Methodist Theological School in Ohio, located in greater Columbus, has opened its competition for the Harding Scholarship, offering full tuition plus a $10,000 annual stipend to a student entering in the fall of 2009. The Harding Scholarship is one of 50 full-tuition scholarships offered by MTSO.

Each candidate for the Harding Scholarship must: be nominated by a judicatory official, undergraduate faculty member or undergraduate chaplain; be accepted in one of four master's degree programs: Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Counseling Ministries, Master of Arts in Christian Education or Master of Theological Studies; complete a qualifying essay; and have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.6 on a 4.0 scale.

The Harding Scholarship was made possible by and created in honor of Jack E. Harding, a lifelong resident of Newark, Ohio, and good friend of MTSO, and his mother, Alberta E. Harding. Its purpose is to attract the nation's most capable students to MTSO for full-time graduate theological study. It was first awarded in 2006.

Those who apply for the Harding Scholarship may also be considered for other MTSO scholarships.

The application deadline is Jan. 30, 2009. Chosen finalists will attend interviews Feb. 16 and 17, on the MTSO campus.

For detailed information and scholarship applications, visit www.mtso.edu/harding, call 800-333-6876 or write to admit@mtso.edu.