The next application season for UMHEF scholarships opens soon on January 1! If you or a student in your life is hoping to attend a United Methodist-related school for the 2023-2024 year, now is the time to get ready to apply for available awards.

Here are 3 things you can do NOW to prepare:

  • Review our scholarship programs for details and to make sure you meet the eligibility requirements.
  • Planning to apply for the UM Dollars or Scholars program? Contact your sponsoring church now to make sure they’re able to provide the initial $1,000 award. (If your church doesn’t have funds budgeted, consider sharing these fundraising tips!)
  • The General Named Endowed Scholarships require letters of recommendation from your pastor and a teacher/professor. Now’s a great time to identify these persons and let them know to watch for an email inviting them to do so after you submit your application.

BONUS TIPS: Check out our FAQs page for answers to commonly asked questions. Want a convenient reference for our award process? Download the 2023 Scholarship Guide.

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Applications open January 1 for the next round of United Methodist Higher Education Foundation scholarships, which will help fund the 2023-2024 academic year.

We have published a comprehensive resource with complete details about the awards that will be available to students planning to attend a United Methodist-related college, university, or seminary. While these details are also available here on our website, the following UMHEF Scholarships Guide serves as a reference you can keep with you as you prepare to apply. Includes information about eligibility, scholarship descriptions, how to apply, deadlines, and more.

Still have questions? Contact us.

The UMHEF United Methodist Dollars for Scholars (UMDFS) award is a unique scholarship program that kicks off with a $1,000 scholarship from an applicant’s United Methodist Church. For some congregations, however, money is not readily available but the desire to support students is. If you are a sponsoring church that is low on funds, check out the following tips for raising these funds.

The UM Dollars for Scholars award is a matching program. UMHEF, participating UM-related schools, and UM Conference Foundations may each match for a total of up to $4,000. Learn more.


  • It takes a village. While we prefer the $1,000 to be sent to UMHEF on one church check, more than one United Methodist congregation may contribute. Consider reaching out to other congregations to pool funds. These may include the church the applicant attends while at school, the student’s parent’s church (if different), etc. If multiple churches will contribute and want to write their own checks, please send all checks together at one time if possible.
  • Many hands make light work. Similarly, ask groups within your church to sponsor part of the $1,000 total. Your youth or college ministry, a large Sunday School class, outreach groups the student may volunteer with, etc.
  • Pass the plate. We have heard of congregations incorporating a special offering specifically for the UMDFS program.
  • Get creative! Want to really drum up excitement for the students in your congregation who you want to support through this program? Host a fundraising event. Ideas include a talent show with “admission,” car wash, gift wrapping station at Christmas time, silent auction, or church yard sale.
  • Get students involved. If you’d like to involve students who plan to apply for the UMDFS program, they may want to reach out to family, neighbors, teachers, and friends and ask them to donate to your church for this designated purpose.

UMHEF is here to help your church be successful in supporting students aiming for higher education. We are happy to provide custom announcement suggestions, worship slides, and/or traditional bulletin inserts for your UMDFS fundraising efforts. Email our Director of Communications/Public Relations, Teresa Tysinger, or call her at 615-649-3975.

The application season for the 2023-2024 academic year will be January 1 – March 1, 2023. Now’s the perfect time to make plans for funds to support the students in your church who plan to apply for the UMDFS program. Talk to the youth and college students in your church now and be ahead of the game! As always, we thank you for the amazing impact you have on countless United Methodist students. 

Military chaplain holding a bible

The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (UMHEF) is still accepting applications for its Chaplain Samuel Grover Powell Scholarship, which supports seminary students preparing chaplaincy in a branch of the US military.

Applicants of this award DO NOT have to be members of The United Methodist Church.

Students in their middle or senior year at any accredited theological seminary and involved in a Chaplain Candidacy Program or serving a military reserve component after active duty in one of the United States armed forces are eligible. The value of this award varies. Learn about additional criteria and apply here.

This fund was established in 1980 by the family and friends of the Reverend Samuel Grover Powell after his death. Powell served as a chaplain in the United States Air Force for 28 years. He believed that “Military people deserve the best qualified chaplains, for they are not only serving God, but their country.”

Through its many programs, UMHEF awards more than $2 million in financial aid annually. Find out more about us. Please note that UMHEF is a private non-profit organization and is not affiliated with the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church.

The following story was previously published in regards to our application season which is now closed.

The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation has extended its scholarship application deadline for the 2022-2023 academic year to March 15 after receiving several requests for more time to complete requirements during this challenging time.

Students who are members of The United Methodist Church and planning to attend a United Methodist-related school, college, university, or seminary full-time are eligible to apply. UMHEF awards more than $2 million in financial aid annually.

Learn about UMHEF scholarship programs, FAQs, and how to apply. As part of its extensive library of scholarships, select awards are available for ethnically diverse students, including those who plan to attend UM-related HBCUs. In rare cases, students attending schools not UM-related may also qualify for awards and are invited to apply for the General Named Endowed program.

Please note that UMHEF is a private non-profit organization and is not affiliated with the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church.

College students study on campus.

UPDATE: UMHEF has closed applications for the UM Dollars For Scholars program.

A limited number of United Methodist Dollars for Scholars awards are still available for the 2021-2022 academic year! UMHEF will match a $1,000 award from your local United Methodist church, making your scholarship worth $2,000. If the UM-related school you plan to attend in the fall still has funds available within our 2021 program, your award total could reach up to $3,000!

Learn more about the United Methodist Dollars for Scholars program here.