GBHEM to Award Scholarships Totaling $5 Million

February 7, 2022 | GNJ News, The Relay

GNJ celebrates that the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) Office of Loans and Scholarships will be awarding over 2,100 students a total of $5 million in financial assistance for 2021! These future leaders range from first-year Freshmen to Doctorate level students across the denomination. 

Several events including United Methodist Student Day, World Communion Sunday, and Native American Sunday helped fund a portion of the scholarships. The remaining funds for these awards come from gifts, annuities, and endowments GBHEM has invested in and administered for decades. 

Additionally, GNJ has partnered with GBHEM on the Excellence in Clergy Leadership Scholarship, a debt-avoidance scholarship addresses economic challenges facing pastoral leaders. For 2022/2023, meritorious United Methodist seminarians will be eligible for a $2,500 scholarship from GBHEM, as well as additional support from foundations, annual conferences, and seminaries. GNJ will match these scholarship funds so that the recipient receives a $5,000 scholarship.  

The seminarians will also receive intentional opportunities to enhance their personal financial literacy. The purpose of this scholarship program is to create a collaboration across United Methodist organizations in support of future clergy reducing or eliminating educational debt and building upon financial acumen.  

Applications for the Excellence in Clergy Leadership Scholarship are accepted online from December 10, 2021 – March 24, 2022 at www.gbhem.org/scholarshipapplication  

Students who are members of The United Methodist Church may apply for a Fall 2022 GBHEM scholarship online between December 15, 2021 – March 24, 2022, at www.gbhem.org/scholarshipapplication 

Congratulations to the following recipients of GBHEM scholarships for Fall 2021:  

 

First Name  Last Name  Church  Institution Name  Award Name 
Brittany  Boetticher  UMC of Lake Hopatcong  Drew University  Rev. Dr. Karen Layman Gift of Hope Scholarship 
Gerald   Cameron  Trinity UMC  Seton Hall University  United Methodist General Scholarship 
Sheena   Cameron  Magnolia Road UMC   United Theological Seminary  Baxter Roelfson Sands Scholarship 
Timothy  Conaway  Trinity UMC  Drew University Theological School   United Methodist General Scholarship 
Emily  Da Silva  Davis Memorial UMC   Kean University  Ethnic Scholarship 
Daewoung  Jo  Calvary Korean UMC  Drew University Theological School   HANA Scholarship 
Melissa  Johnson  Bishop Janes UMC  Messiah University  Rev. Dr. Karen Layman Gift of Hope Scholarship 
Heeyoung  Jung  Omega Mission Korean UMC   Claremont School of Theology  HANA Scholarship 
Jene  Lee  Arcola Korean UMC   Drew University Theological School   Journey Toward Ordained Ministry Scholarship 
Meridith  Mandala  Hope UMC  Rowan College of South Jersey  Rev. Dr. Karen Layman Gift of Hope Scholarship 
Kayleigh  Morpeth  Hackettstown Trinity UMC   William Paterson University of NJ  Miriam Hoffman Scholarship 
Rachel  Nyantakyi  Ghana Calvary UMC   Rutgers University-New Brunswick  Ethnic Scholarship 
Roeline  Ramirez  Trinity UMC  Drew University Theological School   E. Craig Brandenburg Scholarship 
Sarah  Schall  First UMC Avalon  Messiah University  Rev. Dr. Karen Layman Gift of Hope Scholarship 
Lila  Villasenor  Congers NY UMC  Berklee College of Music  Ethnic Scholarship 
Sarah   Williams  UMC in Madison  Drew University Theological School   Journey Toward Ordained Ministry Scholarship 
Benjamin  Wiseman  Centenary UMC  Emory University  Baxter Roelfson Sands Scholarship 
Dylan  Wyss  Cranford UMC  Rowan University  Rev. Dr. Karen Layman Gift of Hope Scholarship 
Christabel  Zimbeva  Morrow Memorial UMC   Drew University  United Methodist General Scholarship