To help pay for graduate education, your first option always should be to apply for scholarships.
Our need-based tuition scholarships are offered to those who qualify and are enrolled in the Master of Divinity or Master of Arts (Religion) programs. Complete the financial aid application even if you do not intend to apply for a student loan or believe you will not qualify for a need-based tuition scholarship. The only cost to you is time, and the reward is the likelihood that you will receive scholarship funds that can greatly reduce the cost of your tuition. Both full-time and part-time MDiv/MA(R) students (enrolled for at least 6 credit hours per semester) may qualify for an LTS Scholarship.
Our merit-based Presidential Scholarships cover nearly full tuition for 3 years of full-time MDiv study. Presidential Scholarships are granted based upon grade-point average from undergraduate and/or prior graduate studies, active participation in the life of the church, and promise for ministry upon graduation.
Scholarship funding for Doctor of Ministry students is limited. As with our other need-based scholarships, students must apply each year to be considered for these funds.
Financial Aid Search Site for Theological Students
The Fund for Theological Education is a resource for information about financial resources for theological students including aid offered by various church denominations plus special resources for women, racial/ethnic minorities, undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, postdoctoral and international students.
General Scholarship/Fellowship Search Sites
National Scholarships for UCC Seminary Students - www.ucc.org/seminarians
Brown Scholarship, ucfunds.org/the-brown-endowment
United Church of Christ members in discernment must initiate an application by Feb. 15 for The Helen and Richard Brown Endowment for Pastoral Scholarships.
Ralph S. Geiman Scholarship, (deadline: April 1)
This scholarship honors The Rev. Geiman, pastor emeritus of Grace United Church of Christ, Greencastle, Pennsylvania, who was dedicated to financially supporting worthy students at his alma mater, Lancaster Theological Seminary. Amounts range from $500 to $2,000. Download the pdf of the application here.
Hale Donation Scholarship, (deadline: May 1)
The Will of Sarah Hale in 1803 established this scholarship fund in memory of Sarah Hale's husband, Major John Hale. Download the pdf of the application here.
David H.C. Read Preacher/Scholar Award (deadline: Jan. 31)
Download the pdf of the award recommendation form here.
P.E.O. Foundation - www.peointernational.org
The P.E.O. Foundation offers Continuing Education grants to women whose education has been interrupted and who find it necessary to resume studies due to changing demands in their lives. They must have a need for financial assistance with their educational expenses to improve their marketable skills. The maximum one-time grant is $2,000 and is to be used for tuition, books, transportation, or childcare necessary to reach the applicant's educational goal. The grant is not to be used for living expenses or to repay educational loans.
For an application form, call Pat Hershock, (717) 653-4555.
United Methodist Church Loans, Scholarships (deadlines vary)
Gwilym T. Williams Scholarship Fund (UCC, Penn Northeast) (deadline: annually, October 1 and March 1)
Provides financial assistance for post-secondary students who are members of a Penn Northeast Conference (UCC) congregation, and who are actively preparing for or enriching a career as an ordained minister, a certified teacher/educator or a doctor of medicine.
Hale Donation Scholarship (deadline: annually, May 1)
Helps to underwrite the expenses of students preparing for the Christian Ministry.
Eligibility: (1) Financial need is top priority; (2) Preferential treatment is given to applicants from Tolland County, CT (however, applications accepted from other parts of the state and country); (3) Priority is given to those preparing for the Christian Ministry in the UCC. For more information, contact: The Hale Donation; 1171 Main Street P.O. Box 355; Coventry, CT 06238.
Norman W. Smith Educational Loan/Grant (deadline: annually, April 15 and September 15)
Need-based low-interest loans which may be converted to grants (loan forgiven) by remaining employed immediately following graduation for two consecutive years in the field of religion. Preference given to MDiv students. Priority given to students from Berkeley, Morgan and Jefferson Counties in West Virginia.
The Wolff Fund for Theological Education was established to provide support to seminarians from the Ohio Conference of the United Church of Christ who pursue theological education in one of the seven seminaries of the UCC or one of the seminaries historically related to the UCC. Grant recipients must be students who are members of an Ohio Conference congregation and who are preparing for one of the following careers with the United Church of Christ: in the ministry of the church as an ordained or commissioned minister; a career in Christian education; a career in global mission under the sponsorship of the UCC Global Ministries.
Children of Deaf Adults (CODA) International Scholarship (annual deadline, first Friday in May)
$3,000 scholarships available for students with deaf parents. CODA International c/o Dr. Robert Hoffmeister, Director, Boston University, Programs in Deaf Studies. 2 Sherborn Street, Boston, MA 02215, (617) 353-3205
International Order of the King's Daughters and Sons, Pennsylvania Branch - www.iokds.org. (annual deadline: March 15)
Up to $1,000 to M.Div. students committed to serve with dedication.
Dissertation Scholarship from HRC for doctoral students - www.hrc.org/seminaryscholarship
Scholarship Award Stipend up to $15,000 and cost of attendance at the Summer Institute.