Faith and Service Scholarship

The application period for the 2018 Faith and Service Scholarship is closed. Watch for updated guidelines in January 2019. The application deadline in 2019 will be earlier - 15 April 2019. 

The Scholarship Awards

Trinity United Methodist Church in Emmitsburg, MD awards up to three scholarships annually to Emmitsburg area college students or college-bound students who exhibit a strong Christian faith manifested in service to others. These are the Trinity United Methodist Church - Jay C. Long Faith and Service Scholarships (two $2,000 awards) and the Trinity United Methodist Church - Jay C. Long Agriculture Scholarship (one $2,000 award annually).

Eligibility for the Faith and Service Award

  1. Citizenship: Applicants must be a citizen of the United States.

  2. Residency: Applicants must be a legal resident of one of the following zip codes (21727, 21788, 21778, 21780,or 17320). Residency requirement pertains to permanent residence rather than college residence.

  3. Age: Applicants must be under 23 years as of the deadline date.

  4. Senior Standing or College Enrolled: At the time of application, applicants must be a college-bound high school senior or enrolled in college, specifically:

    1. A high school senior (public, private, or home schooled) and accepted into a regionally-accredited, not-for-profit post-secondary institution (4-yr or 2-yr), including public or private college/university, post-secondary vocational school, or post-secondary technical school. Post-secondary institutions that are not regionally accredited or are for-profit are not eligible for this scholarship.

    2. First-, second-, or third-year undergraduate enrolled in a regionally-accredited, not-for-profit post-secondary institution (4-yr or 2-yr) and planning to enroll the following year.

  5. GPA: Applicants for an initial scholarship or a renewal scholarship must earn and maintain a cumulative, unweighted minimum GPA of 2.5 (out of 4.0).

  6. Scholarship Renewal: an individual may receive a scholarship up to 4 times. For scholarship renewal consideration, applicants must submit a complete application each year the award renewal is sought.

  7. Preference: The TUMC Scholarship Committee may give preference for one scholarship to full and active members of Trinity United Methodist Church in Emmitsburg, MD.


Selection Criteria

Successful applicants for the TUMC - Jay C. Long Faith and Service Scholarship are those who show a strong commitment to improving the lives of those in their community and in the wider world. Given that the faith that inspires service to others can take many forms, your application materials should demonstrate how you meet the following selection criteria:

  • Commitment to Faith: Involvement in religious or other faith-based organizations that inspires a recommendation by minister, priest, chaplain, or faith-based leader.

  • Service to Others: Description and dates of volunteer service at the community, regional, national, or international level.

  • Leadership: Demonstrate the ability to organize and positively influence others in and out of school.

  • Academic Success: A strong academic record, academic awards and honors, and positive recommendation by educator.

Recipients of these educational awards are selected at the sole discretion of the TUMC Scholarship Committee based on these selection criteria.

Award Notification

Successful applicants will be notified in writing of the award no later than 15 July 2018.  Awardees must formally accept the scholarship in writing within two weeks of the notification letter’s postmark.

Award Disbursement

Scholarship awardees will be invited to attend a ceremony at Trinity United Methodist Church where they will be recognized for their achievements.

Scholarship funds will be disbursed to awardees on or after 1 September providing the following conditions have been met:

  1. The scholarship awardee has provided written acceptance of the scholarship.

  2. Verification of Enrollment has been submitted and received by The Trinity United Methodist Church Scholarship Committee.  The verification of enrollment requirement is met by submitting one (1) of the following:

    1. A copy of a receipt indicating tuition paid (in part or in full) on University letterhead and signed by a university official;
    2. A letter from the registrar’s office on university letterhead signed by the registrar or his/her designee stating that the student is enrolled at the post-secondary institution in the current academic year.
    3. A letter from a university official (e.g., Department Chair, Dean, or Provost) on university letterhead signed by the University official stating that the student is currently enrolled at the post-secondary institution.


Acceptable Uses of Award Funds

Scholarship Funds may be used for tuition, room, board, fees, school-related travel, research, and school-related supplies. Typically, scholarships awarded and used for educational purposes, are not subject to income taxes. However, consult with your tax accountant or the IRS for further assistance.

If the Scholarship awardee fails to enroll in a post-secondary institution or withdraws during the award year, Trinity United Methodist Church shall be notified in writing. If separation occurs prior to the mid-point of the enrollment year, a pro-rated reimbursement is requested. If the awardee’s separation date occurs after the mid-point of the enrollment year, no reimbursement shall be requested.

All awarded scholarships are subject to revocation, as determined by Trinity United Methodist Church scholarship committee, based on erroneous application information, personal misconduct that results in suspension or expulsion from the post-secondary institution, or failure to meet the minimum grade (GPA) standard set in the Eligibility section.


How to Apply for the Faith and Service Award

A complete application package includes:

  1. A completed Scholarship Application Form (click HERE to download the form in Word format).

  2. Essay on Faith and Service - The essay (500 words maximum) must answer this question: Why should Christians serve others?  

    1. Two Letters of Recommendation: One of the letters should affirms the applicant’s commitment to faith and service. Digital (scanned) copies of signed letters should be sent as an email attachment from the reference directly to tumcscholarship@gmail.com). Alternatively, an original letter on paper may be mailed from the reference directly to the application address below.

      1. One letter should be from a Minister, Priest, Campus Chaplain, or other faith-based Mentor.

      2. One letter should be from a high school teacher (not guidance counselor) or college professor.

    2. Transcript: Unofficial and official transcripts are acceptable but it must be on letterhead and must report the current grade point average. Transcripts may be submitted with the application or sent under separate cover.

    3. Verification of Residency: Verification of residency can be met by submitting a one of the following (scans and photocopies are acceptable):

      1. Voter registration

      2. Driver’s license

      3. Government issued (US or state) photo ID

      4. Notarized affidavit of residency

      5. Utility bill (utility must be in name of applicant and within 2 months of application submission)

    Incomplete applications will not be considered and will not be returned.

    Submission Deadline [Application period for 2018 is closed]

    Applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm on 18 June 2018. Only applications submitted before this date will be considered. If submitting by mail, the materials must be postmarked no later than the deadline date.

    How to Submit Your Application

    Send application materials in digital format as email attachments to: tumcscholarship@gmail.com (preferred method).

    Or mail paper copies of application materials to:

    Scholarship Committee
    Trinity United Methodist Church
    P.O. Box 226
    Emmitsburg, MD 21727-9195


    History of the Scholarship

    In 1999, a TUMC member and local farmer, Jay C. Long  (1920 – 1999), bequeathed his farm to the church. A few years later, the farm was sold and proceeds were put into an endowment fund and designated for missions and service programs. One mechanism by which Trinity fulfills the goals of this endowment fund and honors the fund’s benefactor is by offering faith-based volunteer and service educational scholarships. Trinity United Methodist Church Jay C. Long Faith and Service Scholarships and the Trinity United Methodist Church Jay C. Long Agriculture Scholarship are awards that are conferred annually to young people who have dedicated themselves to actively manifesting their Christian faith through service to others.