Scholarships for Current Clergy
CONTINUING EDUCATION ASSISTANCE
Active clergy in the Desert Southwest Conference are eligible for scholarship assistance for continuing education. Clergy seeking financial aid for continuing education can click the button below to download the application for funds. The Board of Ordained Ministry provides up to $1,000 every quadrennium through our MEF funds. Please request funds at least one month before the event to ensure approval. ** Payments can be designated to go directly to the institution or group for registration fees, or can be reimbursed to the minster in cases of airfare, etc. Money that is given directly to the minister without receipts for reimbursement is considered taxable income.
ASSISTANCE FOR OVERWHELMING MEDICAL EXPENSES
The William C. & Elizabeth A. Botkin Ministers’ Emergency Loan Fund and John R. Scott Clergy Crisis Fund clergy are available to active and retired clergy in the Desert Southwest Conference who are experiencing unusual and burdensome medical expenses. Clergy can apply for both scholarships through this one application. Applications are considered year-round by BOOM based on clergy need. **
MEF PULPIT FUND
MEF Pulpit Supply Funds are available for churches whose pastors are on leave for six weeks or greater, with a priority for those whose leave is an emergency and not scheduled. Amount requested must not exceed 50% of the cost of pulpit supply while the pastor is on leave. Limited funding is available and at a first come, first served basis. **
Funding for Certified Candidates
LOAN TO GRAND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR THOSE WILLING TO SERVE THE DESERT SOUTHWEST
The Desert Southwest Annual Conference (DSC) offers a loan-to-grant program to which certified candidates may apply. Candidates may receive up to $4,000 as a loan. If upon gradation the candidate serves the DSC for three years in appointed full-time ministry, the loan then becomes a grant. A candidate shall not receive more than $12,000 of support during seminary through this program, and shall not be obligated to serve more than six years to repay the full loan. ** Applications are due March 1, 2020.
THE DONALD G. SAPP SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Certified Candidates in the Desert Southwest Annual Conference enrolled in graduate theological seminary and pursuing full ordination in the United Methodist Church are able to apply for funding from this scholarship fund.** Applications are due March 1, 2020.
Don’t forget to look for funding with the General Board of Higher Education & Ministry!
GBHEM has loans and grants for certified candidates pursuing careers in ministry, funding for specialized training, funding for doctorate programs and loan hardship assistance. As of August 2018, GBHEM has doubled the amount students can borrow. Find out more here!
**To submit your applications, please save your completed PDF document to your computer and then email it to Rev. Dee Dee Azhikakath at