Higher education foundation "triples" scholarship dollars
Mar. 23, 2006
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - The new "Triple Your Dollars for Scholars" program is extending the relationship already established between local churches and the United Methodist Foundation for Higher Education.
The program will now include select institutions that have chosen to participate in the matching scholarship assistance program, said the foundation's board of trustees during a March 2-4 meeting.
According to Cheryl Davis, the foundation's vice president, the scholarships "strengthen the United Methodist ties that lie in all of us" and encourages students to attend one of the 123 church-related schools, colleges and universities.
As in the past, the Double Your Dollars for Scholars program matched the $1,000 provided by churches for student members, for a total award of $2,000. With the new "triple" portion, 68 United Methodist schools, colleges, and seminaries will match applicants with an additional $1,000, for a total award of $3,000.
The North Georgia United Methodist Foundation also agreed to provide additional funding for North Georgia students attending a United Methodist higher-education institution. Through this gift, 30 North Georgia students will receive another $1,000, bringing their total scholarship award to $4,000.
For the 2006-07 academic year, the foundation is providing 333 Triple/Double Your Dollars for Scholars scholarships for a total award to students -- including church, foundation and institutional matches -- of $975,000.
The total includes 279 Triple Your Dollars for Scholars awards and 54 Double Your Dollars for Scholars awards. Of the 333 scholarships awarded, 25 are specifically designated for Hispanic, Asian, and Native American students who are eligible for HANA funds. These 25 matching scholarships are funded through the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry.
During the meeting, Lovick and Elizabeth Corn were announced as the 2006 recipients of the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation's Stanley S. Kresge Award.
The Corns are members of St. Luke United Methodist Church in Columbus, Ga., and were nominated by LaGrange (Ga.) College. The award was established by the foundation in 1987 to honor United Methodists who embody two important characteristics of the life of the late Stanley S. Kresge: dedicated membership in the United Methodist Church and unselfish support of United Methodist-related education. The award is presented annually to an active volunteer in a United Methodist-related institution and a one-time $10,000 scholarship is made to the institution where the recipient volunteers.
"For more than three decades, the Corns have unselfishly given their time and financial resources to LaGrange College, never drawing attention to themselves and never attempting to stand out among their peers," said F. Stuart Gulley, president of LaGrange College. "Lovick and Betty's exemplary service has demonstrated to our volunteer leaders and major donors the importance of giving sacrificially to provide this institution the financial foundation and sustenance required to survive, thrive, and advance."
Both are descendants of Bishop George Foster Pierce, the first president of Wesleyan College and the third president of Emory College. The couple established by the BELOCO Foundation, Inc., in 1967, which provides capital funding and operating support for Christian organizations, churches, education, social and human services, health and the arts.
The grand vision of the 41-year old United Methodist Higher Education Foundation is that it be economically possible for any qualified United Methodist student to be educated at a United Methodist institution of higher education. More information is available at www.umhef.org, the foundation's Web site.
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