Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

Over $2 Million Available in Scholarships for United Methodist Students


Paying for college can be stressful. For many families, affording higher education is the number one factor when deciding which school a student will attend. UMHEF scholarships help make it financially possible for qualifying students to obtain higher education, especially those attending United Methodist-related institutions. In rare cases, awards are also given to students attending other schools.

Last year, UMHEF awarded more than $2 million to nearly 1,000 students.
If interested, students should check out the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation’s website and get their applications in before the deadline of March 1, 2023.
Eligibility requirements include active membership in a United Methodist, AME, AME Zion, or CME church; enrollment in United Methodist-related institutions; and a UMHEF-specific application process.
The three largest scholarships are the United Methodist Dollars for Scholars Program, General Named Endowment Scholarships, and Special Scholarships.
To apply, go to the UMHEF website.
United Methodist Dollars for Scholars
Matches support from a student’s church, UMHEF, and participating United Methodist-related schools. Awards up to $4,000 are available.

General Named Endowed Scholarships
Over 130 named scholarship funds established by various donors are available on a competitive basis and consider GPA, income, leadership, and more.

Special Scholarships
Additional scholarships include $5,000 HBCU scholarships for students attending historically Black colleges and universities; Chaplain Samuel Grover Powell Scholarship for students preparing for chaplaincy in any branch of the military; Elliott-Glass Scholarship for Deaf, Deafened, Deaf-Blind or Hard of Hearing, which helps hearing-impaired students attend seminary; and the University of Tennessee Southern (Martin Methodist College) scholarships, which are designated by the UMHEF.

Clergy and laypersons who receive the Contact are encouraged to share this information with staff and volunteers serving youth and young adults.


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