UMCH Higher Education Homes

UMCH Higher Education Homes


In partnership with the higher education institutions in Tuscaloosa and Florence we provide a higher education for college age foster youth in both areas. Providing these two homes allows UMCH to care for foster youth for longer periods of their life cycle, ensuring greater continuity and stability in their lives.


To provide college age foster students a stable and loving environment where they can seek a better life through faith in Christ and a higher education. The goal is to cultivate growth in individuals that focus on academics, spiritual and social aspects tailored to each student’s needs.


Students must be accepted to a higher education institution in Tuscaloosa or Florence before applying for the Knabe Scholarship. The student must have a 2.5 GPA, demonstrate good moral character and demonstrate leadership skills.

* A limited number of scholarships are available to those under a 2.5 GPA.


Scholars will be automatically awarded subsequent scholarships as long as the following requirements are met:

  • 2.5 GPA is maintained
  • Scholar continues to display good moral character
  • Scholar adheres to all policies of the scholarship home

  • Questions:

    Contact UMCH’s Director of Residential Services


    Higher Ed Scholarship Application

    Click here to complete the online scholarship application.

    Applications and other required materials should be sent to or the following mailing address:

    United Methodist Children's Home
    ATTN: Director of Residential Services
    3140 Zelda Court, Suite 100
    Montgomery, AL 36106

    Be sure to provide the following items either by email or mail:

  • Completed application form
  • Official academic transcripts
  • Attached responses to questions
  • Church/Community member letter of recommendation
  • Academic letters of recommendation (2)
  • Copy of letter of acceptance from UNA, UA, Shelton State, etc.
  • ACT/SAT official test result