We are currently revising our scholarship program. Further information will be available this summer, with award decisions made this fall. We thank you for your patience.

Post Secondary Scholarships for Students in College and Graduate School

Scholarships have been awarded to students of our congregation seeking financial aid to help further their quest for higher education since 1983. Since then, scholarships have been awarded to more than 300 deserving students active in our church planning to attend a post high school educational facility.
The Scholarship Committee, founded in 1986 and consisting of approximately six lay members nominated by the Committee on Lay Leadership, strives to administer the scholarship monies consistently and fairly.

Scholarships remain possible through the William K and Ruth A Bullock Memorial Scholarship, and the Lucinda Dittmer Memorial Scholarship. Families honoring loved ones may choose to generously donate towards the Scholarship Fund.


William K. and Ruth A. Bullock Memorial Scholarship

One $5000 Scholarship
Two $2500 Scholarships

Donated from the estate of Mary Bullock in memory of her parents, William K. and Ruth A. Bullock, who both emphasized the importance of education. Mary loved being a kindergarten teacher in the Villa Park school district for 40 years. She was beloved by all who met her, especially her students and co-workers. She loved life; singing, dancing, and playing the piano were her passions.

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Awarded to a deserving student who is an active member of the United Methodist Church of Geneva.
  • Acceptance/enrollment at a two-year or four-year college, university, technical or vocational school as an undergraduate student.
  • Preference given to a student planning on attending a community college or technical/vocational school.
  • Preference given to an applicant planning to pursue a career in elementary education.
  • Active in extra-curricular activities at their school as well as their local community.
  • Preference given to a candidate with a 3.0 or higher GPA.

Lucinda & Gary Dittmer (2010)

Lucinda J. Dittmer Memorial Scholarship

One $2000 Scholarship

Lucinda was a member of Hugs and served on the Staff Parish Relations Committee. She was a faithful member of UMCG for 15 years. Lucinda was a teacher for academically gifted students in district 304. She joined the Illinois Math and Science Academy to develop their math curriculum, and earned her PhD in problem-based learning while at IMSA.

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Preference to those studying (elementary) education (K – 8th grade).
  • Student must have a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade point average by the end of the student’s junior year.
  • The Scholarship Committee shall give preference to students with financial need (all other scholarships should be included to determine need).
  • Student must have been active in at least 2 extra-curricular activities, sports, or UMCG outreach programs.
  • Student must have been confirmed by a Christian church.

Click here for UMC General Board of Higher Education and Ministry scholarship information.

Click Here for List of Each Year’s Scholarship Recipients