Other Scholarships

Applications are currently closed for most awards.

In addition to UMHEF’s main two scholarship programs (General Named Endowed Scholarships and UM Dollars for Scholars Program), UMHEF offers the following specialty scholarships.

$5,000 HBCU Scholarships
Chaplain Samuel Grover Powell Scholarship – STILL OPEN!
Elliott-Glass Scholarship for Deaf, Deafened, Deaf-Blind or Hard of Hearing
University of Tennessee Southern (Martin Methodist)

$5,000 Scholarships for HBCU Students

Thanks to the generosity of some of our UMHEF donors, we offer several scholarships (ranging from $500 – $5,000) to students attending or planning to attend one of the country’s Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) that are United Methodist-related. The number of awards are limited each year and are not guaranteed. LEARN MORE.

To Apply: Applications are currently closed.

Chaplain Samuel Grover Powell Scholarship

Still accepting applications! This scholarship provides financial assistance to students preparing for chaplaincy in any branch of the military. The fund was established in 1980 by the family and friends of Chaplain Powell after his death. The Reverend Samuel Grover Powell served as a chaplain in the United States Air Force for 28 years. He believed that “Military people deserve the best qualified chaplains, for they are not only serving God, but their country.”


  • Be enrolled at any accredited theological seminary
  • Be in their middle or senior (last) year
  • Be involved in the Chaplain Candidate (Seminarian) Program or serving a military reserve component after having completed an active duty tour in one of the United States armed forces.
  • Preference is given to students in their senior year who plan to serve in the United States Air Force. However, persons preparing for chaplaincy in any branch of the military will be considered.

To Apply: Download, print, and complete the following application then mail to the address listed on the application. We will contact you once your application is processed.

Holly Elliott and Laurel Glass Scholarship for Persons Who Are Deaf, Deafened, Deaf-Blind, or Hard of Hearing

This scholarship provides grants to attend any United Methodist theological school for individuals who are:

  • Culturally deaf (persons who use American Sign Language as their primary language)
  • Orally deaf (persons who use speech reading or other non-manual methods of communication)
  • Deafened (persons who become deaf after speech was established at roughly four years of age)
  • Late deafened (persons who became deaf as adults, after age eighteen)
  • Deaf-blind, or hard of hearing

The grants are intended for seminary education for persons wishing to be prepared for specialized ministries in the church, including, but not restricted to those who wish to become ordained.


  • Be enrolled in a United Methodist Theological School
  • Be culturally deaf, orally deaf, deafened, late deafened, deaf-blind, or hard of hearing (Applicant is required to provide documentation of disability.)
  • Be preparing for specialized ministries in the church

To Apply: Applications are currently closed.

Scholarships for UM Students Attending the University of Tennessee Southern (Martin Methodist College)

Beginning in 2022, United Methodist students attending or planning to attend the University of Tennessee Southern may qualify for scholarships from the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (UMHEF) for the 2022-2023 academic year. Historically, UMHEF has housed funds to support Martin Methodist College students. Due to this longstanding relationship, the Foundation has designated funds to provide financial support to University of Tennessee Southern students who are members of The United Methodist Church. Learn more about how to apply for these scholarships. Applications are currently closed.

Note: UT Southern is not a partnering school in our UM Dollars for Scholars program and students attending UTS are not eligible for this award.