Birmingham-Southern College to host Christian Vocation Scholarship Day on Feb. 11, 2012


Birmingham-Southern College will host its Christian Vocation Scholarship Day on Saturday, February 11, 2012, in the Berte Humanities Building. The day will be from 8:30 a.m. to approximately 1:30 p.m. and will include interviews and lunch.

Birmingham-Southern College's Director of Church Relations Laura Sisson says on that day the college anticipates awarding scholarships totaling $90,000.

For 2011-12, the college awarded 121 scholarships from the United Methodist Scholarship Fund. This is funded from church gifts and a small endowment, for United Methodist scholarships, which has remained secure and stable in the shaky economic environment.

Graduating high school seniors discerning a call to Christian vocation in the United Methodist Church are invited to interview for tuition scholarships supporting vocation and ministry. These Scholarships include the Elizabeth Henry Evins Scholarship for Christian Vocation, United Methodist Ministerial Student Scholarships, and the United Methodist Christian Education Scholarship. 

  • The Elizabeth Henry Evins Scholarship for Christian Vocation provides tuition assistance for students responding to the call of God to Christian Vocation. Vocational calls may be to age-level ministries, mission leadership, and others. Recipients participate in the Programs for Ministry through the Office of Church Relations which includes internships in a variety of church experiences and covenant relationships for continued discernment.
  • United Methodist Ministerial Student Scholarships provide tuition assistance to students called of God and committed to ministry and ordination, and who engage in the Programs for Ministry through the Office of Church Relations including ministry internships and covenant partnerships.
  • The United Methodist Christian Education Scholarship provides tuition assistance and practical education for students who are members of The United Methodist Church working toward professional credentials or ordination in Christian Education, and who engage in the Programs for Ministry including internships and covenant partnerships.

In a letter to pastors Sisson explains, “The support system for pre-ministry students at Birmingham-Southern includes covenant groups for discernment; internships and opportunities to 'try-on' a variety of ministry programs; workshops and conferences; scholarships for travel to seminaries; and graduate program admission assistance on campus." She adds, "Of course, this in addition to an excellent course of study that prepares them well for seminary and graduate programs. With the resources of the Board of Ordained Ministry on campus, students have added opportunity to explore and prepare for candidacy.”

The deadline for Birmingham-Southern College to receive completed applications is February 1, 2012.

Click here to download an application.

Applicants must:

  • be discerning the call to ministry
  • be able to articulate a personal theology
  • be an active member of a United Methodist Church
  • complete the attached form
  • submit a letter of recommendation from their pastor
  • submit a letter of recommendation from a member of the church 

For more information, contact Laura Sisson at, (205) 226-4861 or 800-523-5793, ext. 4861

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