The deadline for all applications is April 15 each year. Complete applications must be postmarked or received by this date. Incomplete applications, as well as applications received after the deadline, will not be considered.

Notification of award will be sent no later than June 30 each year.

Scholarships will be awarded only to students who are accepted for study in a college or university as an undergraduate student.


For students interested in full time ministry in the United Methodist Church

Jeanette Pennington, born March 8, 1902 in Pennington Gap Virginia, married Abram David Reynolds in 1925, after she graduated from East Tennessee University. She was a school teacher in Bristol Tennessee until she retired. She moved to the Oak Ridge area in the early 1970’s and began attending First United Methodist Church of Oak Ridge with her niece, the late Jean Petersen, and her niece’s husband, the late Guy Petersen. Jeannette enjoyed teaching people about anything, including gardening, playing the piano and sewing, and about the historical ancestors on both the Pennington and the Reynolds sides of her family. She enjoyed her life greatly until her passing in July of 1991 at the age of 89, at which point she donated her body to Vanderbilt School of Medicine. Her ambition was always to make learning fun and interesting, and she loved conversation that challenged conventional ideas. It was because teaching was her greatest joy and passion, and because she had a heart for those whose greatest desire was to learn, that she was inspired to create the Jeannette P. Reynolds memorial scholarship.

Guidelines for the Scholarship:

  • Scholarship will be awarded in the amount of $1,000-$3,000 annually to at least one student, or will be divided among two or more students.
  • Anyone who is (or was) affiliated with one of the United Methodist Churches in the Holston Conference will be eligible for the scholarship. Preference will be given to students from First UMC, Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
  • Scholarships will be awarded only to students who are accepted for study in a college, university, or seminary and who have the career goal of ministry in a United Methodist Church.
  • Use the Jeanette Reynolds Scholarship Application to apply for this scholarship.

Please complete and send in applications to or mail applications to:

First UMC Scholarship Applications Committee
First UMC Oak Ridge
1350 Oak Ridge Turnpike
Oak Ridge, TN 37830