UMs can apply online now for scholarships, loans

4/14/2009

Students who need financial help for college costs can now apply online for United Methodist scholarships or loans.

“We believe this new system is much more convenient for applicants,” said Angella Current-Felder, executive director of the Office of Loans and Scholarships at the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. The online scholarship application went live on Jan. 5. As of March 17, more than 1,600 applications had been submitted for scholarships for the fall term.
 
Allyson Collinsworth, scholarships administrator, said applications are coming in much faster online.
Loan applications went online in May 2008 for fall 2008 loans and again in December 2008 for spring 2009 loans. The response was so overwhelming that the application site was closed within weeks because more applications were received than could be funded.
 
“Scholarship deadlines vary for the more than 60 programs administered by GBHEM, but the final deadline has always been May 15. We are encouraging applicants to apply and complete the application early this year to insure they are considered for funding,” Collinsworth said.
 
The new system allows the staff to communicate by e-mail about requirements to complete an application. Applicants must submit an official transcript, letters of reference, and essay to the office in one packet to complete the file after the online portion is submitted. To learn more about UMC loans and scholarships, visit www.gbhem.org and click on the Loans and Scholarships button.•