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United Methodist Church Board of Higher Education and Ministry Programs

The United Methodist Scholarship Program is a church wide educational service providing scholarships to help supplement the financial needs of today’s students. Funding for these scholarships is provided through offerings, wills, annuities, and other designated gifts.

Scholarships are awarded on an academic-year basis. A student is eligible to receive only one United Methodist scholarship or loan during any one academic year. All scholarship applicants must be full, active members of The United Methodist Church, for at least one year prior to applying. Applicants must also be citizens or permanent residents of the United States, must be full-time attaining their first bachelor’s degree, and must be attending an accredited educational institution in the United States.

The United Methodist Student Loan Program: The United Methodist Student Loan Fund has the distinction of being one of the oldest student loan fund programs in the world. Since 1868, Methodists have provided financial assistance to their members. Supported though wills, annuities, special Sundays with offerings, and World Service dollars, the loan programs administered by this agency have enabled laity and clergy alike to fulfill their vocational dreams regardless of color or gender. The aggregated amount one may borrow has also been increased to correspond with the financial needs of today. Funds received on United Methodist Student Day for the UM Loan Fund are invested, loaned, and repaid over and over again. Student Day is observed by local congregations the last Sunday in November or on another date determined by the church.

Members of A.M.E., A.M.E. Zion, and other “Methodist” denominations are not eligible. For an updated listing of all the United Methodist Scholarships and loans available, please contact the Office of Loans and Scholarships General Board of Higher Education and Ministry at (615) 340-7344-Scholarship Department or (615) 340-7346-Loan Department or online at