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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

    Lottie Brown Grant
    Ercil Cady Grant

    Lottie Brown Grant

    Applications for the Lottie Brown Grant are now available through April 15, 2022. Due to the coronavirus pandemic and limited staff working at the Conference office each day, it is highly recommended that all completed materials be sent electronically to

    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 April 15, 2022. 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

    Ercil Cady Grant

    Application forms are now available for the Upper New York Conference Cady Grant. Cady Grants are awarded annually to fund ministries, education, programs, or experiences that provide benefit or education to preferably, but not exclusively, African Americans and/or Native Americans. Priority will be given to proposals that have not recently been funded by the Cady Grant. Salaries and stipends will not be awarded from this grant. Awards may be up to $8,000.

    Cady Grants are available to individual United Methodists, local churches, District or Conference ministry teams within Upper New York.

    Application deadline is March 15. Awardees will be notified by April 30.

    Applications should be no more than three typed pages.

    Click here for the procedures and click here for the application. Click here to learn more.

    With more than 134,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 85 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."