New Bishop Bruce and Char Ough Scholarship Endowment

This month, the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation launched the Bishop Bruce and Char Ough Scholarship Endowment funds at two special events honoring the couple and their legacy of ministry and leadership within the United Methodist Church. Biship Bruce R. Ough is the resident bishop for the Dakotas-Minnesota Area of The United Methodist Church. The new scholarship endowment includes two funds, one for students at Dakota Wesleyan University and one for students at Hamiline University, to help those who are discerning a calling to or preparing for a career in ministry.

New Bishop Bruce and Char Ough Scholarship Endowment

On May 15, United Methodists from North and South Dakota areas gathered to honor Bishop Bruce R. and Char Ough on the campus of Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, South Dakota. This event was co-hosted by the Dakotas United Methodist Foundation,Dakotas Conference, and Dakota Wesleyan University. (Read more about this event.) A second event was held on May 21 on the campus of Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota and co-hosted by the Minnesota United Methodist Foundation, the Minnesota Annual Conference, and Hamline University. (Read moreabout this event.) At both events, distinguished colleagues, UM leaders, and alumni offered gracious words in celebration of the Oughs.

“I am a product of a mentoring culture. I was not born a leader. I was raised to be a leader by others who very intentionally invested in me.” Bishop Ough shared these words about raising up the next generation of United Methodist leaders, inviting those at each event to lend their support to the efforts of the new endowment. “This scholarship is not meant to be about me. It is about the next generation that we are to call forth and mentor. I believe that preparing the next generation of spiritual leaders is every leader’s responsibility and ultimately, the legacy I want to leave.” 

Give to the Bishop Bruce and Char Ough Scholarship Endowment for Dakota Wesleyan University here.

Give to the Bishop Bruce and Char Ough Scholarship Endowment for Hamline University.

For questions about your gift to this fund or other UMHEF efforts, please contact UMHEF Development Officer, Cindy Patterson, at 615-649-3970 or

Photos courtesy of Dakotas UMC

2019 Lenten Calendar Now Available

Lent is an important time in the Christian year when we can prepare our hearts and spirits for Jesus. The forty days of Lent, not counting Sundays, last from Ash Wednesday through Easter Saturday. The time period represents the forty days Jesus suffered in the wilderness, enduring the temptations of Satan by remaining close to God through fasting and prayer. The unimaginable time of Jesus’ trials and suffering is what prepared Him to carry out His ministry.

As Christians, we can dedicate the Lenten season to God and ask God to prepare our own hearts and minds for the ministry God has entrusted to us. Whether God is calling you to a time of repentance, fasting, prayer, or servanthood, the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (UMHEF) has created a Lenten calendar to help you center your heart and mind on God each day and become new in Christ.

You may download the calendar below and print it for use at home, work, or school. Feel free to make copies and share with family, friends, your fellow church members, etc. Make this tool be a blessing to you and help you grow in your faith.

New $5,000 Scholarships for HBCU Students

The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation has just created new $5,000 named endowed scholarships specifically to support students attending United Methodist-related Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Apply today using the General Named Endowed Scholarship application by the March 1 deadline. You must complete the application in full and send in all required documentation, postmarked by the deadline.


  • Must be attending one of the UM-related HBCU schools listed below
  • Must be a member of The United Methodist Church for at least one year
  • Must be in good standing with the college/university
  • GPA of at least a 2.5

United Methodist-Related Historically Black Colleges and Universities include:

Bennett College
Bethune-Cookman University
Claflin University
Clark Atlanta University
Dillard University
Gammon Theological Seminary
Huston-Tillotson University
Paine College
Philander Smith College
Rust College
Wiley College