Rev. Dr. William M. James Family Memorial


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

Dear Friends in Christ,

Enclosed, please find a copy of the application for the Rev. Dr. William M. James Family Memorial Scholarship Fund, established by his estate and generosity of his friends.

Dr. James had hoped that this scholarship would encourage young people who aspire to be agents for the transformation of the world.

Limited funds are available for those persons who have or 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 United Methodist 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 2020-2021.

The Scholarship Committee will NOT review applications from persons who:

  • Are not members of churches in the New York Annual Conference;
  • Are pursuing advanced degrees (i.e. 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 2020-2021 academic year is May 8th, 2020, by 12 Noon, if hand delivered or emailed. The application must be postmarked by May 8th, 2020 if using the U.S. Postal Service, FedEx or UPS.  Complete applications can be emailed to

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 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,

Rev. William S. Shillady
Member of the Committee


To download 2020-2021 Information, Guidelines, and/or an Application, please click here:
William James Family Scholarship Application 2020*