William M. James Family Memorial Scholarship Program


475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1922 . New York, NY 10115 Tel: (212) 870-3084 Fax: (212) 870-3091




Dear Friends,

Enclosed, please find a copy of the application form for the Rev. Dr. William M. James Family Memorial Scholarship Fund established by the generosity of his friends after his passing.  Dr. James had hoped that this scholarship would be able to encourage young people who aspire to be agents for the transformation of the world.

Limited funds are available for those persons who will be attending an accredited institution of higher education, have leadership potential, and some level of financial need. 

They must be recommended by their pastor, a lay person who is a leader in their local church, and a teacher or professor. 

All candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Membership in a church in the New York Annual Conference;
  • Enrollment in a program at an accredited college or university approved by the Scholarship Committee;
  • Full time student for the academic year 2018-2019.

The Scholarship Committee will NOT review applications from persons who:

  • Are not members of churches in the New York Annual Conference;
  • Are pursuing additional advanced degrees (i.e. second master’s degree or doctoral degree);
  • Are not pursuing programs that will lead to a degree or certificate;
  • Do not submit the application by the deadline.

The scholarship application deadline for the 2018-2019 academic year is May 11th, 2018 at 12 Noon, if hand delivered or emailed. The application must be postmarked by May 10th, 2018 if using the U.S. Postal Service, FedEx or UPS.  Complete applications can be emailed to bshillady@umcitysociety.org

Late and/or incomplete applications will not be accepted. All reference letters must come by separate cover and be mailed separately. Emails are acceptable for these references. (Your application will not be denied if we do not receive a reference letter by the deadline from your pastor, church lay leader or teacher or professor as long as we have their contact information.)

Feel free to contact me by email at bshillady@umcitysociety.org or by phone at (212) 870-3084, if you have any questions or need any further information concerning the Scholarship Fund.


In God’s love, joy and humor,

Reverend Dr. William S. Shillady
Member of the committee


Click Here to download and complete the application electronically, if using a Chrome browser, please download into MS Word.