United Methodist Scholarships and Loans

There are many United Methodist Scholarship opportunities available to students who are members of The United Methodist Church. Applicants must apply every year for the specific scholarships. A complete list of scholarship information, applications and deadline dates are available at the following web sites for the UMHEF at www.umhef.org and the GBHEM at www.gbhem.org, United Methodist Student Loans are available to qualified students who are members of the United Methodist Church. Additional information and applications may be obtained directly from the UMC Loans and Scholarship web site at www.gbhem.org.

United Methodist Dollars for Scholars Program

Each year through the United Methodist Dollars for Scholars (UMDFS) program, the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (UMHEF) provides $1,000 in matching scholarships to randomly selected United Methodist students who have received a $1,000 scholarship from their local United Methodist church to help them attend a United Methodist-related college, university, or seminary. Wofford College participates in the "Triple" Your Dollars for Scholars component of the UMDFS program. Students attending United Methodist-related institutions that have agreed to participate in the Triple Your Dollars component program will receive $1,000 in matching funds directly from Wofford College. Recipients should contact the Wofford College Financial Aid Office for specific information on how their matching award will be applied. After submitting the online application, applicants will receive a confirmation e-mail that includes a form which the student and the pastor of the sponsoring church must sign. This signed form must be mailed to the UMHEF along with a check from the sponsoring church for exactly $1,000 payable to UMHEF (no personal checks) and postmarked no later than March I, 2020. Churches may fund and sponsor an unlimited number of applicants for the United Methodist Dollars for Scholars program. If the number of applications received by the UMHEF exceeds available funds, recipients will be chosen randomly from all eligible applications received. All checks for applicants not awarded will be returned to the sponsoring churches. No awards will be made prior to June I, 2020. For the applicants selected, the UMHEF will mail a $2,000 check to Wofford ($1,000 from the Foundation & $1,000 from the student's church) in the fall after verification of full-time enrollment is provided to the UMHEF. Wofford will also contribute $ 1000, thus making the total scholarship value $3000. It is the recipient's responsibility, after enrolling in fall, to request the Wofford Registrar send verification of their enrollment (VOE) to the VMHEF. The actual scholarship checks will not be mailed until mid-October. For additional information, please use the following link: www.umhef.org/applications/UMDFS.php.

Eligibility

Applicants must be enrolled or planning to enroll as a full-time student in fall 2020 at a United Methodist related college, university or seminary. The applicant must be an active member of the United Methodist Church for at least one year. Not all applicants will be selected to receive a UMDFS scholarship. If the number of applications received exceeds the available funds, recipients will be chosen randomly from all eligible applications received. For applicants who did in fact apply for the UMDFS scholarship, but were not selected to receive the scholarship, the UMHEF will return the sponsoring church's $1,000 check to the church. The student, or church on behalfofthe student, may contact the Wofford College Financial Aid Office to determine if Wofford will match the sponsoring church's $1,000 award. The following criteria are required to determine Wofford 's participation when the student is not selected as a recipient:

  1. Sponsoring church or student should contact Wofford College Financial Aid Office to identify student applicant and confirm that student did apply for the UMDFS scholarship, but was NOT selected as a recipient.
  2. Sponsoring church sends $1,000 check to Wofford College on behalf of the named student with a copy of the student's declination letter from UMHEF Dollars For Scholars Program.
  3. Wofford will add $1,000 matching award, thus the total scholarship value will equal $2,000 (NOT triple amount of $3,000).