Conference scholarship applications available through March 31


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 BlickensderferApplications must be received at the United Methodist Center by 4:30 PM, March 31.

Illinois Great Rivers Conference Merit Awards

From the United Methodist Student Day Special Offering, scholarships will be awarded to students attending a United Methodist-related school, college, university or theological school recognized by the University Senate. One or more $500 merit awards will be awarded; the number of awards is directly related to the amount allocated to the IGRC from the Student Day Special Offering.

IGRC BHECM Leadership Scholarship

Leadership scholarships are awarded to students who have demonstrated leadership potential and must develop a ministry project. The project shall benefit a campus ministry setting affiliated with or approved by the Board. Projects shall demonstrate leadership, not just participation. Examples of projects include: developing and leading a regular, weekly Bible study on campus or for students; leading a praise team, choir, or worship team at regular, weekly worship; developing and leading a mission team (either a regular, local mission such as a ministry to a local food bank, shelter, or other ministry; or a week-long mission trip); service as a peer minister.
Ministry projects must be supervised by a campus minister, chaplain or local United Methodist pastor who will sign the application and the review report in early December. A review report must be returned to the Chairperson of the Board of Higher Education and Campus and the Director of Connectional Ministries.
The Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry will award four individual $1,200 scholarships. These scholarships will be given in two $600 increments (once in June and then in December after the review report has been submitted and approved).