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Black College Fund Summer Series: Discovering New Purpose After Tragedy

August 15, 2019

By Jessica Love For many young adults, the transition to college is an exciting time – new faces, new environment and new opportunities. Even more thrilling is the love and support of family during this important phase. For Samarya Jenkins, things were different. She had a difficult start at Claflin University – one of 11

GBHEM Awards Nine Grants to Expand Minority Leadership

by: Katie Tait

August 15, 2019

The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) awarded nine Ethnic-in-Service Training (EIST) Grants this summer. Offered in sums up to $10,000, EIST grants help United Methodist institutions and their surrounding communities recruit, train and support ethnic persons for leadership roles throughout the church and the world. This year’s recipients created programs that cater

In Memoriam: Dr. Julius S. Scott, Jr.

August 8, 2019

On August 1, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) said goodbye to another longtime member of its education family. Dr. Julius S. Scott, Jr., the agency’s former associate general secretary for the Division of Higher Education, passed away at his home in Hilton Head, SC at the age of 94. Scott served

In Memoriam: Rev. Dr. F. Thomas Trotter

by: Katie Tait

August 1, 2019

Rev. Dr. F. Thomas Trotter, the former general secretary of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM), died peacefully on July 26, 2019 at the age of 93. Trotter was known as a visionary leader throughout the United Methodist Church and the world of higher education. He led GBHEM from 1973 to 1987

Introducing the New GBHEM.ORG: A Website for the Modern Church

July 30, 2019

The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) serves a modern global audience, helping Methodists around the world discover, claim and flourish in God’s call on their lives. Our website,, is a crucial point of communication between our agency and the many clergy, students and educators we assist. In July, GBHEM launched a

Black College Fund Summer Series: Finding a Home and a Higher Purpose

July 26, 2019

By Jessica Love Accepted to 25 prestigious universities and awarded nearly one million dollars in scholarship money, Frederick Uy chose to attend Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina for one reason. “It was the tone of the conversation,” Uy said. “I had visited several university orientations and the content was all the same, but Claflin’s

Black College Fund Summer Series: Inspiration and ‘Victory in the Midnight’

July 17, 2019

By Jessica Love As the daughter of two United Methodist pastors, ViaFaith McCullough has attended her fair share of annual conferences. None of them, however, impacted her as profoundly as her first conference visit as a newly-trained Lina H. McCord intern for the Black College Fund. In the past, the Philander Smith College junior never

Black College Fund Summer Series: The Promise of ‘Unbothered’ Faith

July 3, 2019

By Jessica Love Dillard University sophomore Langston Carter-Price struggled to manage classes and engage in extracurricular activities while working twenty hours a week. His renewed faith, however, led him to the Black College Fund.  “Financially, I was struggling…I was ready to quit,” he said. That is when Rev. Earnest Salsberry, Dillard University chaplain and mentor,

Rev. Dr. James T. Laney Receives First Global Ethical Leadership Award

June 26, 2019

Methodist educational leaders from around the globe gathered at the Carter Center in Atlanta on Tuesday evening to honor the achievements of Rev. Dr. James T. Laney, President Emeritus of Emory University. Laney is the inaugural recipient of the Global Ethical Leadership Award. The award was jointly presented by the Association of United Methodist Theological

Black College Fund Summer Series: Church Mentors that Help and Inspire

June 21, 2019

By Jessica Love Sydney Pelichet’s educational path is a testament to the connectional ministries of The United Methodist Church. Today, the 21-year-old is a rising senior at Dillard University – one of 11 United Methodist-related historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) – and a Lina H. McCord intern with the United Methodist Black College Fund.