Need-Based Grants

Financial Resources: Need Based

DeadlineProgramBasic RequirementsAmount
Varies Garrett Trust Fund Scholarship

The Garrett Trust Fund was established in 1946 to provide scholarship assistance for persons pursuing a seminary education. Seminarians enrolled full-time in a Master of Divinity program in an accredited seminary who wish to apply must sign a faith statement as part of application process. Students may make application throughout the year, as funds are available. The trust is held by Local Church Ministries and scholarships are administered through the Parish Life and Leadership Ministry Team. Scholarship awards range from $600 to $1,000 and are based on one time emergency financial need.

$600 - $1,000
Varies United Methodist Student LoansThe United Methodist Scholarship and Loan Programs are a churchwide educational service proviting scholarships and loans to help supplement the financial needs of today's students. Funding for these scholarships and loans are provided through offerings, wills, annuities and other designated gifts. Through the Loan Program, students may borrow up to $5,000 per year at 3.75%-4% interest.  The 135 year old United Methodist Student Loan Fund is the oldest student loan fund in the United States.$5,000 (per year) full-time student. (Loans available for part time students.)
March 1Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation Achievement Scholarship$1,000 minimum
February 1Diaconia Graduate Fellowships

Consecrated diaconal ministers or ordained deacons in full connection in the United Methodist Church, or commissioned ministers moving toward ordination as deacon who have completed one year of probation.  Full-time doctoral students (during the time of the first award period) in an accredited academic institution.  Persons who plan to teach or serve as an administrator in a school of theology, college, or university or in another institution or agency of the church.  Person must demonstrate academic ability and show financial need.

$10,000 (maximum award)
February 1Schisler Graduate Awards

Academic standing, leadership ability, character, need, vocational goals in Christian education and commitment to Christ and the mission of the church.  Must have a chosen career as a professional Christian educator in the local church and be enrolled at a University Senate approved theological seminary.  Active, full member of the United Methodist Church for at least three years.  Preference given to first time persons attending U.M. seminaries.

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March 1Alpha Gamma Delta

Member of Alpha Gamma Delta and demonstrates financial need, scholastic attainment, and various chapter contributions.

$500 to more than $2,000
March 1E. Craig Brandenburg Graduate Awards

Persons who are age 35 or older who desire to make a positive contribution to society and who have special needs due to a change of profession/vocation, interrupted study, or for continuing education.  Enrolled in full-time graduate study in an accredited school and have been an active, full member of The United Methodist Church for at least one year.  Preference given to persons attending United Methodist Seminaries.  Must demonstrate financial need and submit a transcript of latest academic work; grade average equivalent to "B" or above.

$1,000 - $1,500
March 1Estelle Beaumont Ellison Individual Education Scholarships

Permanent residents of Bexar County Texas would qualify for an individual scholarship. Selection based on (order of importance) moral character; academic excellence, diligence, achievement, or ability; financial need; and regular participation in a Christian church and must be between 14 and 30 years of age.

$500 to $3000
March 1Irene S. Wischer Education Foundation Scholarship Program

ETS Scholarship & Recogniation Programs, on behalf of Frost Bank, is pleased to announce the availability of funds for current and incoming students through the Irene S. Wischer Education Foundation Scholarship Program.

The scholarship was established in 2008 following the passing of Mrs. Irene S. Wischer, a highly respected San Antonio businesswoman & philanthropist.  In accordance with Mrs. Wischer's will, a charitable foundation was created, in part to provide funding to deserving individuals seeking higher education.  Frost Bank administers the program on Mrs. Wischer's behalf, and the day-to-day operations of the scholarship program are now managed by ETS Scholarship & Recognition Programs (SRP).

The Irene S. Wischer Educational Foundation Scholarship is a renewable scholarship award, the value of which will be based on the applicant's demonstrated financial need (not to exceed $10,000 per academic year).
March 1The John Q. Schisler Award

Graduate award for students enrolled at a University Senate approved theological seminary in Christian education preparing for a career as a lay professional or ordained deacon in full connection in a local UMC; must have been a member of the UMC for at least 3 years; and GPA of 2.85+. This graduate award is not for students planning to be an ordained elder.

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March 1The Special Seminary Scholarship

Student must be pursuing ordained ministry as a vocation; be under 30 years of age (unless applicant is a renewal); be attending a UM-related seminary or school of theology; and in pursuit of an M.Div. degree.

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March 1The United Methodist General Scholarship

May be awarded to undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral students; are full active members of the UMC for at least 1 year; have a minimum GPA of 2.5+, and are attending any accredited institution within the U.S.

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March 1The Women of Color Scholars Program

The goals of this program are to remedy the lack of women of color on faculties at UM seminaries; to increase the number of women of color who teach, lecture, write and research at the Ph.D. level in all seminaries; and to heighten church wide awareness of the need for women of color in theological education. Applicants must be born of African, African-American, Asian, Hispanic, Native American/Alaskan Indian, or Pacific Island parentage (at least one parent); be an active, full member of the UMC for at least 3 years prior to application; have received an M.Div. degree; and be pursuing a Ph.D. or Th.D. within the field of Religious Studies with the desire to serve on the faculty or in an executive administrative position at a UM theological school.

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March 15Hispanic General Scholarship Fund

Hispanic heritage, U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident.  Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and have plans to enroll full-time in a degree seeking program at a two or four year U.S. accredited institution.  Must apply for federal financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Be pursuing first undergraduate or graduate degree.

$1000-$5000
March 31Hattie M. Strong Foundation Student Loans

Interest-free loan for full-time students entering their final year of study. Must possess qualities of leadership, motivation, character, need, self-reliance, scholastic record and service/commitment to others.

$2,500 (maximum)
March 31National Federation of the Blind

Applicant must be legally blind and either pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time post-secondary course of study.  Must demonstrate academic excellence, service to the community and financial need.

$3,000 - $21,000
April 1John T. King Scholarship

Student at Perkins School of Theology who plans to be in ministry in The United Methodist Church.  Must demonstrate academic commitment, church and community involvement, financial need and commitment to diversity and interfaith cooperation.

$750
April 1Shepherd Scholarship

Scholarship for students studying for degrees in fields perceived as "benefiting the human race". Selectees will be those who are best qualified by dedication, ambition, academic preparation, financial need, and promise of outstanding performance at the advanced level. It will be helpful if each candidate has shown sincere interest in and taken an active part in social, civic, religious, and fraternal activities of the community.

$6,000 (Maximum)
April 15Miriam Hoffman Scholarship

Undergraduate or graduate students who are pursuing a vocational career in music with preference to students interested in careers in music education and/or music ministry. Active, full member of the United Methodist Church for at least one year prior to applying and enrolled in an accredited institution working toward a degree on a full-time basis.  Must demonstrate financial need and have a C+ or higher grade point average.

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April 15Olympia Brown and Max Kapp Awards

An award of $2,500 is made to a ministerial student who, in addition to meeting the requirements for general financial aid, chooses to submit as part of their general financial application a paper, sermon, or other special project on some aspect of Universalism. Entries are evaluated by an outside reader.

$2,500
May 15Clear Lake UMC Seminary Student Scholarship Fund

The “Seminary Student Scholarship Fund” was established through the generous contributions of members and friends of Clear Lake United Methodist Church for the purposes of providing financial assistance and encouragement to Seminary students who sense a call to ministry through the United Methodist Church.  Students who are planning to enroll for a minimum of nine semester hours in a Graduate level School of Theology approved by the University Synod of the United Methodist Church are eligible to apply.

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May 15The Priscilla R. Morton Scholarship

Member of the United Methodist Church for at least one year and enrolled or planning to enroll in a United Methodist-related institution.  Have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.5 or higher. Demonstrate financial need.

Amount available to be determined annually. Average individual award is $1,000.
May 31Baptist Graduate Loans

American Baptist students attending non-ABC seminaries.  Must demonstrate financial need and be a member of an ABC congregation.

$1,000 per year, up to three years
May 31Calvary Foundation Grant

Good moral character, academic promise, and financial need.  No specified denomination.

$500 - $875
May 31Ed E. And Gladys Hurley Foundation

Member of Protestant denomination who attends school in the state of Texas.  Must demonstrate worthiness, show financial need and have acquired above average grades.  Studying to become missionaries, religious workers or ministers.  Part or full-time students.

$1,000
May 31Justin Haruyama Ministerial Scholarship

The scholarship is offered to persons of Japanese ancestry, accepted or enrolled full time in an accredited Protestant seminary in the United States, preparing for ministerial degrees who intend to serve Japanese American congregations or other church related ministries.

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May 31Keesee/Rhodes Memorial Fund

Recipient must be studying for the ministry at Perkins School of Theology or be an undergraduate student studying for the United Methodist ministry at any Methodist affiliated college or university in Texas or at Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana.  Must demonstrate church involvement/activities, financial need and academic achievement.

$500 or more
June 1Hattie and Henry Dickson Rio Grande Conference Ministerial Education Scholarship

Student from the Rio Grande Conference who has declared an intention to prepare for becoming a United Methodist minister.  Enrolled in a college, university or seminary in the UMC.  Must demonstrate church involvement, academic achievement and financial need.

$500 or more
June 15Adolph Van Pelt Scholarships

For students with proof of Native American heritage (at least 25%)and clear educational goals. Based on financial aid and merit.

The Association on American Indian Affairs offers Adolph Van Pelt Scholarships in the amount of $1,500 to students in any curriculum. Disbursement in the amount of $750 is made directly to the college fall and spring semesters pending satisfactory progress. Spring disbursement requires a copy of the fall semester's grades and a spring semester class schedule. This scholarship does not automatically renew. Students are eligible to apply on a yearly basis.

All items listed on the application check sheet must be included. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

$1,500
June 15Eastern Star Training Awards For Religious Leadership (ESTARL) - Kansas

The purpose of the scholarship is giving assistance to young men and women who desire to enter the various fields of religious service; namely: ministers, missionaries, directors of church music, directors of religious education and directors of youth leadership.

Awards are to be made for one year subject to renewal on basis of total record. Applicants need not be of Masonic or Eastern Star affiliation.

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June 30Ruth M. Batson Educational Foundation

African American students who are in need of financial assistance in order to obtain clear educational and career objectives.

$500 - $1,500
September 1J.A. Knowles Memorial Scholarship (KS2)

Resident of the state of Texas who has been an active, full member of a local UMC for at least one year prior to applying.  Must be enrolled full-time, able to establish financial need and academically in good standing.

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October 5James J. Saccacio Scholarship

Must be an SMU student who has demonstrated financial need and shown leadership and involvement in SMU activities.

$1,500
November 1Divinity Scholarship (Formerly known as the Johnson-Kitts Memorial Scholarship)Enrolled in a seminary or graduate school listed by the University Senate per The Book of Discipline. Must state his or her intention to serve in the Minnesota Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, show professional promise and demonstrate financial need.$3,000 - $5,000
November 30World Communion National Scholarship

The World Communion Scholarship Program supports students from Global Ministries mission partner institutions in their advanced studies (master’s or doctoral) preparing them for leadership involvement in church and society and for their future work with communities in need. The program seeks to support students whose study focus will directly relate to mission and to the following priority areas of emphasis: elimination of poverty, expansion of global health, leadership development, or congregational development. The program supports students from outside the U.S. (World Communion International Scholarship) or from racial/ethnic minorities from within the U.S. (World Communion National Scholarship).

$250-$12,500