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UMC Scholarships at BSC

United Methodist Scholarships

Celebrating Birmingham-Southern College’s heritage as a United Methodist institution, BSC offers the following United Methodist Scholarships.  Funding for the United Methodist Scholarships come from gifts of the North Alabama Conference, United Methodist Church.  We are grateful for many avenues of support and leadership from the North Alabama Conference.

United Methodist Church Scholarship honors the relationship between the United Methodist Church and the College, is awarded to United Methodist students who have been active in, and recommended by, their local United Methodist Church. Awards of $2500 are limited in number.

United Methodist Church and College Partnership Scholarship recognizes students who have served church and community. Local United Methodist congregations may nominate students for this honor by pledging $500, $1000, or $1500 per year for up to four years. No parent or family contributions may be accepted by the Church or the College. If the student is selected as a Church and College Partnership Scholar, the College matches 2-to-1 the local church contribution.

Christian Vocation Scholarships recognize students called to full-time vocation in Christian Education, Student Ministries, and other areas of ministry. Students must present satisfactory evidence of intent to work toward ordination or certification. Recipients receive support through the Programs for Ministry and rotate through internships in the local church. An interview day is held each spring.  For more information on this scholarship contact your pastor or Laura Sisson in Church Relations, 800-523-5793 ext. 4861 or lsisson@bsc.edu.

United Methodist Tuition Assistance

Ministerial Student Tuition Assistance recognizes students preparing for ministry. Students must present satisfactory evidence of intent to enter seminary and full-time ministry. Awards are $5000 and are for one year, but renewable with intent and continued progress toward seminary.  Interviews are required to receive and renew this scholarship. 

Ministerial Family Tuition Assistance recognizes and honors children of United Methodist clergy. Assistance is $5000, awarded annually with confirmation of full-time status and appointment in the United Methodist Church.

To be considered for church-related scholarships or assistance, applicants must submit in one mailing:

  • nomination/application form signed by pastor with membership confirmation
  • résumé of church and community service
  • letter of recommendation from an adult leader (church or community)
  • letter of recommendation from pastor
  • one page essay as specified on application.
  • commitment to fulfill service and leadership components: scholarships are awarded one year at a time, with renewal based on participation in activities directed by the Office of Church Relations that connect the college and the denomination. These events promote recruitment, scholarship funding, and programs for youth and children.

Award process begins on February 1st of each year. United Methodist Scholarships are awarded for one year and are renewable each spring. If you have questions, please call the Office of Church Relations, (205) 226-4861 or (800) 523-5793, ext. 4861.

Please note: Students may not receive The United Methodist Church Scholarship and The United Methodist Church and College Partnership Scholarship simultaneously. Applications to both are accepted, however. The scholarship with the highest award is given.