Scholarship & Loan Opportunities for Methodist Students

Wesleyan College offers several special scholarships for Methodist students.  Additionally, other scholarship, grant, and loan opportunities are available for Methodist students through outside organizations.

The Mary Knox McNeill Scholarship
is one of Wesleyan College's most prestigious scholarship programs. It provides two scholarships annually to first year applicants for admission who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement along with a commitment to faith and community service. Eligible candidates are invited to compete for this scholarship at our annual Scholarship Day in February. Each scholarship recipient receives an annual $19,000 award and actively participates in the Wesleyan Disciples Program.

Wesleyan is committed to preparing women grounded in faith and committed to life long service to others. This scholarship is in memory of Mary Knox McNeill, who served her church and community with a strong faith and commitment to others. Mary lived her life with a joyful enthusiasm dedicated to her family, friends and her faith. Her memory inspires us to live by her example of dedication, enthusiasm and devotion, which will continue through this scholarship and the young women who receive it.

Eligible candidates must possess the following minimum academic credentials: a 1000 SAT/21ACT and a 3.25 grade point average. In addition, students must submit certification of church membership from their pastor and provide one letter of support from a service agency to document community service activities. Preference will be given to students from the Central Savannah River Area of Georgia and to students who are active members of the United Methodist Church.

The Margaret Pitts Endowed Scholarship for Methodist Students honors the memory of Margaret Pitts by offering financial aid to Methodist women who have held leadership positions in their churches and schools. Margaret Pitts was a devout Methodist who was generous with both her resources and time to Methodist causes throughout her long life. This scholarship has been funded through the generous support of the William I.H. and Lula E. Pitts Foundation, which was established by and named for Margaret Pitts' parents. Eligible candidates are invited to compete for this scholarship at our annual Scholarship Day in February.

The Era Monk Bryan Scholarship honors the memory of Era Monk Bryan, class of 1897, and the seven generations of her family serving the Methodist Church as ministers. The purpose of the Era Monk Bryan Scholarship is to provide a scholarship to be awarded annually to one or more deserving students regularly enrolled in Wesleyan College. In light of the distinguished history of service to the Methodist Church of the Monk and Bryan families, preference will be given to any student (1) who is an active member of a Untied Methodist Church congregation, with special preference to members of Mulberry Street United Methodist Church in Macon, Georgia, and (2) who is planning to dedicate herself to either clergy or lay service in the United Methodist Church.

The W. Stiles and Eula May Booth Scholarship was established by Mr. and Mrs. Booth with the desire to heed Christ's instructions to "Feed My lambs." The fund is to be awarded to a junior or senior student at Wesleyan College who participates in the Wesleyan Disciples Program under the direction of the college's chaplain and who is involved and participates in a local chapter of the United Methodist Women.

The Carole Ann Cushing Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Carole Anne Cushing, class of 1964. This endowed scholarship is awarded annually to a student from Skyland United Methodist Church or to an Atlanta area student.

The September 11th Memorial Scholarship The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation has set aside funds for surviving victims and dependents of victims of the terrorist attacks on September 11. Eligible applications will be accepted for candidates who have lost a parent or guardian or have had a parent or guardian disabled as a result of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks; or who are direct victims disabled as a result of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The scholarships are restricted to either: (1) students attending one of the 122 United Methodist-related institutions in the United States, or (2) United Methodist students attending higher-education institutions in the United States. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled in a full-time degree program (graduate or undergraduate) and must maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the institution he/she is attending.

The Wesleyan Methodist Youth Leadership Award
Each year, a limited number of students with demonstrated leadership or significant involvement in the Methodist Church and in service to others may be awarded a Wesleyan Methodist Youth Leadership Award. These awards are valued between $1,000 and $5,000 per year, and are renewable. To be eligible students must be members of the Methodist Church for the two most recent years and be nominated by their minister or a church officer.

Wesleyan College United Methodist Student Scholarship
Wesleyan College is proud of its long relationship with the United Methodist Church. As a result, we have established The Wesleyan College United Methodist Student Scholarship, which is awarded to incoming students of United Methodist faith. This scholarship is renewable for eight semesters and is in the amount of $1,000 per year.


Wesleyan College offers special scholarship opportunities for Methodist students, but also opportunities are available for Methodist students through the United Methodist Church and other Methodist-affiliated organizations.  Several opportunities are listed below, but be sure to check the United Methodist Church Foundation website for others programs also.

United Methodist Higher Education Foundation Scholarships

The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (UMHEF) is a non-profit foundation that has been helping students pay for college since 1965.  UMHEF is committed to supporting the dreams of students who want to attend college at a United Methodist college, university or seminary of their choice.  Sometimes students and parents need a little help to cover the rising costs of tuition – that's where we come in!  Our scholarships help students offset those costs by awarding scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $4,000.  Each year we assist over 1,000 students with their tuition through programs such as United Methodist Dollars for Scholars.  We partner with schools, United Methodist congregations and our donors to provide financial support in the amount of over $2 million annually to students all over the country. Click here for a list of UMHEF scholarships.


The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church

The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church (GBHEM) provides scholarships and loans to help supplement the financial needs of today's students.  Find out more about loans and scholarships.  Click here for a list of GBHEM scholarships.