Scholarships | UMC YoungPeople
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Methodists, really since the beginning of their movement, promoted education and educational accessibility as preferred means to pursue peace, develop wellbeing, nurture spiritual development and eradicate slavery, poverty, hunger, illiteracy, and other means of oppression.
"Scholarships provide United Methodist students around the world needed support to continue their education."

Education increases opportunities to pursue meaningful livelihoods that contribute to the common good. Therefore, we support and administrate several scholarship funds for United Methodist students in addition to partnering with the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry where possible and appropriate.

Richard S. Smith Scholarship

This award is designated for racial/ethnic minority youth in the United States only.

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Global Scholarship Fund

Young People’s Ministries created the YPM Global Scholarship Fund to financially assist United Methodist young people outside of the United States. This is a global need-based scholarship to help further education.

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Past Grant Recipients

Tips on Scholarship Applications and Proposals

Always, always, always read the guidelines before you begin the application process.
Is your project “youth or young adult led?” Does it benefit young people?
This application is supposed to be written, and the program designed and implemented primarily by young people.
Make note of the application due date and get it in as soon as possible.