Undergraduate Scholarships

Undergraduate Scholarships

The Missouri United Methodist Foundation awards various college scholarships to United Methodist students each year.  Applications must be submitted between January 1 and April 1 each year.  Additional required application materials must be postmarked no later than April 1.  All materials must be received by April 1st, no exceptions.

•   Only one scholarship may be awarded to any single applicant for the academic year.
•   Applicants may attend any post-secondary university or vocational school unless specified.
•   Award recipients are ineligible to re-apply in future years unless specifically noted in the
    scholarship description.
•   Award recipients are not eligible to receive the Foundation Dollars for Scholars match
    in the same cycle.
•   Applicants must be a member of a UM church in Missouri for at least one year.
•   Applicants may attend any post-secondary university or vocational school unless specified.

Scholarship Descriptions & Applications

The Judge Leah B. McCartney Scholarship Fund (up to two awards of $2,000 each)
The Reinhardt Scholarship Fund (up to three awards of $1,000 each)
Merrydelle May Memorial Fund (up to 10 awards of $1,000 each)
Clint and Marge Hawkins Memorial Christian Education Fund for Youth (up to three awards of $1,000 each)
Lawrence & Gracia Herbert Scholarship Fund (up to $3,000)
     Herbert will be awarded to Central Methodist University students only
Online Application Process
The Jo Ann and William J. Dinwiddie Education Fund (one award up to $2,500)
•   First consideration will be given to Tipton UMC applicant.
•   Second consideration will be given to Tipton High School students attending
     Central Methodist University.
•   Third consideration is given to any Tipton High School student.
*Students may be eligible to receive this scholarship in consecutive years but must re-apply.
Dinwiddie Scholarship Application


Scholarships Administered By Other Organizations:

Click on the icon or title to learn more about these scholarships opportunities.

Dollars for Scholars- UM Higher Education Foundation

College and seminary students from United Methodist churches in Missouri have the opportunity for up to $4,000 in scholarships through the Dollars for Scholars program administered by the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (UMHEF).

How it works:  
1. The local UM church sponsors the student by submitting a verification form along with
    $1,000 (on a church check). Note: If any of the funds are provided to the church for the
    sponsorship of a particular student from any individual, this is NOT a tax-deductible
    charitable gift and should NOT appear on any church giving statement.  
2. UMHEF will match that with $1,000 (so long as funds are available).
3. Participating Institutions will provide another $1,000 match 
4. Missouri United Methodist Foundation will match $1,000 for Saint Paul School of Theology
    students or Central Methodist Universitystudents enrolled full-time at CMU’s residential
    campus in Fayette, MO who are either freshmen, or who are upperclassmen (sophomore,
    junior, senior) with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher as of the end of the immediately
    preceding full academic year.
    (Note: GPA is verified with CMU in June to determine eligibility for funding in the next
    academic year.)  

Therefore, your potential scholarship total is up to $4,000

Qualifications for Missouri United Methodist Foundation (MUMF) match:
•   You must be a member of a local United Methodist church for at least one year.
•   You must be attending Central Methodist University or Saint Paul School of Theology to be
    eligible for the MUMF match.
•  Central Methodist University Students must be enrolled full-time at CMU’s residential campus
    in Fayette, MO to receive MUMF match.
•  All Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors at CMU must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (calculated at
    the end of the most recently completed full academic year) or higher to receive the MUMF
Note:  The Foundation match is processed through the UMHEF and credited to each qualifying
    student at the respective institutions.  The Foundation does not provide matching funds to
    students that are receiving any other Foundation scholarship in the same academic year. The
    Foundation’s match is awarded only to Central Methodist University students or Saint Paul
    School of Theology students meeting the qualifications outlined above.

•   UM Higher Education Foundation application is open to apply for from January 1 to March 1
UM Higher Education Foundation Application

After submitting the online application, applicants will receive a confirmation email 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 1. More information and application instructions are available by visiting the UMHEF website.  To find a comprehensive listing of United Methodist-related colleges and universities in the U.S. visit the website of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.  

General Board of Higher Education and Ministry

On the GBHEM website you will also find information regarding additional scholarships for United Methodist students.

Central Methodist University Scholarships

Central Methodist University offers a 50% Tuition Scholarship for qualified United Methodist students.

To qualify, a student must:

•   Be a member in good standing of a United Methodist church for at least one year prior to
     full-time enrollment at CMU’s residential campus in Fayette.
•   Member must have a certification of UMC membership form submitted by the student’s
     pastor no later than the first day of classes. (To view the form CLICK HERE.)
•   Member must meet or exceed all academic admission standards, including a 2.5 or higher
     GPA (on a 4.0 scale).

Note: The 50% tuition scholarships cannot be combined with any other CMU institutional aid. If you have any questions about admission to CMU at the Fayette campus, please contact the CMU Office of Admissions:
(Toll-free) 877-CMU-1854

Call the Foundation at 800-332-8238 or 573-875-4168

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