2018-2019 East Ohio Conference Merit Scholarship
The East Ohio Merit Scholarship is administered by the Conference Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry which awards scholarships to students based upon merit. The Board will award up to five (5) $5,000 Scholarships. These are one year scholarships, yet a student may apply each year of their schooling. Notification of scholarship awards will be made to all applicants no later than June 1, 2018. (Please do not call the office).

Questions concerning the East Ohio Merit Scholarship or other United Methodist scholarships and loans should be directed to Kaye Wolfinger at 800-831-3972 Ext. 116 or e-mail kayew@eocumc.com with your questions.

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SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED IF TYPED OR SUBMITTED ONLINE
1. The student must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher (Attach current Transcript).

2. The student must be an active member of a United Methodist Church in East Ohio, and accepted to or attending a United Methodist college or university for the 2018-2019 college year

3. Each student applicant must be recommended by a local United Methodist Church. A form is attached for the student to give to their local church Administrative Board/Council. Form is to be filled out by church officers and returned to student.

4. The Student Application form MUST be completed by the student and not by a third party (such as parent). Attention and care should be given to spelling, punctuation, correct grammar and coherent content. It is recommended that the applicant request conversation and mentoring with their pastor or church lay leader as they create their essay.

5. All materials should be sent to East Ohio Merit Scholarship, 8800 Cleveland Avenue N.W., P.O. Box 2800, North Canton, Ohio 44720, postmarked no later than March 17, 2018. (There are NO exceptions to this deadline, please do not ask).

6. The student MUST submit ALL material for the application to be considered. A complete application will include:

• Student Application Form – with all sections completed.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.

• Attach current Transcript.

• Administrative Board Recommendation Form (www.eocumc.com/scholarships)

• A personal letter of recommendation from a pastor or lay person
(who is not a relative) who knows you well which states:

a) The length of time you’ve known the applicant
b) How you have worked/related with the applicant
c) Why you feel the applicant is deserving of a scholarship.

• Completed essay emailed to eocyoungpeople@gmail.com

Essay Requirements
Submit completed essay by email to eocyoungpeople@gmail.com

Please tell us how your faith journey has helped you and impacted your personal faith – be specific. This essay should reflect upon your personal journey of faith through the following experiences of spiritual formation (as well as others that you feel have been important); prayer and study of scripture; worship with your local church congregation; mission/service experiences through your church and the larger community (examples: work camps, Scouting, Red Cross volunteer, volunteer in local hospital/nursing homes; tutor for young children, VBS).

When writing your essay, use the suggestions above to tell us how and where you see God in your life and what God's presence means to you. Attention and care should be given to spelling, punctuation, correct grammar and coherent content. It is recommended that the applicant request conversation and mentoring with their pastor or church lay leader as they create their essay.

Where to submit forms and recommendations
It is the APPLICANT’S responsibility to make sure recommendations and forms are submitted on time.

All scholarship application material should be postmarked by March 17, 2018 and mailed to:

East Ohio Merit Scholarship
Attn: Kaye Wolfinger
8800 Cleveland Avenue N.W.
P.O. Box 2800
North Canton, OH 44720

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