St. Pete First UMC loves to support the dreams and gifts of talented Christian leaders. Our Scholarship Committee is seeking to foster academic and spiritual growth for new generations of United Methodist church leaders. Each year, the committee grants scholarships to church members who are currently attending or bound for college or vocational school. Please, see application for eligibility and where to send to apply for a St. Pete First UMC Scholarship.


Deadline for Scholarship Applications is Sunday May 29, 2022.  Drop off completed applications at the Church Admin Office.

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The Scholarship Fund is made possible by income from an endowment designated for this purpose by St. Pete First United Methodist Church, St. Petersburg, Florida.

Each year a notice will be printed in the church bulletin describing the Scholarship Application and seeking applications. The application forms must be submitted by Sunday May 29, 2022. The Scholarship committee will strive to make decisions concerning the awards as quickly as possible. Application forms will be available in the church administration building, online, or from the chair of the Scholarship Committee. The application must be filled out by the student. Incomplete applications will not be considered. A new application must be submitted each year.


  • The applicant shall be a member of the St. Pete First United Methodist Church, St. Petersburg, Florida, unless the Scholarship Committee ("Committee") and the Senior Minister approve an exception. 

  • Applicants must submit an application form, a transcript of their latest high school or college credits, and a letter describing their educational and career plans. 

  • Priority will be given to applicants in the following order: 

  1. Ministerial students, 

  2. Religious education majors 

  3. Juniors and seniors going into Christian service 

  4. Any St. Pete First UMC member who is entering or attending college 

  5. Scholarship awards will only be given to those applicants who are full time students carrying at least 12 semester hours.

  • The academic record of the individual will be considered. Particular merit will be given to someone who is willing to work part-time while a student.

  • Personal interviews may be required if the person is unknown to committee members.

  • Students must submit an application each year. There shall be no limit to the scholarship amount the Committee may award to a qualifying Ministerial Student. However, based upon the availability of funds, each non-ministerial student approved by the Committee will be awarded a maximum of $1,000 per year. The total aid to any non-ministerial student shall not exceed $4,000 for four years.


If this is your first time submitting an application:

  • Please attach a transcript of your latest high school or college credits.

  • Write and attach to this form a letter providing the following further information: 

    • Include a short autobiography, family history, high school interests and activities, and your plans for college and thereafter.

    • Share how you are experiencing God in your life this season.

    • Please tell us what it means for you to be a follower of Jesus Christ? How do you intend to develop your faith as you enter college?


If you have previously submitted a completed application to this committee, please submit:

  • transcript of courses completed since you submitted your last transcript.

  • A short letter to the committee describing your activities, achievements and where God is working in your life since your previous submission.

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More United Methodist Scholarship Opportunities

United Methodist Church General Board of Higher Education & Ministry: The GBHEM Office of Loans and Scholarships offers financial aid to United Methodist students in the United States and abroad pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees. 

Sinclair Scholarship: The Sinclair Scholarship  provides scholarships for United Methodist students in Florida. The scholarship seeks to foster academic and spiritual growth for new generations of United Methodist church leaders.