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Scholarships for Seminary Students

Merit Scholarships for United Methodist Seminarians

Zac Durant

Application are accepted from January 1st through April 1st.

Scholarships are awarded each year to seminary students showing exceptional promise or achievement in preparation for ordained ministry in the United Methodist Church. In previous years, close to $100,000 has been available for distribution. Scholarship amounts are dependent upon the number of applicants and funds available. Applications are due by April 1st and applicants are notifed of decisions in May.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must be certified candidates for ministry in the United Methodist church at the time scholarships are distributed.
  • Applicants must be enrolled or intend to enroll during the coming academic year in a seminary accredited by the United Methodist Church University Senate and/or in Kairos.
  • Applicants must intend to serve in the Dakotas Annual Conference for a minimum of five (5) years following receipt of this scholarship.

Preference will be given to candidates who have an established connection to the Dakotas Conference or who can demonstrate the intent to establish such a connection.


Excellence in Clergy Leadership Scholarship

Deadline - March 5th

We are partnering with GBHEM along with Seminaries for the Excellence in Clergy Leadership Scholarship. This scholarship was created to help United Methodist clergy avoid excessive educational loan debt, minimize financial stress and build financial acumen. For more information and to apply for the Excellence in Clergy Leadership Scholarship use the GBHEM general application before March 5th.


If you have any questions, please contact Diane Weller.

Scholarships for Undergrad Students

United Methodist Dollars for Scholars

Deadline - March 1st

The Dakotas United Methodist Foundation has joined the United Methodist Dollars for Scholars program with the United Metodist Higher Education Foundation (UMHEF) to provide scholarship aid for United Methodist students from the Dakotas who attend United Methodist-related schools, colleges, universities and seminaries in the United States. Under the program, UMHEF will provide a $1,000 matching scholarship when the student’s local church raises $1,000 to assist them in attending a UM-related school. In addition, the UM school and the Dakotas United Methodist Foundation also will provide matching $1,000 scholarships, for a total award of $4,000.

For more information, contact Sheri Meister.



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