UMHEF’S GRAND VISION
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+ Million in Scholarships Annually
Last year, UMHEF Awarded Scholarships to 980+ UM Students
On average, UMHEF supporters donate $1.5 Million+ annually
NEW! UMHEF QUICK REFERENCE GUIDE
If you are a representative from one of our partnering UM-related schools, conference foundations, churches, or donors we offer the comprehensive Quick Reference Guide. Inside, the guide includes highlights about UMHEF programs, criteria, timelines, and more. Download and keep handy for quick reference when answering questions about UMHEF or telling students about scholarship opportunities.
2021-2022 SCHOLARSHIP SEASON
The main application season for the 2021-2022 academic year is now closed.
Students who applied for General Named Endowed scholarships or United Methodist Dollars for Scholars Program were notified of award status in mid-May 2021 via letter sent through the US mail. If you are an applicant and have not yet heard from us, feel free to reach out. (Notification to international students was sent via email.)
SHARE ABOUT UMHEF
You can help spread the word about UMHEF’s vision to support United Methodist students looking to attend UM-related schools of higher education. In fact, word of mouth is the best way to grow our reach! Here are a few ways you can do that:
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Join me in supporting students with scholarships to attend college, university, or seminary! The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation awards more than $2 million every year in scholarships to nearly 1,000 students. Learn more at https://umhef.org.
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Interested in other print or digital collateral about UMHEF to share with your congregation, students, or community? Contact Teresa Tysinger, UMHEF Communications & Public Relations Coordinator.
MORE UMHEF FACTS & FIGURES
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.
UNITED METHODIST DOLLARS FOR SCHOLARS PROGRAM
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.
GENERAL NAMED ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
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.
WHAT SCHOLARS ARE SAYING
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.
WHERE TO FOLLOW UMHEF
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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