Empowering Christian Leaders Through Scholarships


The Georgia United Methodist Foundation’s Scholarship Ministry empowers the next generation of Christian leaders. We partner with Georgia students’ United Methodist churches, the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation and United Methodist colleges, universities and seminaries to award United Methodist Dollars for Scholars scholarships. Meet eight of our 96 students who received scholarships in 2017.


Anika Steed, Sophomore
Social Work
Clark Atlanta University
The Methodist Home, Macon

“I grew up in foster care. This scholarship will empower me to work with kids in the foster care system, help families get back together, and keep God in their hearts.”


Christopher Benson, Senior
Entrepreneurial Business
High Point University
Isle of Hope UMC, Savannah

“This scholarship has empowered me to impact lives because my educational experience at High Point University has reinforced my sense of compassion and servitude.”


Heather Morris, Second Year
Master of Divinity
Candler School of Theology
Sugarloaf UMC, Duluth

"I’m currently serving as Youth Director at a local church. Without the worry of loans, I can better serve the ministries the Lord places me in. This scholarship is a testament of the Lord’s faithfulness.”


Mark Lovell, Second Year
Master of Divinity
Candler School of Theology
Kingston UMC, Kingston 

“I’m already serving a church and working a full-time job. This scholarship is helping to make it possible for me to attend seminary and become a more effective servant of our Lord Jesus Christ.”


Maddie Henderson, Senior
Master of Divinity
Boston University School of Theology
Vineville UMC, Macon

“I hope to be a college or university chaplain. I love spending time with students and helping to foster community. My degree will give me the tools to do this job and to provide spiritual and moral direction.”


Ben Wills, Senior
Master of Divinity
Candler School of Theology
Pleasant Valley UMC, Monroe

“I’m serving a church while going to school full-time. I’m passionate about the local church because of the ways in which God uses communities of faith to change hearts, lives, communities and the world.”


Lindsey Giglio, Junior
Spanish/Business Administration
Birmingham-Southern College
St. Luke UMC, Columbus

“After my first mission trip to Guatemala, I became passionate about learning Spanish. My Christian education will allow me to help Spanish-speaking U.S. citizens overcome the challenges that they face as minorities.”


Elizabeth Rogers, 2018 Alumna
Master of Divinity
Candler School of Theology
Cordele First UMC, Cordele

“This scholarship made my life of ministry possible. I am passionate about Scripture, teaching, discipleship, and sharing God’s love with all the world. I pray that God will use these passions for God’s glory.”


This article was originally published in the Georgia United Methodist Foundation's 2017 Annual Report.