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Loans & Scholarships

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On average $5.5M is awarded each year. What an impact!

Unfortunately, each year up to 1,000 qualified students do not receive a scholarship due to lack of funding. YOU can Close the Gap!

Current priorities:

Gift of Hope – United Methodist undergraduate leaders attending ANY accredited college or university.

Special Seminary – scholarship for students attending United Methodist seminaries.

Women of Color – scholarship and mentoring for women of color pursuing doctoral degree.

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The United Methodist Scholarship and Loan Programs are a churchwide educational service providing scholarships and loans to help supplement the financial needs of today's students. Funding for these scholarships and loans are provided through offerings, wills, annuities, and other designated gifts.

Prepare, Follow Up, Verify!

Do you ever get overwhelmed with the thought of how to pay for the rising cost of your college education? Check out our PDF icon 10 Must-Follow Tips for School Scholarships e-book! Use this guide to help make your scholarship search and application process intentional and more rewarding. Employing these top ten tips could improve your chances to receive more scholarship money!


How to Promote United Methodist Student Day in your congregation

How do you promote United Methodist Student Day? Congregations that realize people they know—perhaps members of their church—benefit from the Student Day offering are far more likely to share than those who do not.
PDF icon Here are a few ideas from churches that go beyond simply asking people to give.

International Applicant Information

International students from one of the United Methodist Church Central Conferences must be a member of The United Methodist Church for a minimum of three years and be attending a United Methodist related school within the United States. PDF icon Find out more in our comprehensive document.

Support Future Students

To establish an endowed Loan or Scholarship fund in perpetuity, please contact Allyson Collinsworth at 615-340-7343 or email

L&S Quick Links

Apply for a Loan

2019 Spring Loan Application available:
Dec. 13, 2018 – May 2, 2019

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Apply for a Scholarship
2019 Scholarship Application
Jan. 3 – Mar. 7, 2019

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