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UMC Scholarships

United Methodist Scholarships

As a United Methodist affiliated university, OCU offers several special scholarship opportunities for United Methodist students.

United Methodist Dollars for Scholars (UMDFS)

Oklahoma City University is a proud partner with the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (UMHEF) and the Oklahoma United Methodist Foundation (OUMF) in the Dollars for Scholars program whereby a $1,000 donated on a student’s behalf by their local UMC congregation can be doubled, tripled, and sometimes quadrupled through matching donations by the partner institutions.

Funds are limited, so early application is encouraged. Parents and students should speak with their pastor about their church’s financial support and apply directly online between January 1 and March 1 at umhef.org.

CYME Leadership Scholarship

Oklahoma United Methodists who have attended CYME Leadership Camp at least 4 times during their high school years are eligible for the CYME Leadership Scholarship. The scholarship covers half tuition and can be stacked with some OCU scholarships up to the cost of full tuition. To verify your eligibility, click on the link below. Once verified, the award will be posted directly to your student account.

CYME VERIFICATION FORM

Minister Remission for United Methodist Clergy and their Dependents

Prospective students who are a spouse or dependent of a United Methodist Minister actively under appointment within the Oklahoma Conference or the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference may be eligible for Minister's Dependent Remission.

Students are required to complete the FAFSA; and after all federal and state grants have been applied the Minister Remission will cover the remaining tuition up to the block pricing structure of 12-16 hours (fees and books are not included) for undergraduate studies, and up to 50% tuition for graduate studies (excluding Law). Hours that exceed the block pricing structure will be the responsibility of the student and cannot be covered by the Minister Remission benefits, university gifts, or endowments.

MINISTER REMISSION FORM

United Methodist Higher Education Foundation Scholarship

The UMHEF offers a number of scholarships to United Methodist students, some specifically for those studying at United Methodist universities. Application must be made each year between January 1 and March 31. For more information or to apply directly, go to umhef.org.

UMHEF Endowed Scholarships

UMHEF has several named endowed scholarship funds that have been established by private donors. Some of these funds stipulate that the applicant meet specific criteria. Applicants to the General Named Endowed Funds program will be considered for all scholarships for which they are qualified. Minimum award is $1000. Apply online at umhef.org.

Global Board of Higher Education & Ministry Scholarships and Loans

GBHEM offers a number of scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate study, including general scholarships, racial and ethnic scholarships, and degree specific scholarships. GBHEM also offers student loan options. More information and application materials can be found online at gbhem.org/loans-and-scholarships. Scholarship applications are accepted annually between January 1 and March 1; loan deadlines vary.

Religion Scholarships

Oklahoma City University seeks to affirm students who are discerning a calling to lifelong Christian service by providing generous scholarships to encourage study in the OCU Wimberly School of Religion. This calling may be to pastoral ministry, Christian education, peace and justice ministry, interfaith dialogue, academic religious studies, youth ministry, music ministry, children’s ministry, counseling, missions, or any number of other ministry paths. For priority consideration for the following scholarships, submit your application by February 1.

Bishops Scholar Award - 100% Tuition Scholarship

Each year, Oklahoma City University presents The Bishops Scholar Award to deserving students as a part of its effort to identify and support United Methodist youth who are committed to a career in Christian service to the Church. Interested students must fulfill the eligibility requirements and complete the application process listed below. 

The award provides up to the full cost of tuition, up to block price, for four years for eligible applicants. To be considered, applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Student must be a high school senior with at least a 3.0 GPA who is entering OCU as a first year student.
  • Meet the admissions standards of the University
  • Hold membership in a United Methodist Church
  • Receive the recommendation of the senior pastor of the student's church
  • Be a full-time student at OCU who intends to pursue a career in Christian service in the United Methodist Church
  • Major in one of the degree programs of the Wimberly School of Religion
  • Maintain a cumulative college GPA of 3.0
  • Plan to live all four years in University housing facilities

STUDENT APPLICATION

PASTOR RECOMMENDATION FORM

RECOMMENDER FORM

Dean's Scholarship - 80% Tuition

All students, regardless of denominational affiliation or religious background, are encouraged to apply for the Dean’s Scholarship. This award recognizes students with solid academic preparation, great promise, and a strong commitment to the study of Religion in preparation for a career in ministry. To be eligible, students must:

  • Be enrolled in a degree track in the Wimberly School of Religion
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA Be active in campus religious life
Religion Departmental Scholarship - Up to 70% Tuition

This award provides financial support to students with a strong commitment to the study of Religion in preparation for a career in ministry. To be eligible, students must:

  • Be enrolled in a degree track in the Wimberly School of Religion
  • Maintain a 2.5 – 3.0 GPA (depending on award)
  • Be active in campus religious life

Students who apply for the Bishop Scholar Award will automatically also be considered for these scholarships. Students who do not apply for the Bishop Scholar Award must click on the link below to apply for the Dean’s and Religion Departmental Scholarships directly:

 STUDENT APPLICATION

RECOMMENDER APPLICATION

*PLEASE NOTE – Religion scholarships are designed to cover up to the tuition percentage awarded once all other scholarships and grants have been applied. They are not stackable with other university scholarships unless specifically noted.

UMHEF & GBHEM Religion Scholarships

The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (UMHEF) and The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) offer specific scholarships for those preparing for ministry. Go to umhef.org and gbhem.org for more information about scholarships that may be available.

For additional information, please contact Rita Himes in University-Church Relations at rhimes@okcu.edu or (405) 208-5060 or Tasha Casey-Loveless in the Office of Admissions at tasha.loveless@okcu.edu or (405) 208-5654