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FUMC Scholarship

Each year the First United Methodist Church Scholarship Committee, representing the FUMC Foundation and its donors, the Bereans Class, and First Company, selects and presents scholarships to applicants who are members or active in the life of the church so they may pursue education beyond the high school level.  Some are graduating high school, some are continuing their college educations, and some have sought higher degrees.  Scholarships are also available to those seeking seminary and vocational/technical educations as well.  We also select recipients for Choir Tour and Mission Trip grants, though these events have been cancelled for this summer.  This year, due to the unique circumstances of worship in a time of pandemic, we honor the recipients in a special, online article as they should be recognized for their accomplishments.  We also thank each of the families who have established and endowed these funds, and all who have contributed to them.  Their generosity has enabled us to provide Scholarships totaling $19,500 for the next academic year.

 

Lisa Brasher has been a leader in both or children’s and youth departments at FUMC.  She attends UCCS, is working toward degrees in Psychology and Social Work, and plans to become a Social Worker enabling her to assist children who need her skills.  As a wife and mother to three, Lisa will be a senior this fall.  She has received a Kenneth L. Hinshaw Scholarship for the next academic year.  

  Sam Brooks will be a sophomore at Williams College in the fall.  He has been active at FUMC for much of his life and is now active at the Prairie Campus.  His influence has been felt at The Place, at Annual Conference, at Citizen’s Project, and in the faith-based groups and events at college. He enjoys reading, podcasts, and games with his family, as well as Ultimate Frisbee.  Sam has received the Joyce and Perry Trytten Scholarship for 2021 and, while his degree is as yet undecided, he is determined that it will enable him to make the world a better place. 
  Alexis Carlson has decided to major in Music K-12 with an emphasis on Secondary Choral Music Education.  She will begin her sophomore year at Colorado State University in the fall.  Alexis has been active in the music and youth groups at FUMC and is a member of the National Association for Music Education.  Lexi played in pep band, sang a cappella, and tutored piano her freshman year.  She is receiving the First Company Scholarship for this coming year.  
  John Christopherson has been accepted to Mansfield University in Mansfield, PA and aspires to become a music director.  He has participated in the FUMC music programs, both youth and Adult for 7+ years.  John has also been involved with the children’s ministry and loves reading, debating, and volunteering.  John is this year’s recipient of theDebra L. Hadley and the Martin-Agee Scholarships. 
  Angelo Matthijs DeRubis (Thijs) will be a freshman at the University of Colorado, Boulder in the fall and plans to major in architecture.  You have seen him at FUMC as a dedicated choir member since he was 4!  Active in football, basketball, baseball, track, Link Crew, DECA, and Navy ROTC at Doherty High School, he has also volunteered at Care and Share, Harvest of Love, and Partners in Housing. Thijs has received a Kenneth L. Hinshaw Scholarship. 
  Jack Doole graduates from The Classical Academy where he participated in track and field, golf, and Highest Choir. His activities at FUMC have included children’s and youth choirs, hand bell choirs, and chorale, youth ministry and mission trips. Jack will attend Oklahoma University to major in mechanical engineering and hopes to become a fighter pilot.  He enjoys playing numerous instruments, golf, and drawing.  Jack has received the Joseph R. Simansky Scholarship.
  Matthew Doole will be a sophomore at Colorado State University majoring in Music Education with plans to teach choir, band, and orchestra.  While in high school he began a non-profit “Project Reasons,” a suicide prevention group by teens for teens, promoting mental health. He loves singing, education, and the Constitution and hopes one day to” teach the word of God through the text” as he directs choirs of his own.  He was very active in youth ministries, youth choir, and always rang the biggest hand bells!  Matthew has received the Patricia L. Puryear Scholarship. 
  Nathaniel Lohmann, a life-long member of FUMC, grew up in the music programs of the church and is active now as a worship support team member, youth leader, guest bassoonist, and as volunteer in various other areas.  This summer he will complete his Masters of Natural Science: Physics from Arizona State University, enabling him to expand his teaching capabilities to the community college level as well as offer “dual/concurrent enrollment” classes to his high school students. Nathaniel has received a Kenneth L. Hinshaw Scholarship. 
  Madeline Radcliff graduates from William J. Palmer High School having sung in various choirs, been part of Poetry Club, Geology Club, gay-Straight-Trans Club, and Anatomy Club.  She will be attending UCCS in the fall with plans to study medical science in hopes of entering the medical profession as a Physician’s Assistant or Nurse Practicioner.  At FUMC she has been active in children’s and youth choirs, chorale, youth ministry and mission trips, and Maundy Thursday Tableaux.  Madeline’s interests include music, and arts, as well as science and medicine.  She is this year’s recipient of the Bereans’ Class Scholarship. 
  Mary Rudolph is continuing her education at Colorado College and majoring in Organismal Biology and Ecology.  Mary had been active in the children’s music program as well as working in Kingdom City and as a drama/music camp volunteer.  She loves bird watching, drawing and painting birds, genetics, hiking and long distance trail running.  Her plan is to use her degree and her “passion for the artistic beauty of birds to expose the importance of protecting birds and the world in which they live.”  Mary has also received a Kenneth L. Hinshaw Scholarship. 
  Antonin Sorrel graduates from Liberty High School having run cross-country and track, been part of All-State Choir and the National Honor Society.  He has been active in youth ministries, missions and youth choir, as well as chorale at FUMC.  He will be attending UCCS and intends to major in Education/Special Education.  He enjoys working with youth, singing, and riding his unicycle!  Antonin has received a Kenneth L. Hinshaw Scholarship.
  Raina Vasquez is FUMC family.  She started in the preschool and has participated and helped with Vacation Bible School, spent time at John Wesley Ranch, and every Christmas Eve at church with her family.  This will be her senior year at the University of Northern Colorado and she is majoring Elementary Education, earning an endorsement in Culturally Linguistically Diverse Education, and she hopes to student teach in Colorado Springs this fall.  Raina has received the Kenneth and Joyce Stave-Kentner Scholarship for 2021. 
  Patricia Wurmstein is entering her sophomore year at Texas Tech University majoring in Marketing.  She is active in a sorority, Raiders Against Drunk Drivers, and Raider Riot the Spirit Squad.  At FUMC she was a member of the worship support team for the Contemporary Worship and helped with Kingdom City activities and VBS. Her interests include politics, volleyball and tennis, sorority activities and various volunteer activities.  Tricia has received a Kenneth L. Hinshaw Scholarship.


 

 

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FUMC Scholarship

Each year the First United Methodist Church Scholarship Committee, representing the FUMC Foundation and its donors, the Bereans Class, and First Company, selects and presents scholarships to applicants who are members or active in the life of the church so they may pursue education beyond the high school level.  Some are graduating high school, some are continuing their college educations, and some have sought higher degrees.  Scholarships are also available to those seeking seminary and vocational/technical educations as well.  We also select recipients for Choir Tour and Mission Trip grants, though these events have been cancelled for this summer.  This year, due to the unique circumstances of worship in a time of pandemic, we honor the recipients in a special, online article as they should be recognized for their accomplishments.  We also thank each of the families who have established and endowed these funds, and all who have contributed to them.  Their generosity has enabled us to provide Scholarships totaling $19,500 for the next academic year.

 

Lisa Brasher has been a leader in both or children’s and youth departments at FUMC.  She attends UCCS, is working toward degrees in Psychology and Social Work, and plans to become a Social Worker enabling her to assist children who need her skills.  As a wife and mother to three, Lisa will be a senior this fall.  She has received a Kenneth L. Hinshaw Scholarship for the next academic year.  

  Sam Brooks will be a sophomore at Williams College in the fall.  He has been active at FUMC for much of his life and is now active at the Prairie Campus.  His influence has been felt at The Place, at Annual Conference, at Citizen’s Project, and in the faith-based groups and events at college. He enjoys reading, podcasts, and games with his family, as well as Ultimate Frisbee.  Sam has received the Joyce and Perry Trytten Scholarship for 2021 and, while his degree is as yet undecided, he is determined that it will enable him to make the world a better place. 
  Alexis Carlson has decided to major in Music K-12 with an emphasis on Secondary Choral Music Education.  She will begin her sophomore year at Colorado State University in the fall.  Alexis has been active in the music and youth groups at FUMC and is a member of the National Association for Music Education.  Lexi played in pep band, sang a cappella, and tutored piano her freshman year.  She is receiving the First Company Scholarship for this coming year.  
  John Christopherson has been accepted to Mansfield University in Mansfield, PA and aspires to become a music director.  He has participated in the FUMC music programs, both youth and Adult for 7+ years.  John has also been involved with the children’s ministry and loves reading, debating, and volunteering.  John is this year’s recipient of theDebra L. Hadley and the Martin-Agee Scholarships. 
  Angelo Matthijs DeRubis (Thijs) will be a freshman at the University of Colorado, Boulder in the fall and plans to major in architecture.  You have seen him at FUMC as a dedicated choir member since he was 4!  Active in football, basketball, baseball, track, Link Crew, DECA, and Navy ROTC at Doherty High School, he has also volunteered at Care and Share, Harvest of Love, and Partners in Housing. Thijs has received a Kenneth L. Hinshaw Scholarship. 
  Jack Doole graduates from The Classical Academy where he participated in track and field, golf, and Highest Choir. His activities at FUMC have included children’s and youth choirs, hand bell choirs, and chorale, youth ministry and mission trips. Jack will attend Oklahoma University to major in mechanical engineering and hopes to become a fighter pilot.  He enjoys playing numerous instruments, golf, and drawing.  Jack has received the Joseph R. Simansky Scholarship.
  Matthew Doole will be a sophomore at Colorado State University majoring in Music Education with plans to teach choir, band, and orchestra.  While in high school he began a non-profit “Project Reasons,” a suicide prevention group by teens for teens, promoting mental health. He loves singing, education, and the Constitution and hopes one day to” teach the word of God through the text” as he directs choirs of his own.  He was very active in youth ministries, youth choir, and always rang the biggest hand bells!  Matthew has received the Patricia L. Puryear Scholarship. 
  Nathaniel Lohmann, a life-long member of FUMC, grew up in the music programs of the church and is active now as a worship support team member, youth leader, guest bassoonist, and as volunteer in various other areas.  This summer he will complete his Masters of Natural Science: Physics from Arizona State University, enabling him to expand his teaching capabilities to the community college level as well as offer “dual/concurrent enrollment” classes to his high school students. Nathaniel has received a Kenneth L. Hinshaw Scholarship. 
  Madeline Radcliff graduates from William J. Palmer High School having sung in various choirs, been part of Poetry Club, Geology Club, gay-Straight-Trans Club, and Anatomy Club.  She will be attending UCCS in the fall with plans to study medical science in hopes of entering the medical profession as a Physician’s Assistant or Nurse Practicioner.  At FUMC she has been active in children’s and youth choirs, chorale, youth ministry and mission trips, and Maundy Thursday Tableaux.  Madeline’s interests include music, and arts, as well as science and medicine.  She is this year’s recipient of the Bereans’ Class Scholarship. 
  Mary Rudolph is continuing her education at Colorado College and majoring in Organismal Biology and Ecology.  Mary had been active in the children’s music program as well as working in Kingdom City and as a drama/music camp volunteer.  She loves bird watching, drawing and painting birds, genetics, hiking and long distance trail running.  Her plan is to use her degree and her “passion for the artistic beauty of birds to expose the importance of protecting birds and the world in which they live.”  Mary has also received a Kenneth L. Hinshaw Scholarship. 
  Antonin Sorrel graduates from Liberty High School having run cross-country and track, been part of All-State Choir and the National Honor Society.  He has been active in youth ministries, missions and youth choir, as well as chorale at FUMC.  He will be attending UCCS and intends to major in Education/Special Education.  He enjoys working with youth, singing, and riding his unicycle!  Antonin has received a Kenneth L. Hinshaw Scholarship.
  Raina Vasquez is FUMC family.  She started in the preschool and has participated and helped with Vacation Bible School, spent time at John Wesley Ranch, and every Christmas Eve at church with her family.  This will be her senior year at the University of Northern Colorado and she is majoring Elementary Education, earning an endorsement in Culturally Linguistically Diverse Education, and she hopes to student teach in Colorado Springs this fall.  Raina has received the Kenneth and Joyce Stave-Kentner Scholarship for 2021. 
  Patricia Wurmstein is entering her sophomore year at Texas Tech University majoring in Marketing.  She is active in a sorority, Raiders Against Drunk Drivers, and Raider Riot the Spirit Squad.  At FUMC she was a member of the worship support team for the Contemporary Worship and helped with Kingdom City activities and VBS. Her interests include politics, volleyball and tennis, sorority activities and various volunteer activities.  Tricia has received a Kenneth L. Hinshaw Scholarship.


 

 

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FUMC Foundation Scholarships

The First United Methodist Church (FUMC) Foundation provides gifting opportunities to those individuals, families and foundations that wish to provide long-term support to the Church’s facilities, programs, ministries, and missions. The monies donated are often given in memory or in honor of members of our congregation. The Foundation invests these donations and uses the proceeds earned to provide support to the Church.


SCHOLARSHIPS

Student scholarships are offered each year for students within FUMC who are seeking a higher education.  These scholarships are given on an annual basis to help members of our congregation earn a technical degree, a college degree, or go on to advanced theological training. In 2019 the Foundation held almost $500,000 in funds for various scholarships and has, to date, presented more than $140,000 in scholarships and support for Youth Choir Tour and Youth Missions.

These scholarships are possible because of generous donations to the Foundation.  Scholarships are endowed when donors specifically designate their gift for that sole purpose. These donations are invested and managed by the FUMC Foundation to increase their value over time and extend the number of students they can assist.  The Foundation will continue to grow these funds so our FUMC students can look forward to scholarship assistance in the future.

Scholarships are often made in the name of an individual.  Scholarships may be open to all students, may be designated to be distributed over a certain period, or designated to be used for a specific type of education. There are many scholarships available through FUMC for students with goals of higher education.  The following are a few example scholarships.

  • The Miriam Barrett Seminary Student Scholarship helps students acquire the theological training needed to pursue a career in an approved religious affiliated institution.
  • The Debra L. Hadley Youth Student Scholarshipassists high school graduates that are now or have been associated with the Youth Ministries or Youth Music Program of First United Methodist Church in acquiring a College, Community College or Trade School education.
  • The Kris Lohrmeyer Youth Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance for young people wanting to attend either a Youth Singers Tour or a Youth Mission Trip.

Each year, the Scholarship Committee solicits applications from students of all ages. The committee then undertakes the task of carefully considering the merits of the applicants. Applications and scholarship booklets are available in December each year and can be found in the racks around the church and online.  Applications are submitted after December 15th and due no later than February 28th. The Scholarship Committee decides who should be awarded each scholarship.  The amount of each scholarship is determined yearly based on the balance of the fund, the designation of the donor, and a rolling average percentage of the various scholarship funds.


RESTRICTED OR UNRESTRICTED

The members of the Foundation Board and Scholarship Committee are committed to following the wishes of the donors about how monies earned are used.  Donors can specify eligibility requirements for their scholarship or list a yearly award limitation.  Others make no restrictions which allows the committee more flexibility to select the recipients, whether or not to provide multiple scholarships from a fund and allows the committee to consider the various educational opportunities of the applicants.


STARTING A SCHOLARSHIP OR MAKING A DONATION

Do you want to help members of First United Methodist Church pursue higher education? The Foundation is always looking for additional money to increase the value of the present scholarships or for anyone who desires to establish a new scholarship in memory of a loved one or valued friend. Amounts of $10,000 or greater are needed to establish a new scholarship. Any amount can be donated to the Foundation to enhance one of the present scholarships.  

Donations to the Foundation — whether restricted or unrestricted — are tax deductible for income tax purposes.  If you are interested in making a donation to the Foundation for use in establishing a new scholarship, adding to one of the present scholarships, or more generally providing long-term support to the Church, please feel free to contact the current President of the Foundation,  Michael Reeder at 719-598-0523 or [email protected]