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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 General Board of Higher Education and Ministry works to create disciples of Jesus Christ by offering grants to those who qualify. Click on the title of the grant you are interested in below for more information.

Dempster Fellowship

The fellowship is named for the Rev. John Dempster, a pioneer in United Methodist theological education. Converted at a Methodist camp meeting in 1812, he preached in New York, served as a missionary in Argentina, and founded Boston University School of Theology and Garrett Biblical Institute (Garrett-Evangelical Seminary) in Evanston, Illinois.

The purpose of this fellowship is to increase the effectiveness of teaching in United Methodist schools of theology by assisting worthy Ph.D. students who are committed to serving the church through theological education.

The fellowships are funded by the Ministerial Education Fund through the Division of Ministry, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.

Ethnic In-Service Training (EIST) Grant

EIST funds are designated for the recruitment, training, and retention of ethnic United Methodist persons, both male and female, in leadership positions in every level of the church and its ministry. Partnerships and collaborative efforts between and with campus ministry, chaplaincy, and institutions of higher education and general agencies are encouraged.

Women of Color Scholars Program

In 1987, the Black Clergywomen Caucus of the United Methodist Church met in the Bahamas to bring to light some of the concerns involving black women and the Church. One of the issues discussed was the lack of women of color faculty at United Methodist seminaries and theological schools. What began as a discussion resulted in a recommendation that the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry develop strategies to address this imbalance.

Through its Office of Loans and Scholarships and Division of Ordained Ministry, GBHEM created a scholarship program like none other - the Woman of Color Scholars Program. Established to create a pool of trailblazing United Methodist women of color, many of whom are ordained clergy, more than 22 women scholars have successfully completed the program and set out on career paths in theological and religious education.

In August, 2006, in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of clergywomen receiving full rights in The United Methodist Church, the Woman of Color Consultation/Celebration was held to recognize the achievements of the program and feature its mentors, graduates and present scholars.

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