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Ministry as a Career Scholarships

Apply for any of the scholarships listed below at: The GBHEM scholarship application opens in January of each year. You need only to submit one application per year where it will be screened for all possible eligible programs. You may indicate on the scholarship application first page which of these programs you would most like to be considered.

  • Baker Scholarship

    Designated for current United Methodist campus ministers, who have been in campus ministry for at least 3 years. Must have received an MDiv degree or equivalent; be pursuing advanced training (i.e., doctorate degree, certification, or independent study); minimum 3.0 GPA. Must be committed to remaining in campus ministry.

  • Baltimore Washington Conference Sophia Dietsch Education Scholarship

    400 per year $2,000 total

    Members of the Baltimore-Washington Conference only. For students of Baltimore City only; who are going into ministry; are seminary students; are in the candidacy process. Award is $400 per year up to $2000 total (no more than 5 years). Students must be a candidate for ministry in the United Methodist Church and from Baltimore City. Student must have held membership in a church of the Baltimore-Washington Conference for at least one year. Applicant must be a degree candidate at an accredited college, university or seminary.

  • Charles W. Tadlock Scholarship

    $1,000 - $2,000

    For students who are certified candidates for ordination as an Elder; successfully completed first year of seminary; pursuing an MDiv degree; GPA 3.0+; preference to Missouri Annual Conference candidates but open to all.

  • The Clinical Pastoral Education-Ethnic In Service Training (CPE-EIST) Stipend

    Not to exceed $2,000

    United Methodist clergy, certified candidate for ministry, or seminary student accepted into an accredited Clinical Pastor Education (CPE) or an accredited American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC) program; Chaplain or pastoral counselor seeking to enhance credentials in the areas of pastoral counseling or pastoral care; racial-ethnic minority studentLearn more about this scholarship.

  • Coleman Tyson Siekman

    $700 - $1,500

    For endorsed persons or persons pursuing endorsement by the United Methodist Endorsing Agency (UMEA); completing the requirements for professional certification to serve as chaplains in the criminal justice system. Requirements: ordained elder or certified candidate on elder track; committed to serve as a chaplain in the criminal justice system.  Learn more about this scholarship.

  • Diaconia Graduate Fellowship

    $1,000 - $10,000

    For deacons in full connection, commissioned deacon candidates moving toward ordination as deacon who have completed one year of probation, or diaconal ministers in the UMC. Full-time doctoral students (preferably PhD) during the time of the first award period in an accredited academic institution; plan to serve in positions appropriate for the ordained deacon.  Learn more about this scholarship.

  • E. Craig Brandenburg

    $1,000 - $2,000

    For applicants over age 35; any degree level; prefer students changing to a second career.

  • Excellence in Clergy Leadership Scholarship

    $2,500 - $12,500

    Designated for Full time, MDIV student enrolled at one of the 13 United Methodist seminaries/schools of theology, enrolled as pursuing certified candidacy or certified candidate for ministry (elder or deacon), with demonstrated merit, progress, and commitment in the candidacy process. Demonstrated financial need and how this scholarship will help avoid additional student loans. Applicants will receive and must participate in assistance from a financial counselor from the EY Financial Planning Center. Award amount is based on matching donations and award approval from participating donors which could be one or more of the following:

    • Lilly Endowment National Initiative to Address Economic Challenges Facing Pastoral Leaders
    • GBHEM
    • The United Methodist Seminary/ School of Theology student is enrolled
    • The student’s annual conference (if participating as a matching donor to the program)
    • The United Methodist Foundation connected with the student’s annual conference (if participating as a matching donor to the program).


    View Participating Annual Conferences and Foundations 

  • Fred Heather Memorial Scholarship

    Awards determined by need of recipient

    Designated for ministry endorsed persons completing requirements for professional certification, advanced training appropriate to their endorsed setting, or enrolled in an Association of Clinical Pastor Education (ACPE) training toward certification as an ACPE Supervisor. Requirements: United Methodist member who is ordained in full connection or a certified candidate for ministry; endorsed currently or potentially endorsed by the United Methodist Endorsing Agency (UMEA).  Learn more about this scholarship.

  • Georgia Harkness


    For females, age 35 or older, pursuing an MDiv degree at any University Senate-approved school of theology; must be a certified candidate at time of application for the Elder track; minimum 3.0 GPA; prefer applicants who have chosen ministry as a second career.  Learn more about this scholarship.

  • James Leon and Myrtice Marie K. Peed Award

    The James Leon and Myrtice Marie K. Peed Award is open to only members of the South Georgia Annual Conference. Students must be a candidate for ministry in South Georgia Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. Applicants must be a full-time undergraduate student at an accredited college or university, or a seminary student (part-time or full-time) at a United Methodist University Senate-approved seminary, pursuing academic requirements for ordination as a deacon or elder. Students must to serve at least 5 years after ordination in or through the South Georgia Annual Conference. See the application for details

  • John Q. Schisler Scholarship

    $1,000 - $2,000

    For graduate level students pursuing ministry in Christian education; preparing to become a lay professional or Ordained Deacon in full connection; minimum 3 year membership in the UMC; minimum 3.0 GPA.

  • Journey Toward Ordained Ministry


    For any undergraduate or graduate level racial-ethnic minority student pursuing ordained ministry (deacon or elder); age 30 or under; minimum 2 year membership in the UMC; enrolled at a UM-related institution; minimum 2.85 GPA for undergrad, minimum 3.0 GPA for graduate level. (Has a mentoring component with the program.)

  • Native American Seminary

    $3,000 - $10,000

    For Native American students pursuing a degree at a University Senate approved seminary. Minimum 3 year membership in the UMC; certified candidate or pursuing candidacy; born of Native American, American Indian, or Alaska Native parent (at least one parent); tribal affiliation documentation required.

  • NCCUMC MEF - North Carolina United Methodist Conference Ministerial Education Fund

    At least $1,000

    The North Carolina Annual Conference Ministerial Education Fund (MEF) Scholarship is available to certified candidates and full time students within the NCCUMC, open to juniors and seniors in undergraduate school and each of their seminary years while working on the basic degree for ordination. Students must attend a University Senate approved school and maintain a C average throughout their academic career with intentions of serving in the NC Conference or within the Connection for at least 5 years after graduation. All certified candidates who meet these requirements will receive at least $1,000 per year with completed applications. Access the application January 3 – March 7.

  • Richard S. Smith


    Designated for graduating high school seniors entering first year of undergraduate study; racial-ethnic minority; 1 year active membership in UMC; pursuing full-time degree program at any accredited institution; minimum 2.5 GPA; pursuing a church related career.

  • Rosalie Bentzinger


    For an Ordained Deacon pursuing a PhD in Christian Education; enrolled in a University Senate-approved seminary; minimum 3 year membership in the UMC; minimum 3.0 GPA.

  • Special Seminary Scholarship


    For students pursuing ordained ministry as a vocation; certified candidates; age 30 or under; enrolled at a UM-related seminary; minimum 3.0 GPA.