Each year, our students receive approximately $1.5 million in external support to offset the cost of their tuition and expenses. That’s in addition to the $6.66 million in institutional scholarship and grant support that Duke Divinity School awards to 99% of our students.

Many local churches, conferences, or other governing bodies provide gifts and grants for theological education, such as ministerial education funds in the form of grants and/or service loans to our theological students. Students should apply to their home church, annual conference, presbytery, or other governing body. Our Office of Financial Aid will assist students with completing the required forms to receive such support. Generally, United Methodist students and students from other denominations must be under the care of the appropriate church body to be eligible for denominational support.

General Scholarships

JANUARY APPLICATION DEADLINES

Daniel R Hoover Scholarship
APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 10
AWARD AMOUNT: Varies
ELIGIBILITY: Be studying in ministry; full-time, undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in an accredited institution in the U.S. offering a degree in ministry, with a preference for students attending a North Carolina institution or other institutions in the South. See the FAQ.
CONTACT INFORMATION: admin@csascholars.org and FAQ

Risden P. Reece Scholarship
APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 23
AWARD AMOUNT: Varies
ELIGIBILITY: Be pursuing a degree in Divinity at an accredited college or university in North Carolina. Preference is given to applicants to attend Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C. Demonstrate academic achievement. Demonstrate financial need. Demonstrate traits of high personal character and leadership. See the FAQ.
CONTACT INFORMATION: admin@csascholars.org or FAQ

FEBRUARY APPLICATION DEADLINES

Roothbert Fund
APPLICATION DEADLINE: November – February  
AWARD AMOUNT: $5,000 – $7,000 
ELIGIBILITY
: Applicants must have a current or intended residency in one of the following states by March 1st of the year in which the application is made: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Delaware, Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia, West Virginia, or North Carolina. The applicant must be pursuing graduate or undergraduate study at an accredited U.S.-based college or university.
CONTACT INFORMATION: application@roothbertfund.org

William G. and Margaret B. Frasier Scholarship 
APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 15
AWARD AMOUNT: Varies
ELIGIBILITY: • Be studying for the Baptist Ministry. Be residents of North Carolina. Plan to attend full-time any accredited college, theological seminary or any other institution of higher learning, offering a degree in the Baptist Ministry, located in the United States. Additional Desired Qualifications: A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. Demonstrate financial need. FAQ's
CONTACT INFORMATION: admin@csascholars.org and FAQ

Dora Maclellan Brown Ministry Scholarship
APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 15
AWARD AMOUNT: $2,500
ELIGIBILITY: Chattanooga, Tenn. area residents, who are theologically and biblically conservative, and who are seeking to continue their education in Christian service work at a theological seminary, bible college, or graduate school.
CONTACT INFORMATION: Jennifer@thegenerositytrust.org

MARCH APPLICATION DEADLINES

CM CARES Religious Scholars Program  
APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH
AWARD AMOUNT: $2,500
ELIGIBILITY: Twenty-five scholarships winners will each receive a $2,500 award that may be used to pay for tuition, fees, books or other costs of attending school. Students of all faiths are encouraged to apply.
CONTACT INFORMATION: cmcares-scholars@scholarshipamerica.org

Calihan Academic Grants
APPLICATION DEADLINE:  MARCH
AWARD AMOUNT: $500
ELIGIBILITY: Awards are open to current seminarians or graduate students in theology, philosophy, religion, history, law, politics, economics, or in related fields. Strong academic performance is essential. 
CONTACT INFORMATION: Grants-Awards@acton.org

Dan River Foundation Community Foundation
APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH
AWARD AMOUNT: Varies
ELIGIBILITY
: Students who are graduating seniors or former graduates from a high school in Danville or Pittsylvania County, Virginia or Caswell County, N.C. may apply. Each scholarship also has specific eligibility criteria that were defined by the donor. The online application system will determine your eligibility for each scholarship.
CONTACT INFORMATION: traci@cfdrr.org  

Edna R. Harris Memorial Scholarship
APPLICATION DEADLINE: March
AWARD AMOUNT: Varies

ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible, candidates must be a North Carolinian by birth, a long time resident or a resident for the past twelve (12) consecutive months. Be an active member of a North Carolina Baptist Church and be involved in mission organizations OR have been active and involved in the past with continued strong church involvement. Demonstrate financial need. Have a clear sense of call to Christian ministry with preference given to an applicant whose vocational goals are focused on missions. Demonstrate ability to pursue an academic program successfully (3.0 GPA out of 4.0). Provide official transcript of last academic endeavors.
CONTACT INFORMATION: (919) 882-2344 and mailing address: PO Box 4249, Cary, NC 27519-4249

Equity Scholarship - The Mount Olivet Foundation
APPLICATION DEADLINE: March
AWARD AMOUNT: up to
$5,000
ELIGIBILITY
: To be eligible, candidates should be of Black or Latinx descent, have been accepted at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or equivalent institution, demonstrate financial need, have a family income below the median for Arlington County, and have a GPA of at least 2.5.   In addition, preference will be given to applicants who are the first in their families to attend a post-secondary school.
CONTACT INFORMATION: mofoundation.contact@gmail.com 

Hispanic Scholarship Fund
APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH
AWARD AMOUNT: $500 - $5,000
ELIGIBILITY: Must be of Hispanic heritage. U.S. citizen, permanent legal resident, or DACA. Minimum of 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for college and graduate students. Plan to enroll full-time in an accredited, public or nonprofit four-year university or graduate school, in the U.S., for the 2022-2023 academic year. Submit the FAFSA.
CONTACT INFORMATION: https://www.hsf.net/contact-us/

Int’l Order of the Kings Daughters and Sons (Student Ministry Scholarship) 
APPLICATION DEADLINE: March
AWARD AMOUNT: $10,000 (tuition-only)
ELIGIBILITY: Full-time graduate student attending a school or seminary accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the U.S. and Canada. B-grade average or better for all undergraduate and graduate courses. Students in good standing may reapply for a scholarship by requesting and submitting a renewal application, along with a resume update, an official transcript and this material must be submitted by March 1.
CONTACT INFORMATION: student-ministry-director@iokds.org 

James Weldon Johnson Scholarship (NAACP) 
APPLICATION DEADLINE: March
AWARD AMOUNT: $1,500
ELIGIBILITY: Scholarships available to members of the NAACP. Be Black or a person of color. Possess a grade point average of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 system. Be a graduating high school senior, undergraduate student, or graduate student for applicable scholarships.
CONTACT INFORMATION: scholarships@naacpnet.org

Louisville Institute Doctoral Fellowship
APPLICATION DEADLINE: March
AWARD AMOUNT: $3,000 per year for two years
ELIGIBILITY
: The Louisville Doctoral Fellowship invites current religion Ph.D. and Th.D. students in their first or second year of doctoral study to consider theological education as a vocation. Many of our applicants are scholars in areas related to Christian faith and life, the practice of ministry, religious trends and movements, Christian and other faith-based institutions, and religion and social issues.
CONTACT INFORMATION: fellowships@louisville-institute.org

National Federation of the Blind (NFTB)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: March
AWARD AMOUNT: $3,000 - $8,000
ELIGIBILITY: Must be legally blind (PDF) in both eyes. Must reside in the U.S., the District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico. Must be pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time, post-secondary course of study in a degree program at a U.S. institution in the fall of the year of application. Must participate in the entire NFB National Convention and in all of its scheduled scholarship program activities (finalists will receive assistance to attend the national convention).
CONTACT INFORMATION: nfb@nfb.org

NWSA Women of Color Caucus-Frontiers Student Essay Award (NWSA)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: March
AWARD AMOUNT: $500
ELIGIBILITY
: Submissions must be from women of color who are current individual NWSA members and currently enrolled in a graduate or professional program. The NWSA Women of Color Caucus identifies women of color as those persons from African, Asian (including Asian American, Pacific Islander, Arab or Middle East Asian), Latin American, or American Indian (including African Native American or Alaskan Native) descent. 
CONTACT INFORMATION: 773-524-1807

The Margaret Yardley Fellowship Fund
APPLICATION DEADLINE: March
AWARD AMOUNT: $1,000
ELIGIBILITY
: Resident of the state of New Jersey engaged in graduate study, with financial need for tuition only. Students who apply while still undergraduate seniors must already be accepted into a graduate studies program at the time application is submitted. Students already enrolled in post graduate studies and are scheduled to obtain their degrees in May or the summer not eligible to apply. Applications available on website: www.njsfwc.org.
CONTACT INFORMATION: 732-249-5474, njsfwc@njsfwc.org

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
APPLICATION DEADLINE: March   
AWARD AMOUNT: $5,000 
ELIGIBILITY
: To be eligible, your birth parents must have both been born outside of the U.S. as non-U.S. citizens, and both parents must not have been eligible for U.S. citizenship at the time of their births. Additional criteria are listed on the website.
CONTACT INFORMATION: PDSoros@pdsoros.org or (212) 405-8234

P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship (IPS)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: March
AWARD AMOUNT: $12,500
ELIGIBILITY
: The P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to women from outside the U.S. and Canada who are seeking advanced degrees from an accredited college or university in the U.S. or Canada with the expectation that students will return to their home countries to utilize their education to make a positive impact and foster global peace. In order to qualify for her first scholarship, an applicant must have a full year of coursework remaining, be enrolled and in residence for the entire school year.
CONTACT INFORMATION: (515) 255-3153 or psa@peodsm.org

Rev. Roger A Hopson Seminary Scholarship
APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 30
AWARD AMOUNT: Funding amounts are based on student’s financial need
ELIGIBILITY
: Eligibility may include but is not limited to the following criteria; Applicants must identify as a person of color and/or belong to racial or ethnic group. Must be enrolled full time in an accredited United Methodist seminary, pursuing a Master of Divinity degree. Applicants must be enrolled as pursuing certified candidacy or certified candidate for ministry (elder or deacon). Applicants must be an active, full-time member of a United Methodist Church for at least one year. Applicants must be able to demonstrate financial need and leadership experience within the United Methodist Church. Applicants must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.5.
CONTACT INFORMATION: https://www.gbhem.org/rev-roger-a-hopson-seminary-scholarship/

The Walter S. Barr Fellowship - The Horace Smith Fund
APPLICATION DEADLINE: March   
AWARD AMOUNT: $5,000 
ELIGIBILITY
: Walter S. Barr Fellowships for graduate student scholarships are awarded to permanent or qualified former residents of Hampden County who graduated from an eligible high school and are pursuing full-time post-graduate degrees. If that degree program requires more than one year of full-time study, the award can be renewed for as many as two additional years, if warranted.
CONTACT INFORMATION: info@horacesmithfund.org or (413) 739-4222

Fellowships for Latino/a, Asian and First Nations Doctoral Students
APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH
AWARD AMOUNT: Varies
ELIGIBILITY: Financial support for doctoral students of Latino/a, Asian, Pacific Islands or First Nations descent who have completed the course work stage of their Ph.D. or Th.D. program in religion, theological studies or biblical studies.
CONTACT INFORMATION: ebarnhart@fteleaders.org   

APRIL APPLICATION DEADLINES

Agnes Jones Jackson Scholarship (NAACP)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: April
AWARD AMOUNT: $2,000
ELIGIBILITY: Scholarships available to members of the NAACP. Be Black or a person of color. Possess a grade point average of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 system. Be a graduating high school senior, undergraduate student, or graduate student for applicable scholarships. Demonstrate financial need. Be under the age of 25 during the time of application submission.
CONTACT INFORMATION: scholarships@naacpnet.org

Francis Nathaniel and Kathryn Padgett Kennedy Foundation
APPLICATION DEADLINE: APRIL 1
AWARD AMOUNT: up to $3,000
ELIGIBILITY
: Scholarships for full-time seminary students (master-level and doctoral) from South Carolina. Residents from Laurens County and upper Piedmont are given first preference. Preference for applicants who wish to serve as an international missionary or as a Christian educator in a local congregation. Contact Bev Kennedy by phone or email to request an application.
CONTACT INFORMATION: Bev Kennedy, dbkennedy@prtcnet.com (864) 923-0254

Jean Audrey Powers Leadership for Change Scholarship Fund
APPLICATION DEADLINE: APRIL
AWARD AMOUNT: up to $3,000
ELIGIBILITY: The Jeanne Audrey Powers Leadership for Change Scholarship is an innovative program for United Methodist seminarians. It aims to bring about full inclusion of gay and lesbian people in the United Methodist Church (UMC) by supporting the development of leaders committed to this goal. The scholarship program is administered by the Office for Institutional Advancement and the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry at Pacific School of Religion.

Nancy A. Hardesty Memorial Scholarship
APPLICATION DEADLINE: April
AWARD AMOUNT: $1,000
ELIGIBILITY: The NAHMS is a $1,000 scholarship given each year to a college senior or graduate student with a strong commitment to Christian feminism who is pursuing studies in religion or theology. The scholarship is awarded to a student who aspires to exemplify the values and achievements of Nancy A. Hardesty, a founding member of the Christian Feminism Today organization.
CONTACT INFORMATION: nahms@eewc.com
CONTACT INFORMATION: Terry Yasuko Ogawa, togawa@psr.edu 

Scudder Association Foundation Grants
APPLICATION DEADLINE: APRIL
AWARD AMOUNT: $1,000 – $2,500 
ELIGIBILITY
: The Scudder family has a long history of producing not only doctors and nurses, but also clergy, going all the way back to the Westminster Assembly convened in 1645. As such, the Foundation provides scholarships for those candidates wishing to pursue degrees or advanced degrees in religious and spiritual studies. These scholarships are not restricted to just Christian religious studies but may include a broad range of studies ranging from traditional religions from around the world, as well as secular philosophies both ancient and modern.
CONTACT INFORMATION: edgrants@scudder.org

W.B. Small Trust Scholarship
APPLICATION DEADLINE: APRIL 
AWARD AMOUNT: up to $2,500 
ELIGIBILITY
: Each year, we award up to 18 scholarships to seminary students who have lived or currently live in Iowa. These students must be pursuing an Mdiv degree which leads to ordination.
CONTACT INFORMATION: http://www.wbsmalltrust.com/contact

Uplift Scholarship (NAACP)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: April
AWARD AMOUNT: $10,000
ELIGIBILITY: Scholarships available to members of the NAACP. Be Black or a person of color. Possess a grade point average of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 system. Be a graduating high school senior, undergraduate student, or graduate student for applicable scholarships. Demonstrate financial need.
CONTACT INFORMATION: scholarships@naacpnet.org

MAY APPLICATION DEADLINES

Justin and Sara Haruyama Ministerial Scholarship (JSHMS) 
APPLICATION DEADLINE: May
AWARD AMOUNT: Varies
ELIGIBILITY: This scholarship is offered to persons of Japanese ancestry, including those who were born in Japan and have obtained permanent residency status in Japan, accepted or enrolled full time in a credited Protestant seminary in the US, and preparing for ministerial degrees who intend to serve Japanese American congregations or other church related ministries.
CONTACT INFORMATION: ministryjauc@gmail.com  or 212-242-9444

JUNE APPLICATION DEADLINES

Alvera Mickelsen Memorial Scholarship, AMMS 
APPLICATION DEADLINE: JUNE
AWARD AMOUNT: $6,000 (one-year, one-time only scholarship)
ELIGIBILITY: Women who support CBE’s mission and core values. Demonstrate the commitments that characterized Alvera, including a love of Scripture, social justice, women’s equality, and are able to communicate these ideas clearly. Be enrolled and in good academic standing in a master’s program (in or outside the U.S.) that is recognized as accredited in the U.S. Be pursuing a ministry career in a field related to preaching, communications, writing, pastoral work, youth ministry, or nonprofit work.
CONTACT INFORMATION: cbe@cbeinternational.org

Santavicca Scholarship Fund
APPLICATION DEADLINE: JUNE
AWARD AMOUNT: $1,000
ELIGIBILITY: Shall have been endorsed by his/her session and enrolled at least as an inquirer by the Presbytery of the candidate’s local church. Ordinarily shall be a full-time student at a theological seminary accredited by the Association of Theological Seminaries with the intent to pursue the work of Christian ministry or to enhance one’s professional skills in ministry through continuing education. Shall have achieved a notable academic record.
CONTACT INFORMATION: (513) 523-6364, office@oxfordpresbychurch.org

AUGUST APPLICATION DEADLINES

Alpha Kappa Alpha Merit Graduate Scholarship
APPLICATION DEADLINE: AUGUST
AWARD AMOUNT: $1,000
ELIGIBILITY: Be a full-time student. Be currently enrolled in an accredited degree-granting institution. Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 ("B" average). Demonstrate community service and involvement.
CONTACT INFORMATION: Charmaine Boston, (800) 653-6528, cboston@akaeaf.net

Alpha Kappa Alpha Graduate Scholarship
APPLICATION DEADLINE: AUGUST
AWARD AMOUNT: $1,000
ELIGIBILITY: Be a full-time student. Be currently enrolled in an accredited degree-granting institution. Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 ("B" average). Demonstrate community service and involvement. Demonstrate a financial need.
CONTACT INFORMATION: Charmaine Boston, (800) 653-6528, cboston@akaeaf.net

NOVEMBER APPLICATION DEADLINES

American Fellowships
APPLICATION DEADLINE: NOVEMBER
AWARD AMOUNT: $8,000 - $50,000
ELIGIBILITY: AAUW American Fellowships support women scholars who are pursuing full-time study to complete dissertations, conducting postdoctoral research full time, or preparing research for publication for eight consecutive weeks. Women, including people who identify as women. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of scholarly excellence; quality and originality of project design; and active commitment to helping women and girls through service in their communities, professions, or fields of research.
CONTACT INFORMATION: aauw@applyists.com, 866.795.4892, M-F, 8-5pm, CT

Hawaii Community Foundation
APPLICATION DEADLINE:
 NOVEMBER
AWARD AMOUNT: $500 - $2,500
ELIGIBILITY
: Scholarships for seminary students who are residents of Hawaii. Applicants must be pursuing ordination in an established Protestant denomination and must demonstrate financial need and academic promise.
CONTACT INFORMATION: scholarships@hcf-hawaii.org

International Fellowships
APPLICATION DEADLINE: NOVEMBER
AWARD AMOUNT: $20,000 - $50,000
ELIGIBILITY: International Fellowships have been in existence since 1917. The program provides support for women pursuing full-time graduate or postdoctoral study in the U.S. who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and who intend to return to their home country to pursue a professional career. Women, including people who identify as women.
CONTACT INFORMATION: aauw@applyists.com, 866.795.4892, M-F, 8-5pm, CT

P.E.O. Scholar Awards
APPLICATION DEADLINE: NOVEMBER
AWARD AMOUNT: $20,000
ELIGIBILITY
: The P.E.O. Scholar Awards are one-time competitive merit-based awards intended to recognize and encourage academic excellence and achievement by women in doctoral-level programs. These awards provide partial support for study and research. P.E.O. Scholars have demonstrated their ability to make significant contributions in their chosen field of study, having assumed leadership positions in university academics, scientific research, medicine, law, performing arts, international economics, history, literature, government and other demanding fields.
CONTACT INFORMATION: (515) 255-3153 or psa@peodsm.org

APPLICATION DEADLINES THAT VARY

Chaplain Samuel Grover Powell Scholarship
APPLICATION DEADLINE: VARIES
AWARD AMOUNT: Varies 
ELIGIBILITY
: Be enrolled at an accredited theological seminary. Be in either their middle or senior year. Be involved in the Chaplain Candidate (Seminarian) Program, or serving in a military reserve component after having completed an active duty tour in one of the United States armed forces. Preference is given to students in their senior year who plan to serve in the United States Air Force. However, persons preparing for chaplaincy in any branch of the military will be considered. Award recipients are expected to serve in the United States chaplaincy upon completion of seminary, ordination, and endorsement.
CONTACT INFORMATION: umhef@umhef.org or (615) 649-3990

Eastern Star Training Awards for Religious Leadership
APPLICATION DEADLINE: VARIES

AWARD AMOUNT: Varies
ELIGIBILITY
: Awards available to M.Div. students. Letters of recommendation, transcript, and photo required with application. Students need not have a Masonic or Eastern Star affiliation, but must be sponsored by a local chapter, preferably in their hometown. Call (202) 667-4737 for more information in a specific state, or to receive contact details for local branches.
CONTACT INFORMATION: (202) 667-4737

Segal AmeriCorps Education Award
APPLICATION DEADLINE
: VARIES
AWARD AMOUNT: VARIES
ELIGIBILITY: The amount of a full-time Segal AmeriCorps Education Award is equivalent to the maximum value of the Pell Grant for the fiscal year in which the term of national service is approved.  The amount of the Pell Grant can change each year.  Therefore, the amount of a full-time award can change. Once an individual earns an award, the dollar amount of that award will not change.  The award amount for less than half-time service programs varies based on the required terms of service.  
CONTACT INFORMATION
: help@americorps.gov

USA FUNDING (online scholarship application system)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: VARIES
AWARD AMOUNT: VARIES
ELIGIBILITY
: Search database for eligible scholarship aid
CONTACT INFORMATION: 1-888-261-4837

Veterans Educational Assistance
APPLICATION DEADLINE: VARIES
AWARD AMOUNT: VARIES
ELIGIBILITY
: Scholarships available to U.S. military veterans
Qualifications: Must have served in active duty for more than 180 days.
CONTACT INFORMATION: Contact your local VA office

United Methodist Conference Scholarships

For more information, contact the chairperson or register at conference link.

Alabama-West Florida Conference

Alaska United Methodist Conference

Arkansas United Methodist Conference 

Baltimore-Washington Conference 

California-Nevada Annual Conference Scholarships 

California-Pacific Annual Conference Scholarships 

Central Texas Annual Conference

Desert Southwest Conference

Detroit Annual Conference Scholarships

Mallinson Scholarship

Hope United Methodist Church
Seminary Grants
Deadline: July 15
Amount: $250-$500
Description: Awards available to United Methodist students entering ministerial fields including Christian education, missions, or music ministry. First preference - First District members. Second Preference - Detroit Conference members, then others.
Qualifications: Applicants must be certified candidates in the Detroit Annual Conference
Application:
Hope United Methodist Church
Seminary Grants, Staff-Parish Relations Committee
4467-G Beecher Road
Flint, MI 48532

East Ohio Annual Conference Grant 

East Ohio Conference Seminary Scholarships

East Ohio United Methodist Foundation

Eastern Pennsylvania Conference 

Florida Annual Conference

Palma Ceia United Methodist Women's Scholarship

Deadline: May 31

Amount: Varies depending on availabilty of funds

Description: The Palma Ceia United Methodist Women provide scholarships for full time students who are active members of a Florida United Methodist congregation pursuing graduate work in a church related field at an accredited college or university.

Contact:

Gloria Emerson, gloriaemerson@hotmail.com

Palma Ceia United Methodist Church

3723 Bay to Bay Boulevard

Tampa, FL 33629

Florida Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry Scholarships

Greater New Jersey Conference Scholarships 

Holston Annual Conference 

Illinois Great Rivers Conference

First United Methodist Church, Kinmundy, Illinois
Deadline: Not specified
Amount: Up to $1,200
Description: Awards available to students from the Great Rivers Conference of the United Methodist Church
Qualifications: Applicants must demonstrate financial need
Application:
First United Methodist Church, Attention: The Rev. Richard Ambrose
308 E. 3rd Street
Kinmundy, IL 62854
Phone: (618) 547-7423

Onarga United Methodist Church
Barber Scholarship
Deadline: May 31
Amount: Up to $500
Description: Grants available to students pursuing ordained ministry, Christian Education, Youth Ministry, or other specialized ministries within the church
Qualifications:
Preference is given to United Methodist students, in particular those from the Illinois Great Rivers Annual Conference
Application:
Kaskaskia River District of The Illinois Great Rivers Conference
of the United Methodist Church
Onarga United Methodist Church
Attention: The Rev. Jan Miller
109 East Seminary Avenue
Onarga, IL 60955-1240
Phone: (815) 268-4320

Indiana United Methodist Scholarships/Grants 

Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

Great Plains Conference

Kentucky Annual Conference

Louisiana Annual Conference Scholarships

Memphis Conference

Minnesota Annual Conference

Mississippi Annual Conference Grant

Missouri Annual Conference Scholarships

Nebraska Annual Conference Grants & Scholarships

New England Conference Grants

New Mexico Conference Scholarships and Grants

New York Annual Conference

            Urban Ministry Scholarship Program

North Alabama Annual Conference Grant

North Carolina Conference Grant

North Georgia Conference Scholarships

North Texas Conference Grants

Northern Illinois Annual Conference

Northwest Texas Conference

Oklahoma Conference

Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference

Oregon-Idaho Conference

Pacific Northwest Conference

Peninsula-Delaware Conference

Red Bird Missionary Conference

Rio Grande Conference

Rocky Mountain Conference

South Carolina Annual Conference Scholarships

South Georgia Annual Conference

Susquehanna Annual Conference

Tennessee Annual Conference Scholarships

James G. Blakemore Fund
Deadline: Varies
Amount: Varies
Description: Various scholarships available to members and non-members of West End United Methodist Church. Contact Bonnie Seay by e-mail for application - baseay@aol.com
Qualifications: Full-time student
Application:
West End United Methodist Church
West End Scholarship Committee
Bonnie Seay - Secretary
2200 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: (615) 321-8500

Virginia Annual Conference Scholarships

Calvary Foundation Scholarship
Deadline: April 15
Amount: Varies
Description: Scholarships available - preference given to residents of Virginia, DC or Maryland
Qualifications: Applicants must demonstrate good moral character, academic promise, and financial need
Application:
The Calvary Foundation
P.O. Box 2545
Arlington, VA 22202
foundation@calmeth.org

Virginia Annual Conference Ministerial Education Fund
Deadline: July 1 for fall, October 1 for spring
Amount: Not specified
Description: Service loans available to students who are certified candidates for ministry in the Virginia Annual Conference
Application:
Virginia United Methodist Center
P.O. Box 5606
Glen Allen, VA 23058

 

Western North Carolina Annual Conference Scholarships

Western North Carolina Conference Ministerial Education Fund
Deadline: August 31 - Fall / December 31 - Spring
Amount: $1,400 - $2,400
Description: Service loans available to certified candidates for ministry in the Western North Carolina Conference
Application:
Rev. Veranita Alvord
Hoyle Memorial United Methodist Church
MEF Coordinator
1741 Fallston Rd
Shelby, NC 28150
Phone: (704) 487-9522

Texas Annual Conference

Wise Scholarship Fund
Deadline: May 31
Amount: Varies
Description: Scholarships for residents of the Rio Texas Annual Conference
Qualifications: Recipients must be preparing for the ministry in the United Methodist Church
Application:
Thomas A. Wise, Jr. Scholarship Fund
First United Methodist Church Foundation
Attn: Stacye McCain
900 S. Shoreline Blvd.
Corpus Christi, TX 78401
Phone: (361) 884-0391

Upper New York Conference

Virginia Annual Conference Scholarships

West Michigan Conference

West Ohio Conference

West Virginia Conference

Western Pennsylvania Conference

Wisconsin Annual Conference

Yellowstone Annual Conference

Baptist Scholarships

American Baptist Church, USA Scholarships
Deadline: May 31
Amount: Varies
Description: Financial assistance for American Baptist students enrolled in seminary.
Application:
American Baptist Church, USA
National Ministries
Financial Aid Office
P.O. Box 851
Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851
Phone: 1(800) ABC-3USA  ext. 2067

American Baptist Churches of Wisconsin Grants
Deadline: July 1
Amount: $2,000
Description: Grants provided to American Baptist MDiv students enrolled full-time
Qualifications: Membership in an ABC in Wisconsin
Application:
American Baptist Churches of Wisconsin
15330 Watertown Plank Road
Elm Grove, WI 53122-2391
Phone: (800) 311-3140

American Baptist Women of New Jersey
Degenring Scholarship Fund
Deadline: March 1
Amount: Varies based on need and on the recipient’s career goals in Christian work
Description: The Degenring Scholarship Fund provides assistance to American Baptist women pursuing a career in Christian service.
Qualifications: Membership in an ABC in New Jersey for at least five years
Application:
American Baptist Women of New Jersey
36-10 Garden View Terrace
East Windsor, NJ 08520

American Baptist Women’s Scholarship Fund
Deadline: January 31
Amount: $500
Description: Scholarship awards to women who preparing for full-time Christian service in the American Baptist Church, USA
Qualifications: Preference will be given to residents of the Pacific Northwest who are attending an American Baptist institution, but others may apply.
Application:
American Baptist Women’s Ministries of the Pacific Northwest
409 Third Avenue S., Suite A
Kent, WA 98032-5843
Phone: (360) 636-4716

Blackwell Memorial Fund
Description
: The Blackwell Memorial Fund provides scholarships/grants to worthy North Carolina men and women who feel called and are preparing for ministry within the Baptist tradition. The Blackwell Memorial Fund committee seeks to assist candidates for Baptist ministry who have the highest possible abilities, attitude, qualification, and likelihood of being outstanding, effective, and devoted ministers.
Qualifications: First priority to persons who are members of the First Baptist Church of Winston-Salem and are North Carolina residents; second priority to persons who are Forsyth County, North Carolina residents and members of Forsyth County North Carolina Baptist Churches; third priority to all other persons who are residents of North Carolina and members of North Carolina Baptist Churches.
Amount: Grants will be awarded based on all Application materials (application, estimated budget form, attachments, personal references, and academic record) and required priorities described above. The amount of each grant will be determined according to the availability of funds for distribution and the number of eligible candidates with financial need.
Application: The application is available online (http://docplayer.net/202106914-Blackwell-memorial-fund.html). Applications and supporting documents should be mailed to First Baptist Church, 501 West Fifth Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101. Applications are usually due sometime in April, but confirm application deadline on the current year application form posted on the website.
Contact: First Baptist Church / 501 W. Fifth Street Winston-Salem, N.C. 27101 / (336) 722-2558 / Website: www.firstonfifth.org

Bozeman Ministerial Scholarship
Deadline: June 1 (fall); December 1 (spring)
First Baptist Church
300 W. Main Street
Laurens, SC 29360
Description: Scholarship for full-time seminary students preparing for Christian ministry. Priority given to current or former church members and South Carolina residents.
Phone: 864-984-7500
Contact: Tana Adams, tana@fbclaurens.org

Charles B. Keesee Educational Fund
Deadline: Return Applicants deadline March 1, New Applicants deadline April 1. (M.Div.); May 1 (D.Min.)
Amount: Varies (normally between $1,000 and $8,000)
Description: Financial assistance for Baptists from Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia planning to serve Baptist churches
Application:
Charles B. Keesee Educational Fund, Inc.
P. O. Box 431
Martinsville, VA 24114
Phone: 276-632-2229

Georgia Baptist Convention
Durward V. Cason Jr. Memorial Fund
Deadline: September 15, February 1
Amount: Not specified
Description: Scholarship awards to African American students who are residents of Georgia, members of Georgia Baptist Churches, and enrolled in full-time study leading to a Christian vocation; Recipients must serve in a church-related vocation or Christian ministry for at least three years following graduation
Application:
Georgia Baptist Convention
Durward V. Cason Jr. Memorial Fund
2930 Flowers Road South
Atlanta, GA 30341

Adora S. Jones Ministerial Trust Scholarship Fund 
Application will be available : Mid July - early August
Deadline: November 1
Amount: $700 to $1,500 depending on availability of funds
Description:  Scholarship funds for seminary students from the State of Iowa
Qualifications:
Recipients must have been Iowa residents prior to college entry
Enrollment in seminary and actively pursuing studies toward preaching the Gospel in the United Methodist, Presbyterian, Baptist or Congregational Churches
Application:
Adora S. Jones Ministerial Trust
Selection Administrator
Robert D. Thompson
6411 Russell Dr. N.W.
Cedar Rapids, IA 52405-7006
Email: robertdtia@gmail.com
Phone: (319) 396-5479

The Northern Baptist Education Society Award
Deadlines: Fall – October 12; Spring – March 1
Amount: Up to $4,000
Description: Awards to students preparing for Christian ministry
Qualifications:
Must be a member of an American Baptist Church
Must be from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, or Vermont
Application:
The Northern Baptist Education Society
Rev. Dr. Roger Spinney, Executive Secretary
P.O. Box 2787
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
Email: rspin677@aol.com

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Global (Decatur, Georgia)

  1. At-Large Leadership Scholarships

Description: Baptist students enrolled in a master of divinity degree program at an accredited institution of higher education may apply for the CBF At-Large Leadership Scholarship.  The Ministries Council of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship will recommend these scholars based on the application of the students and the belief that the students selected represent the best possible potential local ministry leaders for the mission and the ministry of CBF. Applications should include: 
CBF At-Large Leadership Scholarship Application
Church Leader Reference Form
Professor Reference Form
Personal Reference Form
Deadline: At-Large Leadership Scholarship application process opens in January and concludes in at the end of March. For further information inquire with Callie Davis (cdavis@div.duke.edu 660-3599).

  1. Vestal Scholarships

Description: CBF will award up to two Vestal Scholarships to Baptist students currently enrolled in one of the fourteen schools of the CBF Consortium of Theological Schools. Scholars will be chosen by a selection committee named by CBF from the current cohort of Leadership Scholars. Selections will be made based on the application of the students and the belief that the students selected represent the best possible potential local ministry leaders for the mission and the ministry of CBF.
Qualifications: Students selected as a Vestal Scholar must meet the following qualifications:

  • Demonstrate a deep commitment and ongoing relationship with Christ,
  • Clearly identify with CBF or espouse core values of CBF, showing leadership potential within the Fellowship
  • Rising into his/her 2nd or 3rd year as a student
  • Be a current recipient of the CBF Leadership Scholarship
  • Maintain at least a 3.5-grade point average
  • Demonstrate a commitment to congregational ministries
  • Involved in a CBF church and campus leadership

Deadline: The application process closes in December.
For further information inquire with Callie Davis (cdavis@div.duke.edu 660-3599).

North Carolina CBF Theological Education Scholarships
Description: CBF of North Carolina provides scholarship assistance to students engaged in theological education through the Jack and Mary Lib Causey Fund for MDiv, DMin, and ThD/PhD. Students from North Carolina attending schools outside the state are also encouraged to apply for Causey Fund scholarships.
Application: Scholarships are awarded for the upcoming academic year in the preceding May and for the Spring Semester in December.
Amount: The maximum scholarship for degree students in 2021–2022 is $3000. For further information inquire with Callie Davis (cdavis@div.duke.edu 660-3599).

Florida CBF Scholarship
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Florida has scholarship money available to theological students who meet the following criteria: participating members of the Florida CBF, financial need, and a letter of request submitted to the Florida CBF Education Ministry.  The deadline is June 1. For more information and to download an application form go to its website.

South Carolina CBF Scholarship
Awarded to theological students from South Carolina enrolled in one of the CBF partner schools (Duke Divinity School is a CBF partner school.) Students must apply. For more information and to download an application form go to its website.

Tennessee CBF Scholarship
The Tennessee Cooperative Baptist Fellowship awards a $1,000 scholarship to a divinity school student each academic year. For more information on how to apply go to its website and click on the “Developing Leaders” tab.

The Tom & Ethel Logue Seminary Student Scholarship Fund
With the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Arkansas annually provides up to three $1,000 scholarships for Arkansas seminarians.  Applications are received by the Scholarship Advisory Committee of the CBFAR Coordinating Council due March 15th, and the scholarship recipients are announced by April 22nd to be awarded for the following Fall semester. The process is inclusive of the diversity of Baptist students with connections to Arkansas.

Virginia Baptist Mission Board Ministerial Scholarship Funds
The Baptist General Association of Virginia offers financial assistance to theological students who meet the following criteria: college graduate, membership in a BGVA affiliated church, residency in the state of Virginia at least a year prior to receiving financial aid, and endorsement by a BGVA affiliated church. For more information and to download an application form go to its website.

Mary Louise Old Andrews Trust Scholarship Fund
Available for ministerial students from Virginia. For more information write to: Bank of America/Private Bank/P.O. Box 26688/Richmond, VA 23261-6688.

Catholic Scholarships

Women’s Ordination Conference
Bishop Frank Murphy Scholarship for Women in Ministry
Deadline: TBA
Amount: $1,000
Description: Members of the Women’s Ordination Conference enrolled or accepted in a graduate theological program of study or diocesan certificate program and preparing for Catholic ministry
Application:
Women's Ordination Conference
Scholarship Committee
P.O. Box 15058
Washington, DC 20003
Phone: (202) 675-1006
Email: woc@womensordination.org

Christian Church Scholarships

Cannon Endowment Scholarship 
Deadline: None specified
Amount: Approximately $2,500
Description: The Cannon Endowment provides scholarship assistance to seminarians planning to become military chaplains. Seminarians who are of the following faith communities may apply: United Church of Christ, Christian Church Disciples of Christ, Presbyterian USA, United Methodist, and Church of the Brethren. Scholarships are awarded on an annual basis and typically will be in the $2,500 range.
Application:
Parish Life and Leadership Ministry Team
Grants, Scholarship and Resources
United Church of Christ
700 Prospect Avenue East
Cleveland, OH 44115-1100
Phone: (216) 736-3839
Emailjeffersv@ucc.org

Disciples Home Missions of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Scholarships
Deadline: March 15
Amount: Varies
Description: Scholarships and loans for members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Qualifications:
Membership in a DOC congregation for at least one year
Vocational plan of ordained ministry in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Maintenance of a minimum C+ grade point average
Demonstrated financial need
Full-time enrollment in an accredited school of seminary
Application:
Disciples Home Missions of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
P.O. Box 1986
Indianapolis, IN 46206

Episcopal Scholarships

The Church Training and Deaconess House Scholarship
Deadline: Prior to March 21
Amount: $2,000 to $3,000
Description: Scholarships to assist women in training for religious and benevolent work pertaining to the Episcopal Church
Application:
The Church Training and Deaconess House
Diocese of Pennsylvania
3717 Chestnut Street, Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA -19104
E-mail: The Rev. Claire Nevin-Field at nevin-field@stpetersphila.org

Dubose Scholarship Fund
Deadline: April 30
Amount: Varies
Description: Awards available to deserving Episcopal seminary students
Qualifications: Must be a postulant or candidate for Holy Orders in the Protestant Episcopal Church USA; Applicants must be over 32 years of age
Application:
Dubose Scholarship Fund
University of the South, School of Theology
335 Tennessee Avenue
Sewanee, TN 37383-0001
Email: dubosefd@sewanee.edu

Episcopal Church Center
Deadline: Varies
Amount: Varies
Description: Scholarships for Episcopal seminary students
Application:
Episcopal Church Center
815 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Phone: (800) 334-7626

Episcopal Evangelical Education Society Grants
Deadline: February 2
Amount: $500 to $5,000
Description: Grants available to Episcopal students for projects that foster fresh initiatives and methodologies in evangelism and education and help believers understand and articulate the Christian faith
Application:
Episcopal Evangelical Education Society
Box 7297
Arlington, VA 22207
Phone: (703) 807-1862

The Order of the Daughters of the King
Master’s Fund
Deadline: Fall: March 15; Spring and Summer: Oct. 1
Amount: $500 to $700
Description: Grants to Episcopal women preparing for missionary and other church-related work
Qualifications:
Applicants must be at least 21 years of age
Must be a member of the Episcopal Church, an autonomous church of the Anglican Communion, or Churches in Communion with the Episcopal Church.
Preference will be given to a member of “Daughters of the King.”
Recipients must give two years of service to the church after training.
Application:
Order of the Daughters of the King
Master’s Fund Committee
101 Weatherstone Dr. Suite 870
Woodstock, GA 30188
Email: mastersfund@doknational.org

Lutheran Scholarships

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Educational Grant Program
Deadline: April 25
Amount: Up to $3,000
Description: Educational grants available to members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America enrolled in a doctoral program for advanced theological study
Application:
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Educational Grant Program
Director for Theological Education
Division for Ministry
8765 West Higgins Road
Chicago, IL 60631
Phone: (773) 380-2874

Abdel Ross Wentz Prize in American Lutheran History
Deadline
: varies
Amount: $1,000
Description: Awards are presented annually to the author of an outstanding essay or research paper dealing with American Lutheran history
Qualifications: All Lutheran students in a first-degree program at a theological seminary in North America are eligible
Application:
Abdel Ross Wentz Prize in American Lutheran History
Lutheran Historical Society, Gettysburg
61 Seminary Ridge
Gettysburg, PA 17325

Church of the Nazarene

Siebert Lutheran Foundation Grants
Deadline: June 1
Amount: Up to $3,000
Description: Scholarship assistance provided to full-time MDiv students from Wisconsin. Students may not apply directly; interested students should have their home pastor request application forms
Application:
Siebert Lutheran Foundation, Inc.
300 N. Corporate Drive, Suite 200
Brookfield, WI  53045
Email: contactus@siebertfoundation.org

Presbyterian Scholarships
Deadline: May 15
Amount: $6,000
Description: Presbyterian Church (USA) students attending any accredited seminary in the US. The basic scholarship award for Masters of Divinity and Master of Arts in Christian Education.
Application:
Presbyterian Mission Agency
Presbyterian Church (USA)
100 Witherspoon Street
Louisville, KY 40202-1396
Phone: 1-800-728-7228

Presbyterian Church, USA 

Cannon Endowment Scholarship for Seminarians
Deadline: March 1
Amount: Approximately $2,500
Description: The Cannon Endowment provides scholarship assistance to seminarians planning to become military chaplains. Seminarians who are of the following faith communities may apply: United Church of Christ, Christian Church Disciples of Christ, Presbyterian USA, United Methodist, and Church of the Brethren. Scholarships are awarded on an annual basis and typically will be in the $2,500 range.

Daisy and Eugene Hale Memorial Scholarship
Deadline: April 1
Amount: $500 to $2,000
Description: Scholarships for Presbyterian (USA) seminary students
Qualifications:
Florida residency, under the care of a Florida Presbytery
Intent to become a Minister of the Word and Sacrament in the PC-USA
Application:
Riverside Presbyterian Church
849 Park Street
Jacksonville, FL 32204-3394
Phone: (904) 355-4585

Hotson Trust
Deadline: June 1
Amount: $500
Description: Grants to Presbyterian students at theological schools
Application: Hotson Trust
900 Jordan Street
Shreveport, LA 71101
Phone: (318) 222-0604

Higgins Scholarship
Deadline: March 31
Amount: Not specified
Description: Scholarships for full-time degree students preparing for church occupations. Preference given to students under the care of the Presbytery of Chicago
Application:
Higgins Scholarship
The Presbytery of Chicago
100 South Morgan
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: (312) 243-8300

Lydia Scholarship Fund
Deadline: March 1
Amount: up to $2,500
Description: A scholarship for women who feel called to the Presbyterian Church (USA) ordained pastoral ministry and who have a vision of spiritual renewal within the denomination
Application:
Lydia Scholarship Coordinator
Network of Presbyterian Women in Leadership
8134 New LaGrange Rd #227
Louisville, KY 4022-4679
 

National Korean Presbyterian Women
Deadline: June 1
Amount: $1,000
Description: Scholarships available to female, second-generation Korean Americans. Applicants should possess outstanding academic ability and leadership skills
Application:
National Korean Presbyterian Women
Mrs. Hae Sook Nam, Moderator
10505 Water Point Way
Mitchellville, MD 20721

Gene & Faye Santavicca Scholarship
Deadline: April 30
Amount: Up to $1,000
Description: Grants available to full-time seminary students; Preference is given to members of the Oxford Presbyterian Church
Application:
Oxford Presbyterian Church
101 North Main Street
Oxford, OH 45056
Phone: (513) 523-6364
Email: office@oxfordpresbychurch.org

Harold B. and Dorothy A. Snyder Scholarship
Deadline: March 15
Amount: Varies
Description: Scholarship and loan assistance is available to students who are studying for the Presbyterian or Reformed ministry and who are under the care of a Presbytery; Preference is given to residents of New Jersey
Application:
Harold B. and Dorothy A. Snyder Foundation
P. O. Box 671
Moorestown, NJ 08057-0671

Speer Education Grant
Deadline: April 20
Amount: Not specified
Description: Scholarships for Presbyterian students
Qualifications:
Second or third year students
Under the care of a Presbytery
Preparing for ordination in the Presbyterian Church
Preference will be given to members of Westminster Church and the New Castle Presbytery
Recipients who do not receive ordination will be expected to repay the funds
Application:
Westminster Presbyterian Church
1504 West 13th Street
Wilmington, DE 19806

Synod of the Northeast
Wurffel/Sills Loans
Deadline: April 1
Amount: $500 to $5,000
Description: Interest-free educational loans are available to full-time students who are members of PC-USA congregations in the Synod of the Northeast. Loan amounts are determined on the basis of individual needs
Application:
Presbyterian Church (USA),
Synod of the Northeast
5811 Heritage Landing Drive
East Syracuse, NY 13057-9360
Contact: Stacey Galloway     Phone: (800) 585-5881

United Church of Christ Scholarships

Hale Donation Scholarship
Deadline: May 1
Amount: Varies
Description: Grants available to students with financial need who are preparing for ministry in the United Church of Christ.
Qualifications: Preference is given to applicants from Tolland County, Connecticut, but applications will be accepted from other parts of the country.
Application:
Hale Donation Scholarship
The First Congregational Church
P.O. Box 355
Coventry, CT 06238
Phone: (860) 742-5689

United Church of Christ
Deadline: Not specified
Amount: Varies
Description: Scholarships for United Church of Christ students. Full descriptions of scholarships.
Requirements:
Membership in a UCC Congregation for at least one year
Enrolled in a course of study leading to ordination
In-care of an Association or Conference
Minimum “B” grade point average
Plan for service in the UCC or partner church upon completion of seminary
Demonstrated leadership ability
Contact Information:
United Church of Christ
700 Prospect Avenue East
Cleveland, OH 44115-1100
Phone: (216) 736-2166
Email: scholarships@ucc.org

United Church of Christ Historical Council
Deadline: May 1
Amount: $200
Description: Award and publication of an essay on the history of the United Church of Christ; Applicants must be M.Div. degree candidates
Application:
United Church of Christ Historical Council
United Church of Christ
Schaff Library
Lancaster Theological Seminary
555 West James Street
Lancaster, PA 17603

Edwin Whitney Fund
Deadline: May 3
Amount: Up to $2,000
Description: Scholarships Connecticut residents preparing for ministry in the United Church of Christ
Qualifications: Preference is given to residents of Mansfield, Connecticut, though others may apply
Application:
Edwin Whitney Fund
Storrs Congregational Church
2 N. Eagleville Road
Storrs, CT 06268