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.

Below are two important dates and an announcement that will be important for your work and for churches in your Conference.  As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me as we work together to support the next generation of leaders and pastors for the Church.


  1.       United Methodist Student Day – Official Date: November 26, 2017

Resources available at: http://www.umcgiving.org/ministry-articles/united-methodist-student-day


  1.       GBHEM Scholarship Application window is January 3, 2018 - March 7, 2018.

Go to: www.gbhem.org/loans-and-scholarships


  1.       We are finalizing materials for a Scholarship Sunday.

Scholarship Sunday is an opportunity to highlight the resources available to United Methodist students through your local church, your Annual Conference/Conference Foundation and GBHEM's Office of Loans & Scholarships.


We will have a step by step Resource Guide, videos, PowerPoint, social media and print resources. We will be piloting the materials with 8-10 churches and then make the resources available online. We are encouraging churches to highlight all they are currently doing to promote higher education, to involve you as Conference Higher Ed coordinators, and that GBHEM is a partner at the national level. Stay tuned for details!



Summary: $500 - $1,000 for a United Methodist student attending a UM College.
Contact: Derek Lang, 408-269-2345 or pastorderek.umc@gmail.com



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


Various Scholarships
Summary: The Fall 2018 Application opens January 3, 2018. Closes March 7, 2018

Scholarships are awarded on an academic year basis. A student is eligible to receive only one United Methodist scholarship during any one academic year from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) funds.

GBHEM scholarships assist students from various backgrounds working toward various higher education degrees. Applicants may be enrolled at any accredited institution within the United States to be eligible.

GBHEM administers over 50 scholarship programs with varied criteria and deadlines. The Scholarship Office reviews each application to determine the best program for the student.

Who may apply? An applicant must be:

  • an active, full member of a United Methodist Church for at least one year prior to applying
  • admitted full time to a degree program in an accredited college or university WITHIN the United States
  • must have a grade point average of 2.5 or above on a 4.0 scale.
  • high school students may apply if they will be college students in the fall term.

Find out more on the GBHEM 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