IGRC students receive $110,350 in scholarships

published 1/29/2021
Thirty-five students from the Illinois Great Rivers Conference were awarded $110,350 in scholarships to assist in their undergraduate and graduate studies, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry announced recently.

Church Mutual offering 50 $5,000 scholarships

published 2/20/2017
The CM CARES Religious Scholars Program is offering 50 scholarships of $5,000 each for a total of $250,000 for the 2017-18 academic year. The scholarship is for religious scholars to use toward the completion of their academic year. Applications will be accepted from January 3 until April 15, 2017. The 50 scholarship recipients will be announced in May 2017.

GBHEM introduces new Excellence in Clergy Leadership scholarship

published 2/20/2017
The Office of Loans and Scholarships at the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) announced the creation of a new scholarship that launched Jan. 3, 2017, for students enrolled in United Methodist seminaries. Deadline for applying is March 1. For more information, visit:

Scholarship information

published 2/20/2017
A variety of scholarship opportunities are available to IGRC students.

Africa University endowment goes over the top

published 1/25/2017
The Bishop Jonathan and Beverly Keaton Endowment from the Making Dreams Possible Campaign has surpassed the $1 million goal with a total of $1,003,907. Prior to the $1 million campaign, the Illinois Great Rivers Conference provided four endowed scholarships and two additional scholarships to Africa University. With the completion of the campaign, the conference now will endow 12 scholarships in perpetuity.

27 IGRC students benefit from United Methodist scholarships

published 11/7/2016
A total of 27 students have been awarded a combined total of $44,000 to further their education with scholarships from General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.

Funds for the scholarships are derived from the United Methodist Student Sunday offering which will be observed on Sunday, Nov. 27 this year.

A thumb's up for education

published 8/22/2016
Now is the time to think about the next school year. As we begin school in August, schools in Liberia will also begin. A donation of $175 to IGRC Advance # 6995 - Liberia Scholarships will help children as well as older students attend school in Liberia. This small amount will make a huge difference in the life of a student and that student’s family. Will you consider sponsoring a student in one of the Liberian United Methodist Schools?

Three IGRC Merit Scholars announced

published 10/18/2014
The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry has announced three individuals have been awarded Merit Scholarships for the 2014-15 school year.

IGRC students receive scholarships

published 10/25/2013
NASHVILLE – A total of 11 students from the Illinois Great Rivers Conference were among the recipients of scholarships awarded by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. In all, $15,300 has been distributed to assist IGRC students with their studies.  Those receiving scholarships are: Lindsey Hayes, Galesburg First UMC, attending Olivet Nazarene University, Rev. Dr. Karen Layman Gift of Hope Scholarship, $1,000. Richard Blue, Troy UMC, attending Asbury Theological Seminary, United ...

IGRC Embarks on New Scholarships Fund

published 3/7/2013
The Illinois Great Rivers Conference (IGRC) is expanding it support for Africa University by raising an additional $250,000 for scholarships. The conference's plan is to provide immediate support and help at least 10 students to complete four years of study. Each of the conference's 10 districts is being asked to raise $25,000, which would support one student from freshman year to graduation day. The IGRC's Africa University Committee announced the effort at the 2012 Annual Conference. Richard ...

11 IGRC Students Receive UM Scholarships, Loans

published 12/7/2012
NASHVILLE – A total of 11 seminary and university students from the Illinois Great Rivers Conference have been awarded a total of $13,900, to assist in their educational pursuits. Funding for the scholarships and United Methodist loans are derived from the United Methodist Student Day offering, which is one of six Special Sunday offerings. Although it can be celebrated at any time of the year, most United Methodist churches celebrate United Methodist Student Day on the Sunday following ...

Applications sought for Newman Scholarship

published 9/21/2012
Applications are now being accepted for the Sondra Newman Scholarship, offered by the IGRC Commission on Status and Role of Women. COSROW offers the Newman scholarship to any woman who is a certified candidate for ministry from the IGRC; enrolled in seminary for degree or Course of Study; and has completed at least one semester of training.   Seminary applicants receive first consideration followed by course of study applicants. If there are no seminary or course of study applicants CPE ...

Conference scholarship applications available through March 31

published 2/17/2011
The Illinois Great Rivers Conference Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry is offering two types of scholarship opportunities for the 2011-2012 school year. Forms and applications are available by visiting the Higher Education page on the IGRC website. For more information or if you have questions, contact Christy Blickensderfer. Applications must be received at the United Methodist Center by 4:30 PM, March 31. Illinois Great Rivers Conference Merit Awards   From the United Methodist ...

Scholarship opportunity for daughters of clergy

published 1/6/2011
A Distinguished Alumnus of MacMurray College is providing a one-time scholarship opportunity for the daughter of a Christian clergyman to receive a MacMurray education. Lila Underwood Judkins, who graduated from MacMurray in 1936, is endowing the scholarship as she attended MacMurray in part because of scholarships, loans and a position in the school's Pfeiffer Library. Recognizing the support that made her education possible and wanting to affirm her commitment to the College, Judkins, herself ...