Westminster administers several Special Grants and “Named” Scholarships which have specific eligibility criteria. Although “Named” Scholarships are funded through the generosity of friends of the Seminary, Special Grants act as tuition assistance due to their unfunded nature. These grants and scholarships are awarded based on recommendations from the Scholarship Committee and are for tuition only, unless otherwise noted. Specific criteria, additional submission requirements and availability of these special awards for the 2014-2015 academic year are posted on the Seminary’s website.
9.6.a Applying for a Special Grant or “Named” Scholarship
Students should follow the instructions under the appropriate U.S. and Canadian or International Students category and consult the website for additional requirements.
9.6.b List of Special Grants
The Church Partnership Grant, a merit-based grant established by Westminster, is for part-time as well as full-time U.S. and Canadian students in the M.Div., M.A.R. and M.A.C. programs who receive financial support from their home church or denominational organization and who may not be eligible for other Westminster grants and scholarships. Westminster matches the church’s or denominational organization’s support for fall and spring semesters only, up to a maximum of 33% of tuition with a limit of 15 credits in a given semester.
The Leadership Development Grant is a full tuition grant established by Westminster to provide seminary training for promising students who have 1) demonstrated leadership in an urban church from a historically non-reformed tradition, 2) are supportive of the reformed faith, and 3) who intend to pursue full-time pastoral ministry. Academic merit will be a weighted aspect of the award. A maximum of three students hold this award at any given time.
The Recording Artists Grant was established by Westminster as a non-need based 50 percent grant for a fixed 12 credit course load for fall and spring semesters for 24 credits per academic year. It provides seminary training for entering full-time M.Div. students who are producers or artists of Christian records and albums, with preference given to recording artists. Interested students should contact the Admissions office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Reformed University Fellowship Intern (RUF) Award is a non-need based full tuition grant established by Westminster to provide seminary training for entering M.Div. and M.A.R. students who are current or former RUF interns and who intend to pursue RUF ministry upon graduation. Up to fifteen new grants are awarded annually. Interested students should contact the Admissions office at email@example.com
9.6.c List of “Named” Scholarships
The Lynn A. and Carol E. Dolan International Scholarship was established in 2007 to benefit international students in the M.Div. program who aspire to return to their country of origin to serve the church in some capacity, preferably as a pastor. This scholarship may be awarded as part of an International Masters grant or as an independent award.
The John and Karen Furry Scholarship for International students was established by Karen Furry Enlow in 2013 in loving memory of her late husband John, a gentle, humorous, thankful man and a powerfully converted 70’s hedonist, who was certain by his last days in a bout with leukemia that “all things work together for good to them that love God” (Rom. 8:28). This scholarship is intended to aid international students in the M.Div. program in their pursuit of scholarly preparation for ministry in their home countries. It may be awarded as part of an International Scholarship or as an independent award.
The James and Irene Huey Scholarship for International Students from Ireland generously provides up to $16,500 per year to cover tuition expenses for students from Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland, who are pursuing an MDiv degree and intend on ministering in Ireland upon graduation from Westminster.
The Walter and Helen Lee Memorial Scholarship Fund allows for the annual presentation of one full or two half-tuition scholarships for a full time student(s) from Southeast Asia or China, regardless of their country of ministry following graduation. Preference is given to students pursuing a M.Div. degree or higher.
The Loman Chen Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 2011 by David Chen, a Westminster graduate, in memory of his mother Loman Chen. The scholarship will provide two $5,000 awards each academic year to students who 1) intend to minister in Taiwan upon graduation, 2) have a Taiwanese background (including Taiwanese Americans) and 3) demonstrate financial need. Preference will be given to full-time students pursuing an M.Div., but part-time students and those enrolled in other programs may also be eligible. Students awarded this scholarship must maintain a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0. A maximum of two students will hold this award at any given time.
The Mainland China Scholarship (renewed annually) was established in 1999 by Holy Trinity Presbyterian Church (PCA), Tampa, to provide tuition funding for full-time international students from China in the M.Div. program of study. The amount of this award is $10,000. A maximum of two students hold this award at any given time.
Income from the Mephibosheth Endowed Scholarship Fund, established by the late Peter DeKorte of Hawthorne, New Jersey, is used to provide scholarships to students who have physical/sensory disabilities. Mr. DeKorte, a successful businessman who had a disability, established this scholarship fund out of gratitude to God for all he had done for him. He felt that he wanted to share some of the blessings he had received from our loving God. He named this the Mephibosheth Endowed Scholarship Fund since “he too had dined at the King’s table” (2 Samuel 9:13).
The Psalm 90 Scholarship was established in memory of Buddy Stride, who was killed in a tragic automobile accident while a Ph.D. student at Westminster. This scholarship fund is for tuition for a scholar from France with a clear commitment to the Reformed faith and who lacks sufficient funds to pay tuition.
The Joseph F. Ryan Scholarship Fund has been established to benefit students in the M.Div. program who have demonstrated financial need and who intend to go into gospel ministry in an urban environment. It is a full tuition scholarship.
The purpose of the George D. Sinclair Scholarship is to propagate and defend, in its genuineness, simplicity, and fullness, that system of religious belief and practice which is set forth in the Confession of Faith and Catechisms of the Presbyterian Church of America in the form they possessed in 1936 and as stated in the charter granted to Westminster Theological Seminary on March 31, 1930, under an Act of the Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This fund provides tuition scholarships for M.Div. students preparing for service in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC) or Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). This award is need-based and will be awarded by the Scholarship Committee for 50 percent of tuition for a fixed 12 credit course load for fall and spring semesters only for a maximum total award of 50% tuition for 24 credits per academic year tuition. The student must be full-time from the point when the scholarship begins, have a GPA of at least 3.0, and maintain that GPA throughout the student’s career. Approximately nine awards are made annually. Receipt of a Sinclair Scholarship will supersede the M.Div. Ministry Grant award. In addition to the basic application requirements for U.S. and Canadian students, an applicant must 1) sign a statement of subscription to the Westminster Standards, using the same pledge that is required of voting faculty members of the Seminary, and re-subscribe annually as long as the applicant receives this award (copies of the Westminster Standards are available from the Admissions Office. A Statement of Subscription form is available on the Westminster website or from the Financial Aid Office); 2) Provide evidence of “under care” status in a PCA or OPC presbytery, generally in the form of a letter from the stated clerk of presbytery.
The George D. Sinclair Scholar Award is a competitive non-need based award made to an applicant to the M.Div. program at Westminster who commits to seek ordination in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) or the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC). The initial award is for $10,000 for the first year of tuition expenses. Upon successfully coming under care of a PCA or OPC presbytery, the recipient of the award will qualify to apply for a George Sinclair Scholarship, or Westminster’s M.Div. Ministry Grant. Requirements to qualify for the award are: 1) application to the M.Div. program; 2) College GPA of 3.5 or higher; 3) two letters of reference from a PCA or OPC ruling or teaching elder; 4) essay on hopes for ministry in the church as a pastor, teacher, missionary, or evangelist in the PCA or OPC (2 pages, double-spaced); 5) signed statement of subscription to the Westminster Standards, using the same pledge that is required of voting faculty members of the Seminary. (A Statement of Subscription form is available on the Westminster website or from the Financial Aid Office).
The purpose of the UK Scholarship is to provide seminary training in the Reformed tradition to students wishing to pursue ordained pastoral ministry in a reformed Presbyterian Church in the United Kingdom.
This scholarship, which covers up to 50 percent of tuition of a fixed 12 credit course load for fall and spring semesters only for a maximum total award of 50 percent of tuition for 24 credits per academic year, and provides a $300 book allowance each semester. It is available for a full-time M.Div. or M.A.R. (Biblical studies preferred) International student from the UK who 1) desires to return to the UK, upon degree completion to take up an ordained position in a Presbyterian Church that is in line with the Historic and Reformed faith, 2) is a member in good standing of a Presbyterian Church, 3) has an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher and 4) subscribes to the Westminster Standards. Students awarded this scholarship must maintain a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0. One student may hold this award at any time.
The Westminster Seminary Patricia Comber Scholarship was established in 2012 as a memorial to Patty Comber, who faithfully served women students at Westminster for many years. One scholarship will be awarded by the scholarship committee to a female student beyond her first year who maintains a minimum GPA of 3.0.