Scholarships Available for Methodist Students Applications Accepted January 1 - March 1, 2024

The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (UMHEF) welcomes scholarship applications for the 2024-2025 academic year from January 1 through March 1, 2024. Every year, UMHEF awards $2+ million to nearly 1,000 students planning to attend a United Methodist-related institution of higher education!

Applications are open to students who are members of either The United Methodist Church, the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the AME Zion Church, or the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. Additional eligibility requirements may apply. If a student’s church has disaffiliated from The UMC, the student should contact UMHEF to discuss options to apply.

UMHEF’s two main programs are General Named Endowed (GNE) Scholarships and the United Methodist Dollars for Scholars (UMDFS) program. The GNE application is a traditionally competitive scholarship that considers leadership, GPA, and financial need. With one application, students are considered for over 100 different endowments. Select awards are also available to those attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities as well as other ethically diverse students.

The UMDFS program is the foundation’s most popular scholarship program. It starts with a $1,000 scholarship from a student’s church (more than one church may combine funds). If selected, this scholarship is matched by UMHEF to total $2,000. Participating UM-related schools and UM conference foundations may, depending on available funds, each match the initial scholarship to total up to $4,000.

Applications open January 1, 2024 and close March 1, 2024. Complete details can be found here.

The grand vision of UMHEF is that it be financially possible for qualified students to attend a United Methodist-related institution of higher education. Learn more.

Note: UMHEF scholarships are separate from those offered by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The UMC.