Missouri Conference Financial Assistance


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Only fill out this application. The Conference will determine which scholarships you qualify for. 

Deadline Timetable

For spring assistance, applications are due December 31.
For fall assistance, applications are due June 1.

A new application is available every January.

Awards Available

The number and amount of awards may vary depending on funds available and the number of students applying. Award decisions are based on many considerations, including student financial need, academic achievement, and academic and vocational progress. Students must reapply each year for consideration.

Missouri Conference Student Aid (MEF) Grant

Seminary students only

Missouri United Methodist Foundation Seminary Scholars Grant

Seminary students only

  1. Enrolled in a seminary approved by the University Senate of The United Methodist Church; and
  2. are recognized by one of the District Committees on Ordained Ministry and/or one of the District Superintendents in the Missouri Conference as either a “certified candidate” or a person evidencing appropriate vocational potential and commitment.
  1. are enrolled in a seminary approved by the University Senate of the United Methodist Church;
  2. are pursuing the degree of Master of Divinity or its equivalent;
  3. are recognized by one of the District Committees on Ordained Ministry and/or one of the District Superintendents in the Missouri Conference as either a “certified candidate” or a person evidencing appropriate vocational potential and commitment;
  4. intend to be ordained into the full-time ministry of The United Methodist Church in Missouri; and
  5. intend to serve at least five years in full-time ministry in Missouri after ordination. Grants are available for full-time (nine hours or more) or half-time (six to eight hours) study. Currently, full-time grants are for $3,000 and half-time grants are for $1,500. A student is eligible to receive a maximum of $9,000 within six years of the initial grant.
  • Grants are available for full-time study (nine hours or more), and one half of the full-time amount is available for half-time study (six to eight hours).
  • Full-time grants may be given for a maximum of four years from the date of the initial grant.
  • A combination of full-time and half-time grants may be given for a maximum of six years from the date of the initial grant.
 

 

Missouri Conference Board of Ordained Ministry Seminary Grant

Stella Kahrs Memorial Scholarship

  1. are enrolled in a seminary approved by the University Senate of The United Methodist Church;
  2. are recognized by one of the District Committees on Ordained Ministry and/or one of the District Superintendents in the Missouri Conference as either a “certified candidate” or a person evidencing appropriate vocational potential and commitment;
  3. intend to serve in some professional capacity in the ministries of The United Methodist Church in Missouri; and
  4. intend to serve at least five years in ministry in Missouri. Grants are available for full-time study (nine hours or more), and one half of the full-time amount is available for half-time study (six to eight hours). Full-time grants may be given for a maximum of four years from the date of the initial grant, and a combination of full-time and half-time grants may be given for a maximum of six years from the date of the initial grant.
  1. are enrolled in a seminary approved by the University Senate of The United Methodist Church;
  2. are recognized by one of the District Committees on Ordained Ministry and/or one of the District Superintendents in the Missouri Conference as either a “certified candidate” or a person evidencing appropriate vocational potential and commitment; and
  3. intend to be ordained into the full-time ministry of The United Methodist Church in Missouri.  Preference for these grants will be given to students from Smithton UMC and the Heartland South District. The full amount of this award is distributed in the fall semester following enrollment verification. 
 

This scholarship was created by Stella Kahrs, who was a member of the Smithton United Methodist Church. Currently, each scholarship is in the amount of $500.

 

The Fine Print

To be eligible for consideration for any of the awards described below, a student must be recognized as having a serious vocational interest in professional ministry in Missouri by a Missouri District Committee on Ordained Ministry and/or a Missouri District Superintendent. It is strongly recommended that a student be a certified candidate for ministry in Missouri. (See paragraphs 310 and 311 in The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church, 2012.) Students should contact their District office to discuss the candidacy process. Additional eligibility requirements for specific awards are described below.

In general, one half of the award is distributed in the fall semester and one half is distributed in the spring semester. If a student’s enrollment status decreases from that reported on the application (e.g., a student drops to half-time from full-time), the award will be reduced proportionately if not yet released, or a refund will be requested from the educational institution. Awards cannot be increased. Typically, checks are issued jointly to the student and the educational institution and delivered to the registrar of the institution.  

For more information, contact your District Superintendent, the Missouri Conference office, or the Missouri United Methodist Foundation