United Methodist Dollars for Scholars

What is it? Each year through the United Methodist Dollars for Scholars (UMDFS) program, the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (UMHEF) provides $1,000 matching scholarships to United Methodist students who have received a $1,000 scholarship from their local United Methodist church to help them attend a United Methodist-related college, university, or seminary. Additional matching funds may be available to eligible applicants through the Triple Your Dollars and/or the Quadruple Your Dollars components of the UMDFS program. The number of available matching scholarships is determined annually. Available matching funds include 25 scholarships designated for Hispanic-, Asian-, and Native-American [HANA] students funded by the UM General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.

Who is eligible? Applicant must be planning to enroll as a full-time student in the fall of the coming academic year at a United Methodist-related college, university, or seminary. Applicant must be an active member of The United Methodist Church for at least one year. Doctoral (PhD) candidates are not eligible.

How to Apply Online applications must be submitted between January 1 and March 1.

Online applications from students planning to enroll in a two-year UM-related junior college may be submitted until June 1.

After submitting the online application, applicants will receive a confirmation email that includes a form, which the student and the pastor of the sponsoring church must sign. This signed form must be mailed to the UMHEF along with a check from the sponsoring church for exactly $1,000 payable to UMHEF (no personal checks) and postmarked no later than March 1.

Churches may sponsor an unlimited number of applicants for the United Methodist Dollars for Scholars program.

Award: If the number of applications received exceeds available funds, recipients will be chosen randomly from all eligible applications received. All applicant checks not awarded will be returned to the sponsoring churches. No awards will be made prior to May 1.

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, after arriving at school in the fall, to request the school's registrar's office to send verification of their enrollment to UMHEF. Award checks will not be mailed out until after mid-October.

Recipients who do not enroll for the fall semester in a UM-related school must inform UMHEF in writing so that we can return their church's funds.

See the UMHEF website for more information.