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International Grants and Scholarships Program (GRASP)

Through the International Grants and Scholarship Program (GRASP), GBHEM has established a program to help offset the costs of education for students studying at a Methodist-related institution within a Central Conference. This is a competitive, need-based scholarship for United Methodist students currently enrolled in a college, seminary or university.

GRASP applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a student in a college, seminary or university.
  • Be accepted officially to a Methodist-related educational institution or institution affiliated with the International Association of Methodist-related Schools, Colleges and Universities (IAMSCU).
  • Be a member of a United Methodist-related church and receive the recommendation of its pastor or the school’s chaplain.
  • Show evidence of good academic standing and engagement in the community.

Application Information

If this is your first time applying for a loan or scholarship with GBHEM, you will need to create a new account through the ISTS Portal before you can complete your application.

You can find more information about funding for students outside the United States by clicking here. If you have additional questions, please contact the GBHEM’s Global Education office at

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Learn more about GBHEM's International Grants and Scholarship Program (GRASP) to help international students with the cost of education.

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