The application season for our main scholarship programs is now closed. However, see here for exceptions. Typically, the season is open January 1 – March 1 for the following academic year. Please keep reading for additional information about our programs.

UMHEF offers several scholarship opportunities to United Methodist students attending or seeking to attend a United Methodist-related institution of higher education. Last year, more than $2.3 million were awarded to over 1,000 students.

Please carefully review the following important information that pertains to all applicants.

About Scholarship Programs


All students must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be an active, full member of The United Methodist Church for at least one year prior to applying. Members of other Methodist denominations are not eligible. International students must be attending a United Methodist-related institution in the United States.
  • Must be enrolled or planning to enroll in a full-time degree program (graduate or undergraduate) at a regionally accredited educational institution in the United States. Priority is given to applicants enrolled or planning to enroll in a United Methodist-related college or seminary. A list of these schools can be found here.
  • At this time, Doctoral (including PhD and any other doctorate-level program) candidates are not eligible.
  • International students, for which a very limited amount of scholarship funds are available, may apply using the General Named Endowed Scholarships application.

Other Important Notes:

  • Students may receive only ONE scholarship from UMHEF per year.
  • Students may apply for both of our main scholarships (General Named Endowed and UM Dollars for Scholars) and will receive the largest award for which they qualify.
  • Unless otherwise noted, scholarship applications may only be submitted between January 1 and March 1.
  • All awards are made for the fall term each year.
  • UMHEF will transfer award funds to the recipient’s school in the fall after verification of full-time enrollment is received from the school’s Registrar’s Office. It is the recipient’s responsibility to request and ensure that their Registrar’s Office sends verification of their enrollment to UMHEF no later than October 1. A reminder about this requirement will be sent with award notifications.
  • Award checks will not be mailed out until after mid-October.
  • Scholarships offered by UMHEF are completely separate from those offered by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM). You are welcome to apply for both, but must apply for ours using a UMHEF application. You can only receive one scholarships from UMHEF per year.