The Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry
The Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry for the Florida Conference (BHECM) offers two scholarships to active United Methodist Church members who will be in college or seminary this year. They are the Conference Merit Award and the McMurray Award.
The Conference Merit Award must be given to a Florida United Methodist student who plans to attend or attends a United Methodist-related college, university or seminary. This scholarship is now awarded and managed by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry in Nashville, website www.gbhem.org.
The McMurray Award may be given to a Florida United Methodist student who plans to attend or attends any institution of higher education. This scholarship is awarded and managed by the BHECM. Please follow the link below for its application.
For the McMurray Award, the BHECM scholarship committee will review the applications and base their decision on grade point average, community and church service, career choices, recommendations, student’s comments and financial need. For the past several years, the scholarship committee has awarded four to six scholarships of $500 each. We hope to do that again this year. The annual BHECM Scholarship Offering Day (United Methodist Student Day Sunday) has been overlooked in many churches and our scholarship fund has dwindled drastically. Please promote the offering in your church to ensure that we can help more students. This is usually the last Sunday in November each year.
Please, only one application per church, per year may be submitted. Students who received Florida Conference BHECM scholarships previously are not eligible to apply again.
Other scholarships in addition to those mentioned above are available through the General Board of Higher Education in Nashville, website www.gbhem.org. The Dollars for Scholars matching scholarship should be listed there soon. The church must write a check for $1,000 that will be matched by GBHEM in a lottery drawing for 300 students. The application cannot be postmarked before the due date and when they reach 300 (usually on the second day) the scholarship drawing ends.