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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.

Donate to a student today!


Other Special Opportunities:

Native American Ministries gifts help develop and strengthen Native American ministries within the annual conference if the conference has Native American ministries.

  • Provide scholarships for Native Americans attending United Methodist schools of theology and other schools approved by the University Senate of The United Methodist Church: (General Board of Higher Education and Ministry)
  • Expand the number of target cities in the Native American Urban Initiative: (General Board of Global Ministries)

Click here to donate to Native American Ministries!

World Communion gifts provide:

  • World Communion Scholarships (General Board of Global Ministries), with at least one-half of the annual amount for ministries beyond the United States;
  • Ethnic Scholarship Program (General Board of Higher Education and Ministry); and
  • Ethnic In-Service Training Program (General Board of Higher Education and Ministry)

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Student Day gifts provide:

  • United Methodist scholarships and the U.M. Student Loan Fund, administered by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM).
  • Annual conferences participating in the Rebate Program may award one or more merit scholarships to United Methodist students. Participating conferences may award scholarships to U.M. students who reside in the conference and who attend or will attend a U.M.-related college or university.

Click here to donate to Student Day!

Support Future Students

To establish an endowed Loan or Scholarship fund in perpetuity, please contact Bruce Blumer at 605-770-5156 or email

L&S Quick Links

Apply for a Loan

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

Pay my Loan

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

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