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Did You Know UM Student Day was the original Special Sunday?

UM Student Day was the original Special Sunday?


Dating back to 1872, this fund was the first collection taken in United Methodist Church Sunday school classes to advance the education of their children. The United Methodist church recognizes educating their children was and still is today a strong investment in the future of the church. The special Sunday was established as a Children’s Fund and in 1940 was renamed as Student Day. Initially this Sunday was observed in June, but since 1968 it is celebrated on last Sunday in November.


United Methodist Student Day was the original Special Sunday created by United Methodist Church Sunday Schools who collected offerings to help advance education for their children. The fund was originally established in 1872 as the Children’s Fund. Today United Methodist Student Day Sunday has the same purpose, calling upon the denomination to support their students as they prepare for life by adding knowledge to their faith. The funds received from the offering go into the United Methodist Student Loan Fund to underwrite scholarships for United Methodist students. Currently, there are over 70 scholarships available for United Methodist students. The fund is administered by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM). Students can apply for scholarships at

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