Women candidates for ordained ministry in The United Methodist Church are encouraged to apply to the Georgia Harkness Merit Awards program of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, Ordained Ministry Division.
The program, which honors the life and service of teacher and theologian Georgia Harkness (1891-1974), grants a $5,000 award to those who are chosen as Georgia Harkness Scholars. The funding may be applied to tuition, fees, and room and board for the basic seminary degree leading to elder's ordination. The award is not available for undergraduate, D. Min., or Ph.D. work, however.
The Harkness program was established to encourage women 35 and older to prepare for ordained ministry as an elder in The United Methodist Church, as a second career.
The eligible candidate will be a woman older than 35 who has received a bachelor of arts or equivalent degree, who is enrolled full time in a University Senate-approved school of theology in the master of divinity degree program, and is a current certified candidate for ordained ministry as an elder in The United Methodist Church.
Applications and required documents for the Georgia Harkness Merit Awards must be received by March 1, 2012. Be sure to add that you are applying for the "Georgia Harkness Scholarship" on the application.
Awards will be announced on or before June 30.