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.

Your application will be considered for the following awards:

Missouri Conference Board of Ordained Ministry and Missouri Conference Student Aid Seminary Grant

Award Amount:

  • Full-time (nine hours or more): Potential full-time amount is $2,500 per semester. 
  • Part-time (six to eight hours): Potential part-time amount is $1,250 per semester.   
  • 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.

Qualifications:

  • are enrolled in a seminary approved by the University Senate of The United Methodist Church;
  • 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;
  • intend to serve in some professional capacity in the ministries of The United Methodist Church in Missouri; and
  • intend to serve at least five years in ministry in Missouri.
     

Missouri United Methodist Foundation Seminary Scholars Grant

Award Amount:

  • Full-time (nine hours or more): Potential full-time amount is $3,000 per year. 
  • Part-time (six to eight hours): Potential part-time amount is $1,550 per year.   
  • A student is eligible to receive a maximum of $9,000 within six years of the initial grant.

Qualifications:

  • are enrolled in a seminary approved by the University Senate of the United Methodist Church;
  • are pursuing the degree of Master of Divinity or its equivalent;
  • 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;
  • intend to be ordained into the full-time ministry of The United Methodist Church in Missouri; and
  • intend to serve at least five years in full-time ministry in Missouri after ordination.
     

Stella Kahrs Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was created by Stella Kahrs, who was a member of the Smithton United Methodist Church.

Award Amount:

  • $500

Qualifications:

  • are enrolled in a seminary approved by the University Senate of The United Methodist Church;
  • 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
  • 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 the Heartland District. The full amount of this award is distributed in the fall semester following enrollment verification. 

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