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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

    Garry Bergh Scholarship
    Lottie Brown Grant
    Ercil Cady Grant
    Engage New People Grant

    For grants and scholarships on the national level, click here to view the different agencies of The United Methodist Church. To see scholarships and grants specifically from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, click here

    Garry Bergh Schoarlship

    Sabeel, the ecumenical Christian Institute in Palestine, invites young leaders ages 18-35 to join us in Jerusalem July 18 – July 27, 2023 for a fun and meaningful young adult conference entitled “Time to Kumui – Time to Rise Up.” Gary Bergh Scholarships are available for this opportunity. Contact Karen Peterson at 607-739-3141 for scholarship information. Click here for more information about the young adult Conference in Jerusalem.

    Lottie Brown Grant

    Applications are now being accepted for the Lottie Brown Grant. The Upper New York Scholarship Committee seeks undergraduate students who are intending to enter a career in 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 May 1, 2023. 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
    Membership Certification
    Recommendation Form

    If you are having difficulty opening the documents, download or upgrade your Adobe Acrobat 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

    Ercil Cady Grant

    Apply now for the Upper New York Ercil Cady Grant. Applications are available until March 31, 2023. Cady Grants are awarded annually to a fund ministry, program, or an experience that benefits or provides education to, preferably but not exclusively, African Americans and/or Native Americans. Awards may be up to $5,000. Cady Grants are available to individual United Methodists, local churches, and District or Conference ministry teams within Upper New York. Priority shall be given to educational proposals that benefit minority groups or individuals. Click here for an application and click here for more information.

    Engage New People Grant

    The Upper New York New Faith Communities' Team is excited to announce the “Engage New People Grant” to benefit local churches in the Upper New York Conference that are working to Engage New People not already in their church/ministry.

    Grants will be available up to $2,500 to help local churches and ministries and are accepted on a rolling basis in 2023. Churches and ministries may apply for up to $2,500 during one calendar year. Click here for an application and for more information. 

    With more than 140,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 825 local churches and 90 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our vision is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."