Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

The Foundation currently administers seminary 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: 

JanuaryNew Start/New Faith Community Grant Application Available, Deadline April 1st
AprilSeminary and Local Pastor Scholarship Application Available, Deadline June 30th

JuneMinistry Grant Application Available, Deadline September 30th

Applications materials are available in the sections below during the respective seasons. 

 
 

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Scholarships

Scholarships

Scholarships application materials are available at the links below.  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 a little different. Once you have determined which scholarships you would like to apply for, fill out one application only and check the appropriate boxes to select your preferred scholarships. 

2020-2021 Seminary Scholarship Application

2020-2021 Local Pastor Scholarship Application

 
Here is a complete list of scholarships available:
Albert R. Murdoch Ministerial Scholarship 
Alice Kruse Ministerial Scholarship 
Alice Kruse - Seminary Scholarship 
Alva Clark Seminary Scholarship
Andrew & Nevabelle Howe Scholarship 
Atherton Memorial Scholarship
Baldwin F. & Amy L. Kruse Scholarship
Ben & Martha Simmons Scholarship Fund
Cal Leeds Memorial Scholarship
Charles & Marilyn Humphrey Seminary Scholarship
Cowles UMC Memorial  Schlarship 
Darrell & Joyce Pickett Scholarship
Floma Taylor Scholarship 
Frederick & Esther Paulus Local Pastor Scholarship (new)

Gifts from the Heart Local Pastor Scholarship (new)
Harlan & Mabelle Wyrick Memorial Scholarship
Murdock Ebenezer UMC - Ministerial Scholarship
Myrtle Williams Seminary Scholarship 
Rev. Albert W. Winseman Scholarship 
Scahill Family Scholarship
Tither's  Scholarship
Veryl & Sylvia Miller Memorial Scholarship
Women in Ministry Scholarship (available to both Kansas and Nebraska women)

Ministry Grants

Ministry Grants

The Foundation awards a limited number of small 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 these ministries. The ultimate goal is to provide assistance, whether it be a one-time grant or a grant that will help a ministry become self-sustaining. 

These grants are made only for programs and activities (including operating expenses and supplies) necessary for those programs or activities. They are not made for building repair, replacement, or expansion. The grants awarded for smaller ministries come from the Foundation’s “Gifts From the Heart” Endowment Fund.  

Foundation grant awards are reviewed by the Foundation's Stewardship Committee. The Committee makes a recommendation to the full Board of Directors to be voted on at the October board meeting. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about Foundation grants or the grant application process. 

The application is available every year beginning June 1st, with a deadline of September 30th.  Grant awards are mailed to churches by December. 

Please feel free to contact us with any questions. 

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 1 deadline.