Monday, January 4, 2010

Alaskans express thanks for United Methodist scholarships

“This year,” says Kate Simeon, Chugiak [Alaska] United Methodist Church, “I am continuing my studies in international political economy with a minor in economics. With this degree, I plan on working with small non-governmental organizations internationally to promote alternative forms of development at the community level. Next year I hope to be working in a five-month internship in Uganda. I also row on the women’s varsity crew them, and this semester I participated in the university’s dance program.”

Mark Chase, Seward Memorial UMC, adds, “There's a reason the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry's Scholarship is called the Gift of Hope. There are no fiery hoops to jump through and no 2,000-word essays. Instead, it rewards and encourages faithful participation in The United Methodist Church. It truly is a gift, but not just a monetary one. I'm thankful this scholarship supports education and faith, for [they] go hand in hand. This scholarship is a gift; education is a chance to equip ourselves to carry out God’s will in ourselves and in our world.”

“I always have been blessed to have church support in my life,” notes Elizabeth Perry, also of Seward Memorial Church. “I am especially blessed and extremely grateful to have received the Gift of Hope scholarship. The encouragement of the United Methodist community will go with me as I experience a new culture in Denmark through Boston University's study-abroad program—and apply my experiences to my ever-adapting faith. Every little bit helps.”

Did you know that even in these tough economic times, there are still scholarships available to United Methodist students through the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry and other United Methodist institutions? Generous gifts on United Methodist Student Day—the last Sunday in November—ease the college journey through scholarships and loans. Thank you!-

--Adapted from e-Aurora (a weekly news update) from The Alaska United Methodist Conference, Dec. 22, 2009

To learn more about United Methodist Student Day click here.
To give to United Methodist Student Day or any other Special Sundays click here.

Miss Lladale Carey
Web Producer
United Methodist Communications

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