United Methodist Student Loan & Scholarship Program

"Supporting generations of Methodist students for more than 135 years"

The United Methodist Scholarship and Loan Programs are a church wide educational service providing scholarships and loans to help supplement the financial needs of today's students. Funding for these scholarships and loans are provided through offerings, wills, annuities, and other designated gifts. Through the Loan Program, students may borrow up to $5,000 per year at 5 percent interest (Five for Five Program). The 135-year-old United Methodist Student Loan Fund is the oldest student loan fund in the United States.

There are a number of scholarship opportunities for United Methodist students in the CA-NV Annual Conference. This announcement summarizes some of those opportunities.

GBHEM Scholarship Application - January 3, 2018 - March 7, 2018

2018 Fall Scholarship Application is now open until March 7th. As a reminder, all United Methodist students can apply as long as they meet the criteria found in the attachment.

The application can be found here: www.gbhem.org/scholarshipapplication

Please encourage all of your United Methodist Students to apply for these opportunities as they can be considered for a General Scholarship, United Methodist Allocation, and a Conference Merit Award all with one application. 

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.


Tamara Phillips

Loans & Scholarships Associate Specialist, Office of Loans and Scholarships

General Board of Higher Education & Ministry
Office: 615.340.7349


The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation is a national foundation based in Nashville, Tennessee, UMHEF is dedicated to helping students achieve their dreams. UMHEF provides scholarship aid for United Methodist students attending the over 100 United Methodist-related institutions. The UMHEF is a leader in church-related foundations and agencies in providing scholarship support to United Methodist students attending United Methodist higher education institutions.

Available scholarships


Summary: Up to $5,000 per year; $15,000 maximum per student; currently 5%
Who may borrow? An applicant must:

  • be an active, full member of a United Methodist Church for at least one year prior to application
  • be admitted to a degree program in an accredited college/university OR a degree candidate attending a professional or graduate school accredited by its respective professional accrediting agency
  • maintain at least a C average (or equivalent)
  • high school student may apply if they will be college students in the fall term.

Find out more on the GBHEM Loans




California-Nevada Conference
1350 Halyard Drive
West Sacramento, CA 95691
(916) 374-1500