Gloster B. Current Scholarship

This scholarship was established in memory of Gloster B. Current, Sr. to encourage young persons of African descent to pursue careers in public service such as the ministry, social work, health care or government service. The applicant must attend an accredited institution of higher education, have leadership potential, financial need and be recommended by a pastor of a United Methodist Church.

The deadline for submitting an application for the scholarship is May 15, 2020.

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New York Education Society Fellowship Program

The NYES Fellows and Scholars scholarship assistance supports NYAC students attending an accredited college, university, technical, professional or graduate school. Awards typically range from $500 to $1000 for each academic year. Priority is given to 1) first-time applicants, 2) students entering helping professions, and 3) those actively involved in local UMC/campus ministry programs. Deadline for submitting an application is May 15, 2020.

Download the application:     Fillable PDF     Word version


United Methodist Church - Loans and Scholarships

This is a one- stop shop general application for over 50 scholarship programs from the United Methodist Church administered by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry Office of Loans and Scholarships. Apply ONCE per year, every year. The scholarship programs criteria vary. With this one application students with completed applications are screened and reviewed for each program for which they are qualified.

Students may be undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral students; must be full active members of the UMC for at least 1 year (some programs require 3 years); have a minimum GPA of 2.5+, and are attending any accredited institution within the U.S.

Scholarship applications for enrollment in Fall 2020 are due by March 5, 2020.

Loan applications for enrollment Jan – May are open Dec 13 - May 2; loan applications for enrollment June – Dec are open May 6 – Oct. 15.

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The United Methodist City Society Urban Ministry Scholarship Program

Priority in the awards will be given to persons who have a desire to enter full time ordained ministry in the United Methodist Church in an urban setting.  

The Scholarship Committee will NOT review applications from persons that:

  • Are not members of churches in the New York Annual Conference;
  • Are not involved in urban ministries at their local church;
  • Are pursuing additional advanced degrees (i.e. second master’s degree or doctoral degree); 
  • Are not pursuing programs that will lead to a degree, and
  • Do not submit the application by the deadline.

The deadline for UMCS Urban Ministry Scholarship applications (two semesters) has been extended to June 30, 2020.

The City Society will now offer a limited number of "rolling scholarships" (for one semester only) if funds remain available, through Dec 31, 2020. These will be available to candidates who were unable to meet the June deadline.

Introductory Letter, Guidelines and Application form     Fillable PDF


Rev. Dr. William M. James Family Fund Scholarship 

The Rev. Dr. William M. James Family Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by the generosity of his friends after his passing.  Dr. James had hoped that this scholarship would be able to encourage young people who aspire to be agents for the transformation of the world.

Limited funds are available for those persons who will be attending an accredited institution of higher education, have leadership potential and some level of financial need. 

They must be recommended by their pastor, a lay person who is a leader in the local church, and a teacher or professor.  

The deadline for scholarship applications has been extended to June 30, 2020.

Introductory Letter, Guidelines and Application Form   Fillable PDF


United Methodist Higher Education Foundation Scholarships

Please visit the UMHEF website for information about Dollars for Scholars, General Named Endowed Scholarships, and other scholarships, and for online application forms. 

The deadline for Dollars for Scholars and General Named Endowed Scholarships is March 1, 2020.