Education is a core value of The United Methodist Church and has been since the 18th Century in England. John Wesley believed education was the key to a fuller, richer life. He believed that everyone should have access to education regardless of gender or class. In 1748, Wesley enlarged Kingswood School, a school he had opened for the children of coal miners. Wesley wanted young people to have a high-quality education so they could go to Cambridge or Oxford.
As the Methodist Movement moved and spread in the United States, Francis Asbury and Thomas Coke continued this movement. Beginning in the 1860s and continuing today, The United Methodist Church has provided scholarships and loans to countless students.
Learn more about just some of the scholarships available to United Methodist students at the links below:
Georgia UM Commission on Higher Education
The United Methodist Church has a long-standing commitment to serving students on the college and university campuses of the world. Through the UMCommission, the North and South Georgia Annual Conferences support 9 UM-related campuses and many Wesley Foundations across the state. There are several scholarship opportunities offered by the Georgia UMCommission.
United Methodist Connectional Federal Credit Union
Are you or do you know a member of the United Methodist Connectional Federal Credit Union age 17-35 who is attending or planning to attend college? If so, please let them know about your Credit Union's college scholarship program. Four winning applicants, one from each of the credit union's four United Methodist Annual Conference conferences, North Georgia, South Georgia, Florida, and Alabama-West Florida will receive a $1000 scholarship each.
Georgia United Methodist Foundation
Thanks to the generosity of donors and partnerships, the Georgia United Methodist Foundation gives away tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships each year.
To qualify, students must be an active, full member of a Georgia United Methodist church for at least one year before applying. They must also be enrolled or plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate or graduate degree program at one of the participating United Methodist higher education institutions.
In addition to the UMC Dollars for Scholars scholarships, the Foundation also manages endowments where the scholarship funds are sent directly to colleges, universities, and seminaries.
General Board of Higher Education and Ministry
The UMC's General Board of Higher Education and Ministry provides millions of dollars in scholarships to students every year. Finances should never be a barrier to answering your calling in life. Learn more about GBHEM scholarships and apply by March 30.
United Methodist Higher Education Foundation
The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation makes it financially possible for United Methodist students to be educated at a United Methodist-related institution of higher education. Learn about UMHEF scholarships.