth K. Jacobs Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Ruth K. Jacobs Memorial Scholarship provides financial aid to full-time students preparing for church music ministry. An applicant must be a junior, senior, or graduate student majoring in music, whose primary interest is choral music with children and youth. Scholarships are given on the basis of academic merit, interest in church music (especially children's and youth choirs), and ministry [...] More

Stoody-West Graduate Fellowship

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2021
  • Amount: $6,000
  • Applicants of the Stoody-West Graduate Fellowship are judged on Christian commitment and involvement in the United Methodist Church, academic achievement, experience in journalism, or evidence of journalistic talent, clarity of purpose, plans, and goals for the future as well as potential professional ability as a religious journalist. For more information, or to apply, please visit the [...] More

UMHEF Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (UMHEF) General Application is used for a number of named scholarship funds established by various donors. Applicants will be considered for every scholarship they qualify for, but will only receive only one award per year. Renewal applicants must submit a new application each year.

    To be eligible for any scholarship, applicants must [...] More

United Methodist GBHEM General Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/7/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • GBHEM Scholarships administers scholarship programs with one general application. Criteria for each scholarship program varies. For general scholarships, applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and be an active member of the United Methodist Church. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

United Methodist GBHEM Ministry as a Career Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: $12,500
  • Ministry as a Career Scholarships offers 17 total scholarships. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or DACA status students and must be an active full member of The United Methodist Church for at least 1 year. Applicants must be pursuing a degree program at an accredited institution in the U.S; individual scholarships are available for undergrad and graduate students, as well [...] More

United Methodist GBHEM Racial-Ethnic Specific Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • GBHEM Scholarships administers scholarship programs with one general application. Criteria for each scholarship program varies. GBHEM offers Racial-Ethnic scholarships to minority racial or ethnic members of the United Methodist Church. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Westmar Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Westmar Scholarship is made available from a portion of the scholarship money that remained after the closing of Westmar College, an affiliate of the Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. To honor the memory of those making gifts to Westmar College and the alumni, these funds will be used as an endowment to assist students with their educational needs at United Methodist [...] More

Wilanna K. Robinson Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/28/2021
  • Amount: $500
  • To be eligible for the Wilanna K. Robinson Scholarship, applicants must: be a high school senior; be a Michigan resident; be a current and active member of a church; be a US citizen; be accepted for enrollment in a licensed/accredited educational institute (college, university, bible institutes, seminaries, and vocational schools); and, have a 3.0 GPA. For more information or to apply, please [...] More

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Last Reviewed: August 2020

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