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A Word of Thanks From Scholar Wonyeong Lee

Posted: November 08, 2023

The Georgia United Methodist Foundation’s Scholarship Ministry empowers the next generation of Christian leaders. We partner with donors who establish scholarship endowments with the Foundation, a student’s Methodist church, the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (UMHEF), and participating Methodist-related schools to award United Methodist Dollars for Scholars (UMDFS) scholarships that may total up to $4,000.

Wonyeong Lee is a Master of Divinity student at Candler School of Theology who will graduate in 2025. He received matching support from the Georgia United Methodist Foundation, Glenn Memorial UMC in Atlanta, the UMHEF, and Candler. Wonyeong wrote the following letter expressing his appreciation and the impact the UMDFS scholarship has had in his life.

Dear Esteemed Donors,

I am writing this letter with a heart full of gratitude to convey my deepest appreciation for selecting me as a recipient of the Georgia United Methodist Foundation. Your generosity has touched my life in a profound way, and I am truly honored to be chosen.

Facing financial challenges and the recent fluctuations in the exchange rate, I was apprehensive about managing my tuition expenses for this academic year. With my parents supporting me all the way from South Korea, I even contemplated taking on additional on-campus work to bridge the gap. However, receiving the scholarship offer letter completely overwhelmed me with emotions. The weight of financial worries has been lifted, and I now have the privilege of immersing myself in my academic pursuits without any distractions.

As a dedicated student majoring in theology at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, my aspirations extend beyond the classroom. With this scholarship’s invaluable support, I am not only one step closer to achieving my academic goals but also to realizing my dream of entering the field of ministry at the United Methodist Church upon graduation. Thank you again for your very important financial assistance.

With warm regards,
Wonyeong Lee
Candler School of Theology,
M.Div. ‘25