Yes. UMHEF is an entirely separate non-profit foundation and not connected to the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) of the United Methodist Church. To be considered for an UMHEF scholarship, you must submit an application and required materials directly to us. You can find our application information here.
You are welcome to apply for any UMHEF scholarship for which you are eligible. However, please note that while you may apply for more than one scholarship a year, qualified students will only be awarded one scholarship. To read about overall eligibility, visit our Students page.
Yes, but you can only receive one award from UMHEF per year. If you apply for both, we will award you with the higher award. We want you to get the most support available! If it is determined that the General Named Endowed Program would offer you more scholarship than the UM Dollars for Scholars Program, we will return the $1,000 church check to the church.
Any student sponsored by their local church (initial gift of $1,000) will have the gift doubled by UMHEF, bringing the total to $2,000. If your United Methodist-related school and UM conference foundation participate in the UM Dollars for Scholars program, each can contribute an additional $1,000 for a potential total of $4,000.
If the school you choose to attend is a United Methodist-related school but does not participates in the UM Dollars for Scholars program, then you may still be awarded $2,000 (the portion contributed by your church and matched by UMHEF). If you choose to attend a school that is not UM-related, then you will forfeit the scholarship and the $1,000 check from your church will be returned to the church.
Yes, your application for the UM Dollars for Scholars program must include a $1,000 check from your church on a church check (no personal checks will be accepted). The check must be accompanied by either the scholarship application or the certificate of confirmation (included in the PDF application form).
No. All communication with applicants about the final outcome of scholarships will come via postal mail.
Scholarship award funds are sent directly to your school AFTER we receive your Verification of Enrollment (form can be found here). If we receive your VOE by the October 1 deadline, you can expect funds to reach your school by November 15. Please note: these instructions will be included with your notification of scholarship.
We love letting students know that they've been chosen for an UMHEF scholarship! Depending on the number of applicants, which can sometimes increase processing time, we aim to notify recipients around the beginning of May.
It depends on the individual scholarship and school type, but applications for most of our scholarships must be submitted by March 1 each year. (Note: You must re-apply for a scholarship each year to be awarded for a new school year.) Additionally, you should typically be notified of a final outcome by May 1 via postal mail.