The United Methodist Scholarship Program is a churchwide educational service providing scholarships to help supplement the financial needs of today’s students. Funding for these scholarships is provided through Special Sundays Offerings, wills, annuities and other designated gifts. Students need to complete only one application each year. Applications are reviewed by members of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) and other affiliated representatives.
Scholarship applications are accepted January 1 - March 1 each year. Awards are determined by July. Payment of scholarship awards are made after the Scholarship Office has received a verification of enrollment at a college or university for the Fall term.
The following are standard criteria for EVERY program offered through GBHEM:
· Applicants 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.
· 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 Scholarships that Perkins Students may be eligible for include:
Bishop James Baker Award
Georgia Harkness Scholarship
Charles Tadlock Scholarship
John Q. Schisler Award
E. Craig Brandenberg Scholarship
Esther Edwards Graduate Scholarship
Native American Seminary Award
J.A. Knowles Memorial Scholarship (KS2)
Other programs may be available from the GBHEM.
Varies depending on specific program award.
Applicants are automatically considered for all GBHEM scholarships that they may be eligible for provided they have met the deadlines for those awards. Please read the following instructions carefully:
Fall scholarship applications will open January at this Web page, www.gbhem.org/scholarshipapplication.
Committees will consider applications on a first come, first serve basis of COMPLETE applications. This means the online application, official transcript, letters of reference, essay, and any other remaining required items detailed on the NEXT STEPS form are in the office BY the deadline date or preferably EARLY
The GBHEM Scholarship office will reserve the right to stop accepting scholarship applications at any point it is evident the number of applications received has surpassed the funding available.
WHAT TO DO FOR A GBHEM SCHOLARSHIP
Apply between January and March 1 for a GBHEM Scholarship at www.gbhem.org/scholarshipapplication. If school, address or other information changes after submission of the application, email the office with the updates.
Gather all required NEXT STEPS items (transcript; letters of reference; essay, etc.) in ONE packet and mail to GBHEM within ONE MONTH of submitting the online portion of the application.
Review the information at www.gbhem.org/scholarshipapplication for official notification of changes made to the GBHEM scholarship guidelines and application procedures.