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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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Racial-Ethnic Specific 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.

  • Bishop John W. Hamilton Scholarship


    Applicant must be an African American female student, “an orphan” if possible. Full active member of UMC 1 year; minimum 2.5 GPA. Preference to student enrolled in one of the UMC’s historically black colleges/universities.

  • Blanche M. Hubbard Scholarship


    African American student enrolled in one of the UMC’s historically black colleges/universities; member of the UMC for at least 1 year; minimum 2.5 GPA.

  • 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 counseling program leading to licensure or credentialing for pastoral counseling. racial-ethnic minority student. Learn more about this scholarship.

  • Ethnic Scholarship

    $500 - $900

    For racial-ethnic undergraduates (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior); member of UMC for at least 1 year; minimum 2.5 GPA.

  • HANA Scholars

    $1,000 - $3,000

    For persons of Hispanic, Asian, and/or Native American ethnicity; grade level Junior in college and above (to include doctorate level); minimum 3 year membership in the UMC; minimum 2.85 GPA.

  • Helen and Allen Brown

    $500 - $1,000

    For racial-ethnic minority undergraduates (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior); member of UMC within the Nashville, Tenn., or New Orleans, La., Districts for at least 3 years; 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.

  • Oregon-Idaho Conference Ethnic Leadership Award


    For one undergraduate or graduate ethnic student who is a member of an Oregon-Idaho Conference church. Applicants are evaluated primarily on their leadership or potential leadership skills. Financial need is also considered. The scholarship may be used at any two- or four-year accredited institution of higher education.

  • Richard S. Smith

  • $1,000

    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.

  • Women of Color Scholars

    $3,000 - $10,000

    For females born of African, Black, Hispanic, Asian, Native American parent (at least one parent); pursuing a PhD or ThD within the field of religious studies who desires to serve on the faculty or in an executive administrative position at a UM-related Theological School; minimum 3 year membership in the UMC; minimum 3.0 GPA. (Has a mentoring component with program.) Learn more about this program.