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Josephine Rudy Smith Scholarship Fund

Preparing Kentucky’s United Methodist Clergy Leaders for Service since 1948.

Josephine Rudy Smith was a member of First United Methodist Church in Henderson, Kentucky. In 1948, Mrs. Smith’s son initiated the fund through a donation of $40,000, in her memory, for the purpose of assisting ministerial students with their seminary expenses. Matching funds were provided by First United Methodist Church and the former Louisville Annual Conference. Mr. Smith continued to donate funds for several years so that the fund would become a sustaining entity.

Administration of the Josephine Rudy Smith Fund

A committee of laity and clergy are charged with the administration of the fund. The fund is housed at Mrs. Rudy’s First United Methodist Church of Henderson. The senior pastor of the church, the president of the Owensboro District UMW, the Owensboro district superintendent, the director of Ministerial Services and the resident bishop of the Kentucky Annual Conference are also members of the committee.

The Ministerial Services office of the Kentucky Annual Conference provides crucial logistical assistance for the committee. The fund is professionally managed by Field & Main Bank.

Legacy of the Josephine Rudy Smith Fund

Over the years, the Josephine Rudy Smith Scholarship Fund has assisted over two hundred United Methodist clergy in their educational endeavors by providing more than $235,000 in financial support. These clergy have combined to provide for more than 1,000 years of pastoral leadership to the church.

Application for Scholarship

If you, or someone you know, would like to apply for a Josephine Rudy Smith Scholarship, please CLICK HERE to go to the scholarship application page. Once you have completed the application, you will receive a response from the committee, letting you know what your next steps will be.


Contributions to the Josephine Rudy Smith Fund

If you would be interested in contributing to this fund, please contact Rev. Jim Wofford, Senior Pastor at First United Methodist Church in Henderson, Kentucky (jwofford@hendersonfirstumc.org). The mailing address for the church is: PO Box 492, Henderson, Kentucky 42419.