The Board of Ordained Ministry has a few scholarships that are available. Please read the guidelines for each scholarship carefully to see if you qualify to apply.
The Botkin Theological Student Fund was initially left to the California-Pacific United Methodist Foundation to provide loans to seminary students. Realizing the heavy financial burden that each of our students carry as they enter into full service of the church, the Foundation board of directors decided to change the loan fund into a scholarship fund and since the Board of Ordained Ministry understands both the potential and the needs of seminary students, the Foundation seeks their guidance and recommendation for recipients with the following guidelines:
1. The scholarships are limited to first, second and third-year students only.
2. The scholarships are not given to students in a doctoral program.
3. The student must be enrolled in a theological institution that is fully accredited by the United Methodist Church.
Certified Candidates pursuing Provisional Membership in the California-Pacific Conference of the United Methodist Church may apply for Clinical Pastoral Education scholarships up to $2,500 if the program is accredited.
The Board of Ordained Ministry along with the California-Pacific Foundation, Lilly Endowment, GBHEM, and one of the 13 participating United Methodist Seminaries you are enrolled in, is happy to announce our participation in the Excellence In Clergy Leadership Scholarship. If you are a full-time MDIV student enrolled at one of the 13 United Methodist seminaries/schools of theology, enrolled as pursuing certified candidacy or certified candidate for ministry (elder or deacon), with demonstrated merit, progress and commitment in the candidacy process, you can apply for this scholarship. It is up to $12,500 for the year. The California-Pacific Board of Ordained Ministry is offering scholarships for up to 8 candidates. Apply online December 10, 2021 – March 24, 2022.
The Bishop Charles F. Golden Scholarship is granted to certified ministerial candidates and provisional members in good standing in the California-Pacific Conference who are under the care of the California-Pacific Conference Board of Ordained Ministry or related to a District Committee who are attending an approved United Methodist Seminary. The maximum amount of scholarship aid is $550 per request. View the detailed policies here.
The Ethnic Minority Scholarship is for ethnic persons who have been approved as Certified Candidates by their District Committee on Ordained Ministry and are seeking Provisional Membership in the California-Pacific Conference of the United Methodist Church enrolled in seminary approved by the United Methodist University Senate. Persons may apply for up to $1,000 for books and school supplies, tuition or emergency living expenses. View the detailed policies here.
Westwood UMC Scholarship Application
(2022-2023 School Year Application Deadline 07/15/2022)
The Westwood UMC Scholarship is available for certified candidates for ministry in the California-Pacific Annual Conference, enrolled in seminary approved by the University Senate of the United Methodist Church and on the Ordained Ministry track. The scholarship for the 2021-2022 school year has an application deadline of 07/15/2022, view the detailed information here.
Check out all the scholarships the General Board of Higher Education & Ministry offers.