Scholarship Endowment Dinner Honoring Bishop Bruce & Char Ough at Dakota Wesleyan University

Wednesday, May 15
5:30 p.m. Reception  |  6:30 p.m. Dinner & Program
Sherman Center at Dakota Wesleyan University
Mitchell, South Dakota

Hosted by the Dakotas United Methodist Foundation, the Dakotas Foundation
of The United Methodist Church, Dakota Wesleyan University,
and the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation
This special event will honor the work and leadership of Resident Bishop of the Dakotas-Minnesota Episcopal Area, Bishop Bruce Ough and Mrs. Char Ough, by establishing a scholarship endowment to benefit Dakota Wesleyan University and Hamline University students preparing for a career in ministry. Individual seats and tables will soon be available for online reservation.
If you are interested in learning about sponsorship opportunities for this event, please contact Cindy Patterson at 615-649-3970 or

Honoring a Legacy of Service

Bishop Bruce R. Ough is resident bishop of the Dakotas-Minnesota Area of The United Methodist Church, where he has served since September 1, 2012. Prior to that, he spent 12 years as resident bishop of the West Ohio Annual Conference. Over the past seven years, under Bishop Ough’s steady leadership, the Minnesota Annual Conference launched a summer internship program that places college students into host churches to explore vocational ministry firsthand; increased its clergy recruitment efforts and developed a process to provide training, peer learning, and spiritual growth opportunities for clergy from recruitment through retirement. He helped Dakotas-Minnesota Area secure a $1 million Lilly grant to address economic challenges facing pastors.  Bishop Ough has also been a leader on the Connectional Tableand within the Council of Bishops and denomination as The United Methodist Church has dealt with the future of the Church.
Bishop Ough and Char are a team in their commitment to supporting ministry. Char has been a steady friend and champion for clergy and their families.  She has provided enormous support for clergy at all stages of ministry, with a special heart for clergy spouses as they serve in their challenging role in our congregations.  Together, Bishop Ough and Char continue to make a meaningful difference in their communities.
The grand vision of the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation is that it be economically possible for any qualified United Methodist student to be educated at a United Methodist-related institution of higher education. UMHEF has been in operation for over 50 years and supports United Methodist students attending one of the 119 UM-related schools, colleges, universities, and seminaries. UMHEF’s partnerships with local UM churches, schools, annual conference foundations, and donors allow over 1,000 students to receive more than $2 million in vital scholarship support every year.
Coming together to create this endowment will help numerous students answer their calling into a career in Christian ministry and acquire the funds necessary to attend college and seminary. The fund will continue to carry on the Ough’s work and legacy by supporting today’s ministerial students.