This year's Lenten offering focus will be scholarships.

A generous gift from a Belmont UMC member 30 years ago is connecting with a new vision for expanded post-secondary school scholarships just in time for the 2021 Lenten offering at Belmont UMC.

Dozens of students have benefited from the Bowman Scholarship Fund, and now it will form the foundation for an expanded Belmont Opportunity Scholarship. Though the details about the expanded scholarship fund are not final, the effort intersects with an immediate need to assist members of the Golden Triangle Fellowship (GTF) with scholarship funds.

As a result, Belmont’s Lenten offering this year will fund GTF scholarships, with any remaining dollars to go toward the Belmont Opportunity Scholarship. The Bowman scholarship is named for Emma Bowman, who sold her Green Hills home to seed the fund. She and husband J. G. Bowman joined Belmont in 1926.

Lenten gifts will be directed to members of the GTF community who are seeking college degrees. Checks for the Lenten offering can be made out to Belmont UMC and mailed to the church with “Lent” in the memo line. You may also give online or by texting “BELMONT LENT” to 73256.