United Methodist Communications
Office of Public Information
For Immediate Release
January 28, 2020
Nashville, Tennessee – Persons interested in pursuing a career in religious communications are encouraged to explore education support offered by United Methodist Communications. Eligible parties have until March 15th to submit their applications for scholarship and fellowship consideration.
“We believe that it is vital to have professional communicators who reflect the diversity of the global United Methodist Church,” shares Gary Henderson, Chief Relationship Officer at United Methodist Communications. “Our fellowship and scholarship, named after communicators who exemplified excellence in communications ministry, provide critical training and experience for people interested in serving the church in this way.”
The agency’s annual education financial assistance options include:
The $6,000 Stoody-West Fellowship assists one United Methodist student in their post-graduate study at an accredited U.S. college or university who intends on pursuing a career in religious journalism. The purpose of the fellowship is to enhance the recipient's professional competence through news writing for secular press, church press or church institutions in print, electronic and broadcast media formats.
The $2,500 Leonard M. Perryman Communications Scholarship for Racial Ethnic Minority Students is awarded to an ethnic minority United Methodist undergraduate pursuing religion journalism or mass communications at an accredited U.S. college or university. The scholarship promotes excellence in communication ministry through electronic and print journalism.
Applicants for both opportunities will be judged on five criteria:
- Christian commitment and involvement in the life of the United Methodist Church
- Academic achievement as revealed by transcripts, grade point averages and the required letters of reference
- Journalistic experience and/or evidence of journalistic talent
- Clarity of purpose in plans and goals for the future
- Potential professional ability as a religion journalist
Competed details and application information is available on the Communications section on ResourceUMC.org.
For 80 years, United Methodist Communications and its predecessors have led the church in telling inspirational stories of God's work in the world through The United Methodist Church, reaching new people, supporting local churches in vibrant communications ministry, equipping leaders and delivering messages of hope and healing. Assisting the next generation of communicators is an important way that the agency fulfills their mission.
About United Methodist Communications
As the communications agency for The United Methodist Church, United Methodist Communications seeks to increase awareness and visibility of the denomination in communities and nations around the globe. United Methodist Communications also offers services, tools, and resources for communications ministry. Learn how to support our work at ResourceUMC.org/GiveUMCom.
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