Seminary/Course of Study Scholarships

Great Plains Ministerial Education Fund Scholarship

Updated: June 2, 2017

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

  • Scholarships for eligible seminary students will be disbursed at a per-semester credit hour rate reviewed and set annually by the board.
  • Scholarships will be disbursed twice a year — once for the fall/winter term and once for the spring/summer term. Priority will be given to applications for fall/winter term that are submitted on or before July 15 and for spring/summer term that are submitted on or before November 15. (Exception: candidates who are certified during the fall semester may timely submit applications any time during the fall semester after they are certified.)  Applications may be submitted after these deadlines, but will be subject to availability of funds. No Fall/Winter applications will be processed if received after Nov. 30 and no spring/summer applications 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 (exception: the board may provide seminary scholarships for persons who are taking courses for seminary credit beyond a basic seminary degree to fulfil denominational or conference requirements for ordination).
  • Scholarships will not be given after reception into full membership in the conference.
  • Students are required to include a current seminary transcript (an unofficial transcript is sufficient) as part of their application
Eligibility Requirements
  • Enrolled in good standing at a University Senate approved seminary and taking coursework for seminary credit.
  • Certified candidate for ordained ministry in or provisional member of the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church or a local pastor in the Great Plains Conference taking Advanced Course of Study for seminary credit.
  • Applicant must certify that he or she plans to seek ordination or associate membership and to serve in the Great Plains Annual Conference at the end of seminary studies.
  • Cumulative seminary grade point average of 2.7.

Great Plains Seminary Scholarship Trust Funds

The Board of Ordained Ministry of the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church seeks to offer financial support to seminary students from the Great Plains Seminary Scholarship Trust Funds administered by the Board according to the following guidelines and eligibility requirements.

  • Scholarships for eligible seminary students will be disbursed at a per-semester credit hour rate reviewed and set annually by the Board.
  • Scholarships will be disbursed twice a year — once for the Fall/Winter terms and once for the Spring/Summer terms. Priority will be given to applications for Fall/Winter terms that are submitted on or before July 15 and for Spring/Summer terms that are submitted on or before November 15. Other applications may be submitted after these deadlines, but will be subject to availability of funds. No fall/winter applications will be processed if received after Nov. 30 and no Spring/Summer applications will be processed if received after April 30).
  • Scholarships will be paid directly to the seminary.
  • Students are required to include a current seminary transcript (an unofficial transcript is sufficient) as part of their application.
  • Persons that have applied for MEF scholarships will be considered for these scholarship funds without additional application.
Eligibility Requirements
  • A student from the Great Plains Annual Conference enrolled in good standing at a University Senate approved seminary and taking coursework for seminary credit.
  • Applicant must certify that he or she plans to serve in ministry (lay or clergy) in the Great Plains Annual Conference at the completion of seminary studies.
  • Cumulative seminary grade point average of 2.7.

Course of Study

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.

Check back on July 1, 2017, for information on COS scholarships and applications for fall/winder 2017/2018.

Course of Study - Eligibility Requirements

  • Certified Candidate for Ministry in the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church
  • Appointed 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.

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.