Media Resources


The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (UMHEF) aims to make higher education financially possible for the leaders of tomorrow. Since 1965, UMHEF has been a leader in providing scholarship support to United Methodist students attending the over 100 United Methodist-related higher education institutions.

In 2020 alone, more than $2 million in scholarship aid was awarded to nearly 1,000 students.

UMHEF Distributes $2.3 Million in Scholarships Annually

In 2020, UMHEF Awarded Scholarships to 980+ UM Students

On average, UMHEF supporters donate $1.5 Million+ annually


Recently, we have heard from many students about unique challenges this year. In light of these challenges, the application season for our main scholarship programs has been extended through March 19, 2021 for the 2021-2022 academic year.

The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation is accepting scholarship applications for the 2021-2022 academic year. Students attending UM-related schools are invited to apply for more than $2 million in funds available to help pay for attending colleges, universities, or seminaries related to the United Methodist Church.

Below are media resources to help promote these life-changing opportunities to students in your communities.

Short Announcement

Are you a United Methodist student who needs help paying for school? Scholarships are available through the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation. Last year, UMHEF awarded over $2 million to UM students like you! Learn more and apply by March 19 (extended deadline), 2021 at

Long Announcement

The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation provides more than $2 million in scholarships every year to United Methodist students attending UM-related institutions of higher education. Applications for the 2021-2022 academic year are being accepted through March 19, 2021 (extended deadline) at

UMHEF offers two main scholarship programs. The Dollars for Scholars Program is a non-competitive scholarship that begins with a $1,000 award from your United Methodist Church and is matched by UMEHF for a total of $2,000. The award can also be matched by participating UM-related schools and UM Conference Foundations for a possible total of up to $4,000. The General Named Endowed Scholarship Program is a traditional program that includes awards of various amounts from named funds established by various donors. For more information about these programs, eligibility requirements, and how to apply, visit

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. Let UMHEF help make your dreams of a higher education possible. Learn more at Questions? Contact us at 800-811-8110 or email [email protected].

Tweet / Short Social Media Copy

Are you a United Methodist student enrolling next year? Check out #scholarship opportunities from @umhef at The deadline to apply is now March 19, 2021.

Promotional Images and Press Release

We also have made available several downloadable images for use on social media posts and other communications, as well as a press release about UMHEF scholarships in 2021.

If you have additional questions or would like to work further with UMHEF to spread the word about scholarships to your students, church, or community please contact us.


Get an comprehensive look at the most recent Foundation facts and figures by downloading our 2020 Fact Sheet:


The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation awards scholarships within two main programs. Below is a quick at-a-glance overview of each program. Learn more here.


This unique scholarship program starts with a $1,000 scholarship award from a student’s local church. UMHEF matches, raising the award to $2,000. Participating UM-related schools may also award, bringing the total to $3,000. Lastly, participating UM Conference Foundations may provide matching funds, bringing the total up to a $4,000 award.


UMHEF manages and distributes more than 120 named funds established by various donors. These scholarship funds are often created in memory of a person or as an ongoing legacy created with estate plans. Unlike the UM Dollars for Scholars Program, endowed scholarships do not require matching funds from UM churches.


Below are some notes of thanks from recent UMHEF scholarship recipients.

My scholarship has removed the stress of student loans and finding a way to pay for college. Thank you so much for the love and support.

Devan, Centenary College of Louisiana

I just received the letter telling me that I received a scholarship through the UM Dollars for Scholars program! With all of the uncertainty in this time of COVID-19, it was nice to get some good news. I am so looking forward to attending Southwestern College in August. I appreciate your help in making that possible.

Seth, Southwestern College

Thank you for giving me this exceptional educational opportunity to explore my goals and dreams.

Elinor, Millsaps College

I wanted to reach out and thank you all for the very generous scholarship. I greatly appreciate it and truly cannot wait to start college in the fall.

Brooke, Nebraska Wesleyan University

I am so thankful for the many UMHEF supporters that have made my scholarship possible.

Elijah, High Point University


The UMHEF Board of Trustees is comprised of United Methodist bishops, District Superintendents, agency leaders, and higher education presidents and professionals.

The UMHEF office is located in Nashville. Meet our full-time staff, led by CEO/President Robert Fletcher, here.


When you share news, information, and announcements about UMHEF on social media, we hope you’ll tag us! These accounts are also a great way to see what UM-related schools are up to, celebrate scholar accomplishments, get first word of new application information, and more.

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