Scholarship Opportunities!

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES & INFORMATION

The following will list scholarship opportunities available from the Rio Texas Conference, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM), the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (UMHEF), and the Texas United Methodist College Association (TUMCA). Applicants are encouraged to consider applying for multiple scholarships since in most cases, funds are available in each scholarship program to award a limited amount of scholarships. Also, it may be a good idea to start identifying scholarships that want to apply for early because in many cases, scholarship application periods are limited to the period from January to March for the Fall semester of the current year. For instance, in 2017, the GBHEM scholarship application period is from January 4th to March 1, 2017.

Rio Texas Conference College Scholarships

The deadline for the 2017 Rio Texas Scholarships Award Application is fast approaching: April 1, 2017. For those interested, please ensure that the applications are complete and post-dated by April 1st.  Click on link for Scholarship Nomination Application.

Scholarship fund resources are available and considered annually for distribution to undergraduate students within the Rio Texas conference. They are The Craven-Wilson Scholarship, specifically awarded to students attending Texas Wesleyan University, (Ft. Worth, Texas) and The Albert & Nancy Wilson Scholarship for students in other colleges or universities in Texas. Both scholarships are to benefit the Rio Texas Conference. Because of the limited number of scholarships available, the process is highly competitive. Please make sure that all of the forms requested are fully completed prior to sending in your Scholarship Nomination Application packet. Completed packets are due no later than April 1, 2017.

In 2016, three students were awarded the Albert and Nancy Wilson Scholarship is an endowed scholarship fund that was awarded in the amounts of $500.00 to $600.00s. One student has been awarded the Craven Wilson scholarship annually in amounts ranging from $2000.00 to $3000.00 in recent years. These scholarships have been available for several years through an endowment that was established by the Wilson family for college students who are members of United Methodist churches within the Rio Texas Conference bounds.

General Board of Higher Education and Ministries College Scholarships
http://www.gbhem.org/loans-and-scholarships

These scholarship. are mostly available for students who are members of United Methodist churches attending United Methodist related colleges and universities. Up to 4 various scholarships per student are possible, to include the 2017 Conference Merit Award, that is available to one student from all GBHEM scholarship applicants. The application period is usually limited and opens on January 3rd and closes on March 1st of the year.

Apply for any of the scholarships listed below at: www.gbhem.org/scholarshipapplication. The GBHEM general scholarship application is open January 4 through March 1 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.

This piece highlights most of the scholarships that are available for undergraduate studies. There are post graduate scholarships, ministry preparation scholarships, and loans are also available and can be reviewed at the agency webpage linked above.

Eligibility

GBHEM Loans and Scholarships administers over 70 scholarship programs with one general application. Criteria for each scholarship program vary; however, there are minimum requirements that apply for general eligibility consideration.

Students who are United States citizens or permanent residents, or who are Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) persons shall follow the Domestic Applicant Minimum Scholarship Requirements.

DOMESTIC APPLICANT MINIMUM SCHOLARSHIP REQUIREMENTS

  • Applicant must be an ACTIVE, full member of The United Methodist Church for at least ONE year. Membership is determined by the date the applicant was confirmed and took membership vows with a United Methodist church (Members of other Methodist denominations are not eligible).
  • Applicants must be pursuing a degree program at ANY accredited institution within the U.S.
  • High school students may apply IF they will be college students in the fall term.
  • Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Applicants are required to be full-time students according to their school’s standards for the program for which they are enrolled.

GBHEM General Scholarships

Apply for any of the scholarships listed below at: www.gbhem.org/scholarshipapplication. The GBHEM general scholarship application is open January 4 through March 1 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.

General Scholarship Application
Undergrad $500 - $1,000; graduate $1,000 - $2,000
Undergraduate or graduate level student, minimum 1 year active membership in the UMC, minimum 2.5 gpa.

 Allan J. Burry Scholarship $1,000
For undergraduates (incoming Freshmen NOT eligible); member of UMC for at least 3 years; very active leadership in a United Methodist related Campus Ministry; minimum 3.0 GPA; will require a specific nomination from the UM Campus Minister.

David W. Self  $1,000
Designated for graduating high school seniors entering first year of undergraduate study; 1 year active membership in UMC, full time degree program at any accredited institution, minimum 2.5 GPA, pursuing a church related career.

E. Craig Brandenburg$1,000 - $2,000
For applicants over age 35; any degree level; prefer students changing to a second career.

The Rev. Dr. Karen Layman GIFT OF HOPE Scholarship $1,000
For undergraduates (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior); minimum 3 year membership in the UMC; very active in UMC leadership; minimum 3.0 GPA

Miriam Hoffman Scholarship$500 - $1,000
For any grade level pursuing a vocational career in music education or music ministry; 1 year membership in the UMC; minimum 2.5 GPA.

GBHEM Racial Ethnic Scholarships

Bishop John W. Hamilton Scholarship $500
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 $600
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 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 student. Learn more about this scholarship.

Ethnic Minority Scholarship $500 - $900
For racial-ethnic minority 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$5,000
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.


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.

United Methodist Higher Education Foundation Scholarships
https://www.umhef.org/applications/UMHEFgeneral.php

The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation awards scholarships each year to deserving students all over the country. Each year, we distribute over $2 million annually to more than 1,000 students attending over 100 United Methodist-related institutions of higher learning.

A common scenario for obtaining these scholarships is for there to be matching scholarships for amounts up to $1000.00 each from the local church, from the Conference, and from UMHEF. 

TO BE ELIGIBLE for all scholarships students:

• Must be an active, full member of The United Methodist Church for at least one year prior to applying. Members of other Methodist denominations are not eligible. International students must be attending a United Methodist-related institution in the United States.

• Must be enrolled or planning to enroll in a full-time degree program (graduate or undergraduate) at a regionally accredited educational institution in the U.S. Priority is given to applicants enrolled or planning to enroll in a United Methodist-related college or seminary. Doctoral (PhD) candidates are not eligible. .

• At this time, Doctoral (PhD) candidates are not eligible.

NOTE:

Students may receive only ONE scholarship from the Foundation per year. OUR MAIN APPLICATIONS ARE THE GENERAL NAMED ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP (Competitive) & UM DOLLARS FOR SCHOLARS (Only requires a church sponsorship)....students can apply for both, and we'll ensure they receive the largest award they qualify for. All awards are made for the fall term each year. UMHEF will transfer award funds to the recipient’s school in the fall after verification of full-time enrollment is received from the school’s Registrar’s Office. It is the recipient’s responsibility to request and ensure that their Registrar’s Office sends verification of their enrollment to UMHEF no later than October 1. Award checks will not be mailed out until after mid-October.

General Named Endowed Scholarship Application Process:

(Note: UM Dollars For Scholars has different process, reference scholarship guidelines in search.)

• 1. Use scholarship search and Complete application in full (General Named Endowed Application) (The other main application is UM Dollars for Scholars...remember you can send in an application for both, but will only receive one!). Every question must be answered and all sections of the form must be completed; please type or print legibly. Applications not complete by the deadline date will not be considered by the Scholarships Committee.

INCLUDE:

• 2. An Official Transcript (no copies) of your most recent academic work (with grades through Fall Semester) must be submitted with your application.

• 3. Letters of Recommendation: Instructions for each letter are printed on page 5 of the application. It is important that these letters be enclosed with your complete application when it is mailed to UMHEF.

• 4. Applicant's essay: on a separate sheet of paper, write an essay of 200 words or less, including information as indicated in Applicant's Essay Guidelines on page 5 of the application.

• 5. Pictureapplicant (Formal shot preferred)

• 6. Signed Applicant Pledge (print from confirmation email)

• SEND ONLY ONE APPLICATION. Applicant will be considered for only one award from UMHEF funds during an academic year. Scholarship fund descriptions are available under scholarship search.

• You are urged to have your completed application (including transcript, recommendation letters and essay) in the UMHEF office at least one month before the deadline date.

• Complete application (online or paper) and MAIL ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS above to:

 United Methodist Higher Education Foundation

 Scholarships Administrator

 P.O. Box 340005

 Nashville, TN 37203-0005

The Texas United Methodist College Association

TUMCA Letter from Director

The Texas United Methodist College Association, or TUMCA, adopts as its mission statement: "Helping Texas United Methodist students attend Texas United Methodist colleges and universities". This help is provided as each Annual Conference in the state of Texas is asked make a contribution to a fund that TUMCA in turn makes available to the seven United Methodist Congregations in Texas. Deserving students attending United Methodist institutions in the state who have received TUMCA funds have expressed profound appreciation for having been awarded this vital support toward their education. Students who are interested may contact their financial aid offices of the United Methodist related institutions of higher learning that they will be attending.