Scholarships and Grants International Studies ScholarshipDilcher GrantsJess F. and Evelyn B. Clarke Engineering and MusicClara D. Koch Scholarship (UMW) Overall objective The overall objective this scholarship is to provide opportunities to students to study internationally and to develop an appreciation for other cultures and other countries. As evidenced by the 2008 economic downturn, our economies are linked globally and this provides opportunities for us to interact with other countries and governments. Each country and each culture has something special to contribute to these interactions. By studying and working internationally, students will have the opportunity to better understand cultural diversity and bring back these learnings to the United States. It is our sincere hope that this experience will help the scholarship recipient to become a more balanced and responsible US citizen. Requirements The scholarship recipient must meet the following criteria: A full time student in an accredited US University or College engaged in an Undergraduate or Masters Program that will lead to a formal diploma. There are no restrictions on the field of study. Jr., Sr., or graduate student. A citizen of the United States A 3.0 or higher GPA The international study must be located outside of the United States for a full semester. Asbury UMC membership is preferable, but not required. Recipients are required to submit a brief thank you note indicating several key learnings at the completion of their international study. Restrictions The scholarship amount will be $3,000. Only one scholarship will be awarded per year to a qualified applicant (meeting above requirements) on a first come, first awarded basis. Where there are multiple applicants, preference will be towards the student with the most financial need as evidenced by actual student loans. If a recipient is involved in a multi-semester program, they can be considered for a second scholarship grant within a 12 month period. However, an individual student will not be able to receive more than $6,000. If there are no qualified applicants in a fiscal year, the scholarship can be deferred to the following year or alternatively applicants beyond the Asbury community can be considered. Governance & Funding A small committee of Asbury members will provide oversight, governance and manage the award process for this scholarship program. This Oversight Committee will include the Asbury Youth Director, Asbury Business Administrator and the Fund benefactors. Applicants will submit their request to the Asbury UMC by 31 December for consideration in the next year’s grant. Initial funding of $25,000 will be provided by the benefactors. Depending upon the overall success of the scholarship, subsequent funding may be provided. In administering the scholarship, the Oversight Committee is expected to invade the principal to fund yearly scholarship award. Notifications The scholarship will be advertised in the church bulletin, The Vine, and the church web site. Application Form Applications should be sent to the Asbury Business Administrator using this form. The Harry and Mollie Dilcher Trust provides grants for Asbury Church college and university students. Earnings from the trust are to be used to help fund the education of "worthy young persons" pursuing either undergraduate or graduate degrees. Eligible Candidates Must be 25 years of age or younger at the time of commencement of the scholarship. Payments may continue after applicant reaches the age of 26 in order to complete the course of study. Must be a full-time student at an accredited college or university, or have received acceptance to an accredited college or university, and have a GPA of 2.0 or higher. Must have been an active member of Asbury United Methodist Church for at least two school years immediately prior to issuance of the scholarship. (Note: Those students who are currently enrolled in college and would have met these criteria as high school students are eligible to apply.) An active member is one who has been involved with church activities in addition to regular church attendance. Such activities may include, but are not limited to, UMYF, music programs, acolyting, ushering, and regular Sunday School attendance. Must be a United States Citizen. Amount of Scholarship The total amount of scholarship money available each year will be determined by Wachovia Bank based on the earnings of and as reported in the annual report for the Trust. The scholarship money will be divided among the approved applicants with preference (double shares) given to those students pursuing an education in the fields of religion, medicine, or nursing. Approved applicants will receive monies in each of the remaining years for their normal course of study provided they remain as full-time students in good standing in their college or university. However, the amount of scholarship will vary each year based on the number of applicants and earning of the Trust. Payment of the Scholarship A check will be made payable to the college or university upon submission of a copy of the student's tuition bill to the church office. The tuition bill will reflect that the student is full-time and in good standing at his or her chosen college or university. Application Instructions The student must complete all Sections as instructed and sign the attached application. The completed application, along with copies of the most recent transcript and grades, must be mailed or delivered to the church office, ATTN: Dilcher Student Scholarship Committee, on or before April 15 of any given year, along with a recent transcript and copy of the student’s most recent grades. Notification of scholarship recipients will be mailed to the applicants upon approval by the Trust Manager. Contact the church office for the name of the current scholarship chairperson or if additional information is required. Applications for Dilcher Grants are available in the church office for new applicants (or via download here), and have been mailed to current recipients. Revised 2/2015 The Jess F. and Evelyn B. Clarke Engineering and Music Student Scholarship Fund provides grants for Asbury Church college and university students who have declared a major in Engineering or Music. To qualify for the scholarship, applicants must have been active members of Asbury for at least 3 years prior to entering college; be 25 years old or younger at the time the scholarship is awarded; be a full-time student in good standing at an accredited college or university; be entering their third or fourth year when the scholarship is given; and have declared a major in either Engineering or Music and be pursuing a course of study in these disciplines. An active member has been defined as a youth who has attended worship regularly and has consistently participated in at least one other activity such as choir, ushering, handbells, acolyting, etc. Applicants for the Clarke Scholarship may also apply for the Dilcher Scholarship, however separate applications must be submitted. Applications for Clarke grants are available in the church office for new applicants or via download here, and have been mailed to current recipients. Application deadline is April 15 for any given year. The Asbury United Methodist Women are pleased to be able to offer the Clara D. Koch Student Scholarships for college again this year. This is the 27th year that the scholarships have been made possible by the hard work and generosity of Asbury members and friends at the annual UMW bazaar. There are several criteria that must be met by aspiring students in order to be considered for the scholarship monies available: The applicant has shown scholastic achievement and motivation for continued education. The applicant has qualities of leadership, good citizenship and Christian service. The applicant demonstrates definite financial need. This year, those students who have previously been awarded a scholarship will only be asked to complete a short form application rather than the entire form necessary for first time applicants. Printed applications are available in the church office, you can receive one via email or you may download one here. The application must be completed and returned no later than APRIL 15 of any given year. Please return completed applications to the UMW mailbox in the church workroom. In addition to Asbury members, UMW scholarship applications are also available to students who are members of Salem U.M.C., La Trinidad U.M.C. and St. James A.M.E. Zion. Please contact Linda McCreight for more information at (610)395-2261 or lindamcc |AT| ptd |DOT| net .