9.3. Grants and Scholarships for International Students (other than Canadian Students)
9.3.a Types of Grants and Scholarships Available to International Students
- Regular Grant: International Masters
- Special Grants: none available
- “Named” Scholarships: Lynn A. and Carol E. Dolan; John and Karen Furry; Walter and Helen Lee; Loman Chen; Mephibosheth; Mainland China; Psalm 90; United Kingdom
9.3.b Basic Eligibility Requirements
- Full-time enrollment status (12 credits minimum for both Fall and Spring Semesters)
- Enrollment in the M.Div., M.A.R., or M.A.C./M.A.U.M program
- Commitment to return to one’s home country within 60 days of completing work at the Seminary
- Satisfactory Academic Progress measured after attempting 24 credit hours or completion of two semesters (whichever comes first): cumulative GPA, unless otherwise noted, must be greater than or equal to 2.5 (qualitative) and—after completion of 24 credit hours—credit completion rate must be greater than or equal to 75% (quantitative).
For other eligibility requirements that may apply, please see the section under the relevant grant or scholarship description paragraph in the catalog and on the Financial Aid webpages. If any eligibility requirement is not maintained, the student will lose his or her grant or scholarship. In addition, failure to return to one’s home country will result in a repayment plan of all grant and scholarship funds received.
9.3.c Application Materials that Must be Submitted
- Westminster’s Grant and Scholarship Application for International Students form, available on the Financial Aid webpages or from the Financial Aid Office.
- Ministry Statement, which describes one’s call to ministry
- Additional documents (such as essays or letters of reference) required by the specific scholarship for which the student is applying (see section under the relevant scholarship description paragraph in the catalog and on the Financial Aid webpages).
9.3.d Submission Deadline
Refer to Application Submission Deadlines.
9.3.e International Masters Grant
The International Masters Grant is available to a limited number of full-time international students who are enrolled in the M.Div., M.A.R. and M.A.C./M.A.U.M. programs. The amount awarded is applied toward the cost of tuition and certain fees only; any grant funds not used for tuition and allowable fees will be forfeited.
Ideally, total financial support for international students should be provided on an equal basis: living expense support by the sending organization/church and tuition grant by Westminster. This arrangement allows for maximum accountability to the sending church or organization and efficient stewardship of both the sending church’s resources and those of the Seminary.
In 2013-2014, International Masters Grant awards ranged from $7,605 to $19,110. These are typical annual award amounts and may change from year to year.