Howard Olds Seminary Scholarship

The Brentwood United Methodist Church Foundation is excited to offer the Howard Olds Scholarship. The scholarship honors the life and ministry of Senior Pastor Howard Olds and furthers the strong interest that the church and the Foundation have in supporting educational opportunities. One scholarship will be awarded annually to a deserving seminary student that has been approved by the Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church or an adjacent conference. The scholarship may be used for a full-time Masters of Divinity or similar education in a United Methodist owned, affiliated or approved educational institution.  The scholarship is renewable annually based on the criteria outlined in the description below. All applications need to be received by May 1.

Scholarship Criteria

PHILOSOPHY
The Brentwood United Methodist Church has a strong interest in supporting education and has established this scholarship program to commemorate the retirement of Senior Pastor Howard Olds. This program provides deserving seminary students with financial aid for higher education.

ELIGIBILITY
Individuals eligible to apply for this award are seminary students approved by the Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church, or an adjacent conference, for full-time Master of Divinity or similar education in a United Methodist owned, affiliated or approved educational institution. Recipients must demonstrate active membership in a United Methodist Church for at least five years prior to the date of application and must intend to serve in the Tennessee Conference or an adjacent conference upon completion of the seminary curriculum and upon approval and appointment by the conference.

AWARDS
Each year Brentwood United Methodist Church will award one $6,000 scholarship renewable annually, subject to the responsibilities outlined below. The scholarship will be applied to tuition, fees, books, and supplies required for course load at a United Methodist owned, affiliated or approved educational institution in the United States.

WINNER SELECTION
A Selection Committee appointed by the Foundation Board will evaluate the applications and select the recipient. The selection of the recipient will be based on a combination of the applicants’ financial need, academic records, extracurricular activities, and recommendations. In evaluating applications, the committee will place special emphasis on the depth and breadth of an applicant’s involvement in church and service activities, and the leadership demonstrated in those activities, as well as the declared intent to serve following completion of the seminary curriculum.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF RECIPIENTS
Recipient responsibilities include enrolling as full-time seminary students in the fall of the year in which the scholarships are awarded and continuing in school for the entire academic year without interruption, barring illness, emergency, or military service. Scholarship recipients must maintain a “B” or equivalent grade point average and continue to express an intent to serve in the Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church (or an adjacent conference) following completion of the seminary program. Scholarship recipients are responsible for delivering their scholarship checks to the proper office at their institution.

PAYMENT OF FUNDS
Checks will be mailed to each recipient’s home address and will be made payable to the college or university only. Checks will be issued in August.

QUESTIONS
For additional information, please contact Howard Olds Scholarship Program, BUMC, 309 Franklin Road, Brentwood TN 37027 or Pat Ralls at patralls@comcast.net.