December 5, 2017

Sarah Jane Mueller receives UMM Scholarship

Sarah Jane Mueller, daughter of the late David Mueller and Patricia and Chris Jeffreys, is attending graduate school this fall at Barnes Jewish College Goldfarb School of Nursing. Her goal is to become a Nurse Practitioner.

Helping her achieve this goal in this one-year program are the Methodist Men of the First United Methodist Church in Chester. Sarah Jane recently received the 2017-2018 Methodist Men Scholarship in the amount of $750.00.

Sarah Jane Mueller, daughter of the late David Mueller and Patricia and Chris Jeffreys, was the recipient of the 2017-2018 United Methodist Men's and United Methodist Women's College Scholarships. Pictured (left to right) making the presentations of the awards: Jeanne Kleinshmidt, UMW Scholarship Chairwoman, Sarah Jane Mueller, and Dr. James R. Beers, UMM Scholarship Chairman. Sarah just graduated with her Bachelor's Degree in May of 2017 from McKendree University and began her post-graduate degree at Barnes Jewish College Goldfarb School of Nursing September 5 of 2017. Sarah plans to become a Nurse Practitioner. Vicky Beers Photo

Sarah attended elementary school at St. Maryís School in Chester after which she received her high school diploma from St. Vincent de Paul High School in Perryville. Her cumulative high school grade point average was a perfect 4.00.

After high school Sarah attended McKendree University from 2013 till 2017 earning a Bachelorís Degree. She will pursue an advanced degree at Barnes Jewish College in the Goldfarb School of Nursing beginning this fall of 2017. Her eventual desire is to become a Nurse Practitioner.

At McKendree University Sarah was a member Sigma Zeta from 2014 till graduation in 2017 and she was also a Tri Sigma member. She served as Vice President of Tri Sigma in 2016 and Recruitment Director in 2015. She was the Secretary of Sigma Zeta in 2016 and 2017.

Miss Mueller was on the Deanís List at McKendree in 2016 both semesters. She was inducted into the Sigma Zeta National Honor Society in 2014 and she was in the Honors Program at McKendree all four years. She has been a member of the Girl Scouts since 2001.

The Methodist Menís Scholarship Program began back in 1962 with as a memorial to Chester resident, Jerry Lamkin, who was a student at McKendree and a lifetime member of the First United Methodist Church in Chester.

While still a student at McKendree Jerry was killed in a tragic car accident on his way from Lebanon on a cold, snowy evening. Jerry was studying at McKendree to become a Methodist Pastor

Jerry had been a very active member of the First United Methodist Church Youth Group during his years at Chester High School and he became a Youth Minister and spoke at numerous church functions throughout the Church Conference. He was so well thought of among Methodist Churches in the region that the area churches started the Jerry Lamkin Scholarship in his honor.

From 1962 until 1972 the scholarship was organized, coordinated, implemented and funded by a joint effort of all Methodist Churches in the Conference. In the spring of 1972, the First United Methodist Church of Chester assumed the sole responsibility for the scholarship and has awarded 60 Jerry Lamkin Scholarships to 46 different individuals during that time totaling $21,000.00.

In 1997 the Methodist Men also accepted responsibility for a new scholarship program in addition to the Jerry Lamkin Scholarship. This scholarship was the McNelly-Hoppe Scholarship.

The McNelley Scholarship was started with a large monetary donation made by then Methodist Church members Elbert and Mabel Hoppe of Chester. The Hoppe family started this scholarship in honor of their parents John and Caddie Hoppe and John and Ellen McNelly as well as Mabelís brother the Rev. Hugh McNelly.

Rev. McNelly was a Methodist Pastor who had earned his degree at McKendree College and then at the Drew Seminary in New York. He became a full-time Methodist Pastor until 1985 when he retired. He preached in New York most of that time, but had always wanted to return to the Southern Illinois area. That wish was made impossible with his death in 1997.

Since the inception of the McNelly-Hoppe Scholarship Program the Methodist Men have awarded 55 scholarships to 38 different individuals for a total value of $34,000.00. Together, the UMM have awarded a total of 115 scholarships to 84 different individuals since accepting responsibilities for funding and managing the two scholarship programs.

The UMM have awarded a total of $55,000.00 in scholarships for college students associated with the First United Methodist Church in Chester during that time period. Original recipients of those scholarships back in 1962 had to be attending McKendree College in pursuit of a Pastoral Degree.

Over the years however, that requirement has broadened and now any applicant in pursuit of any degree can receive the award as long as he or she meets the requirements of the program.

Sarahís father, David Mueller, graduated from Chester High School and McKendree College with a degree in education. He was a life-long member of the First United Methodist Church in Chester where he was very active in the FUMC Choir, the Methodist Men and the Methodist Camping Program.

In the community Dave was very active as a Mason, a Shriner and as a musician in the Chester Municipal Band. Dave was retired from Menard State Penitentiary and was enjoying life as a retiree upon his death.

The men of the First United Methodist Church in Chester are proud and honored to present the 2017-2018 UMM Scholarship to Daveís daughter, Sarah Jane Mueller.