Foundry Scholarships

College is expensive! Foundry's Scholarship Ministry Team wants to help! 

Foundry offers two scholarships:

  • The Alida Smith Memorial Scholarship for both undergraduate and graduate students at any institution.
  • The Edward W. Bauman Scholarship for those attending seminary and planning to enter Christian ministry upon graduation.

Who can Apply

Any student who is a member (or whose family are members) of Foundry United Methodist Church. 

We welcome applications from students attending community colleges, four-year institutions, and graduate institutions.

Questions? See the FAQs below or contact the Scholarship Ministry Team at

How to Apply

1. Download your application

 2. Gather documents

Documents required:

  • A copy of your most recent academic transcript
  • A copy of the last page of your FAFSA or verification of free/reduced lunch if you would like us to consider financial need

If you cannot obtain one or both of these documents, you are still encouraged to apply.

3. Write your scholarship essay

Both scholarships require 1 essay. See the scholarship application form above for topics. Maximum essay length is 650 words.

4. Submit your application

Applications are due August 1.  Once you have completed the application form, gathered the required documents, and written your scholarship essay, email all materials to You may also drop off all materials at the Foundry Welcome Desk or mail them to the church to the attention of the Scholarship Ministry Team. All materials must be received by the application deadline in order to be considered.

Scholarship FAQs

How do you decide who receives an award?
All information provided by the applicants will be held in strict confidence among the members of the Scholarship Committee. All application review is done anonymously. Personal data is removed and applications are coded by the Coordinator of the Ministry Team. Each Ministry Team member then reviews and rates all applications based on a standard rubric. The full Ministry Team then meets and collectively reaches final award decisions. After the scholarships have been awarded, all applications or copies thereof used by the Scholarship Ministry Team will be destroyed.

How much are the awards?
Award amounts vary year to year depending on the award allotment available and the number of applications.

I applied for a scholarship. When will I hear back?
All applicants whose applications are reviewed will be notified by email; either that they have been granted a scholarship, or that they did not receive a scholarship. Award recipients will then be announced to the Foundry United Methodist Church community.

I received a Foundry scholarship in the past. Can I apply again?
Yes! We encourage past recipients to re-apply if eligible.
Alida Smith Scholarship Application.pdf139.17 KB
Edward W Bauman Scholarship Application.pdf82.13 KB