Photo right: A memorial scholarship honoring the Rev. H.J Hedgepeth and his wife Orell will support a Mississippi college student.
The Mississippi United Methodist Foundation is pleased to announce the creation of the Rev. H. J. Hedgepeth and Mrs. Orell Hedgepeth Memorial Scholarship Endowment established by the Rev. Mitchell Hedgepeth and his wife Catherine. The memorial scholarship is given in support of United Methodist students from Mississippi, preparing for a career in music or ministerial services, attending Mississippi State University, the University of Mississippi, the University of Southern Mississippi, or Jackson State University.
Rev. Mitchell Hedgepeth and Catherine (photo below, right) decided to create the endowment to honor his parents and to assist students in their education. Mitchell remembers the hardship of attending seminary and serving a church at the same time. Even with the salary from the church and money from the Ministerial Education Fund, it was a challenge to pay all the bills. Mitchell's parents were unable to assist him because they had three children in college at the same time.
Mitchell recalls how much it helped to receive funds from the Mississippi United Methodist Foundation. This additional scholarship often provided the amount needed to cover the balance owed on tuition.
He writes, "Here is my true blessing. I went to seminary in the fall of 1982 not knowing how I was going to afford a seminary education, but I knew that God had called me to ministry. With the blessings received from the Mississippi United Methodist Foundation Scholarship Funds, I was able to attend Candler School of Theology for three years and leave the school with all bills, "paid-in-full!"
If you wish to contribute to the Rev. H. J. Hedgepeth and Mrs. Orell Hedgepeth Memorial Scholarship Endowment, you may send your check to the Mississippi United Methodist Foundation, P. O. Box 2415, Ridgeland, MS 39158.
If you are interested in establishing a scholarship with the Mississippi United Methodist Foundation, call 601.948.8845.