To help pay for graduate education, your first option should always be to apply for scholarships.
Lancaster Theological Seminary Scholarships & Fellowships
Lancaster Theological Seminary offers need-based tuition scholarships for those who qualify and who are enrolled in the Master of Divinity or the Master of Arts in Religion programs. We also offer one Presidential Scholarship per year which provides for nearly full tuition for 3 years of MDiv study. In addition, Lancaster Seminary offers 3 merit-based scholarships per year.
For the 2016-2017 academic year, Housing Fellowships are available for a one-year residency in a one-bedroom apartment for those applying to the Master of Divinity Day program.
Details for all the scholarships and fellowships are found below. To be considered for Lancaster Seminary Scholarships and Fellowships, please complete the Lancaster Seminary Financial Aid Application and submit your FAFSA.
Lancaster Theological 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 a Lancaster Seminary Scholarship.
Lancaster Theological Merit-Based Presidential Scholarship covers nearly full tuition for 3 years of full-time MDiv study. One Presidential Scholarship is awarded per year and is 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.
Lancaster Theological Merit-Based Scholarships are granted for a one-year $2,000 award for full-time MDiv study. Three merit-based scholarships, besides the Presidential Scholarship, are awarded per year for individuals and willl be given for each year of study. Merit-based scholarship awards and are granted based upon grade-point average from undergraduate and/or prior graduate studies, active participation in the life of the church, and promise of ministry upon graduation.
Lancaster Theological Housing Fellowships are awarded for one-year to students who are enrolled in the Master of Divinity Day Program. The one-year Housing Fellowship of $6,500 will be applied to rental of a one-bedroom apartment on the Lancaster Seminary campus. Ten Housing Fellowships will be awarded per year. Click here for details.
There is no scholarship funding available through Lancaster Theological Seminary for Doctor of Ministry students.
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.
The U.S. Department of Labor Free Scholarship Search Site - Career Information Scholarship Search
General Scholarship/Fellowship Search Sites
Princeton Seminary's Guide to Outside Resources Updated Annually
Scholarships for Women:
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.
National Council of Jewish Women Scholarships - http://ncjwla.org/what-we-do/scholarships/
Every year the NCJW awards 20 scholarships to help students pursue their academic goals and create a brighter future for themselves, their families, and their communities. Since 1987, the NCJW/LA Scholarship Program has provided over 260 scholarships totaling more than $340,000.For more information please email our scholarship coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 323-852-8515. Applications are accepted in 2 cycles: 1st CYCLE – 2/1 through 5/1. 1st Cycle Scholarships are awarded in JUNE. 2nd CYCLE – Applications accepted 8/1 through 11/1. 2nd Cycle Scholarships are awarded in DECEMBER.
Scholarships Possible for Seminary Graduate Students: 1st CYCLE – Applications accepted FEBRUARY 1 through MAY 1. Scholarships are awarded in JUNE.
- $1,000 SOPHIE GREENSTADT SCHOLARSHIP FOR MID-LIFE WOMEN- To qualify, an applicant must be re-entering or continuing school in order to learn a marketable skill which will lead to economic self-sufficiency. The applicant must be a woman 35 years of age or older for whom the opportunity to return to school will lead to economic independence. The applicant may be married or single, with or without children.
- $1,000 THE DODELL WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT SCHOLARSHIP- To qualify, an applicant must be re-entering or continuing school in order to learn a marketable skill which will lead to economic self-sufficiency. The applicant must be a woman 35 years of age or older for whom the opportunity to return to school will lead to economic independence. The applicant can be either married or single, with or without children.
- $1,000 THE SOL GOLDBERG CHILDCARE SUBSIDY - To qualify, an applicant must be entering or continuing school in an accredited institution to learn a marketable skill, which will lead to economic self-sufficiency. The award is not restricted to any field or academic program, as the award is intended to ease the financial burden of childcare for a parent in school.
- $1,000 SUSAN SCHULMAN BEGLEY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP-This award is given to a woman who is establishing herself as a head of household and a single parent, and – due to extreme circumstances following the dissolution of an abusive or emotionally traumatic relationship – has no other adequate financial means, and requires funds to meet immediate needs for herself and her children, including rent and food.
2nd CYCLE – Applications accepted AUGUST 1 – NOVEMBER 1. Scholarships awarded in DECEMBER.
- $1,000.00 SAMUEL SCHULMAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP- To qualify, an applicant must be a single mother entering or continuing school in an accredited institution in order to learn a marketable skill, which will lead to economic independence. The award is made in two payments of $500. The second payment will be received after written confirmation of status and current school transcripts from the recipient.
- $1,000 THE SOL GOLDBERG CHILDCARE SUBSIDY- To qualify an applicant must be entering or continuing school in an accredited institution in order to learn a marketable skill, which will lead to economic self-sufficiency. The award is not restricted to any field or academic program as the award is intended to ease the financial burden of childcare for a parent in school.
- $1,000 THE DODELL WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT SCHOLARSHIP - To qualify, an applicant must be re-entering or continuing school in order to learn a marketable skill which will lead to economic self-sufficiency. The applicant must be a woman 25 years and older for whom the opportunity to return to school will lead to economic independence. The applicant can be either married or single, with or without children.
Scholarships for African American Students:
The Agnes Jones Jackson Scholarship - http://www.poisefoundation.org/programs/scholarships/post-secondary/180.html
The Agnes Jones Jackson Scholarship was established in the memory of the late Agnes Jones Jackson who was a long time NAACP member from the San Francisco branch. Eligibility Requirements include: 1. Must be a current member of the NAACP, 2. Be a US citizen. 3. Must not have reached the age of 25 by the application deadline., 4. Must be currently enrolled or accepted to an accredited college or university in the United States, and 5. Must demonstrate financial need based on the federal porverty guidelines.Graduate applicants may be enrolled as a full or part-time student and must possess a 3.0 (B) average on a 4.0 system.
Scholarships for Hispanic Students:
Hispanic Scholarship Fund General College Scholarships - https://hsf.net/en/scholarships/programs/general-college-scholarships
HSF General College Scholarships are designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a college degree. Scholarships are available, on a competitive basis based on merit; amounts range from $500 to $5,000, based on relative need, among the Scholars selected. Applications are accepted from January 1, 2016 until March 30, 2016.
Becas Univision Scholarship Program - https://hsf.net/en/scholarships/programs/becas-univision-scholarship-program
As part of the Univision Educación campaign, Univision has launched their highly anticipated program, Becas Univision in support of Hispanic students. Scholarships are available for Latino students residing in the United States. Applications are accepted from January 1, 2016 until March 30, 2016.
Scholarships for American Indian Students:
American Indian College Fund Full Circle Graduate Scholarships - http://www.collegefund.org/content/graduate_special_scholarships
Students pursuing a graduate degree at any eligible college may apply for The American Indian College Fund Full Circle Scholarships.. These scholarships are funded through our partnerships with various donors. These scholarships are administered by the American Indian College Fund and are generally based upon merit or demonstrated financial need. Minimum requirements for all American Indian College Fund Full Circle graduate scholarships include: U.S. citizenship, Enrollment in a full-time graduate program at an accredited tribal. public, or private (non-profit) college or university. Applicants must be registered as a member of a federal or state recognized tribe, or a descendant of at least one grandparent or parent who is an enrolled tribal member. (Alaska Natives may use Native Corporation membership.) Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 2.0, but many Full Circle Scholarships funded by our partners are more competitive. The scholarships available and their eligibility requirements are listed here. All applicants must submit a completed on-line application. The link to the application is found here.
Scholarships for American Veterans:
US Department of Veterans GI Bill Scholarships - http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/get_started.asp
Since 1944, millions of Veterans have used the GI Bill to pay for college. The GI Bill is designed to help Veterans successfully transition from military to civilian life through educational attainment. The Post-9/11 GI Bill gives Veterans with active-duty service on or after September 11, 2001, enhanced educational benefits that cover more educational expenses and provide a living allowance, money for books, and the ability to transfer unused educational benefits to spouses or children.
AMVETS Scholarships - http://www.amvets.org/amvets-in-action/scholarships/ (Applications are Accepted January 18 – April 30, 2016)
AMVETS Mission Statement: To enhance and safeguard the entitlements for all American Veterans who have served honorably and to improve the quality of life for them, their families, and the communities where they live through leadership, advocacy and services. All AMVETS Scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need, academic promise, and merit. The scholarships are intended to provide financial assistance for veterans, service members, and families that have exhausted government aid, or who might not otherwise have the financial means to further their education. To apply visit here. Awards will be announced 17 June 2016.
Tillman Scholars Program - http://pattillmanfoundation.org/apply-to-be-a-scholar/ (Applications are Accepted February 1 - March 1, 2017)
Founded in 2008, the Tillman Scholars program supports our nation’s active-duty service members, veterans and military spouses by investing in their higher education. Since the program’s inception, the Foundation has named over 400 Tillman Scholars at more than 100 institutions nationwide. Applications to become a 2016 Tillman Scholar have closed. Applications to become a 2017 Tillman Scholar will open in February 2017. The scholarship covers educational expenses, including tuition and fees, books and living expenses. But scholars receive much more than just funding. The Tillman Scholars Program unites the best talent and leadership in the military to make a significant impact in the fields of medicine, law, business, policy, technology, education and the arts.
Scholarships for UCC Students:
Scholarships for UCC Students from The National UCC Office - National Scholarships for UCC Seminary Students
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.
Gwilym T. Williams Scholarship Fund - 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.
Wolff Fund for Theological Education - Wolff Fund for Theological Education
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
Scholarships for United Methodist Students:
United Methodist Church Loans, Scholarships (deadlines vary)
United Methodist Church Scholarship Naviagor - UMC Scholarships
General Outside Scholarships for Seminary Students:
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.
David H.C. Read Preacher/Scholar Award (deadline: Jan. 31)
Download the pdf of the award recommendation form here.
Hale Donation Scholarship (deadline: annually, May 1)
Helps to underwrite the expenses of students preparing for the Christian Ministry.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.
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 - 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..
Children of Deaf Adults (CODA) International Scholarship (annual deadline, first Friday in May) - http://www.coda-international.org/ScholarshipApp
$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.
9th Annual Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship Contest - http://www.gallerycollection.com/greeting-cards-scholarship.htm
Contest is sponsored by Prudent Publishing Company, Inc./The Gallery Collection and applications may be submitted from 5/26/15 through 2/25/16. Entrants must submit an “original work of the applicant” that can be a unique photo, piece of artwork, or computer graphic for the front of a greeting card. The entrant with the best design will win a $10,000 scholarship and have his/her design made into an actual card to be sold in our line.
B.Davis Scholarship - http://www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarships.htm
The generosity of our site sponsors have allowed us to offer a scholarship to help the students who visit our site. The winner(s) of this scholarship will be notified by email and their name(s) will be shown on this site. DEADLINE: May 23, 2016 AWARD VALUE: $1,000
This Scholarship is available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any post-secondary institution. There is no age restriction Be sure to include your name and the school you are attending this year and next. This is not an academic scholarship but we would like to know where you are going to school now and what your future academic plans are. Please do not send transcripts or letters of recommendation at this time. Submissions must be sent to us by email at email@example.com To apply for this scholarship you will need to write an essay of less than 1000 words on the topic below: Describe the three characteristics of leadership you value most. Discuss why you believe that these traits are so important and how you feel that they are developed in an individual.
Scholarships for Male or Female Children/Grandchildren of members of the FRA and/or LA FRA - http://www.la-fra.org/scholarship.html
Organized in 1930, the Ladies Auxiliary of the Fleet Reserve Association (LA FRA) is chartered to aid, assist and promote all matters pertaining to welfare, social, and patriotic works of the Fleet Reserve Association , its members and their families. Scholarships have been set up to assist family members of those who have served. DEADLINE FOR ALL SCHOLARSHIPS IS APRIL 15, 2015.
- LA FRA Scholarship: be awarded annually to the male or female candidate chosen from children or grandchildren of members of the FRA and LA FRA.
- The Sam Rose Memorial Scholarship Fund: To be awarded to the male or female candidate chosen from the sons, daughters, grandsons, or granddaughters of deceased LA FRA and FRA members.
- Allie Mae Oden Memorial Scholarship: is awarded to a candidate chosen from the children or grandchildren of members of the FRA or LA FRA.
- NP Scholarship: Awarded annually to the candidate chosen from children and grandchildren of members of the LA FRA or FRA, or deceased members of the LA FRA or FRA. by the National President and the committee, in the name of the Auxiliary, and designated as the LA FRA National President’s Scholarship.
AddictionResource.com Scholarship Awards - https://addictionresource.com/scholarship/ (Application deadline is 5/31/16, at 5:00 pm ET)
AddictionResource.com awards $3,000 in scholarships each year to students who share their vision for an addiction-free world. Scholarships are awarded to three individuals. The winning applicants for first, second and third place receive scholarships in the amounts of $2,000, $700 and $300, respectively. The scholarship awards may only be used to pay for college tuition and/or education-related expenses. Awards are open to undergraduate and graduate students who are 18 years old or older. Applicants must be accepted to, or currently enrolled in a college or university located within the United States or in the District of Columbia. Only one (1) submission per student is allowed. Applicants must submit a typed essay (1,000–1,500 words) answering certain questions. (see the website above for more detail).
Well-Being Secrets Scholarship - http://www.well-beingsecrets.com/scholarship/ (Application deadline is December 1st)
The Well-Being Secrets Scholarship Award for $5,000.00 is open to graduate students of an accredited US university or college. Applicant must submit 1,000 words essay about the applicant's passion for their future profession addressing why the applicant believes he/she should be picked as the winner. The awardee wants to learn about what drives the applicant and how passionate the applicant is about their studies.The deadline for the submission is December 1st. The winner will be picked by a commission each year by December 15th and check will be mailed out by December 20th. Applicants should send their 1,000 word essay to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the email, applicant should include name, major, school, expected year of graduation, and contact information.
Scholarships for Doctoral Students:
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.