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 account balance is used for these scholarships, which began with the 2015-2016 school year for graduating seniors and those currently in college. 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.
Scholarships are available for undergraduate students attending a college or university, vo-tech school, or other professional training programs. More details are provided on the application itself. 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 the past, standard scholarship awards have been as much as $2,000 per recipient. In addition, $10,000 of the available scholarship funds are designated for Senior Pastor and Youth Director discretionary awards. These special scholarships are awarded to two or more recipients in addition to their standard scholarship award. 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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