Methodist Theological School in Ohio has opened its competition for the Rev. and Mrs. James P. Alford Scholarships, offering full tuition plus a $2,000 annual stipend to United Methodist students entering MTSO's Master of Divinity program in the fall of 2009. The Alford Scholarships are renewable for a total of up to three years per student.

Each student competing for an Alford Scholarship must have an undergraduate or graduate grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, letters of reference from pastors and judicatory leaders, membership in a United Methodist church, and a record of active involvement in the community.

Detailed information and scholarship applications are available by contacting MTSO at 800-333-6876 or The application deadline is March 1, 2009. For more information about MTSO, visit