The Georgia United Methodist Foundation partners with donors, local churches, participating United Methodist-related schools, and the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation to award United Methodist Dollars for Scholars scholarships valued at up to $4,000 each year. The Foundation has awarded over 900 scholarships from scholarship endowments totaling nearly $800,000. The Foundation also manages scholarship endowments that send scholarships directly to colleges, universities, and seminaries.
How To Qualify For Scholarships
Students must be:
– An active, full member of a Georgia Methodist church for at least one year before applying.
– Enrolled or plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate or graduate degree program at one of the participating United Methodist higher education institutions.
To learn more, please contact the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation at 800-811-8110 or visit www.umhef.org.
$25,000 Investment = Annual $1,000 Scholarship Forever
The Foundation’s Scholarship Ministry empowers the next generation of spiritual leaders! Our goal is to increase our scholarship endowments to fund 100 scholarships.
Establish Your Scholarship Endowment
We ask that you prayerfully consider joining us by establishing your own $25,000 scholarship endowment or giving to the Foundation’s Undesignated Scholarship Endowment Fund. The Foundation will select recipients of the scholarship as a part of the United Methodist Dollars for Scholars program.
When a donor establishes an endowment fund with the Georgia United Methodist Foundation, they can rest assured their gift given to support an organization’s mission or a cause they strongly believe in will endure, even beyond their lifetimes.
News From Our Scholarship Donors
“We are so excited that Doug’s name will be attached to Georgia Tech, the Wesley Foundation, and the Georgia United Methodist Foundation. He would want the faith that sustained him to be infused into the lives of students at his alma mater.”
“We established the Rev. James and Mavis Trice Scholarship Endowment with the Georgia United Methodist Foundation to honor his memory and their ministry together. For about eight years, Jim and Mavis were our pastoral family at Isle of Hope UMC. The scholarship is available to Georgia students in local Methodist churches who want to attend Methodist colleges and universities, giving a preference to students attending LaGrange College. LaGrange is where Jim and Mavis met and began their lives together. We think it is important to recognize young people’s gifts, graces, and talents at the local church level. The Foundation’s investments are well managed and consistent with our Methodist values and philosophies. By placing the funds in the Foundation, we are assured the impact will last forever.”
“We have been blessed in abundance with families who always gave back to God and community. We grew up with the Scripture, “to whom much is given, much is expected.” We are strong believers in giving back and would love to see more people of color have the opportunity to be philanthropists. When we created the scholarship endowment fund with the Foundation, it was a double win. We could say specifically it is for a student at Clark Atlanta University, which has an African American heritage and is a Methodist university. A lot of people get out of school with huge debt. We want to soften that blow and create philanthropists who understand the need to give back, especially to communities that don’t normally have that opportunity.”
News From Our Scholarship Recipients
“This scholarship has been vital to my family. By your giving, seminarians continue leading with the love of Christ and faithfully following God’s grace. May you know your gifts and sharing are not taken for granted.”
“This scholarship award is essential! College can bring financial hardship, especially for me deciding to further my education eight years after graduating high school. Your support, generosity, and selflessness are valued.”
“As a cradle Methodist, I went to a middle and high school in Korea founded by Methodist missionaries. I deeply appreciate your generosity and will diligently work to be a minister that nurtures the next generation.”
Frequently Asked Questions
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How does the Georgia United Methodist Foundation support higher education for Georgia Methodist students?
The Foundation is committed to financially empowering future generations as they discern God’s call in the world. We have awarded over 900 scholarships totaling nearly $800,000 since 2011, thanks to generous donors and our partnership with the United Methodist Dollars for Scholars program administered by the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation.
How can I help support the higher education needs of Georgia Methodist students through the Georgia United Methodist Foundation?
When you set up a $25,000 endowment fund with the Foundation, your investment will generate a $1,000 scholarship each year! Plus, your $1,000 gift has the potential to be quadrupled through the United Methodist Dollars for Scholars program when matched with a $1,000 award from the student’s local United Methodist church, the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation, and participating United Methodist-related schools.
An endowment is a financial donation to a nonprofit organization like the Georgia United Methodist Foundation that is invested in perpetuity to establish a permanent source of income to support a program or ministry close to the donor’s heart. The goal is to preserve the principal or original value of the gift while using the income on the investment to fund an annual distribution.
How much money is needed to start a scholarship endowment with the Georgia United Methodist Foundation?
You will need $25,000 to create an endowment with the Foundation that will generate a $1,000 annual scholarship in perpetuity. Each year through 2025, the first three donors who give $20,000 will receive a challenge match of $5,000 from an anonymous donor. You can fund your gift at once or pledge over three to five years.
Yes. You will need to sign an endowment agreement with the Foundation that identifies the endowment’s name, its terms, and the fund’s purpose.
Yes. When you establish an endowment with the Foundation, you can name it for yourself or in honor or memory of your family, your friend, your pastor, your Sunday school class, your church, or even your favorite ministry. It’s your choice.
Can I create an endowment fund with the Georgia United Methodist Foundation with a gift through my estate plan?
Yes. The Foundation offers free individual meetings for United Methodist members to discuss effective planned giving strategies for creating a legacy that also benefits your family.
I’m not prepared to start an endowment at this time. Can I give a smaller amount to support an existing Georgia United Methodist Foundation scholarship fund?
Yes. You can make a gift of any size to the Foundation’s Scholarship Endowment by mailing a check payable to the Georgia United Methodist Foundation, PO Box 922087, Peachtree Corners, GA 30010-2087.
All endowment assets are kept under the watchful eyes of the Foundation’s Investment Committee, competent staff, and Wespath Institutional Investments, an agency of The United Methodist Church. All funds are invested in a socially responsible and sustainable manner according to The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church.
How can I learn more about endowing a scholarship through the Georgia United Methodist Foundation?
In addition to establishing a United Methodist Dollars for Scholars scholarship, you may also set up an endowed scholarship for Georgia Methodist students not attending Methodist colleges and non-Methodist students attending Methodist colleges and universities. If you have any questions, please contact the Foundation 770.449.6726 or email@example.com.
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