scholarships

BRUCE & PHYLLIS JACOBSON SCHOLARSHIP

For undergraduates who will be freshmen in the Fall

After Karl “Bruce” Jacobson passed away in 2014, Phyllis contacted First United Methodist Church, Oak Ridge, and the Holston Conference Foundation about the creation of a scholarship in Bruce’s memory. Phyllis felt that a scholarship would be particularly appropriate since Bruce was an educator at heart and in practice beyond his career as a research scientist. Even in retirement, Bruce taught ORICL classes and never stopped being an active learner and teacher.

Bruce and Phyllis met in the young adult Sunday school class taught by Phyllis’ mother at Euclid Methodist Church in Toledo, Ohio. Bruce was about to be drafted into the military for the Korean War and Phyllis was just back from college. They fell in love and were married at Euclid Methodist Church in 1951.

The Jacobson's moved to Oak Ridge in 1958 from California and their four-year-old daughter, Deborah, implored them to go to “the church with the big steeple” that very first Sunday…and they never left. The Jacobson's made Oak Ridge their home raising one daughter and three sons in the Church. Both were very active in church life. She sang in the choir and he headed many committees. Both taught Sunday school. She also taught elementary school in Oak Ridge. Together they left their mark on the world and during those 63 years together, they never took for granted the many blessings in their lives.

Phyllis’ hope is that this scholarship will positively touch a student’s life and that they will in turn pass along something good themselves.

 

Requirements:

  • Must be (or have been) actively affiliated with First United Methodist Church, Oak Ridge, during your high school years

  • Must be graduating from high school this spring, and planning to attend a college or university this fall

  • Use Generic Scholarship Application when applying for this scholarship

 

Scholarships will be awarded only to students who are accepted for study in a college or university as an undergraduate student.

Deadline for application is April 13, 2020. Complete applications must be postmarked or received by this date. Incomplete applications, as well as applications received after the deadline, will not be considered.

 

Notification of award will be sent no later than June 30 each year.

REBECCA TAYLOR SCHOLARSHIP 

For undergraduate students who graduated from Oak Ridge High School

Rebecca Taylor was a long time educator in Oak Ridge, and a member of First United Methodist Church. She wanted to help students from Oak Ridge High School achieve higher education.

 

Guidelines for the Scholarship:

The Rebecca Taylor Scholarship will be awarded annually to at least one student, or will be divided between two students. Checks will be issues directly to educational institutions.

Requirements:

  • Must be (or have been) actively affiliated with First United Methodist Church, Oak Ridge, Tennessee during your high school years

  • Must have graduated (or are planning to graduate) from Oak Ridge High School

  • Must have at least a 2.5 GPA

  • Must have a strong faith in Christ and exemplify that faith in your daily life

  • Use Generic Scholarship Application when applying for this scholarship

 

Scholarships will be awarded only to students who are accepted for study in a college or university as an undergraduate student.

 

Deadline for application is April 13, 2020. Complete applications must be postmarked or received by this date. Incomplete applications, as well as applications received after the deadline, will not be considered.

Notification of award will be sent no later than June 30 each year.

JEANETTE REYNOLDS SCHOLARSHIP

For students interested in full time ministry in the United Methodist Church

Jeanette Pennington, born March 8, 1902 in Pennington Gap Virginia, married Abram David Reynolds in 1925, after she graduated from East Tennessee University. She was a school teacher in Bristol Tennessee until she retired.  She moved to the Oak Ridge area in the early 1970’s and began attending First United Methodist Church of Oak Ridge with her niece, the late Jean Petersen, and her niece’s husband, the late Guy Petersen. Jeannette enjoyed teaching people about anything, including gardening, playing the piano and sewing, and about the historical ancestors on both the Pennington and the Reynolds sides of her family. She enjoyed her life greatly until her passing in July of 1991 at the age of 89, at which point she donated her body to Vanderbilt School of Medicine. Her ambition was always to make 

learning fun and interesting, and she loved conversation that challenged conventional ideas.  It was because teaching was her greatest joy and passion, and because she had a heart for those whose greatest desire was to learn, that she was inspired to create the Jeannette P. Reynolds memorial scholarship.

 

Guidelines for the Scholarship:

  • Scholarship will be awarded in the amount of $1,000-$3,000 annually to at least one student, or will be divided among two or more students.

  • Anyone who is (or was) affiliated with one of the United Methodist Churches in the Holston Conference will be eligible for the scholarship. Preference will be given to students from First UMC, Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

  • Scholarships will be awarded only to students who are accepted for study in a college, university, or seminary and who have the career goal of ministry in a United Methodist Church.

  • Use the Jeanette Reynolds Scholarship Application to apply for this scholarship.

 

Deadline for application is April 13, 2020. Complete applications must be postmarked or received by this date. Incomplete applications, as well as applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

 

Notification of award will be sent no later than June 30 each year.

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