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2019 Application Opens March 29, 2019

How do I apply?

  • Go to and fill out the online application.

  • If you have never used the ISTS system used by GBHEM for Loans and Scholarships you may need to use the program key: GBHEMRULE2

  • Applications submitted outside this application process will not be accepted.

Who is eligible to apply?

Applicants must be a United Methodist collegiate ministry, local church, district, conference or other United Methodist affiliated group/organization that serves college or university students.

Before applying, please consider the following:

  • Funds are to be completely expended within one full calendar year from fund disbursement.

How does the grant work?

  • New Student Internship Matching Grants: A maximum of $3,000 per grant will be awarded and must be matched by an equal amount (up to a maximum match of $3,000). Grant funding must be used to support new student internships that: create vital leadership with a new program, special event, local church and/or community-based engagement of some kind. These internships should further the reach of a collegiate ministry within, or beyond, its campus context.

When is the application deadline?

May 1, 2019

What is the Program timeline?

  • Application Opens: March 29, 2019
  • Application Deadline: May 1, 2019
  • Grant Recipients Notified: June 3, 2019
  • Grant Checks Issued: July 1, 2019

What are the selection criteria?

Funding priority will be given to this internship initiative that meet the following:

  • Sustainable: able to transition from a 50 percent matching grant for the 2019-2020 academic year to be fully funded the for the 2020-2021 academic year.
  • Reproducible: that others might learn from the original grantee’s experience to create a similar program, project, event, or opportunity in their ministry context.
  • Innovative: that creatively engages or advances the ministry’s work.
  • Leveraged: that rely upon matching/additional funds from other sources to multiply the impact of the grant (for the first year) and to secure full funding thereafter if the internship remains viable.
  •  Structured: that the $3,000 grant funds fall semester 2019, and the $3,000 matching fund underwrites the cost of the internship for spring semester 2020. Note: a recommended $3,000 per semester internship would encompass sixteen weeks per semester at ten hours a week, allowing interns to earn $18.75 per hour.
  • Equitable: that low income, first generation, non-traditional, ethnic minority and/or students of color, who are often less able to work an unpaid internship, be given an opportunity to build leadership skills and professional capacities with compensation.



GBHEM Scholarships

The Allan Jerome Burry Scholarship


The Allan Jerome Burry Scholarship is designed to recognize a United Methodist undergraduate student’s outstanding academic performance, leadership skills, and participation in the activities of a United Methodist-related campus ministry or chaplaincy program at his/her college or university. As preference will be given to students engaged in Student Forum, Exploration, National Student Conference CELEBRATE or other UM sponsored campus ministry events on a national or jurisdictional level. The scholarship is named for the former assistant general secretary of the Campus Ministry Section, Division of Higher Education, United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. Reverend Burry died August, 1990.


  1. The applicant must have been a full, active member of The United Methodist Church for at least three (3) years and be nominated by their campus ministry unit or college chaplain.
  2. The applicant may be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States of America, or a member of a Central Conference of The United Methodist Church.
  3. Applicant must be enrolled in a full-time degree program.
  4. The applicant must have a B+ academic average, provide the Scholarship Office with their most recent academic transcript, and document financial need.
  5. Awards are granted for one academic year only. Applicants may be nominated more than one time.
  6. The scholarship committee will select the recipient(s) based upon their review of all required documents and funds available. If awarded, the recipient will not have these funds in hand at time of registration. Funds will be sent after receipt of verification of enrollment from the registrar of the school.
  7. The award may not be given in conjunction with another scholarship award from GBHEM’s Office of Loans and Scholarships.


Request application from the Office of Loans and Scholarships. Campus minister/chaplain should return completed application form, student’s statement, and completed nomination form to the Office of Loans and Scholarships by March1st.

The Baker Graduate Awards


The Bishop James C Baker Graduate Awards are available to a limited number of campus ministers doing advanced studies. These awards are financed out of the United Methodist Student Day receipts and are a part of the United Methodist Scholarship Program.


  1. The award may be used for full-time study toward a degree or certification, or in a certified non-degree or independent studies program during the academic year for which the award is made.
  2. The applicant must have an M.Div. degree or its equivalent.
  3. A minimum of three years professional experience in campus, or similar, ministry is required.
  4. The applicant must be improving skills as a campus minister in higher education through advanced study and expect to remain in campus ministry.
  5. If the applicant is working on an independent studies program, a detailed description of the program and work being done must accompany the application.
  6. The applicant must have been a full and active member of the United Methodist Church for three (3) years or longer.
  7. The applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
  8. Baker Awards are funded for one year, with an option to reapply. (Baker Award will not be given in conjunction with other awards).
  9. The amount of the award will be determined by the Baker Graduate Awards Committee based on their review and funds available. IF AWARDED, YOU WILL NOT HAVE THESE FUNDS IN HAND AT TIME OF REGISTRATION. Funds will be sent after receipt of verification of enrollment from the registrar.


Apply online at the GBHEM website specify “Baker Scholarship” on the application.