Are you a United Methodist student looking to attend or already attending a UM-related college, university, or seminary? It is our goal to make higher education financially possible for UM students like you. The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation awards scholarships each year to deserving students all over the country. Each year, we distribute over $2.3 million annually to more than 1,000 students attending over 100 United Methodist-related institutions of higher learning.


  • Students 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 within the United States.
  • Students must be enrolled or planning to enroll in a full-time degree program (graduate or undergraduate) at a United Methodist-related college or seminary that is regionally accredited in the United States
  • At this time, Doctoral (PhD) candidates are not eligible. 


  • You may apply for multiple scholarships, but you will receive only ONE per year.
  • You MUST apply for a scholarship every year to be awarded funds for each school year; scholarships are not automatically renewed.
  • Our main scholarships are the GENERAL NAMED ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP (Competitive) and the UM DOLLARS FOR SCHOLARS (only requires a church sponsorship). Students may apply for both and will receive the largest award for which they qualify.
  • 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. Award checks will not be mailed out until after mid-October.
  • Our Foundation is separate from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church (GBHEM). Your application for any GBHEM scholarships does NOT also apply you for UMHEF scholarships; you must apply directly through this UMHEF site.

General Named Endowed Scholarship Application Process:

(A different application process applies to UM Dollars for Scholars, which can be found here.)

  • Go to the General Named Endowed Application. You may choose to fill out the application using the provided online form, or scroll to the very bottom of the page and click on the link to download a printable copy. Every question must be answered and all sections of the form must be completed; please type or print legibly. Applications not complete by the deadline will not be considered by the Scholarships Committee.
  • If you choose to fill out the online application, you will receive a confirmation email upon submission with further instructions to complete the application process.


  • Official Transcript (no copies) of your most recent academic work showing grades through Fall Semester
  • Letters of Recommendation: Instructions for each letter are given in the confirmaion email received after submitting the online application form and on page 5 of the printable application. It is important that these letters be enclosed with your complete application when it is mailed to UMHEF.
  • Applicant Essay: On a separate sheet of paper, write an essay of 200 words or less, including information as indicated in in the confirmation email (online applications) and on page 5 of the printed application.
  • Picture of Applicant (formal shot preferred)
  • Signed Applicant Pledge (print from confirmation email)
  • SEND ONLY ONE APPLICATION. Applicant will be considered for only one award from UMHEF funds during an academic year. 
  • If possible, you are encouraged to have your completed application (including transcript, recommendation letters and essay) in the UMHEF office at least one month before the deadline date.
  • Complete application (online or paper) and MAIL ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS above to:
    United Methodist Higher Education Foundation
    Scholarships Administrator
    P.O. Box 340005
    Nashville, TN 37203-0005


I am so lucky to benefit from the United Methodist scholarship program. You have blessed me with the ability to pursue a degree and to graduate with fewer student loans.

Katie Head
Southern Methodist University

"My accomplishments and achievements would not have been possible without the financial and prayer support from the members of the United Methodist Church."

Jacob Groth
Millsaps College

“This scholarship gave me a glimmer of hope. It meant the world to me. I was so happy and thankful to get it. I didn’t think I would make it this far, growing up from where I came. I have grown closer to God through this experience and do believe that He will lead me through things that I cannot handle on my own. After getting my bachelor’s degree in social work, I plan to complete my master’s degree and then go on to get my Ph.D. My ultimate goal is to be a social worker in the medical field so I can help patients going through a difficult time.”

Aleta Walker
Clark Atlanta University