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Sept. 28, 2004


DALLAS (SMU) -- Dependents and spouses of United Methodist Church clergy who attend SMU for graduate studies will now be awarded a grant of $3,500, university officials announced. This marks an expansion of the program, which had previously been for undergraduate study only.

"In the past, the award applied only to undergraduate programs," said James E. Caswell, vice president for Student Affairs. "Under the revised policy, the award can be applied to both undergraduate and graduate programs."

Application for this award is made by indicating eligibility in the appropriate section of the regular financial aid form of the Office of Financial Aid. Eligibility approval will be made by that office.

"This revision in policy is not only vitally important to United Methodist clergy and their families, but it also represents a significant move by Southern Methodist University as a sign of our strong relationship with The United Methodist Church," said William B. Lawrence, dean of SMU's Perkins School of Theology.


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