Seminary/Course of Study Scholarships

Apply online. The Board of Ordained Ministry is currently in process of reviewing its scholarship policies and application process and, therefore, is not accepting applications for seminary scholarships for Fall 2017 at this time. Please check back at this site after June 1, 2017 to apply for BOOM scholarships for Fall 2017.

Great Plains Ministerial Education Fund Distribution Policy

Updated: Jan. 3, 2016

The Board of Ordained Ministry of the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church seeks to offer financial support to seminary, course of study and licensing school students. This program is funded through the Ministerial Education Fund as provided for in ¶816.1 of the 2012 Book of Discipline. As funds are limited, there is no guarantee that any student will receive financial support.

Seminary Scholarships

The Board of Ordained Ministry of the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church seeks to offer financial support to seminary students according to the following guidelines and eligibility requirements.

  • Scholarships for eligible full time seminary students will be disbursed at a flat, per-term rate reviewed and set annually by the Board of Ordained Ministry.
  • Scholarships for eligible part time seminary students will be disbursed at one-half the amount for full time students.
  • Scholarships will be disbursed in August for classes taken in the fall/winter term. (Applications received after Aug. 31 will be processed if funds are available. No applications for fall/winter scholarships will be processed if received after Nov. 30).
  • Scholarships will be disbursed in January for classes taken in the spring/summer term. (Applications received after Jan. 31 will be processed if funds are available. No applications for spring/summer scholarships will be processed if received after April 30)
  • Scholarships will be paid directly to the seminary.
  • Scholarships will not be given for coursework beyond the basic seminary degree.
  • Scholarships will not be given after reception into Full Membership in the Conference.
  • Scholarships will not be given beyond a lifetime maximum amount set by the Board of Ordained Ministry.
  • Students are required to complete an application before each deadline to be considered for the August and January disbursement. (For example, a student who received a scholarship in August will need to complete another application to be considered for scholarships to be disbursed in January)
  • Students are required to include a current seminary transcript (an unofficial transcript is sufficient) as part of their application.

Eligibility Requirements for Seminary Students

  • Enrolled in good standing as a full-time or part-time student at a University Senate approved seminary. (Full-time or part-time should be determined by criteria set forth by the seminary)
  • Certified Candidate for Ministry in or Provisional Member of the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church.
  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.7.

Course of Study and Advanced Course of Study Scholarships

The Board of Ordained Ministry of the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church seeks to offer financial support to Course of Study (COS) and Advanced Course of Study (ACOS) students according to the following guidelines and eligibility requirements.

  • Scholarships for eligible COS and ACOS students will be disbursed at a flat rate reviewed and set annually by the Board of Ordained Ministry.
  • Students enrolled in a non-English speaking COS may be eligible for a supplemental scholarship of up to $500 per year.

Course of Study - Eligibility Requirements

  • Certified Candidate for Ministry in the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church
  • Approved as a licensed local pastor
  • Working toward the completion of the basic course of study or enrolled in the advanced course of study following completion of the basic course of study.
  • Serving a local church

Advanced Course of Study - Eligibility Requirements

  • Certified Candidate for Ministry in the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church
  • Be approved as a licensed local pastor
  • Enrolled in good standing for advanced course of study at a University Senate approved seminary
  • Serving a local church

Licensing School

The Board of Ordained Ministry of the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church seeks to offer financial support to Licensing School students according to the following guidelines and eligibility requirements.

  • Candidates attending the Great Plains School for License for Pastoral Ministry will pay a fee of $100 with the Board of Ordained Ministry covering all other costs of the school.
  • Candidates attending a School for License for Pastoral Ministry other than the Great Plains school shall bear the entire cost and may be reimbursed at the current year-per student rate of the Great Plains School less $100.00, or the actual total cost, whichever is less.

Pass the Torch scholarship

Pass the Torch scholarships are available only to students who are least Certified Candidates. The Pass the Torch Committee seeks to use available funds in the most effective way possible, whether it is for seminary education or Course of Study School. The limit for a seminary scholarship is $1,000 per year. The limit for a Course of Study Scholarship is $300 a year. Download an application and eligibility guidelines.

The deadline for receiving applications is April 1, 2017. After the unexpected passing of the Pass the Torch coordinator, the Rev. Mark Conard, a new coordinator has yet to be assigned. In the meantime, please return the completed application to Martin Haller, at martinholler@att.net or 9 Lakeshore Dr, Marion, KS 66861.