Foundation triples its matching scholarship program
Thomas S. Yow
Oct. 6, 2005
By Linda Green*
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — The
United Methodist Church’s popular matching scholarship program for college
students is being expanded to a triple dollars concept next fall.
The denomination’s “Double Your
Dollars for Scholars,” administered by the United Methodist Higher Education
Foundation in Nashville, matches $1,000 for local
churches raising $1,000 for a member of their congregation enrolled or planning
to enroll in a United Methodist-related college, university or seminary.
Beginning with the 2006-07 academic year, the foundation, in cooperation
with United Methodist colleges and universities, will expand the program to
include a Triple Your Dollars for Scholars concept. The Double Your Dollars
program will still exist.
Depending on which school a
student plans to attend, the student may be eligible for an additional $1,000
match, bringing the total possible award to $3,000, according to the
foundation’s board of trustees, which met Sept. 15-17 in St. Paul, Minn.
guidelines and applications will be available online at the foundation’s Web
www.umhef.org beginning in November. Applications will only be accepted with
postmark dates of either Feb. 15 or 16, and all recipients will be selected from
eligible applications received with those two postmark dates.
The foundation wants to make
it economically possible for any qualified United Methodist student to be
educated at a United Methodist-related institution of higher education. It
established the matching scholarship program in 1997 to award 100 scholarships.
The number of first-come, first-served scholarships awarded increased as more
funds became available.
“The Double Your Dollars for
Scholars program was expanded into Triple Your Dollars as a way of trying to
leverage the foundation’s resources to establish better connections between
United Methodist churches and United Methodist-related colleges,” said Thomas S.
Yow, president and chief executive officer of the foundation. “It was a way to
make parents and students more aware of the United Methodist colleges within
their annual conferences.”
During the 2006-07 academic
year, Double Your Dollars will provide 315 scholarships on a first-come,
first-served basis for a total of $630,000. These include 25 matching
scholarships specifically designated for Hispanic, Asian, and Native American
students eligible for HANA funds, provided through the United Methodist Board of
Higher Education and Ministry.
In addition to expanding the
matching program, the foundation’s trustees approved a total of $1.47 million
for scholarships for all 2006-07 academic year programs. During the 2004-05
year, the foundation provided 1,019 scholarships totaling $1.5 million.
In response to a scholarship
fund established by the Board of Higher Education and Ministry in honor of
retiring staff executive Ken Yamada, the foundation’s trustees voted to match
funding of at least $25,000 to be placed in the endowment. Yamada retires Oct. 7
as an executive in the Division of Higher Education, and the Ken Yamada
Scholarship Fund was created in recognition of his service to United Methodist
higher education. The scholarship will be a joint effort by foundation and the
Board of Higher Education and Ministry.
“The members of our board of
trustees recognize Ken Yamada’s substantial contributions to United Methodist
higher education, to the work of the GBHEM, and to the mission of our
foundation, as well as Ken’s excellent model for servant leadership,” Yow said.
“Therefore, our effort is one small way of saying, ?Thank you, good and faithful
The Rev. Jerome King Del Pino
The foundation’s $25,000 will
match the $25,000 that the Board of Higher Education and Ministry has committed
to raising, giving the fund an initial endowment of $50,000, said the Rev.
Jerome King Del Pino, top executive at the agency.
“Across more than a quarter of
a century of service, (Yamada) has made significant contributions to the work of
our board and the schools, colleges, and universities related to the United
Methodist Church,” he said, in a letter announcing the scholarship fund and
Foundation trustees also voted
to change the Foundation Scholars Program to the Foundation Merit Scholars
Program, requiring a 3.0 grade point average and demonstrated financial need in
addition to membership in the United Methodist Church. The board voted to limit
recipients to one scholarship from the foundation per year.
For more information regarding
foundation programs, visit the Web site at www.umhef.org,
call (800) 811-8110 or e-mail to