When United Methodists place money or a check into Special Sunday offering envelopes on United Methodist Student Day on Nov. 30, they may be helping a seminary student who has been called to be a pastor or missionary. Gifts may be used to help a student complete nursing school or get an education degree to become a teacher. Whatever their calling, students bolstered by the generous gifts of their fellow United Methodists eventually will bring their faith to the workplace.

Contributions on United Methodist Student Day fuel both career ambitions and spiritual aspirations of future church, community and world leaders.

There are 55 Hoosier recipients of United Methodist scholarships or loans. These students are attending universities and seminaries. To qualify, they must be members of The United Methodist Church but do not need to attend a UM-related institution.

There are 34 South Indiana students who have received scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,000. As a group, they received a total of $25,900 in scholarships and one loan for $5,000.

There are 21 North Indiana students who have received scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,000. As a group, they received a total of $17,600.

For more information and applications for UM student loans and scholarships, call the Office of Loans and Scholarships at the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry at 615-340-7342 or log on to www.Gbhem.org/loans2.html.