PATHWAYS TO MINISTRY
The Ministerial Education Fund of the UMC makes it possible for the East Ohio Conference Board of Ordained Ministry to offer financial support through grants to our candidates for ministry. The grants are made to persons pursuing ordination in East Ohio Conference as Elder or Deacon. There are two types of grants.
General Grant: In both the fall and spring up to $1400.00 is available to full time seminary students who have been certified by their District as candidates for ministry and are seeking ordination in the East Ohio Conference. This form of aid is a grant and not a loan. Part-time students receive grants of $700.00. Please use the Seminary Grant Request form.
Ethnic Minority Grant: There is an additional $700.00 supplemental grant for both fall and spring available to full-time ethnic minority students, whether they are certified candidates or not. Part-time students receive $350.00. This form of aid is a grant and not a loan. Please use the Seminary Grant Request form.
This grant is also available to ethnic minority undergraduate pre-theological students who are not yet in seminary. If you are an ethnic minority college student, please use the Ethnic Minority College Grant form.
Applications are processed as received. The application should be received by the Grant and Scholarship Chairperson no later than October 1st for fall and February 1st for spring. Contact the Chairperson if you are unable to meet this deadline but are eligible for an award.
Seminary students applying for grants must attend a theological seminary that is fully accredited by the University Senate and be enrolled in an M.Div. program for elder track, or enrolled in a seminary program for ordained Deacon.
If you have questions, please call or email.
245 Portage Trail
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221
The East Ohio Conference Office:
located in North Canton, OH.
near the Akron-Canton airport.
8800 Cleveland Ave. NW ·
North Canton, OH 44720
Toll Free: 800-831-3972
Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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