UMC Agency Names Scholarship Winners


The Office of Loans and Scholarships of the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) has awarded a total of $5 million in award money to more than 2,500 students for the 2013-14 academic year.  Sixteen Western PA students received scholarships. Many others received loans.

Offerings received on United Methodist Student Day (Nov. 24, 2013), World Communion Sunday and Native American Sunday help fund a portion of the loans and scholarships. The remaining funds for these awards come from gifts, annuities and endowments GBHEM has invested and administered for decades.
Western PA Scholarship recipients are:
E. Craig Brandenburg Scholarship   ($2000)
Amy Chesla                      Greensburg: Trinity UMC             United Theological Seminary
Glenn Stallsmith               Sheakleyville UMC                       Duke Divinity School
Elvina Jane Owen Scholarship  ($1500)
Jeannie Choi                      Bentleyville UMC                             Allegheny College
Ethnic Minority Scholarship ($800)
Solange Fairlie                   Sewickley UMC                                 University of Pittsburgh
Karen Layman Gift of Hope Scholarship ($1000)
Kiersten Beagan               Charter Oak UMC                            Indiana Wesleyan University     
Benjamin Blinn                  Verona UMC                                      Clarion University of PA                               
Bryce Churilla                     Jefferson UMC                                 University of Pittsburgh               
Kyla Colcombe                  Bethel Park: Christ UMC                               University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown    
Victoria Moody                 Erie: Asbury UMC                            Edinboro University of PA
Dylan Parson                      Slippery Rock UMC                          Denison University
Joel Peterson                    Ridgeway: Trinity UMC                  Houghton College          
Alexandria Polash            Windber: Calvary UMC                  University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg     
United Methodist General Scholarship
Sarah Adkins                      Smith’s Ferry UMC        United Theological Seminary      $2000
Rebekah Clapp                  Bakerstown UMC            United Theological Seminary      $1000
Rebecca Lenox                  Glenwood UMC               Gannon University                     $500
Hannah Pratt                     Harrisville UMC                 Messiah College                      $500


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