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Divinity Scholarships

published 9/29/2020

The Centennial United Methodist Church Foundation is pleased to announce and invite applications for the 2020–21 Divinity Scholarships. Scholarships have been awarded annually since 1971 to provide financial support to students who are in formal education to enter Christian ministry on a full-time, professional basis. The scholarships jointly honor Rev. Marlen Johnson, Centennial’s first pastor, and Dr. Harry Kitts, charter member of Centennial and a noted agricultural educator. The Divinity Scholarship Program also includes additional awards from the Rosa Krogh Fund and other CUMC Foundation funds. We anticipate awarding six to ten scholarships for $2,500 to $5,000.

To be considered for a scholarship, the applicant should meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled on September 1, 2020 in a seminary or graduate school listed by the University Senate per The Book of Discipline.
  • Show professional promise and commitment to Christian ministry.
  • Show financial need for this scholarship.
  • State intention to serve in the Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.

To be eligible for consideration, a completed application, plus certified transcript and three reference letters must be received by November 1, 2020. If you applied or received a scholarship last year, please contact us about what you need to update in your application.

You will be notified of your award status by December 1. The scholarships will be awarded during morning worship with Centennial UMC Church in mid-December. If you are awarded a scholarship, we will invite you join us at the morning worship service (which probably will be online) and to make a brief response for the presentation. However, this is not a requirement for full consideration for a scholarship.

Questions may be addressed to Marvin Bauer, scholarship committee chair. Email:, Phone: 651-731-6216.

Please send the complete scholarship application, transcripts and letters of reference by mail or email attachments to: Marvin Bauer Centennial Foundation Scholarship Committee 1641 Questwood Drive Falcon Heights, MN 55113-5600

View the 2020 Divinity Scholarship information and announcement.

View or download the 2020 Divinity Scholarship application.

Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

122 West Franklin Avenue, Suite 400 Minneapolis, MN 55404

(612) 870-0058