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Scholarships through Kay

American University is a United Methodist-affiliated institution and offers partial tuition remission scholarships to children of United Methodist clergy. Additionally, financial assistance is available through scholarships, loans and grants administered by the Office of the United Methodist Chaplain in the Kay Spiritual Life Center.

Learn more about the United Methodist Tuition Remission Scholarship.

Learn more about financial assistance through the Office of the United Methodist Chaplain.

To learn more about other academic scholarships offered through the College of Arts & Sciences for students interested in pursuing the ministry or other church vocation, please click below for:

Charley D. Hardwick Scholarship Fund

The Edward B. Lewis Endowed Scholarship Fund

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United Methodist Loans & Scholarships

The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry offers a range of loans and scholarships to United Methodist students

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United Methodist Scholarships & Loans

There are a number of scholarships available for United Methodist (UM) students. Because American University (AU) is a United Methodist affiliated university, there are additional scholarships available to UM students attending UM affiliated schools.

Scholarships Administered by the University

United Methodist Ministerial Tuition Remission

Because of the historical ties of American University to The United Methodist Church, the University has instituted the United Methodist Ministerial Tuition Remission Program to benefit dependent children of United Methodist clergy (elders and deacons) who are enrolled at AU. The tuition remission is a courtesy extended by AU to United Methodist clergy whose dependent child is enrolled full-time in an undergraduate degree program and who maintains no less than a 2.0. The grant is not guaranteed and is awarded as long as university funds are available. To apply, contact Jennifer Baron Knowles, Assistant Director of the Kay Center, at jbaron@american.edu or at (202) 885-3321 or visit the Kay website at http://www.american.edu/ocl/kay/Scholarships.cfm

Scholarships Administered by the United Methodist Chaplain’s Office

The United Methodist Foundation Scholars Program

A one time award to a freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior student; academic performance, active participation in the life of the church. Stipend: $1,000. Deadline: September 25. Download the application for these scholarships here: Foundation Merit Nomination Form

The United Methodist General Scholarship

Renewable scholarship for students who are full members of The United Methodist Church for at least one year prior to application; academic performance and financial need also considered. Average stipend: $500-$1000. The applications for Fall 2017 are due September 25, 2017.

Students can now receive both this scholarship and a Board of Higher Education and Ministry Scholarship (see below)

To apply for the UM General Scholarship click here.

Scholarships Administered by the Board of Higher Education and Ministry

Students cannot receive both one of these scholarships and a United Methodist General Scholarship (see above)

Click here to apply for the scholarships below: UM Scholarship Application

Graduate scholarship information can be found on the GBHEM website.

Allan Jerome Burry Scholarship Award

This scholarship program designed to recognize a United Methodist undergraduate student’s leadership skills and participation in the activities of a United Methodist-related Campus Ministry, Wesley Foundation or Chaplaincy program at their college or university. Candidates must be nominated by their campus ministry unit or college chaplain, be a full and active member of The United Methodist Church for at least three (3) years, be an undergraduate student and have a B+ or above grade point average.

The Ernest I. and Eurice Miller Bass Scholarship

Scholarship is available to students preparing for the ministry or other full-time religious vocation and have a 2.5 GPA or above. Deadline is June 1.

Ethnic Minority Scholarship

A renewable scholarship available to students born of African American, Asian, Hispanic, Native American, or Pacific Islander (at least one parent), have financial need; must be able to establish financial need; and must have a 2.5 GPA or above. Deadline is May 1.

The HANA Scholarship

A one-year, renewable scholarship for students born of Hispanic, Asian, Native American, or Pacific Island parentage (at least one parent) and identify with his/her particular ethnic community; be able to verify academic ability and financial need; have career goals that relate to the empowerment of her/his ethnic community; and be sensitive to social and higher education issues affecting ethnic minority communities. Deadline is April 1.

The Miriam Hoffman Scholarship Program

One year, renewable scholarship open to both undergraduate and graduate students preparing for a career in music education/music ministry; must be an active member of The United Methodist Church for at least one year prior to applying; enrolled in an accredited institution working toward a degree on a full-time basis; a citizen or permanent resident of the United States; must have a 2.3 GPA or above; and demonstrate financial need. Deadline is June 1.

The Priscilla R. Morton Scholarship

A one year, renewable scholarship for students with a 3.5 GPA or above. Deadline is June 1.

United Methodist Student Loan Program

The United Methodist Student Loan Program makes available up to $2,500 per calendar year at an interest rate of 6% to students who are active, full-time members of The United Methodist Church and who maintain at least a C average. To apply, visit the office of the United Methodist chaplain in the Kay Center.

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United Methodist Loans & Scholarships

The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry offers a range of loans and scholarships to United Methodist students

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United Methodist Tuition Remission Scholarships

Thank you for inquiring about the 50% Tuition Remission Scholarships!

As a courtesy to the Churches associated with the Pan-Methodist Commission, American University offers 50% United Methodist Ministerial Tuition Remission scholarship to dependent children of clergy under appointment and serving full-time in the following churches:

  • United Methodist
  • African Methodist Episcopal
  • African Methodist Episcopal Zion
  • Christian Methodist Episcopal
  • Union American Methodist Episcopal

The scholarship program is limited to 16 students, 4 for each class and therefore must necessarily be competitive. The following are the eligibility requirements to be accepted for the program:

  • Must be a dependent of an active ordained Pan-Methodist Commission clergy or deacon who is under appointment by the Resident Bishop, to full-time service in the Church. (Please include a copy of active appointment from a current Church Directory with the signed attached form.)
  • Up to half-tuition awards will be made as long as University funds are available.
  • Must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate degree program prior to reaching his/her 23rd birthday.
  • Must be registered no less than 12 credit hours minimum each semester. The student must notify immediately the Office of the University Chaplin if he/she falls below the required 12 credit hours.
  • Must show proof of his/her registration each semester to the scholarship officer in the Office of the University Chaplain.
  • Must maintain a GPA Of no less than 2.0 in a 4.0 scale each semester, as proof of academic progress toward earning his/her degree.
  • Must notify the Office of the University Chaplain upon withdrawal from the University.

Please download and fill out the scholarship application form or use our online application form to apply for the scholarship.

Thank you for your interest in this program. We award these scholarships on a first come, first serve basis. We encourage you to submit this form as soon as possible, as we award the scholarship to those who have submitted their forms early and are not the recipient of a generous scholarship package from AU.

There are also optional essay questions - they are not required, but helpful to us in the selection process. (These questions are also included in the online application form.)

Should you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Jennifer Baron Knowles, Kay Spiritual Life Center Assistant Director at jbaron@american.edu or at 202.885.3321.

Many thanks and best of luck to you as you journey through the process!

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United Methodist Loans & Scholarships

The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry offers a range of loans and scholarships to United Methodist students

Learn more and apply

United Methodist Tuition Remission Application

Use the form below to apply for the United Methodist Tuition Remission Scholarship for dependents of Methodist clergy.