Investing in the Lives of United Methodist Students


The Georgia United Methodist Foundation’s Scholarship Ministry helps people invest in the lives of United Methodist higher education students. Since 2011, GUMF has awarded 790 United Methodist Dollars for Scholars scholarships totaling $663,700. Students also receive matching support from their church and the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation.

Meet four grateful students and one amazing couple (See 94 Scholarships and Counting!) whose endowment funded 25 of the 62 scholarships awarded during the 2020-2021 school year!

Seul-bin Lee
Third Year
Master of Divinity
Candler School of Theology
Glenn Memorial UMC, Atlanta

“After graduation, I will start my doctoral program. I hope to use my gifts in teaching, critical thinking, and researching to contribute to the church’s intellectual life and people with Christian faith traditions. The scholarship has freed me from financial burdens and helped me to better focus on my ministry and school activities. It has facilitated my spiritual, ministerial, and academic growth. Most of all, I felt affirmed that there are many people and donors who support my journey. Thank you.”

Axel Baleon-Ruiz, Sophomore
Sports Medicine
Young Harris College
Second Avenue UMC, Rome

“I became interested in sports medicine after I tore my meniscus when I was 12 years old. My faith in God has motivated me to help as many people in my life as I can. This scholarship has allowed me to learn at an amazing school and connect more with myself and my friends as I pursue my desired career. Thank you so much! I’m truly blessed to have received this scholarship. After graduation, I hope to give back to my community to show my appreciation.”

Hunter Smith
Architectural Studies
Birmingham-Southern College
Cascade UMC, Atlanta

“I have become the person I am through the church. After graduation, I will attend graduate school. I want to be an urban planner or architect and build housing for middle class and low-income citizens. I want to thank everyone for their generous contribution. This scholarship is a blessing for me and alleviates some of the financial burdens for my family. It is not only helping me with college, but it’s a token of appreciation from God, and I’m very honored to be getting the award.”

Jason Simmons
LaGrange College
Thomasville First UMC, Thomasville

“Thomasville First UMC has had a tremendous impact on my life. I grew up in this church. I was baptized here and went through confirmation. The connection between LaGrange and The United Methodist Church plus the small class sizes made this school perfect for me. This scholarship has meant so much to me and has made the transition to college easier and less stressful. I would like to thank everyone for your help. After I graduate, I hope to get a job in accountancy and plan on giving back in any way possible.”