Available Through The United Methodist Foundation
Scholarships available through the Wisconsin United Methodist Foundation are described below. All applicants must be members of a Wisconsin United Methodist Church. The deadline for application for General Scholarships is April 1. The deadline for Seminary/Ministry Scholarships is July 1. All scholarship applications must include:
- A completed one page scholarship application form.
- Two Scholarship Reference Forms – one from your pastor and another from an active lay person in the church who knows you well but is not related.
- A letter of application in which you describe:
- Your personal situation and vocational, educational goals.
- Your church related activities and involvement.
- Your school and community involvement.
- Your financial plan for funding your education, including any special financial needs and any additional scholarships you will receive.
- Unweighted GPA certification, current academic status.
Post High School Scholarships
Please submit one set of application materials to be considered for any of our Post High School Scholarships listed below. (Please also scroll to the top of this page to access the 2 required Scholarship Reference Forms, and to see the Letter of Application requirement, GPA Certification requirement, and Current Academic Status information requirement.) The Foundation staff and the chairperson of the Foundation Grants Committee will review the applications, and will inform the chosen recipients of which scholarship they will receive.
Vera Dueno Scholarship – General Scholarship Form
This scholarship was created in 2001 by Vera Dueno to provide an annual scholarship to deserving United Methodist students from Wisconsin attending a four-year college or university.
DeAtley Scholars Award – General Scholarship Form
Funded by the DeAtley Family Foundation, the DeAtley Scholars Award will be awarded to a high school graduate planning to attend an institution of higher education with the intent of majoring in a service-oriented field.
Elmer & Kathryn Harvey Scholarship – General Scholarship Form
In 2006, the Wisconsin United Methodist Foundation Board of Directors established the Elmer and Kathryn Harvey Endowment Scholarship. Elmer Harvey was an ordained clergyman who served in a variety of ministerial appointments including nursing home administration. His wife, Kathryn, was a high school English teacher for 25 years. She majored in Music and Education and was an accomplished organist. The endowment is designed to provide financial aid to students preparing for service in ministry or education.
WI U M Foundation Scholars Award – General Scholarship Form
This scholarship is funded with current gifts from generous United Methodists in Wisconsin. When available, scholarships will be awarded to deserving United Methodist students attending a four-year college or university.
Hispanic Scholarship – Hispanic Scholarship Form
A scholarship program has been established at the Wisconsin United Methodist Foundation to provide assistance to United Methodist Hispanic students who are enrolled or enrolling in college or vocational/technical schools. This program was established with a gift from the Barkes Family Trust.
Hmong Scholarship – Hmong Scholarship Form
The Hmong Scholarship was established to provide assistance to a United Methodist Hmong student enrolled or enrolling in college or a vocational/technical school.
Seminary / Ministry Scholarships
Please submit one set of application materials to be considered for any of our Seminary Scholarships listed below. (Please also scroll to the top of this page to access the 2 required Scholarship Reference Forms, and to see the Letter of Application requirement, GPA Certification requirement, and Current Academic Status information requirement.) The Foundation staff and the chairperson of the Foundation Grants Committee will review the applications, and will inform the chosen recipients of which scholarship they will receive.
U. M. – NE District Circuit 12 Scholarship – Circuit 12 Scholarship Form
The Wisconsin United Methodist Foundation serves as trustee for a scholarship established by the Laity from churches within the NE District Circuit 12 of the Wisconsin Annual Conference. This scholarship is open to full or associate members of a United Methodist Church within NE District Circuit 12. Applicants must be pursuing a ministry career and be attending a United Methodist accredited and approved seminary.
Wauwatosa Ave. Education Scholarship – Seminary Scholarship Form
Scholarships will be distributed by WUMF in accordance with the scholarship criteria established by the Wauwatosa Avenue UMC. This scholarship fund was established by members of Wauwatosa Avenue United Methodist Church. The income from this fund is designated to assist individuals whose intent is to prepare for ministry in the local church. First priority will be given to Master of Divinity, Master of Christian Education students and persons seeking training as a local pastor. In the event that there are no Master of Divinity, Master of Christian Education or local pastor track candidates who qualify for the scholarship in any given year, the scholarship may be granted to someone seeking training as a parish nurse. First priority will be given to members of Wauwatosa Avenue United Methodist Church, second priority to a member of a United Methodist Church in the Metro North/South districts, and third priority to anyone who is a member of the United Methodist Church and is entering ministry from Wisconsin. One scholarship will be available each year and any one individual may receive the award a maximum of three times. Individuals meeting these criteria are encouraged to complete the Foundation Seminary Scholarship application paperwork by July 1st of the year in which they are applying and include a letter of recommendation from both their pastor and a lay person from their church who is familiar with their ministry.
Church Vocation Scholarship – Church Vocation Scholarship Form
Established in the early 1980’s, the income from this fund is designated to assist individuals whose intent is preparing for a vocation in the life of the church, but who are not currently receiving scholarship assistance from the Board of Ordained Ministry. If you meet these criteria, you are encouraged to complete the scholarship application paperwork, and include two letters of reference – one from your pastor and another from an active lay person in the church, who knows you well but is not related.
Waukesha County Chapel Hill Scholarship – Seminary Scholarship Form
The Wisconsin United Methodist Foundation is trustee of the Chapel Hill Scholarship Fund that was started with the remaining assets of the Chapel Hill United Methodist Church in Waukesha. It was the wish of the congregation that scholarships are awarded with priority given to Waukesha County students pursuing the ministry.
Alvin Briggs Seminary Scholarship – Seminary Scholarship Form
Alvin Briggs began serving Methodist churches in Wisconsin in 1947, heeding his call to ministry after working in agribusiness for several years. Established in 2006, from the final estate of his cousin Eleanor Briggs, the Briggs Seminary Scholarship will assist students interested in attending seminary or local pastor training.
Loraine & Edwin Stefan Sr. Scholarship – Seminary Scholarship Form
(For students attending Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary)
Loraine and Edwin Stefan Sr. raised their family during the Depression era and taught their children the importance of saving. They lived a simple life. When Edwin Sr. died in his mid-forties, Loraine returned to secretarial work to support her family. Their son Ed considered a career in the medical field, but felt the Lord calling him into a life of ministry. While attending Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary he received assistance from a scholarship fund. Established by Ed and Katheryn Stefan in honor of his parents, this scholarship will be awarded to a student under the care of the Wisconsin Annual Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, who is attending Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL with preference given to a student demonstrating financial need.
Clergy Renewal Leave
The Clergy Renewal Leave Grant is intended to financially assist congregations with the added expenses involved with providing pastoral care and worship leadership while the pastor is participating in a study/renewal leave. Once a study/renewal leave has been approved by the church Staff/Parish Relations Committee, the District Superintendent and Cabinet, please complete and submit THIS APPLICATION to the Wisconsin United Methodist Foundation for grant consideration.
The Wisconsin United Methodist Foundation will review all Clergy Study/Renewal Leave Grant Grants will be awarded to those congregations determined to be most deserving based upon financial status of the church and other factors which demonstrate the grant is critical to the successful completion of the pastor’s study/renewal experience.
Churches applying for a Clergy Study/Renewal Leave Grant will be notified in early January whether or not the church has been selected for the grant award. Awards may be up to $900/ month for up to three months.