In 2016, the West Heights UMC Educational Foundation was created by a generous, anonymous church member. Through two $500,000 donations, it provides scholarships to help active West Heights youth members with educational costs. Each year, at least 5% of the total account balance is used for these scholarships, which are available to graduating high school seniors and those continuing their education in under graduate college classes or vocational schools. In the past, depending on the number of approved applications, the individual scholarship awards have been as much as $2,000 per recipient. What an incredibly wonderful gift to West Heights and its youth!
The foundation is governed by a Scholarship Committee consisting of the Senior Pastor, Youth Director and three other selected members who do not have anyone eligible for the program. The Scholarship Committee reviews all applications and approves all awards.
Scholarship applications are accepted each year from February 1st through March 31st for the upcoming school year. Students may apply each year for up to 4 years. If you are currently a High School senior, please submit the First Year Application. If you are currently in college or another educational program, please submit the Continuation Application. Application forms are also available at the church office.
In addition to the individual scholarship awards, up to $10,000 of the available scholarship funds are designated each year for the Senior Pastor and Youth Director discretionary awards. These special scholarships are awarded to two or more recipients, in addition to their individual scholarship award which all approved applicants receive. No separate application is necessary to receive one of these discretionary awards.
All scholarships are announced at the 10:30am Graduation Sunday worship service in May. If you are awarded a scholarship, you are required to provide information to the Scholarship Committee in a timely fashion so that funds may be transferred to your school.
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