2021-2022 Foundry Scholarships

Who can apply:

Any student who is a member of, or closely associated with*, Foundry United Methodist Church.
* for example, a regular attendee, an immediate family member of a Foundry member, a participant in Foundry UMC’s mission activities

How to Apply:

1. Gather supporting documents:

• A copy of your most recent academic transcript.
• Documentation of any financial need - for example a copy of the last page of your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), verification of free/reduced lunch, relevant pages from other scholarship applications, or a description of your specific circumstances demonstrating financial need.

2. Write your scholarship essay.

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

3. Complete and submit your application.

Upload and attach your essay, transcript, and documentation of any financial to your application. All materials must be received by the application deadline of May 15, 2021 in order to be considered.

Alida Smith Memorial Scholarship Application Edward W. Bauman Scholarship Application

Scholarship FAQs

1. How do you decide who receives an award?

The Coordinator of the Scholarship Ministry Team removes personal data from the applications and codes the applications before distributing them to the Ministry Team members. Each Ministry Team member then reviews and rates all applications based on a standard set of criteria, including the quality of the application and documentation of any financial need. The full Ministry Team then meets and collectively reaches final award decisions. Please note that all information provided by the applicants is held in strict confidence. As noted, all application review is done anonymously. After the scholarships have been awarded, all applications, or copies thereof used by the Scholarship Ministry Team are destroyed. If you receive an award, your name (but not the amount of the your scholarship) will be public information.

2. How much are the awards?

Award amounts vary from year to year depending on the award allotment available from the underlying investments and the number of applicants.

3. I applied for a scholarship. When will I hear back?

We hope to have all applications reviewed and decisions made as early as possible in the spring/summer so that applicants can plan for the coming 2021-2022 school year. 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.

4. I received a Foundry scholarship in the past. Can I apply again?

Yes! We encourage past recipients to re-apply if they are eligible.

5. Who is on the Scholarship Ministry Team?

The 2021 Scholarship Ministry Team members are: Margie McKelvey (chair), Henry Curry, Allison Kramer, Parker Low, Cathy O’Sullivan, Victoria Sanchez, Lauren Sheram, and Steve Zagami. Connect with us at Foundry or email us at

6. Who is Edward W. Bauman?

Reverend Dr. Bauman served as the senior minister of Foundry UMC from 1964 to 1992. When he arrived in 1964, the church was racially segregated and did not welcome black members; it moved to do so in 1965. Dr. Bauman encouraged he formation of mission groups to tackle social justice issues such as hunger and homelessness. He sparked controversy in 1977 when he preached on “The Gay Life" as part of a series on love and marriage - a sermon that was also carried on the Bauman Bible Telecast - wherein he said, “the spirit of Christ will enable us to express compassion and acceptance toward the homosexuals among us.” Another later controversial sermon on Judaism, Christianity, and Islam noted that each worshipped the same God. In 1979, Time magazine named Dr. Bauman one of the nation's top seven preachers based on his ability to nurture his congregation and "convey, along with solid content and skillful delivery, the sense of overwhelming conviction.” Upon his departure from Foundry, Dr. Bauman shocked everyone when he sent a letter to each church member confessing that during his nearly 28 years as their pastor, he had had inappropriate relationships with several women in the congregation.

7. Who was Alida Smith?

Dr. Alida Smith was an educator in Washington, DC. The scholarship fund in her honor was established in the early 1980s at the time the Foundry UMC sanctuary was being renovated and the new Casavant organ installed. There was significant controversy over the decision to spend large sums of money on our building at a time when, as now, there were so many social ministry needs. So at the insistence of some Foundry members, the scholarship fund was created and was part of the fundraising effort that included the organ and the other renovations.

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