Scholarships 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/25ACT 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

Foundation Scholars Program
A $1,000 scholarship for full-time students, one-year active members of the United Methodist Church (UMC) prior to applying for the scholarship. Scholarship will be awarded to one freshman, sophomore, junior, and one senior at each UMC related college. Deadline to apply is August 1.

Triple your Dollars for Scholars Program
A $1,000 matching scholarship available to the first 350 applicants, full-time student and active member of The United Methodist Church for one year. UMC will match your community Methodist church’s scholarship/gift of $1,000. Upon verification of enrollment, UMHEF will transfer $2,000 to the institution. Scholarship closes once the first 350 eligible applications are received. Wesleyan College provides all active members of The United Methodist Church with a $1,000 Methodist Award. Deadline to apply is March 1.

At Wesleyan, it's Quadruple Your Dollars for Scholars
Recipients attending United Methodist-related institutions that have agreed to participate in the Quadruple Your Dollars component of The United Methodist Dollars for Scholars program will receive an additional $1,000 in matching funds from participating United Methodist Conference Foundations for a total award of $4,000. Deadline to apply is March 1.

GBHEM Scholarship Programs
The following programs are awarded by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church. For information or application write or call the Office of Loans and Scholarships, P.O. Box 340007, Nashville, TN 37202-0007, 615-340-7344. Guidelines, award criteria, and deadlines are set by GBHEM.

Hoover-Lee Scholarships
Scholarship is for students from Southeast Asia that plan to return to their native country upon graduation. Must be a full-time student and attending a Methodist affiliated Institution. Deadline to apply is March 1.

Ethnic Minority Scholarship
Applicant must be a full-time student, active member of the United Methodist Church one year prior to applying, have a pastor recommendation, C+ or higher GPA, be a citizen or permanent resident alien of the U.S. or a member of the Central Conference, and be born of African, Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Island parentage (one parent full-blooded). Deadline to apply is March 1.

HANA Scholars Program
Scholarship is for students’ who display leadership in the United Methodist Church. Must be born of Hispanic, Asian, or Native American origin (at least one parent full-blood), be a citizen or permanent resident of U.S., full-time junior or senior, be able to verify academic ability, and demonstrate financial need. Deadline to apply is  March 1.

Miriam Hoffman Scholarship Program
Scholarship for both undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing a vocational career in music with preference given to students interested in music education and/or ministry. Applicant must be a full, active member (at least one year), full-time student, C+ or higher GPA, and demonstrate financial need. Deadline to apply is  March 1.

Edith M. Allen Scholarship
Scholarship for outstanding African-American graduate or undergraduate students pursuing a degree in education, social work, medicine, and/or other health professions. Applicant must be enrolled at a United Methodist college, have a B+ average, be an active, full member of the United Methodist Church* (at least three years), and be recognized as one whose academic and vocational contributions will help improve the quality of life for others. Deadline to apply is  March 1.

Priscilla R. Morton Scholarship
Scholarship is for full-time undergraduate students of high scholastic standing. Award preference will be given to students with a 3.5 or higher college GPA attending United Methodist schools. Applicant must be an active, full member of the United Methodist Church* (at least one-year), a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S., and enrolled in an accredited institution working towards a degree. Deadline to apply is  March 1.

Gift of Hope: 21st Century Scholars
The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church has launched a new program to award $1,000 to 1,000 United Methodist students. Eligible students must be full, active members of a United Methodist church for at least three years, demonstrate leadership within their church, and show how their education will provide leadership for the church/society by improving the quality of life of others. Candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States, be enrolled in a full-time degree program, and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Financial need will be considered when awarding the scholarships. Deadline to apply is March 1.

The Ernest I. and Eunice Miller Bass Scholarship
This scholarship is for undergraduate students preparing for elders or deacons orders or other helping professions. Preference is given to persons preparing for religious vocations. Eligible students must have been a full, active member of a United Methodist church for at least one year prior to application, must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, and must be enrolled in a full-time degree program. Deadline to apply is March 1.

Bishop Joseph B. Bethea Scholarship
The Southeastern Jurisdiction Black Methodist Church Renewal in memory of Bishop Bethea’s lifelong commitment to Christian higher education sponsors this scholarship. Eligible students must be members of Southeastern Jurisdiction Black Methodists for Church Renewal, be of African-American (Black) parentage (at least one parent), be an active, full member of a United Methodist Church for at least one year prior to application and be recommended by a pastor. Candidates must be able to demonstrate financial need, be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S., be enrolled full-time as an undergraduate degree-seeking student, and have a B- (2.8) or above grade point average. Deadline to apply is March 1.


Special Scholarships for the Children of United Methodist Church ministers:

Ministerial Grant
The scholarship is for dependent daughters and spouses of United Methodist ministers for each year of attendance at Wesleyan College. The ministerial grant ranges from $500 to 20 percent of tuition. Dependents of diaconal ministers may also receive a reduction in tuition.

Anne Bates Leach Scholarship
The Anne Bates Leach Scholarship was established through a bequest from the estate of Anne Bates Leach. The scholarship is to provide scholarships for deserving students entering Wesleyan College, with preference to be shown to daughters of Methodist ministers.


Loan Opportunities for Methodist Students

United Methodist General Board of Higher Education & Ministry
Additional programs or opportunities may be available through the United Methodist Church Foundation, but not listed on our website.  Be sure to check the Foundation's website through the link above for other possible opportunities.

United Methodist Student Loan Program

Who may borrow?

  • An applicant must be an active, full member of a United Methodist Church* for at least one year prior to application
  • A citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Admitted to a degree program in an accredited college/university or a degree candidate attending a professional or graduate school accredited by its respective professional accrediting agency
  • Maintaining at least a C average (or equivalent)
  • Enrolled at least half-time
  • A student must be making satisfactory progress as defined by the school.
  • Loans are available for overseas study for a student enrolled and taking work that will apply to her degree in a college in the U.S. Loans are NOT made to students on academic or disciplinary probation.
How much may a student borrow?
Loans are made per calendar year (January 1 through December 31) at six (5%) percent interest. Maximum amount of $5,000 per calendar year for a maximum total loaned of $20,000.

What are the deadlines?
Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. When funds are available, deadlines may be waived.

*Members of other denominations (other than United Methodist) are not eligible to apply.