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Pass the Torch Scholarship/Loan Fund

The Pass the Torch Scholarship/Loan Fund was developed by the Retired Ministers and Spouses of the former Kansas West Annaul Conference.  Since 1991, this group has been supporting possible candidates for ministry with scholarships.  In 2014, the former Kansas East, Kansas West and Nebraska Annual Conference's combined to become the Great Plains Annaul Conference of the United Methodist Church.  The merge allowed the opportunity for this group to re-name themselves so that other retired ministers and spouses may donate towards the Pass the Torch Scholarship/Loan Fund.

The new name of this group is now called the Great Plains Association of Retired Clergy and Spouses (GPARCS).  The Great Plains Association of Retired Clergy and Spouses (GPARCS) continue to support women and men called by God who will be pursuing their seminary or Course of Study education.  The retired ministers, their families, and many other persons have given gifts "In Memory" or "In Honor" of a Christian brother or sister so that their legacy continues through this scholarship. 

The Great Plains Association of Retired Clergy and Spouses (GPARCS) make a difference in the lives of so many future seminary and Course of Study students through this fund.  The Kansas Area United Methodist Foundation is proud to be a partner with the Pass the Torch Scholarship Committee by supporting those called by God into ministry so that they may pursue their seminary education.

Click here to donate to the Pass the Torch Scholarship/Loan Fund.

ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES FOR
PASS THE TORCH SCHOLARSHIP/LOAN FUND

  1. The applicant must be a professing member of The United Methodist Church for at least one year.

  2. Scholarship assistance is limited to a seminary or Course of Study student who:
    1. Is from the Great Plains Annual Conference.
    2. Is a Certified Candidate for ministry, currently approved by their District Committee on Ordained Ministry (or approved with a ceredentialed status by the Great Plains Conference Board of Ordained Ministry).
    3. Is enrolled in seminary as a full time or part time degree candidate or in a Course of Study School for Local pastors in the United Methodist Church.
  3. Scholarship applications for college, undergraduate study or post graduate study beyond seminary will not be considered.

  4. Preference will be made for a student attending a United Methodist seminary* over a non-United Methodist seminary.  The committee reserves the right to take any unusual circumstances into account in making its decisions.

  5. The scholarship will be for one year ONLY. To be considered for any subsequent years, another application must be submitted.

  6. The scholarship is a grant, but will become identified by the committee as a loan if:
    1. The recipient does not return to the Great Plains Annual Conference following graduation from seminary or completion of the Course of Study.
    2. The recipient does not serve a minimum of five years under appointment in the Great Plains Annual Conference.
    3. The recipient withdraws from seminary or Course of Study School.  In the event that a situation described in (a), (b), or (c) occurs, the amount of the scholarship must be repaid on a monthly basis with interest rate at 3% as established by the scholarship committee.  Repayment must begin no later than six months after default on the scholarship agreement.
  7. Financial need will be among the criteria for granting the scholarship.  If the applicant is the recipient of other scholarship aid, that also becomes a factor in granting the scholarship.

  8. Payment of the scholarship will be made directly to the seminary or Course of Study School where the student is enrolled.

  9. This fund will be under the direction and control of the Great Plains Association of Retired Clergy and Spouses (GPARC), until such time as it is incoporated into the work of the Great Plains Annual Conference.

  10. If other pertinent factors arise, the Great Plains Association of Retired Clergy and Spouses reserves the right to change or amend or adapt the program to meet such need as they arise.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: APRIL 1

Please mail or email your completed application to:
Martin Holler
Pass the Torch Coordinator
9 Lakeshore Drive
Marion, KS  66861
martinholler@att.net

*As approved by the University Senate of The United Methodist Church.

Click here for the Pass the Torch Scholarship/Loan Fund Application.