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For those who’ve heard God’s call to leadership, we’re here to make the journey with you, connecting you with what you need to flourish as difference-makers. That’s our commitment as the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. GBHEM.

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The GBHEM Office of Loans and Scholarships is partnering with a company to provide an on-line application and database for our programs. International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. (ISTS) is a firm that specializes in managing sponsored scholarship programs. The application eliminates any paper submission by the applicant or reference. During the awarding process, ISTS will be in touch with you on behalf of GBHEM. There will remain one place to apply for programs, update your contact information, and check status of missing items for all GBHEM programs.

  • Before You Begin

    • Each applicant may apply ONCE per YEAR for a scholarship from GBHEM, Renewals must re-apply each year.

    • Review the List of Scholarships and select ONE scholarship program you wish to apply. (If you are unsure which scholarship to choose, select the “General Scholarship” program. GBHEM will determine the best program with available funds for you.

  • Completing the Application

    • First time users, create a username and password using a valid email address that you check frequently as this will be the way we communicate with you throughout the scholarship process. Be sure to remember the username and password for future edits or applications. For previous users, enter username and password previously created in the login field.

    • If asked, the Scholarship CODE on the application for Scholarships is: “GBHEMScholarship”

    • Be prepared to locate your current UM church and school you will be enrolled in during the Fall by state and city.

    • Acquire the correct email addresses for any required reference -you will need your pastor to confirm church membership and a Church Reference who knows you well. (Some applicants will also need a DCOM member, an academic advisor, or CPE supervisor). References must submit their recommendations via a specific link and code generated from your application. Note Pastor Reference and Church Reference must be different.

    • Obtain an unofficial copy of the transcript. You will be asked to upload a scanned version of your transcript with grades through December.

    • Some students will be required, to upload a copy of your current resume.

    • To avoid errors on the application answer all questions that apply to you, and answer the questions in the order they appear on the application. (Left to Right on the headers).

    • You may save the application throughout the entry process. This will allow you to gather additional information and return to complete the application at a later date

    • DO NOT FORGET to SUBMIT the application on the last page of the application. You will need to scroll down to the bottom of the SAVE/SUBMIT page and hit the SUBMIT button.

  • After Submission

    • Your application is not complete until we have received ALL required items within the on-line application, as well as all required recommendations from references you have requested.

    • Visit your “HOME” page to check the status of your application and references completion prior to deadline (click the red “APPLY NOW” button below)

    • Visit your “PROFILE” page to change your address, phone, email or change where you will be enrolled in school BEFORE or AFTER the deadline has passed. (click the red “APPLY NOW” button below)

GBHEM Office of Loans and Scholarships
PO Box 340007
Nashville, TN 37203-0007
Phone: (615) 340-7344


For additional information regarding the scholarship application process contact ISTS by email at or toll free 800-914-8389. When emailing please include the name of the scholarship program or sponsor (GBHEM) and your username.

Simply click on the red "APPLY NOW" arrow button at the bottom of this page to either:

  • Start your Scholarship application January 3 through March 7.

  • Edit your scholarship application up until March 7 (midnight).

  • View status of your scholarship application and references submitted up until March 14.

  • Update GBHEM with new address, phone, email or change in school on the PROFILE page on the application – (open year around).