-The Mary Smathers Ward Scholarship is an annual scholarship.
Application can be made on a yearly basis while enrolled as a full-time student in an
Institution of higher learning.
-The amount of each award will be determined by the amount of available funds created
by interest earned on the principle of the endowment.
-The Committee will determine the amount of awards based on the declared needs
documented by each student.
-Based on the number of applicants, the level of awards will be determined by a base line
amount which will be established by the committee.
-The Committee has the discretion to give special attention to the needs of seminary
students, as well as to applicants who exhibit exceptional financial need.
-The Committee maintains the discretion to cap the award amounts in the event of a low
number of submitted applications.
-Applicants must be enrolled as a full-time student in an institution of higher learning.
An institution of higher learning is defined as a college; university; post high school
vocational program; or graduate program.
-Applicants must be a member of First United Methodist Church. (The Committee
maintains discretion to give special consideration to non-members based on their
current active involvement at First United Methodist Church, Vero Beach, Florida.)
-Advertisement of application availability, deadline dates, etc., will be made through the
bulletin; Circuit Rider; and, on the FUMC web site.
-Scholarships will be awarded no later than September 1 of each academic year.
-In the event of a low number of applicants, the Committee may choose to extend the
deadline date and re-advertise application availability.