Scholarship Resources for Baptist Students

Each year the Baptist House scholarship committee awards a range of funds from both endowed and non-endowed sources.

Students must be identified as “Baptist” in the Divinity School Registry and by the Baptist House to be eligible. First-year students must be matriculated.

There may be additional requirements and criteria specific to each particular scholarship. Stated cash amounts are based on previous years and thus may be subject to change.  Non-endowed scholarships depend upon annual gifts and may not be available in the current year.

Baptist Scholarship Resources

Endowed

  • Carlyle Marney Scholarship
  • Ned Fitzgerald Scholarship
  • George Balentine Scholarship
  • Jimmy and Helen Garland Scholarship
  • Clare and Mary Herndon Scholarship
  • Henry and Helen Turlington Scholarship
  • John W. Carlton Scholarship
Non-Endowed

James O. Duncan Scholarship

Named for the Baptist minister and editor of the Capitol Baptist. The scholarship was established to provide support (full tuition and fees per year renewable on conditions) for a Baptist student attending a leading theological school to develop his or her full potential in leadership skills, innovation, and creativity.  It does not require pursuit of any particular career or ministry path. The Baptist House scholarship committee recommends candidates, but an independent foundation committee selects the recipient.

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Leadership Scholarship

Recipients do not have to be a member of a CBF participating church but must embrace the vision and principles of the CBF. Other criteria include: past academic performance, financial need, attendance at CBF general assembly and retreat in June, and a lifestyle congruent to full-time Christian ministry. Students must apply in April-May. For more information, see the CBF website.

J. Lake Williams Scholarship

For a middler or senior student who exhibits promise of excellence in ministry and expresses a commitment to ministry in the church.

North Carolina CBF Scholarship

Awarded to middler or senior students. Recipients do not have to be a member of a CBF participating church but must embrace the vision and principles of the CBF.  Other criteria include: past academic performance, financial need, attendance at North Carolina CBF general assembly in March, and a life-style congruent to full-time Christian ministry. For more information see the CBF NC website.

North Carolina Women in Ministry Scholarship

Awarded to a middler or senior woman student. Criteria include: clarity concerning call to ministry, academic excellence, demonstrated leadership ability in ministry, commitment to vocational Christian ministry, expressed support of inclusiveness in ministry and in all dimensions of life, commitment to Baptist principles, and the desire to serve in a Baptist context.

Addie Davis Award for Excellence in Preaching

Awarded to a middler or senior woman student who exhibits promise for excellence in the preaching ministry. Criteria include: preparing for vocational ministry, being a full-time student, having taken at least one preaching course, a GPA of 2.75 or higher, and being Baptist. Candidates are recommended by the Baptist House scholarship committee by mid-February.

Addie Davis Award for Outstanding Leadership in Pastoral Ministry

Awarded to a middler or senior woman student who exhibits promise for excellence in the pastoral ministry. Criteria include: preparing for vocational ministry, being a full-time student, having taken at least one pastoral ministry course, a GPA of 2.75 or higher, and being Baptist. Candidates are recommended by the Baptist House scholarship committee by mid-February.

Baptist State Convention of North Carolina

The BSCNC awards financial aid to any student who meets the following qualifications: membership for one year in a church that contributes to the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, endorsement from that church with its blessings to study and prepare for ministry, and enrollment as a full-time student in the MDiv, MCM, or MTS programs (ThM and PhD students are not eligible).  Applications will be placed in student boxes every September and February.  They must be completed by the student and returned to the Baptist House of Studies office.

Baptist House Scholarship Funds

Awarded to middler or senior students when funds are available in the Baptist House budget. Criteria include past academic performance, financial need, and participation in Baptist House activities.

W. C. English Foundation

Awarded to any given number of Baptist students elected by the Scholarship Committee. Given to high-performance students.

Randall and Lou Lolley Scholarship

Awarded to a Senior M.Div. student through CBF of NC. Student must demonstrate record of achievement and promise for ministry. After graduation, the student must serve on the Lolley Scholarship Selection Committee.

Student-Initiated Applications

The following various sources of financial aid are student initiated and do not require recommendation from the Baptist House of Studies scholarship committee. Students are encouraged to apply directly for these funds with the awarding source.

American Baptist Financial Aid for Students: The American Baptist Churches USA offers various scholarship opportunities for ABC theological students. For more information go to its website.

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 March 31. 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.

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.

Baptist House Recommended

Students may not apply directly for any of the “Baptist House Recommended Scholarships.” They are awarded and/or must be recommended by the Baptist House scholarship committee. The committee will contact candidates if they are selected for a scholarship that has application requirements.