Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

The Foundation currently administers seminary & course of study scholarships, ministry grants, and new church start grants.

The Foundation is pleased to have grant and scholarship opportunities available to Nebraska churches and affiliated agencies of the Great Plains United Methodist Conference.  The Foundation is able to award these grants and scholarships due to the generosity of donors to our Gifts from the Heart Endowment Fund and to endowed scholarship funds.  These dollars are available to enhance and expand the ministries of the Church.  The Foundation has regular grant and scholarship seasons each year. 

The following is an overview of when application materials become available and deadlines  for each of the Foundation's programs: 

January-MarchNew Start/New Faith Community Grant & Mission Grant Applications Available on January 1, Deadline April 1st
April-JuneSeminary, Course of Study & Tither's Scholarship Applications Available on April 1, Deadline June 30th
June-SeptemberMinistry Grant Application Available on June 1, Deadline September 30th
Application materials are available in the sections below during the respective seasons. 
 

 

 
 

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Dean & Keitha Thomson Mission Grant

Dean & Keitha Thomson Mission Grant

This Mission Grant has been established through an endowment fund by Dr. Dean and Mrs. Keitha Thomson. Grants will be awarded annually to a United Methodist-associated entity or individual who is in need of funding for mission work. Mission work may be located locally, nationally, or internationally with a focus on global health, including but not limited to medical needs, or disaster and recovery efforts. The mission work must be considered to be of a beneficial nature to the larger community and an integral part of a long-range plan for growth and outreach.

If you or your church is interested in applying for one of these grants, please review the policy and complete the application below. All applications must be postmarked by April 1st.

Scholarships

Scholarships

Scholarships application materials are available each year from April 1 to June 30.  The Stewardship Committee of the Board of Directors reviews applications during the July meeting.  Recipients are notified in early August and a check is mailed directly to the recipient's college.  Please review each scholarship's guidelines separately as each is different. Once you have determined which scholarships you qualify for, you are welcome to apply for those scholarships during our scholarship season.  

 

Course of Study Scholarship Application

Tither's Scholarship & Guidelines

Thank you to those who have made the sacrifice to establish the following seminary and course of study scholarships: 

Albert R. Murdoch Ministerial Scholarship 
Alice Kruse Ministerial Scholarship 
Alice Kruse Seminary Scholarship 
Alva Clark Seminary Scholarship
Andrew & Nevabelle Howe Scholarship 
Baldwin F. & Amy L. Kruse Scholarship
Ben & Martha Simmons Scholarship Fund
Charles & Marilyn Humphrey Seminary Scholarship
Cowles UMC Memorial  Schlarship 
Darrell & Joyce Pickett Scholarship
David Wayne Krick & Donald E. Krick, Jr. Seminary Scholarship
Dean, Jean & Randy Fleming and Humphrey/Goff Scholarship
Floma Taylor Scholarship 
Frederick & Esther Paulus Course of Study Scholarship

Gifts from the Heart Course of Study Scholarship

Good Steward Scholarship
Harlan & Mabelle Wyrick Memorial Scholarship

Joe Meeham UMM 100 Club Scholarship

Merv Schleifert UMM 100 Club Scholarship
Murdock Ebenezer UMC Professional Church Leader Scholarship
Myrtle Williams Seminary Scholarship 
Rev. Albert W. Winseman Scholarship 
Rev. George & Mrs. Wilma Clay Course of Study Scholarship
Rev. Robert E. & Lily A. Berlie Course of Study Scholarship
Scahill Family Scholarship
Tither's  Scholarship

United Methodist Men's 100 Club Scholarship
Veryl & Sylvia Miller Memorial Scholarship
Women in Ministry Scholarship (available to both Kansas and Nebraska women)


Also new this year, a generous donor has established an endowment at the Nebraska United Methodist Foundation to perpetuate funds for Laity Leadership Development Scholarships.  If you are interested in growing these scholarship funds, please learn more here. 

Ministry Grants

Ministry Grants

The Foundation awards ministry grants to Nebraska churches and affiliated agencies of the Great Plains United Methodist Conference. Through these awards of grant dollars, we seek to enhance and expand ministries. These grants are made only for programs and activities (including operating expenses and supplies). They are not made for building repair, replacement, or expansion. The grants come from the Foundation’s “Gifts From the Heart” Endowment Fund.  Applications are reviewed by the Foundation's Stewardship Committee and voted on by the Board of Directors at the October meeting. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about the grant application process. 

The deadline to apply each year is September 30th.  Grant awards are mailed to churches by December.  To apply, please fill out the application and mail it to us or submit via email at jurkoski [at] numf.org.  If you do not receive an email back acknowledging that your application was received via email, please call us at 402-323-8844. 

Ministry Grant Application will be available June 1st.

New Church Development

New Church Development

It is the mission of the Foundation to be a catalyst that strengthens Nebraska ministries and churches. We support innovative ideas that meet the needs of a diverse and rapidly changing society. Part of the way in which we do this is through grants. We have been blessed with donors who believe in the financial assistance of new church starts. Through these wonderful donors, the Foundation is able to provide New Start/New Faith Community Grants.  

If you are a new church start and are interested in applying for these grants, please review the policies below first.  If you feel as though your new start is a good fit for this grant, application materials will be available on this page each year from January through March with an April 1st deadline.