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First United Methodist Church of Akron is pleased to offer a number of scholarship applications to youth and adults who are members or regularly attend the church.


  • All applications need to be typed. Applications can be completed and submitted via the online form below or by printing off the application and mailing it in or delivering it to the church office. The application deadline will be  Sunday April 30th, 2023.

  • Please put thought and time into your essay responses as they will be judged in terms of content, quality of writing, and thoroughness of answers.​

  • The scholarship monies will be sent directly to the school or program to be credited to the student's account.

  • Information for sending a thank you to the appropriate individual/group will be included in the notification letter.

  • Please contact the Church office if you have questions about this process at 330-376-8143 or email

Applications Due: Sunday April 30th, 2023



Flora Flint, born in 1916, has earned the reputation of being a prominent Akron business woman.  Starting out as a bookkeeper for a local department store during the Depression, she simultaneously attended the University of Akron for 7 years to earn a degree in secretarial science.  She then went on to become the the executive secretary to the general superintendent of General Tire in 1946 and the vice president of the General Investment Real Estate Holding Company in 1956.  Flora established a student counseling program for Akron Public Schools high school students, giving young women the opportunity to get on the job training in local business and industry.  Flora was also very active at the local, state, and national levels of the American Association of American Women.

   -  This scholarship is open to any female seeking an undergraduate or graduate degree.

   -  Preference will be given to a woman pursuing a Business Degree.

   -  The applicant must be a member or regularly attend First United Methodist Church of Akron for at

       least a year prior to applying for this scholarship. 

   -  The applicant must participate in community service.

   -  The applicant must be in good academic standing.



Mr. and Mrs. Shean were long time members of First United Methodist Church and established the Shean Scholarship to assist church members in pursuing higher education.  They are survived by their son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter.  Mrs. Shean was know for her love of chocolate and all things sweet.  She was a frequent contributor to fulfill church needs including the purchasing of children's choir robes, needlepoint chair covers, and benches in the narthex.


   -  The applicant must be a member of First United Methodist Church of Akron. 

   -  The applicant must a high school graduate with at least a C average and entering a college/university

      for the first time as a freshman.

   -  Previous recipients may apply but incoming freshmen applicants will be given preference.

   -  The applicant is to carry a full load of study and maintain at least a C average.


Born in Clarke, Alabama in 1890, Zula moved to the Akron area upon her marriage to Samuel E. Goodwin in 1890.  Zula became a member of the First United Methodist Church of Akron and was a much loved and respected Sunday School teacher.  In her public life, she became one of nine vice chairs of the State Democratic Executive Committee in 1938.  After her death in 1987 at age 96, her estate monies were used to establish the Zula Z. Goodwin Educational Fund which grants scholarship assistance to multiple recipients each year.


   -  Application is open to those seeking further education in a trade skill or college education.

   -  The award of this scholarship is based on financial need and grades.

   -  The applicant must be a member or regular attendee of First United Methodist Church of Akron.

   -  The applicant must participate in FUMC activities and programs.


From 1952 until 1976, Mrs. Lois Lorine Harvey helped her beloved husband, Dr. Marion S. Harvey, who was then the pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Akron.  Together they enjoyed encouraging University of Akron international students to become a part of the overall church family and to even spend many holidays at their parsonage home.  In 1952, they founded the Keystone Sunday School Class.


  -  This scholarship is to help a qualifying, full-time student to further his/her education at

     The University of Akron or any Ohio based university.

      Preference may be given to a University of Akron applicant.

  -  The Keystone Scholarship Selection Committee will determine who will be awarded a scholarship.

  -  The applicant must have attended the FUMC of Akron regularly during the previous year.

  -  The applicant must have a B average or higher (3.0 accumulative)

  -  The applicant must demonstrate economic need.


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