South Georgia UM students receive more than $26,000 in scholarships from GBHEM


Eighteen South Georgia United Methodist students have received scholarships totalling $26,550 from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM). 

The students received the funds through the Rev. Dr. Karen Layman Gift of Hope Scholarship, the United Methodist General Scholarship, the Ethnic Scholarship, the E. Craig Brandenburg Scholarship, the Miriam Hoffman Scholarship, the HANA Scholarship, and the UM Allocation. Each scholarship recipient was awarded amounts ranging from $500 to $3,000 based on the scholarship. 

“To have this support gives me confirmation that this is God’s plan for me,” said Ana Salgado, a freshman at Reinhardt University and a member of Lake Park United Methodist Church. The 18-year-old graduate of Lowndes High School in Valdosta is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and plans to attend medical school. Salgado says the GBHEM scholarship helps her attend her “dream school” and achieve her goals.

“I am thankful and grateful for this opportunity and for the scholarship,” she said. 

GBHEM’s Office of Loans and Scholarships will award more than 2,500 students a total of $5 million in financial assistance this year. Support of and giving through United Methodist Student Day, World Communion Sunday, and Native American Sunday help fund a portion of the scholarships. The remaining funds for the awards come from gifts, annuities, and endowments GBHEM has invested and administered for decades.

“For centuries, the people called Methodists have helped ensure all people have the opportunity to love God with all their hearts and their minds by building and supporting schools, colleges, and collegiate ministries,” said Rev. Michael McCord, executive director of the UM Commission on Higher Education and Campus Ministry. “Our commitment to financially supporting our students is one of the most powerful ways to bring about transformation in the world. It is evident, through the thousands of students supported, that our investment is also changing lives in the South Georgia Annual Conference.”

Students who are members of The United Methodist Church may apply for a Fall 2018 GBHEM scholarship online between Jan. 3, 2018 – March 7, 2018 at

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