Outside Scholarships

Outside Scholarships


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Current and prospective students are encouraged to apply for scholarships provided by organizations outside of Westminster. The list below represents a sampling of scholarships for which seminary students may by eligible. We also encourage students to search the web, where additional sources of aid may be found.

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Oustide Scholarship Sources
(grouped by unique eligibility criteria)

An (*) by scholarship name denotes scholarships for which Westminster students have successfully applied.

Additional links to outside scholarship information and financial aid reference materials may be found here.

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General

Acton Institute Calihan Fellowship
Deadlines: July 15 (Fall semester) and October 15 (Spring semester)
Awards
: Fellowships and research grants up to $3,000, typically range from $500-$1,000
Eligibility Criteria: For advanced graduate students and seminarians with strong academic performance and an interest in pursuing the themes of the Acton Institute.

Champions for Christ
Deadlines: April 1 (Summer term), July 1 (Fall semester), November 1 (Winter/Spring Semester)
Eligibility Criteria: The purpose of the foundation is to provide scholarships to students who endeavor to enter full time Christian service.

Ford Foundation Fellowships (For PhD candidates)
Deadlines: Predoctoral - November 20, Dissertation phase - November 15
Award: $20,000
Eligibility Criteria: Awards are made to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panel, have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Applicants must be a citizen, national and permanent resident of the United States or individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program.

*Harvesters Scholarship
Deadline: May 31
Eligibility Criteria: For students responding to the calling of becoming a missionary upon graduation, must confirm superior academic achievement (3.0 GPA or better) and financial need.
Address: Harvesters Scholarship Foundation, 7252 Berry Creek St., Eastvale, CA 92880

*International Order of the King's Daughters and Sons
Deadline: March 31
Award: $1,000
Applications Availability: Requests for applications accepted in January and February
Eligibility Criteria: Scholarships are awarded to those in financial need who have answered God's call on their lives and are enrolled in a Master of Divinity program. A 3.0 GPA or above must be maintained. For an application write: International Order of the King's Daughters and Sons; P. O. Box 1017; Chautauqua, NY 14722-1017, email: iokds5@windstream.net. Requests for applications must be accompanied by a stamped, self-addressed legal-size envelope.

Kerusso Scholarship 2014
Application Submission Period: February 15, 2014 - April 1, 2014
Eligibility: Seminary student pursuing Masters of Divinity degree leading to a full time Christian ministry vocation. A focus in preaching must be a priority. Applicant must be enrolled or planning to take a minimum of 9 credits.

*Leopold Schepp Foundation
Application Availability: To apply for the 2015-16 year, request an application from mid-August 2014 onwards. Submit your application materials as soon as possible after receipt, since there is no submission deadline. 
Eligibility: Applicants must be under 40 years of age at the time of application, demonstrate scholastic achievement (minimum GPA 3.2) and be U.S. citizens or legal resident. A personal interview in New York City is required of all applicants. Travel expenses are not reimbursed.
Address: Leopold Schepp Foundation; Scholarship Coordinator, 551 Fifth Ave., Suite 3000, New York, NY 10176
Phone: (212) 692-0191.

Marguerite Young Endowment Fund
Deadline: March 31
Eligibility
: Created for students enrolled in a protestant seminary preparing for full-time ministry.  Candidate must have completed the credit equivalent of at least one full year of enrollment in the degree program.

Opal Dancey Foundation Grants
Deadline: April 15
Eligibility: Candidate must be a full time student seeking a Master of Divinity degree.  No grants will be awarded for any other course of study.  The grant application must be completed online.

*Shepherds for the Savior Ministry Education Grant Program
Deadline:
April 1 and November 1
Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be preparing for a ministry career.
Address: Shepherds for the Savior, 19380 Highway 105 West, Suite 516, Montgomery, TX 77356
Phone: (936) 582-7997

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Ethnicity

American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association
Deadline: March 31
Application Availabiity: Scholarship guidelines and application link should be available in January.
Award: $500 - $2,000
Eligibility Criteria: The applicant should be of Greek descent or a member or son or daughter of a member, in good standing of AHEPA.

Global Mission Church
Eligibility Criteria: For Korean-American full time students who have completed one year of seminary.

*Justin Haruyama Scholarship
Deadline: May 31
Eligibility Criteria: The scholarship is offered to persons of Japanese ancestry, preparing for ministerial degrees who intend to serve Japanese American congregations or other church related ministries. Applications may be obtained by writing to the Haruyama Ministerial Scholarship Fund at the address listed on the website.

Jonathan Theological Scholarship Fund
Email: jtscholarship@yahoo.com
Send request to: Jonathan Theological Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 6756, Laguana Niguel, CA 92607-6756
For Chinese Christians called to serve North American Chinese Churches, who have completed one year of theological studies.

*Korean American Scholarship Foundation
Deadline: July 10
Application Available: April 1
Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be enrolled full-time, demonstrate academic excellence (minimum cumultive GPA of 3.0) and show financial need.

New Life Church of Chicago Scholarship Program
Deadline: October15
Award: $1,500
Eligibility Criteria: For Korean American or other ethnic minority students who need financial aid and meet one of the following requirements: a) is currently studying theology in seminary or graduate school, or b) is a pastor's child or missionary's child who is currently enrolled in college or graduate school. All candidates must have completed a minimum of 8 credit hours from the accredited school and the average grade point should be B or better.  Email scholarship@NLChicago.org for more information.

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Region

*Delaware Higher Education Commission
Deadline: April 15
Eligibility Criteria: The Higher Education Commission offers a state grant called the "Scholarship Incentive Program" to help Delawareans continue their education. Applicants for this program must be Delaware residents and U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens.

Julie Ann Jones Memorial Trust
Deadline:
January 31
Award: $500
Eligibility Criteria: Texas residents who are working in a field related to ministry, including sacred music and theological research. Preference given first to residents of Washington County, TX and then all other Texas residents.  Send request to: Julie Ann Jones Memorial Theological Scholarship Trust, c/o Sally M. Jones, P.O. Box 382, Brenham, TX 77833.
Phone: (409) 836-4679

*Mary E. Bivins Foundation (Texas)
Deadline:
January 31
Application Availability:
December 16
Award: $7,000
Eligibility Criteria: Assists Amarillo /Panhandle  (Texas) area students with their studies towards a degree that prepares them to preach the Christian religion. Check online for more information and to access the application.

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Denominational Affiliation

*American Baptist Financial Aid
Deadline: May 31
Awards:
$500 - $1,000/year
Eligibility Criteria: Applicant must be a member in an American Baptist Church (USA) congregation and a citizen of the United States.

Baptist Foundation of Illinois
Deadline: February 15
Award: $2,500
Eligibility Criteria: A member in good standing for at least one year with a church affiliated with Illinois Baptist State Association, show a potential for Christian leadership, and have financial need.

Christian Vocation/Wallingford Scholarships (PCUSA)
Deadline:
April 1
Award: $500 - $2,000
Eligibility Criteria: Students must be communicant members of the Presbyterian Church (USA), be pursuing a Christian vocation field of study at an accredited institution and have a GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Congregational Foundation for Theological Students
Deadline: April 1
Provides scholarships and grants to students who are preparing to minister in Congregational Churches. For more details and application information see here.

John, Karl, Elizabeth Wurffel Memorial Fund (PCUSA)
Deadline:
April 1
Award: $2,000
Eligibility Criteria: This program is open to members of Presbyterian churches in the Synod of the Northeast (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont).  Selection is based on financial need, academic potential, church and campus ministry involvement, community and mission involvement, and continued academic improvement.

*The Old Gray Dog Foundation (Reformed)
Deadline:
Not specified
Award: Not specified
Eligibility Criteria: The OGDF wants to help the ministry of all congregations committed to the essential tenets of Reformed theology ... We want to help equip the saints with the sound doctrines of our Christian faith. We have grants available for seminary students, pastors and congregations committed to the essential tenets of God's grace.
Email: Dr. James E. Tuckett at jameset@aol.com

Mary L. Clark Ministry Study Grant (PCUSA)
Deadline: April 30
Award: Varies (based on availability of funds and number of eligible applications)
Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be a resident of Pennsylvania and a member of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) who is under the supervision of a Presbytery within the bounds of the Synod of the Trinity.  Student must indicate that he is studying for service in the Presbyterian ministry of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Email: mhumer@syntrinity.org

Mary Meade Maxwell Vocations Scholarship (PCUSA)
Deadline: April 30
Award: Varies (based on availability of funds and number of eligible applications)
Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be an Inquirer or Candidate in a Presbytery of the Synod of the Trinity  and a member of a Congregation or Presbytery within the bounds of the Synod of the Trinity of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). 

Scholarship Fund For Christian Vocations (Methodist)
Deadline:
April 15 (Fall semester) or October 15 (Spring semester)
Award: Varies
Eligibility Criteria: Any United Methodist student of the Western Pennsylvania Conference who plans to enter a full-time, church-related vocation and who is in need of financial assistance to further her or his education may apply. Financial need is determined by set income levels. To read more about this scholarship and/or request an application, click here.

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Gender

AAUW Career Development Grants
Deadline: December 15
Application Availability: August
Award: $2,000 - $12,000
Eligibility Criteria: Grants for female students who are preparing to advance their careers, change careers, or re-enter the workforce. Must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident and completed a bachelor's degree.  Primary consideration is given to women of color and women persuing their first advanced degree or credentials in nontraditional fields.

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Disability

The National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Program
Deadline: March 31
Application Availability: November
Award: $12,000 to $3,000
Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be legally blind in both eyes and a resident of the United States, the District of Columbia or Puerto Rico and must participate in the entire NFB national convention and in all of its scheduled scholarship program activities (July).

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Other

Korean American Scholarship Foundation Scholarship for Descendants of American Korean War Veterans
Deadline: July 10
Application Availability: April
Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be a direct descendant of a Korean-War Veteran who served in Korea from June 25, 1950 - January 31, 1955 and must be enrolled full-time in a school located in the KASF Eastern Region: DC, DE, KY, MD, NC, PA, VA, & WV.

Louisville Institute Theological Education Fellowships:
1. Dissertation Fellowships
Deadline:
February 1
Award: $22,000
Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be candidates for the Ph.D. or Th.D. degree who have fulfilled all pre-dissertation requirements, including approval of the dissertation proposal, by February 1 of the award year and expect to complete the dissertation by the end of the following academic year. The Fellowships are intended to support the final year of dissertation writing.For details please see here.

2. Doctoral Fellowships
Deadline:
March 1
Award: $2,000/year for 2 years
Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be Ph.D. or Th.D. students, currently in their first or second year of doctoral study in an accredited graduate program.  They should have a commitment to the Christian church and theological education and be preparing for a career in theological school teaching. For application information see here.

*Military Chaplain Association
Deadline: March 15
The Military Chaplain Association seeks to help by providing scholarships for seminary students who intend to pursue a career as a military chaplain.
Eligibility Criteria: Full time student in an accredited seminary. Currently approved and serving as a chaplain candidate in one of the Armed Forces (Army, Air Force, or Navy). For application information see here.

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Financial Aid Reference Materials
Up-to-date and thorough financial aid reference books are available at the Financial Aid Office. These include:

  • Financial Aid for African Americans
  • Financial Aid for Asian Americans
  • Financial Aid for Hispanic Americans
  • Financial Aid for Native Americans
  • Directory of Financial Aids for Women
  • Money for Christian College Students

For your convenience, these helpful works may be checked out; just sign your name on the "FA Books" sign-out sheet located on the Financial Aid Assistant's desk. Note that some entries in the list below have been extracted from the very applicable "Money for Christian College Students" (MCCS).