Student Day Scholarships Build Future of Church
By: Matthew Johnson, Connectional Ministries and Communications Assistant
Finances are a major hurdle for many college students. As the cost of a college education rises, many students are looking for opportunities to garner additional funds to offset rising higher education costs. Through the United Methodist Student Day offering, United Methodist churches can invest in the future of the church by helping provide scholarships for Methodist students.
Jaci Murden is a senior music business major at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee. She is the daughter of Rev. Robert Murden, pastor of Safe Harbor United Methodist Church in Moss Point, and has been an active part of many United Methodist congregations throughout her life. Murden received scholarships from United Methodist organizations to help fund her high education.
“Going to college is a great opportunity, but it is not a cheap one,” said Murden. “Thankfully, I have received $9,250 in scholarships from different United Methodist organizations throughout my college career. These scholarships have helped to provide me with a Christian higher education.”
Murden will graduate in December 2022 and has plans to pursue a career in music administration. She is thankful for the educational opportunities she has been able to take advantage of thanks to the generosity of members of The United Methodist Church.
“I think that it is very important for the church to foster and develop the next generation to become future leaders of the church,” said Murden. “Helping to support the next generation in their education is just one of the ways we can support the future church.”
As The United Methodist Church grows and changes it will need prepared young people to lead the way. Investing in Methodist students supports their connection to the church and gives them an opportunity to pour back into the church. For the 2022 school year, 35 Mississippi United Methodist students received scholarships totaling $54,150 in assistance. For information on United Methodist Student Day including the pastor and leader kit, click here