The United Methodist Children’s Home (UMCH) is working with The University of Alabama and the University of North Alabama to provide scholarships and housing to foster children and other children in alternative living situations while they attend college.
UMCH will provide this opportunity for young people using its existing Tuscaloosa and Florence group homes beginning in the fall of 2013. The home in Tuscaloosa will be dedicated to young men, while the home in Florence will be open to young women.
“Reaching out to students who grew up in foster care and similar situations is a priority for The University of Alabama, and we are honored to be able to work with the United Methodist Children’s Home to help make college a possibility for these students,” said UA President Judy Bonner. “This is an opportunity to touch the lives of students in a way that will make a significant difference.”
“We are very excited about being a partner with the United Methodist Children’s Home. Education is the foundation that opens doors of opportunity and UMCH is building that foundation for young people who are in their care. It is a magnificent program, offering both scholarships and out-of-class support,” said William G. Cale, president of the University of North Alabama.
Both locations will afford the students a protected home surrounding along with life skills and services that will provide them with an environment for collegiate and social success.
“The United Methodist Children’s Home is delighted to provide this opportunity for young people who wouldn’t otherwise have it. When I look back on my own life, there were three key factors that positively shaped my life course: a loving family, a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and a higher education. Through these new programs we will be able to offer young people an opportunity to experience all of this and much more,” said Dr. K. Blake Horne, president/CEO of UMCH. “With the ongoing support we receive from our United Methodist Churches we will continue to fulfill the Wesleyan tradition of developing both the mind and spiritual life of our young people through these scholarship homes.”
The application for the program is available on the UMCH website, www.umch.net. The application deadline is Friday, April 5. Those interested in learning more about the UMCH scholarships and how they can support this important program are asked to contact Rebecca Morris at Rebecca@umch.net or (205) 837-0141.
The United Methodist Children’s Home (UMCH) continues to be a pioneer in family and children’s services, having assisted thousands since its formation in 1890. Based in Montgomery, UMCH’s ministries include residential group homes for children and Babies First, which provides young mothers and their babies with a safe place to live and grow. Additionally, UMCH administers foster care and adoption home services, as well as family preservation and support services designed to keep families united whenever possible. These ministries are available to all in need regardless of religious affiliation. For more information, visit www.umch.net or call (205) 837-0141.