Ministerial Education Fund Scholarships

Since 1968 the Ministerial Education Fund apportionment has helped thousands of men and women become pastoral leaders in The United Methodist Church. It is through the faithful generosity of congregations throughout the North Texas Conference that the Board of Ordained Ministry-Recruitment and Enlistment Committee is able to offer these funds to students as a scholarship to further encourage the exploration of ministry and future service in the North Texas Conference.

Who Can Apply?

North Texas Conference Certified Candidates who are enrolled in a United Methodist University Senate-approved school are eligible for these scholarship funds.

What is Needed to Apply?

  1. A completed and current Ministerial Education Fund Scholarship application (must complete each semester)
  2. A certification of enrollment (typically generated from the National Student Clearinghouse, please contact your school for further instructions)
  3. A copy of current semester’s class schedule, detailing number of hours

All items must be submitted by the required deadline in order to process the scholarship application. 

How Much Scholarship is Awarded per Candidate?

  1. $80 per credit hour per semester
  2. A bonus per projected decade of service per semester (to mandated retirement at age 72), see application.

Certified Candidates are eligible to receive scholarship funds for no more than five years.

What are the deadlines?

Funds will be disbursed twice a year. All applications with supporting documentation must be postmarked or hand delivered by:

Spring: Feb. 1 Fall: Sept. 1

Note: Those attending classes based on a different system than semesters must submit the application by the above-mentioned deadlines.

Who Should I Contact With Questions?

For questions, please contact Mariel Vela, Ministerial Services Administrator:

Mail: P.O. Box 866128
Plano, TX 75086-6128
Phone: 972-526-5107 Email


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