The Cal Turner, Jr.Center for Church Leadership of Martin Methodist College awards two or more Ben Alford Scholarships each year to students showing exceptional promise in the area of church leadership. These are full tuition scholarships, renewable for all four years. Recipients will be determined by a special committee in a competition held on campus. The competition includes an on-campus essay and personal interview.

Competition Date: February 25, 2017
  1. Be a current and active member of a congregation with Methodist heritage including United Methodist Church, AME, AME Zion, CME, AUMP, or UAME,
  2. Possess a minimum of a 2.75 grade point average,
  3. A desire for a long-term commitment to the church as either lay or clergy.

Scholarships are open to any major; applicants need not work in paid ministry in order to be eligible.

To apply for the Ben Alford Scholarship Competition, you must submit the following:
  1. MMC Application for Admission
  2. Ben Alford Scholars' Application
  3. High School Transcript
  4. Copy of ACT/SAT score
  5. Written reference from clergy which address your promise for leadership in the Methodist Church.
  6. Written reference from a teacher or person in the church addressing your leadership abilities.


*To request more information please contact, Mrs. Tijunia Brooks, Executive Assistant at 931.363.9898 or

The 2016 Ben Alford Scholarship Recipients:

Karoline Peters, from Clarksville, Tenn.

Peters is a 2016 graduate from Montgomery County High School where she served as the student government Vice president, editor of the yearbook, and as an active member of the National Honor Society and both the Science and English Honor Societies. Peters is committed to serving others and has traveled on several mission trips to Belize, North Carolina, the Appalachia area, and in her own hometown. She also volunteers at Manna Cafe and the Salvation Army. Peters plans to continue her service and leadership at Martin Methodist College.


Gracelyn Dodson, from Huntland, Tenn.

Dodson graduated from Huntland High School as the 2016 Valedictorian. She was senior class president, president of the student council, and leader of the saxophone section of the Huntland High School Band. Dodson enjoys volunteering with her church youth group, and she has a special interest in knowledge and reasoning which confirms her plans to major in religion and philosophy at Martin Methodist College.

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