The GBHEM Division of Ordained Ministry annually awards the Georgia Harkness Scholarship in memory of the life and services of the inspiring teacher and theologian. Georgia Harkness (1891-1974), was the first woman to teach theology at an American seminary and an early trailblazer for gender equality in The United Methodist Church.

The Georgia Harkness Scholarship is designed to encourage women over 35 to prepare for ordained ministry as an elder in The United Methodist Church as a second career. It is awarded annually as an individual $5,000 grant and can be applied toward tuition, fees and room and board for the basic seminary degree leading to elder’s ordination. The award is not available for undergraduate, D.Min. or Ph.D. work.

Application and Reference Letters

You may apply online with the Office of Loans and Scholarships between January 4 and March 1 each year. Be sure to mark that you are applying for the Georgia Harkness Scholarship on the application. Reference letters, essay and transcript requirements will be sent to you upon submission of the online application. Awards will be announced on or before June 30.