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What is the Ben Alford Scholarship Competition?

The Cal Turner, Jr. Center for Church Leadership for 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.


  • Current and active member of a congregation with Methodist heritage including United Methodist Church, AME, AME Zion, CME, AUMP, or UAME
  • A GPA of 2.75 or above
  • The desire for a long-term commitment to the church as either lay or clergy

The 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:

Who should apply?
High School seniors who:

  • Are members of the United Methodist Church
  • Have a 2.75 or above
  • Possess the desire for long-term commitment to the United Methodist Church

2017 Ben Alford Scholar, Hannah Warf.  Home Church: Goshen United Methodist Church     2017 Ben Alford Scholarship Winner - Timothy Paris.  Home Church: New Life United Methodist Church


Martin Methodist College

433 West Madison St.
Pulaski, TN 38478