List of Scholarships

General Scholarship Criteria

The following are standard criteria for EVERY program offered through GBHEM:

  • Applicants must be an ACTIVE, full member of The United Methodist Church for at least ONE year. Membership is determined by the date the applicant was confirmed and took membership vows with a United Methodist church. (Members of other Methodist denominations are not eligible.)
  • Applicants must be pursuing a degree program at ANY accredited institution within the U.S.
  • High school students may apply IF they will be college students in the fall term.
  • Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Applicants are required to be full-time students according to their school’s standards for the program for which they are enrolled.
  • International applicants are eligible to apply IF: they are a member of The United Methodist Church (Central Conference or within the United States) for at least 3 years prior to application; AND they will be enrolled in a United Methodist related institution WITHIN the United States during the term they are applying.


The United Methodist General Scholarship

Choose if you meet the general requirements but are unsure for which program you qualify. May be awarded to undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral students; must be full active members of the UMC for at least 1 year; have a minimum GPA of 2.5+, and are attending any accredited institution within the U.S. Average award: undergrad $500 - $1,000; graduate $1,000 - $2,000.


The Allan Jerome Burry Scholarship

Undergraduates (incoming freshmen NOT eligible); member of UMC at least 3 years. Nomination by campus minister/chaplain, recognizing academic performance, leadership skills, and participation in the activities of a UM-related campus ministry or chaplaincy program at the college or university. Member of UMC at least 3 years. GPA 3.0+. Average award $1,000.

The Bishop James C. Baker Award

Designated for CURRENT United Methodist Campus Ministers who have been in campus ministry for at least 3 years. Must have received an MDIV degree or equivalent; be pursuing advanced training: doctorate degree, certification, or independent study; GPA 3.0+. Must be committed to remaining in campus ministry. Average award $2,000 - $5,000.

The Bishop Joseph B. Bethea Scholarship

Undergraduate scholarship for African American students. Applicant must be a member of the Southeastern Jurisdiction Black Methodists for Church Renewal (SEJBMCR); GPA 2.8+, demonstrate financial need. Average award $500 - $1,000.

The Clinical Pastoral Education-Ethnic In Service Training (EIST) Stipend

United Methodist clergy, certified candidate for ministry, or seminary student accepted into an accredited Clinical Pastor Education (CPE) or an accredited American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC) program; Chaplain or pastoral counselor or pastoral care; racial/ethnic minority. Average award $1,500.

The Coleman Tyson Siekman Scholarship

Designated for endorsed clergy or persons pursuing endorsement through the United Methodist Endorsing Agency for correctional ministry. Requires ordained clergy or seminary students on the candidacy track to ordained ministry; experience in and a call to serve in the criminal justice/correctional ministries. Average award $700 - $1,000.

The David W. Self Scholarship

Students pursuing a church related career. Incoming freshmen (first year of undergraduate study) only may apply. Average award $1,000.

The E. Craig Brandenburg Scholarship

Applicants must be students 35 years of age or older; desiring to continue their education or go into a second career; member of the UMC for at least 1 year. Average award $1,000-2,000.

The Edith M. Allen Scholarship

This scholarship is for outstanding African-American graduate or undergraduate students pursuing a degree in education, social work, medicine, and/or other health professions. Must be enrolled at a UM college or university, have a B+ average or higher; and be an active full member of the UMC for at least 3 years. Average award $1,000.  

The Elvina Jane Owen Award

Student must be majoring in education. First preference to students in the Jonestown District of the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference enrolled at Allegheny College. Second preference to graduate students from Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference. GPA 2.85+. Average award $500 - $1,000.

The Esther Edwards Graduate Scholarship

Female administrator or faculty member working for a United Methodist related institution pursuing a Ph.D. in higher education administration. GPA 3.0+. Average award $5,000.

The Ethnic Minority Scholarship

Undergraduate students of Native American, Asian, African American, Hispanic or Pacific Islander parentage pursuing their first degree. GPA 2.5+. Average award $500 - $1,000.

The Fred Heather Memorial Scholarship

Designated for endorsed persons completing requirements for professional certification, advanced training appropriate to their endorsed setting, or enrolled in an Association of Clinical Pastor Education (ACPE) training toward certification as an ACPE Super- visor. Requires a person ordained in full connection or a certified candidate for ministry; endorsed currently or potentially endorsed by the United Methodist Endorsing Agency (UMEA). Average award $1,000.

The Georgia Harkness Scholarship

Females, age 35 or older, pursuing an M.Div. degree at any University Senate Approved School of Theology. Must be a certified candidate at time of application for the Elder track. Preference given to those who have chosen ministry as a second career. GPA 3.0+. Average award $5,000. See the Georgia Harkness Scholarship page for more detailed information.

The HANA Scholarship

Applicant must be born of Hispanic, Asian, Native American, or Pacific Island parentage (at least one parent); an upper level student (undergraduate at junior or senior level; OR a graduate or doctoral student); full and active member of the UMC for at least 3 years; GPA of 2.85+; with plans to prepare for leadership in the UMC and in their HANA community. Average award $1,000-3,000.

The Helen and Allen Brown Scholarship

Undergraduate racial/ethnic minority students from the Nashville District of the Tennessee Annual Conference or the New Orleans District of the Louisiana Annual Conference. Member of the UMC at least 3 years; demonstrate financial need. GPA 3.0+. Average award $500 - $1,000.

The Joe and Trudy Thaxton Scholarship

Applicant must be an active member of Main Street United Methodist Church, Bedford, Virginia. Must demonstrate an ongoing history of active participation in church and community. Average award $500 - $1,000.

The Journey Toward Ordained Ministry Scholarship

Student must be pursuing ordained ministry at either the undergraduate or graduate level; racial/ethnic minority aged 30 or under; member of UMC 2 years; must be attending a UM related institution. GPA of 2.85+ (undergraduate); or 3.0+ (graduate). This program has a mentoring component. Average award $5,000.

The Miriam Hoffman Scholarship

Undergraduate or graduate level, pursuing a vocational career in music education or music ministry. Average award $500 - $1,000.

The Native American Seminary Award

Native American students pursuing a degree at a University Senate approved seminary. Funded through the Native American Ministries Sunday Offering. Member of UMC at least 3 years. Born of Native American/American Indian/Alaskan Native parentage at least one parent). Documentation of tribal affiliation required. Must be in the candidacy process of ordination and demonstrate involvement within the Native American community. Average award $3,000 - $10,000.

The Rev. Charles W. Tadlock Scholarship

Students must be a certified candidate for ordination as an Elder in the UMC and successfully completed first year of seminary and pursuing an M.Div. As scholarship is derived from a will, preference given to candidates from the Missouri Annual Conference but is open to all. GPA 2.85+ . Average award $1,000 - $2,000.

The Rev. Dr. Karen Layman Gift of Hope: 21st Century Scholars Program

Undergraduate students who demonstrate strong leadership in the UMC. Member of UMC at least 3 years. GPA 3.0+. Average award $1,000 .

The Richard S. Smith Scholarship

Students pursuing a church related career. Must be a racial/ethnic minority. Incoming freshmen (first year of undergraduate study) only may apply. Average award $1,000.

The Rosalie Bentzinger Scholarship

Ordained Deacon pursuing a Ph.D. in Christian Education, enrolled in a University Senate approved Seminary; minimum 3 year membership in the UMC. GPA 3.0+. Average award $5,000.

The Special Seminary Scholarship

Seminary students pursuing ordained ministry as a vocation (M.Div.) under 30 years of age (unless applicant is a renewal). Must be attending a UM-related seminary or school of theology. Average award $2,000.

Young People’s Ministries International Scholarship

GBOD Young People’s Ministries International Scholarship is a need-based scholarship for United Methodist students, ages 16-30, attending a university outside of the United States. This onetime 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 Germen, and are due March 1.

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