Westminster Grants and...

Westminster Grants and Scholarships


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Understanding that students might be prevented from receiving a theological education for financial reasons, the Seminary offers grants and scholarships that are based on financial need. The Seminary also offers some grants and scholarships that are merit-based. Grants and scholarships awarded by Westminster cover tuition only, unless otherwise indicated.

Although scholarships are provided by the generosity of donors, grants act as tuition assistance due to their unfunded nature. 

Most grants and scholarships are awarded for a one-year period.* All students who have been awarded a grant or scholarship must reapply for this financial aid for each successive year of enrollment.

For general eligibility requirements and deadlines, please see GRANT AND SCHOLARSHIP QUICK FACTS, and, for more detailed information, please refer to the current CATALOG.

For information on the types of grants and scholarships Westminster offers, please see: 

*Note the Westminster academic year begins in June and ends the following May. The winter term (Module 1) and the spring semester (Module 2) are considered together as the spring semester. Any reference to the spring semester assumes that the winter term is included.

  Grant and Scholarship Quick Facts                                             

Eligibility to apply for GRANTS and scholarships:
  1. U.S./Canadian MABC/MAUM/MAR/MDiv Students: Applicants must be enrolled full-time, except for a few Special Grants and "Named" Scholarships.
  2. International MABC/MAUM/MAR/MDiv Students: Applicants must be enrolled full-time.
  3. Spouse Grants: Applicants can be enrolled part-time. Applicants must be spouses of full-time students in the MDiv program. Spouses of full-time students in other non-advanced degree programs may be considered. Applicants must be enrolled in the MDiv, MAR, MABC, MAUM, or Certificate programs.
  4. Advanced Degrees:
    • ThM/PhD Students: The PhD grant is awarded by invitation only. Therefore applications for a PhD grant will not be accepted. There is no ThM grant. There are a few "Named" Scholarships for which ThM & PhD students may apply.
    • DMin Students: The DMin grant is awarded by invitation only. Therefore applications for a DMin grant will not be accepted. DMin students are not eligible for "Named" Scholarships.
  5. Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements: ThM/PhD scholarship students: 3.00 GPA. All other scholarship students: 2.50 GPA and 75% completion rate. See the Financial Aid section of the Catalog for more details.

Please note: Other eligibility requirements that may apply are listed in Grants and Scholarships for US/Canadian Students, Grants and Scholarships for International Students, Grants for Spouse of Full-Time Students, Special Grants and "Named" Scholarships, or in the seminary's catalog. If any eligibility requirement is not maintained, the student may lose his or her scholarship.

GRANT and Scholarship Application Deadlines:

(For the following academic year unless otherwise noted). 

U.S. and Canadian Applicants
April 15  

  Exceptions:
 
July 15 - "Late Application", for new students admitted after
                       March 1, who missed the April 15 deadline (Church Partnership,
                       MDiv Ministry and General grants only)
  September 30 - "Spring Semester Only" grants (MDiv Ministry 
                                      and General grants only)

  Late and Spring Semester awards are subject to availability.

International (Non-Canadian) Applicants
March 1

 Spouse Grant Applicants
June 1

  Exceptions:
 
October 31 - "Spring Semester Only" grants. Awards are subject
                               to availability.

  Applications from students whose marriages occur after the deadline but
  before the start of the semester or term will be considered.

 

Awarding of GRANTS and Scholarships:

Awards for the following academic year will be made no earlier than four to six weeks after the application deadline. Applicants will be notified by letter whether or not they have been awarded a grant or scholarship. Except for rare cases, each student is awarded only one scholarship or grant.


  Grants and Scholarships for U.S. Canadian Students

(For more detailed information please see our Catalog)

   1. MDiv Ministry Grant
  Type of Aid: Grant
  Type of Award: Up to 50% of tuition of a fixed 12-credit course load for Fall and Spring semesters only, for a maximum total award of 50% of tuition for 24 credits per academic year.
  Eligibility requirements: Full-time MDiv students who meet one of the following criteria:
  • "Under care" status, defined as "under the care of a NAPARC presbytery as a candidate for ordained ministry." (For a current listing of NAPARC churches, see http://www.naparc.org/member-churches/.)
  • An American minority (African American, Hispanic American, American Indian, or Alaska Native) student being developed for church leadership
  • A current or former Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) Intern
  Award period: One academic year only.  Award recipients must reapply each academic year.
  Award requirements: Maintain full-time status and minimum GPA of 2.5 throughout award period. For "Under care" status students: You are required to take PT221 and one of the following: PT311, PT332, PT343 or PT373, during the course of your study.
  To apply, click US/Canadian Grant and Scholarship Applicants

 

   2. General Masters Grant
  Type of Aid: Grant
  Type of Award: Awards up to $2,250 per academic year.
  Eligibility requirements: Full-time students in any program of study.
  Award period: One academic year only. Award recipients must reapply each academic year.
  Award requirements: Maintain full-time status and minimum GPA of 2.5 throughout award period.
  To apply, click US/Canadian Grant and Scholarship Grant Applicants.

 

   3. Special Grants and "Named" Scholarships
  Westminster also offers a number of Special Grants and "Named" Scholarships for which US/Canadian students may be eligible. Please see Special Grants and "Named" Scholarships

  Grants and Scholarships for International (non-Canadian) Students

(For more detailed information please see our Catalog)

   1. International Masters Grant
  

  Type of Aid: Grant
  Type of Award: Full-tuition scholarship (including tuition fees).
  Eligibility requirements: Full-time international (non-Canadian) student in the MDiv, MAR, and MA programs.
  Award period: One academic year only.  Award recipients must reapply each academic year.
  Award requirements: Maintain full-time status and minimum GPA of 2.5 throughout award period.
  To apply, click International Grant and Scholarship Applicants.
   
 2. "Named" Scholarships
  Westminster also offers a number of "Named" Scholarships for which International students may be eligible. Please see "Named" Scholarships.


  Spouse Tuition Grant

(For more detailed information please see our Catalog)

             

              
 1. Spouse Tuition Grant
  Type of Aid: Grant

Type of Award: Need based full-tuition grant.

Eligibility requirements: Spouses of full-time students in the MDiv program; spouses of full-time students in other non-advanced degree programs may be considered. Spouse grant applicants must be enrolled in the following programs: MDiv, MAR, MA, & Certificate.

Award period: One academic year only. Award recipients must reapply each academic year.

Award requirements: The full-time student must maintain full-time status.  Spouse must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 throughout award period.

To apply, click Spouse Grant Applicants.
 

 







  Grants and Scholarships for Ph.D. Students

   1. The Ph.D. Grant
  Type of Aid: Grant
  Type of Award: Competitive, merit-based (not need-based), full- or partial-tuition grant.
                          There is no application as this scholarship is awarded by invitation only.
  Number of Awards: Four (4) full-tuition grants to incoming PhD students (two grants per PhD area) are awarded each year.
  Eligibility requirements: Entering (1st year) PhD student, studying full-time
  Award period: Award year through completion of degree program (6 yrs maximum). Once awarded and accepted, grant recipient is required to submit a Statement of Intent form each successive academic year.
  Award requirements: Maintain full-time status and minimum GPA of 3.0 throughout award period.
  To apply: There is no application for the PhD grant, as it is awarded by invitation only.
  Current recipients of the Ph.D. grant: Deadline to submit a Statement of Intent form is February 1st. To submit a Statement of Intent please click Statement of Intent Form.

 

 2. "Named" Scholarships
  Westminster also offers a few "Named" Scholarships for which PhD students may be eligible. Please see "Named" Scholarships.

  Scholarships for Th.M. Students

 1. "Named" Scholarships

Westminster offers a few "Named" Scholarships for which ThM students may be eligible. Please see "Named" Scholarships.

  Grants for D.Min. Students

   1. The D.Min. Grant
  Type of Aid: Grant
  Type of Award: Competitive, merit-based (not need-based), full- or partial-tuition grant.
                          There is no application as this grant is awarded by invitation only.
  Number of Awards: A maximum of two (2) D.Min. students may hold this award at any given time (one for tuition and one  continuation fee award).
  Eligibility requirements: Enrolled in the DMin program.
  Award period: One academic year only. Once awarded and accepted, grant recipient is required to submit a Statement of Intent form each successive academic year.
  Award requirements: Maintain enrollment in DMin program and minimum GPA of 3.0 throughout award period.
  To apply: There is no application for the DMin Grant, as it is awarded by invitation only.
  Current recipients of the D.Min. Grant:  Deadline to submit a Statement of Intent form is February 1st. To submit a Statement of Intent please click Statement of Intent Form.

 

For more information about advanced degree grants and scholarships please see our Catalog