Urban Ministry Scholarship Program


Dear Friends in Christ,

A copy of the application form for the Urban Ministry Scholarship Fund of the United Methodist City Society is now available.

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 a 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 2016 – 2017
  • 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.


As we seek to bring new clergy to leadership in our urban churches, we want to empower them through their 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.  On this website you can find the application for the current year which is due in May.   Over the last few years we have awarded nearly $30,000 a year in scholarships to a number of recipients.

Prior Recipients include:

Joyce Lee (Drew)
Lea A. Matthews (Union)
Jacqueline F. Carter (Drew)
Lisa A. Cunningham Pratt (Union)
Deborah Normandia (New York Theological)

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.


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.  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,”


For More 2016 – 2017 Information, Guidelines, and/or an Application, please click here:
The Urban Scholarship Program