Making Higher Education More Affordable


The Georgia United Methodist Foundation partners with donors, the Georgia student’s United Methodist church, participating United Methodist-related schools, and the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation to award United Methodist Dollars for Scholars scholarships valued at up to $4,000 each year. Since 2011, we have awarded 729 scholarships totaling $601,700. Meet eight of our 75 students who received scholarships for the 2019-2020 school year.

Ana Salgado, Junior
Biology Major at Reinhardt University, Waleska
Lake Park UMC, Lake Park

“I am passionate about God, helping others, and science. After I graduate, I plan on applying to medical school. My goal is to specialize in the field of pathology. This gift of education means a lot to me and my family and has greatly eased the financial burden of having two kids in college. Thank you for making my life goal more attainable.”

Jasmine Young
Nursing Major at Agnes Scott College (Senior) and Emory University (First Semester), Atlanta
Christ UMC, Albany

“I am enrolled in a dual degree program and will receive science degrees from both schools. I have wanted to be a nurse since the eighth grade and enjoy being able to make an impact no matter how small. This scholarship has emphasized to me how generous and supportive the Church is.”

Jad Taylor, Senior
Master of Divinity Degree at Candler School of Theology, Atlanta
Glenn Memorial UMC, Atlanta

“As I prepare for ordained ministry as an elder in The United Methodist Church, this scholarship allows me to fully respond to this calling from God on my life. My experience at seminary would not be possible without this financial support! Thank you for your deep generosity. I am eternally grateful!”

Ben Lepik, Freshman
Major Undecided at Reinhardt University, Waleska
Haygood Memorial UMC, Atlanta

“As a lifelong member of Haygood, the Church has always been important to me. Knowing the Church is supporting me gives me strength. Being at a United Methodist university strengthens my spiritual connection with God. I am grateful for the financial support of this scholarship and for everyone who makes this possible.”

Jayla Ores, Junior
Mass Media Arts Major at Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta
Grace UMC, Covington

“This scholarship allows me to continue my educational and spiritual journey at a United Methodist institution. It relieves some of the financial burdens and the worry. And it allows me to concentrate on my studies and participate in school activities. Your generosity has inspired me to continue to do for others and engage in church worship.”

Ashley Etheridge, Junior
Accounting, Business Administration, and Sport Management Major at Wesleyan College, Macon
Byron UMC, Byron

“This scholarship gave me the opportunity to expand my educational knowledge while I continue to grow my faith and to serve in my community. I am involved in the Wesleyan Disciples and other groups at Wesleyan College. I am also interning for a local accounting firm.”

Jacob Klebar, Junior
Biology Major and Business Minor at Reinhardt University, Waleska
Liberty Hill UMC, Canton

“After graduating with a major in biology and a minor in business, I plan to attend physical therapy school. This scholarship has helped by keeping me and my family debt-free. It also gives me peace of mind so I do not have to stress about paying off my debt when I enter the workforce.”

Emma Harris, Sophomore
Environmental Science Major at Brevard College, Brevard, N.C.
Canton First UMC, Canton

“This scholarship gave me the opportunity to go to a private college that fits me better than a large public college. Other youth in my congregation are now aware of this opportunity to attend a United Methodist college that they may not otherwise have been able to afford. Thank you so much for this scholarship!”