Raising funds from family, friends, and other outside sources is important as you go through seminary. The sooner you begin to communicate with family and friends and apply for outside scholarships, the better your chances or receiving assistance are. The Seminary has put together a list of potential outside scholarships. The Seminary also encourage writing support letters to family, friends, those you have ministered to, etc. If you are having trouble forming a letter, consider the following:
- Explain your call to the ministry and seminary study
- Inform your readers about Mid-America and the program you are entering
- Communicate your financial situation, what you are doing for support, and what type of assistance you still seek
The following is a list of potential outside funding sources for your education. Please note that Mid-America does not have any additional information on, or applications for, these scholarships. Use the links provided for more information. Applications deadlines vary; it is the student’s responsibility to apply on time. The information presented below is a tool for Mid-America students. The listing of an organization should not be interpreted as an endorsement of the organization.
Veterans Education Benefits
Mid-America participates in GI benefits. For more information go to http://www.gibill.va.gov/.
Acton Institute Calihan Fellowship
The Calihan Academic Fellowships provide scholarships and research grants to future scholars and religious leaders whose academic work shows outstanding potential. Applicants must demonstrate the potential to advance understanding in the relationship between theology and the principles of the free and virtuous society. Such principles include recognition of human dignity, the importance of the rule of law, limited government, religious liberty, and freedom in economic life. For more information go to http://www.acton.org/program/student_awards/home.
Champions for Christ
Champions for Christ Foundation, Inc. exists to assist students who are preparing for Christian ministry by granting scholarships to those committed to going into full time Christian service. For more information go to http://www.championsforchrist.us/.
Christian Community Credit Union
You must be a member of the Credit Union to apply. You may, however, open an account when you apply for the scholarship. For more information go to mycccu.com/scholarship.
Fund for Theological Education
FTE’s mission is to call and cultivate a new generation of leaders to serve the church and the world. FTE offers three different fellowships to seminarians. For more information go to http://www.fteleaders.org/pages/support-for-seminary-students.
The Harvesters Scholarship Foundation aims to provide for the needs of missionaries in training. For more information go to http://www.harvestersscholarship.com/home.htm.
International Order of the King's Daughters and Sons
Student Ministry Scholarships are provided to students preparing for full time religious vocations enrolled in M.Div. programs and who are citizens of the U.S. or Canada. For more information go to http://www.iokds.org/scholarship3.html.
Korean American Scholarship Foundation
The Korean American Scholarship Foundation helps to meet the financial needs of Korean American Students seeking higher education. For more information go to http://kasf.org/application.
Leopold Schepp Foundation
Scholarships are given to U.S. citizens or legal residents who exhibit excellent character, scholastic achievement and need. An interview in New York is required. For more information go to http://www.scheppfoundation.org/wp/.
Marguerite Young Endowment Fund
The Marguerite Young Endowment Fund offers scholarships to assist seminary students preparing for full-time ministry in a Protestant Church. For more information go to http://www.pittsburghfoundation.org/node/1659.
Military Chaplain Association
Chaplain Candidate Scholarships are available to students who are enrolled full time, have an ecclesiastical endorsement for future ministry as a military chaplain, and have an appointment and active service as a “Chaplain Candidate” in one of the Armed Services. For more information go to http://mca-usa.org/scholarships/.
New Life Church of Chicago Scholarship Program
Awarded to Korean Americans preparing for pastoral ministry. For more information, go to www.NLChicago.org.
Opal Dancey Memorial Foundation
Scholarships are awarded to students pursuing a Master of Divinity from an accredited seminary within the Great Lakes region. For more information: www.opaldanceygrants.org .
Roothbert Fund, Inc.
The fund was created to help men and women who are primarily motivated by spiritual values and who are in need of financial aid to further their education. Preference will be given to those who can satisfy high scholastic requirements and are considering teaching as a vocation. Preference will also be given to students who live in eastern United States. For more information go to http://www.roothbertfund.org/scholarships.php.
Offers scholarships to students of ATS accredited schools for both tuition and textbooks. www.schumakerfoundation.com.
The website offers a $1,000 scholarship with an added digital theological library. Scholarship is not based on degree track, need, denomination, or demographic. Interested students must visit the website and view a demonstration of Logos Bible Software, and then fill out a brief application. For more information go to www.SeminaryScholarship.com.
Helpful Links to conduct your own scholarship search:
Also look at your local library. Your public library should have resources on financial aid. While most financial aid will be directed to the undergraduate level, some resources may be available for graduate studies.