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2020 – 2021

Dear Friends in Christ,

The application for the 2020 -2021 Urban Ministry Scholarship of the United Methodist City Society is now open.

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 2020 – 2021.
  • Must be a certified a candidate, or an 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.
  • Are NOT attending an approved seminary.

The application for the UMCS Urban Ministry Scholarship is due by May 15th, 2020. All applications received by this deadline will be considered for a full year scholarship. The scholarship award will be for both the fall and spring semesters. Scholarship awards will be announced during the New York Annual Conference Session on June 11-14th, 2020. Those receiving the grant are expected to attend.

To assist as many students as possible the City Society will now offer a limited number of “rolling scholarships”, if funds remain available, through December 31st, 2020. These scholarships are available to candidates who were unable to meet the May deadline. However, applications received after May will be considered for the upcoming semester (one semester only), depending on the time of submission. The City Society is not able to award an additional scholarship to candidates who received an award in June.

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 2020-2021 Information, Guidelines, and/or an Application, please click here:
UMCS Scholarship Application 2020*