Urban Ministry Scholarship




475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1922

New York, NY 10115

Tel: (212) 870-3084

Fax: (212) 870-3091



Dear Friends in Christ,

A copy of the application form for the 2019-2020 Urban Ministry Scholarship Fund of the United Methodist City Society is enclosed and is also available electronically at the City Society website, www.umcitysociety.org.

Limited funds are available for those persons who have demonstrated experience and interest in urban ministry, along with some level of financial need.  The Scholarship Fund is designated primarily to assist those persons who are planning to enter full‑time ordained ministry in the United Methodist Church with special interest in urban ministry.

All candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Membership in a church in the New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church;
  • Enrollment in a seminary approved by the University Senate of the United Methodist Church;
  • Will be a full or part time seminary student for the academic year 2019-2020;
  • Must be inquiring candidate, with an assigned mentor, in the candidacy process of the New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church;
  • Provide proof of financial need.

Priority in the awards will be given to persons who have a desire to enter full time ordained ministry in the United Methodist Church in an urban setting.

The Scholarship Committee will NOT review applications from persons that:

  • Are not members of churches in the New York Annual Conference;
  • Are not involved in urban ministries currently;
  • Are pursuing additional advanced degrees (i.e. second master’s degree or doctoral degree); and
  • Are not pursuing programs that will lead to a degree.
  • Do not submit the application by the May 10, 2019 deadline.
  • Are NOT attending an approved seminary.

The deadline for 2019-2020 scholarship applications is FRIDAY, MAY 10th, 2019 at 12 Noon (sent by email, fax or hand delivered).   Late and/or incomplete applications will not be accepted. All reference letters must come by separate cover. (Your application will not be denied if we do not receive a reference letter from your pastor, District Superintendent, and/or Candidacy Mentor by the May 10th deadline. The scholarship committee of the UMCS will meet mid-May.)

Scholarship Awards will be announced during the New York Annual Conference Session on

June 6 – 9th, 2019.  We will inform you of the time and place.

If you have any questions or need any further information concerning the Scholarship Fund, feel free to contact me via email at bshillady@umcitysociety.org or at (212) 870-3094.

In God’s love, joy and humor,

Reverend Dr. William S. Shillady


To download 2019-2020 Information, Guidelines, and/or an Application, please click here:
UMCS Scholarship Application 2019*

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