Peter Babalian Memorial Scholarship

Peter Babalian was a member of Platte Woods United Methodist Church for over 41 years. He was born Pierre Babalian in Paris, France, and immigrated with his family to the United States at the age of 12. He became Peter at the time of his US citizenship. Peter served in the US Navy, and his service included a WWII Victory Medal. Peter was passionate about volunteering. In his younger family years, he could be found coaching, and in his later years he could be found volunteering at Platte Woods UMC and Hillcrest Thrift Shop. Peter’s wishes were that a scholarship be created from memorial contributions in his name.



Objective: This scholarship is to provide financial assistance to full-time students in their post-high school education at any institution of higher learning (trade, vocational or collegiate).



Amount: $1,000.00 awarded to one recipient per academic year



Eligibility: This scholarship is open to any student who is a member of Platte Woods United Methodist Church. Applicants must exemplify high moral character and a good academic average.

  • 2.0 minimum GPA
  • Accepted to an institution of higher learning


Award Considerations: The scholarship committee will consider, among others, the following factors:

  • Academic success and GPA
  • Good attendance
  • Involvement in school and community service
  • Financial need


Applications: Applications for the 2021-2022 academic year are due on or before 11:59 p.m., April 25, 2021. An application form is available online.

Eleanor Swinney Scholarship Fund

Eleanor Phillips Swinney was born in Fayette, Missouri. She graduated from Central College, now known as Central Methodist University, in 1940 with a bachelor’s degree in education. She taught in Marshall and Higginsville, Missouri, but spent most her life in Platte County. She taught from 1964 to 1980 in the Park Hill School District and served as head of the Language Arts department.  Eleanor and her husband, John R. Swinney, were members of Platte Woods United Methodist Church and were strong supporters of education.


This scholarship is for any student who is a member of Platte Woods United Methodist Church and attends Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri. Please contact the financial manager at Platte Woods UMC to apply for the scholarship. Funds will be disbursed to Central Methodist University upon enrollment confirmation from the university.

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