The Iowa United Methodist Foundation offers thousands of dollars in scholarships every year to students who demonstrate academic and community excellence and have maintained a faithful membership with the United Methodist Church. We offer:
- General Scholarships to all students of the church
- Iowa UM Colleges Scholarships for students who will be attending United Methodist colleges
- United Methodist Seminary Scholarships to students following the call to join the ministry
- Westmar College Scholarships for students who will attend or are attending United Methodist colleges in Iowa
There are also scholarship opportunities available through the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry and United Methodist Higher Education Foundation that the Iowa United Methodist Foundation participates in. Check out those scholarships here for additional details.
View our 2019-2020 Scholarship Packet for some frequently asked questions and other helpful information.
Scholarship applications are open December 1, 2018 – March 1, 2019. All applications and required documents, such as essays, references, and transcripts can be submitted through the online portal.
Scholarship applications are now CLOSED! Recommendation letters are due March 6, 2019. You will hear back about the status of your application in May. Thanks and good luck!
Setting up a Scholarship
These scholarships are available to students because of generous people like yourselves! Want to set up your own scholarship, either through a tax-savvy gift now, or in your will? Check out the free anonymous gift-planning tool at https://iumf.giftlegacy.com/ or contact us at [email protected] or 515-974-8928 for more information and further steps.
Chris Childs (below) is the pastor at Grace United Methodist Church in Marcus, Iowa. When going through seminary school, Childs received several scholarships through the Foundation and he is now using that education to do amazing work in the community. Watch the video below to hear Childs express his thanks to donors who have helped him out immensely. Read more about his story here.