Scholarships for Urban Ministry

Urban Ministry Scholarship Program

As we seek to bring new clergy to leadership in our urban churches, we want to empower them through their college and seminary education.   We are investing in creative, entrepreneurial urban pastors who will bring transformational spirit to our churches.  The City Society awards scholarships to persons who are planning to serve in urban ministry settings.  There is an application process and our Scholarship Committee selects the winners.  In 2011, we awarded seminary scholarships to New York Theological Seminary Students Avis Davis Ellison (who unfortunately passed away), Victoria Kittoe, and Lori Hartman and New Brunswick Seminary student Carole Painter.  College Scholarships were given to Natalie Alvarez-Plaud (Hofstra), Brendon Samuel (Howard) and Patricia Wong (Penn State).  UMCS received the following note from one of our Urban Ministry Scholarship winners:

Hello Rev. Shillady,

I hope that all is well with you.  I am just writing to let you know that I received the scholarship check for this semester and have already paid it to the seminary.  Words can hardly express my deep gratitude and sincere thanks to the City Society for selecting me for an Urban Ministry scholarship for 2011-2012.  It has made it possible for me to move forward with school fulltime and, with God’s help, I should be able to complete my Master of Divinity this year. Without the scholarship, I might not be in this position so it has already made a big difference for me.

Wishing you God’s blessings,

The Society can make a difference!  We are providing a new wine skin for this student whose mind and soul have been fermented in creative theological reflection.  We are able to be God’s agents of love in transforming an individual person’s life – one who will then pay it forward in many special ways.  It’s a great example – this seminarian will be able to be a creative and transformative pastor because of the investment we make in their academic work.