Nurturing Leaders. Changing Lives.

pair of worn boots
Lead on. We're with you.

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.

Main menu

The Reverend Samuel Grover Powell served as a chaplain in the United States Air Force for 28 years. He believed that “Military people deserve the best qualified chaplains, for they are not only serving God, but their country.” This scholarship fund was established by Chaplain Powell’s family and friends after his death on August 13, 1980. The fund is administered by The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation.


To provide scholarship assistance to students preparing for chaplaincy in any branch of the military.

Award amounts

  • Amount available to be determined annually.
  • Awards are made for one academic year. If you receive one award, you may apply for a second year; however, new applicants will be given priority each year.
  • A person may not receive awards for more than two academic years.


  • Enrolled at an accredited theological seminary
  • Be in either their middle or senior year
  • Be involved in the Chaplain Candidate (Seminarian) Program or serving in a military reserve component after having completed an active duty tour in one of the United States armed forces.

Preference is given to students in their senior year who plan to serve in the United States Air Force. However, persons preparing for chaplaincy in any branch of the military will be considered.


In addition, the applicant must provide:

  • A letter which includes a brief personal history and a statement about your decision to choose military chaplaincy as a career
  • A recent photograph
  • Undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • A financial statement
  • A report on your ministry in the Chaplain Candidate (Seminarian) program


Awards must be used for the payment of tuition. Checks will be mailed directly to the business office of the school where you are enrolled, with instructions that the full amount be applied to your tuition account. Award recipients are expected to serve in the United States military chaplaincy upon completion of seminary, ordination and endorsement.

Application Deadline

Applications must be received in the UMHEF Scholarship Office by July 1st.

For More Information

United Methodist Higher Education Foundation
Scholarship Office
P.O. Box 340005
Nashville, TN 37203-0005
Phone: 800-811-8110 or 615-649-3990