Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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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. The many scholarships housed under our General Named Endowed Scholarship program have additional requirements; learn more about that here. Once you apply, you may be matched to a specific scholarship for which you qualify.

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. See the UM Dollars For Scholars page for a complete listing of participating schools and UM conference foundations.

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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.

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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.

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