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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    UNY Scholarships and Grants

    Upper New York Annual Conference Scholarships and Grants

    Ercil Cady Grant
    Lottie Brown Grant

    Ercil Cady Grant

    Applications for the Ercil Cady Grant are available now through Jan. 31, 2020. Grant(s) of up to $5,000 may be awarded to individual United Methodists, local UM churches, or Upper New York District and Conference ministry teams. As directed by the originator of the Ercil Cady Grant, priority shall be given to educational proposals that benefit minority groups or individuals. Last year, the following grants were awarded.

    • “Cultural Preservation through Indigenous Food” was a holistic, hands-on program to help urban & suburban Native Americans prioritize their culture and reconnect with their heritage through culturally relevant education.

    • “Intergenerational Martial Arts Program” was a four pronged initiate for all ages to encourage self-disciple, nutrition, exercise, faith development and academics.

    • "Youth 2019” was a grant to support one or more youth of color to attend Youth 2019.

    Click here to download an application.

    Lotti Brown Grant

    Applications for the Lottie Brown Grant are now available through March 1, 2020. Preference is given to those entering some form of Christian service. A statement of your faith journey and philosophy of life is given high consideration. All application materials for this scholarship must be postmarked by March 1, 2020. Late or incomplete applications may not be considered. Application materials required for this scholarship include:

    (Note: You will need to save these forms, then open them with Adobe Reader. Once completed, save and then either mail per instructions or attach the form as well as any additional documents to your email for submission.)

    Application Instructions
    Application Form
    Academic or Employer Recommendation
    Certificate of Church Membership and Pastor Recommendation

    If you are having difficulty opening the documents, download or upgrade your Adobe Reader here. (This version will also allow you to type information directly into the form and add your signature.)

    *Suggestion: If emailing application materials, documents sent in PDF are most likely to retain formatting. You will also need to give copies of the Membership Certification to your Pastor and the Recommendation Form to your other recommender. Forms and questions may be emailed to

    With more than 144,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 91 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."