Outside Scholarship Opportunities
The Adopt-a-Church-Worker Student Fund
Criteria: Must be a member of a Kansas District congregation and in the final academic year of seminary. [Seminary III students are eligible]. Write letter of application addressed to the fund, c/o St. Paul Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 397, Cheney, KS 67025. Minimal information to be included: name of home congregation, seminary address, occupation before seminary and, if married, the number of children in the family. A family photo is encouraged.
Bethesda Lutheran Home Scholarship--Developmental Disabilities Scholastic Excellence Award for Lutheran Seminarians
This scholarship of $3,000 will be awarded to a Lutheran seminarian displaying an interest in service to people with developmental disabilities in a congregational setting. Scholarship guidelines and application forms are available from http://bethesdalutherancommunities.org/scholarships. Deadline for application is May 1.
Biermann Memorial Scholarship
Applicants must be a member of an LCMS church in the Missouri District; full-time student in the M.Div., A.R. or M.A. Deaconess (residential) programs. Application is available here or in the CTS Financial Aid Office. Deadline for applications is April 30. Send application to:
Biermann Memorial Scholarship Fund Committee
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
1413 Nebraska Street
Mound City, MO 64470
Mary E. Bivins Foundation Scholarship
Mary E. Bivins Foundation, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Be a permanent resident of the northernmost twenty-six counties of the Texas Panhandle and a citizen of the United States of America
- Be an individual dedicated to seeking an undergraduate or graduate education leading to a bachelors or masters degree in a field that prepares the student to preach the Christian religion
- Be classified as a college junior or senior or a graduate student by the first semester for which the scholarship would be effective
For more information go to http://bivinsfoundations.org/scholarships
The Hilda E. Bretzlaff Foundation
All M.Div., A.R. and Deaconess (residential) students with financial need are encouraged to apply for this scholarship. This foundation, based in Michigan, was “established for the purpose of providing educational grants to individuals who meet the following criteria: must maintain full-time student status, 2.0 minimum GPA, demonstrate financial need; are “moral, conservative and ambitious;” “must be a credit to America.” Scholarship application forms are available from the CTS Financial Aid Office, usually after April 1. Interested students must request the application form from the CTS Financial Aid Office. Application form and all other required documents are to be returned to the CTS Financial Aid Office by May 15.
Herbert and Hildegard Brown Scholarship
The purpose of the Herbert and Hildegard Brown Scholarship Fund is to aid members of the Lutheran—Church Missouri Synod who are preparing for service as a pastor, teacher, Director of Christian Education, deaconess or other form of rostered professional church work. The scholarships are available only to communicant members of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and will be made available in the following order of preference: 1) Members of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Shalimar, Florida, 2) Members of Missouri Synod Lutheran churches in northwest Florida, 3) Members of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod at large. The application deadline is March 1st of each year. Click here for: 1) steps to complete the application 2) application form 3) scholarship brochure.
Calihan Academic Fellowship - Acton Institute
The Calihan Academic Fellowships provide scholarships and research grants to future scholars and religious leaders whose academic work shows outstanding potential. Applicants studying theology, philosophy, economics, or related fields must demonstrate the potential to advance understanding in the relationship between theology and the principles of the free and virtuous society. Eligibility: Awards are open to seminarians or graduate students in theology, philosophy, religion, economics, or in related fields. Strong academic performance is essential. Deadline to apply for fall term is July 15. See their website for application form and details (www.acton.org/program/student_awards/calihan-academic-fellowship).
Chaplain Candidate Scholarship Program
Concordia Theological Seminary (CTS) is pleased to offer this scholarship in partnership with the Chaplain Candidate program of the U.S. military. CTS reserves the right to limit the number scholarships awarded per year. An annual scholarship will be given only to qualified applicants who must re-apply again each year for consideration. Applicants must be enrolled full-time in the M.Div. program and be admitted into the U.S. military Chaplain Candidate program. Should a selected applicant for this scholarship fail to be admitted into the U.S. military’s Chaplain Candidate program within 120-days of matriculation, the student will forfeit scholarship eligibility. Additionally, this scholarship will not be awarded to students who no longer serve in the Chaplain Candidate program. Selected students must maintain good academic standing and remain in the Chaplain Candidate program for the duration of the scholarship. The student shall submit documented proof to the CTS Financial Aid Office that he has been admitted into the U.S. military Chaplain Candidate program. Application forms are available from the CTS Financial Aid Office.
Al and Ina Christiansen Seminary Scholarship
Students preparing to become pastors in the LCMS may apply for this scholarship. Preference will be given to applicants who come from the Midwestern region of the United States and also to those who have an interest in church music. The application deadline is Oct. 31 of the current award year. Click here for the scholarship application. Applications must be mailed to: Al and Ina Christiansen Trust, c/o Rev. Donald L. Berg, 407 Leif Erickson Drive, Decorah, IA 52101-1038
Opal Dancey Memorial Foundation
All M.Div. students with financial need are encouraged to apply for this scholarship. Criteria: the candidate must be a full time student and plan to attend an accredited theological seminary located within the Great Lakes Region (CTS meets eligibility requirement) or be a resident of the Great Lakes Region and plan to attend an accredited theological seminary outside of the region. The Great Lakes Region is considered to include the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Click here for more information or to go to the online application form. Online application form is due by April 15.
Fort Financial Credit Union Scholarship
This scholarship is available to all full-time students who are members in good standing with Fort Financial Credit Union. Although membership with the credit union is required; a small deposit in a savings account is all that is required for membership. Click here for the scholarship information and application packet. All materials in this packet must be included in order for your application to be considered for a scholarship. Completed application packages should be delivered or mailed to your local credit union branch office to the attention of the Scholarship Committee by June 30.
Helen Geda Memorial Scholarship
Applicants must be enrolled as full-time students in the Master of Divinity program at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN. All applicants must be a member in good standing of an LCMS congregation in the state of Michigan. The application can be downloaded here. Completed applications must be returned by May 1 to: Helen Geda Memorial Scholarship c/o Bethlehem Lutheran Stewardship Committee, 3805 W. County Road 612, Lewiston, MI 49756
The Immanuel Lutheran Church of North Minneapolis Scholarship Program
Candidates for this scholarship must be members of a congregation in the Minnesota South District of the LCMS. Candidates must be in their third or fourth year of full-time study at an undergraduate college or university of the LCMS, or enrolled in a full-time post-baccalaureate program at an LCMS college, university or seminary. Candidates must also be pursuing a career in professional ministry or lay ministry. Complete eligibility requirements and application for the scholarship may be downloaded from the Lutheran Community Foundation’s website at www.thelcf.org/scholarship_applications. All applications and necessary documents must be sent to the Lutheran Community Foundation and postmarked no later than May 15 for consideration. Applications with postmarks later than this date will not be accepted.
Indiana District LWML Scholarship
The LWML of the Indiana District has scholarships for young men and women preparing for full-time church work in the LCMS (pastor, teacher, DCE, deaconess, etc.). To qualify, a student must be a communicant member of a congregation in the LCMS in the Indiana District for at least 18 months. He/she must attend an LCMS synodical school with approved enrollment.
Scholarships are issued for a period of one year. A new application must be made each year. Obtain applications at www.lwmlindiana.org by clicking on Forms & Applications on the left menu bar. Download the Student Application Letter and Student Scholarship Application Forms. Completed application forms must be postmarked no later than March 15.
International Order of the King's Daughters and Sons - Student Ministry Scholarship
For general information visit the organization’s webpage here. Description: interdenominational organization with a religious, educational and philanthropic program. Scholarship criteria: full-time M.Div. students who are U.S. or Canadian citizens, 3.00 GPA required. (Applications are available from December 1 through March 1 only). Interested students must request an application form by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or mail a request to:
Student Ministry Scholarship Director
P. O. Box 1040
Chautauqua, NY, 14722
Requests for applications must be accompanied by a stamped, self-addressed legal size envelope in order to receive a reply. Please send a brief note with your name, e-mail address, course of study and seminary. Be sure to mention you are planning to attend Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN. Completed application must be returned to the Director, no later than April 1 to merit review.
The Kruse Student Educational and Financial Assistance Fund
Criteria: Students become eligible to apply after completing one year of seminary study. Preferences: first, to Kruse family members and, second, to members of Saint Paul Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Applicants must be agreeable to being interviewed by the committee, if asked to do so. Contact St. Paul Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne for more information (260-423-2496).
LLL & LWML scholarships
Application forms for the LWML (FL-GA and Missouri Districts) and LLL (CA-NV-HI and Missouri Districts) are available in the CTS Financial Aid Office. See forms for the required application deadlines. All other Districts please contact your zone and/or district officers. Indiana District LWML information is listed above and the Wyoming District LWML information as listed below.
LWML Nebraska South District Scholarship
The LWML Nebraska South District has scholarships available through its Mite Box program in the amount of $500 per student per academic year. The applicant must be from the Nebraska South District, enrolled as a full time student in a synodically affiliated school and must plan to be in full time professional church work upon completion of studies. Applications may be obtained at www.lwmlnesouth.org, and must be mailed no later than June 1 to: Charlene Albertson, Scholarship Chairman, 506 Apollo Road, McCook, NE 69001. If you have any questions, you may contact Charlene at email@example.com, or 308-737-1057.
Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance
Scholarship Applicants Include: 1) those who have battled cancer at any point in their lives (not limited to mesothelioma), 2) those who have a parent, sibling, immediate family member or close friend that has battled or is currently fighting cancer.
Scholarship Application Requirements: 1) must be enrolled full-time at an accredited two-year or four-year university, community college or junior college, or a graduate degree program, 2) this scholarship is offered nationwide to United States citizens, 3) students must be in academic “Good Standing” and have a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher to be eligible.
The award amount is $4,000 to a student that has dealt with cancer, personally or within their family, in an effort to help them further their education. Deadlines occur twice a year in March and December. Please visit their website to learn more details: www.mesothelioma.com/scholarship
The Munderloh Foundation
Criteria: Applicants must be full-time students enrolled in the M.Div. or A.R. programs who also show financial need and demonstrate academic capability. Scholarship applications are available to interested students from the CTS Financial Aid Office by request after March 1 or at www.munderloh.org . The application form and all required documents are due to the CTS Financial Aid Office by July 1. New applicants must send all documents to the CTS Financial Aid Office, not the Munderloh Foundation. Previous Munderloh recipients must send their renewal applications directly to the foundation through their assigned Munderloh trustee. Reapplications are due to the Munderloh trustee by July 1.
Ella B. Pelz Pastoral Endowment Fund
Applicants must be at least in their second year of studies at CTS in the M.Div. or A.R. programs and also demonstrate a strict, active commitment to traditional confessional Lutheran doctrine, as drawn from the Holy Bible by the Lutheran Confessions as contained in the Book of Concord and the historic Lutheran liturgy. Financial need and cumulative GPA will also be taken into consideration.
The application form is available here. The deadline for submitting the application form to the CTS Financial Aid Office is March 1.
Kantor Richard C. Resch Choral Scholar Award
The purpose of the Kantor Richard C. Resch Choral Scholar Award is to provide financial assistance to singers in the Seminary Kantorei of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana. The applicant must be a member of the Seminary Kantorei who has successfully passed an audition for the current academic year and who demonstrates the appropriate musical skills and characteristics of a choral scholar. Singers may receive an award for up to three years, but there will be an annual decision. The amount of the award is up to $2,000 for one academic year. The funds will be awarded to the student’s CTSFW account distributed equally over the entire academic year. Funds will be counted as financial aid for the academic year. Please click here to download a copy of the application form which must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office at CTSFW by September 30. Please submit along with this completed form a typed essay (500-700 words) on the topic of “How does the seminary Kantorei contribute to the formation of the Lutheran pastor?” Contributions to the Kantor Richard C. Resch Choral Scholar Award fund are welcome and may be sent (checks made out to "Concordia Theological Seminary") to the attention of the Financial Aid Office at CTSFW.
St. John's College Alumni Association
Criteria: Offered to St. John's College alumni and former faculty members and to their sons, daughters, grandsons and granddaughters. Application deadline for the next academic year is April 1. To be eligible for consideration for an award, applicants must return their applications by mail postmarked on or before April 1; if returned by FAX, applications must be received at the Association's office on or before April 1. The Association's mailing address is PO Box 376, Winfield, KS 67156; FAX #: 620-221-0032. Individuals wanting information on the association's program may obtain a copy of the award guidelines and an application form by contacting the association by mail, FAX or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Siebert Lutheran Foundation
Criteria: Pastoral ministry students enrolled in a program leading to ordination into a Lutheran ministry, who are members of a Lutheran congregation in the state of Wisconsin, including North Wisconsin District congregations located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. For information and application materials, visit this site. The application form and the required letter from your home church pastor are due to the CTS Financial Aid Office by July 1.
W.B. Small Trust
An applicant must be a full-time Christian student working on a Masters of Divinity at an accredited seminary and have a strong Iowa connection. Scholarship recipients will be chosen during the third week of June on the basis of their financial need, Iowa connection, academic record, statement of faith and letters of recommendation. The deadline for scholarship applications is May 15. Go to http://wbsmalltrust.org/ for details and an application form.
Herschell and Gladys Umbaugh Scholarship Fund
Eligibility priority: Member of Calvary, Plymouth, IN; member of St. John’s, Rochester, IN; member of St. Paul’s, Bremen, IN; member of any LCMS congregation in the state of Indiana. Application forms are to be picked up at the CTS Financial Aid Office. Application deadline: July 15.
U.S. Army Reserve Chaplain Candidates
The U.S. Army Reserve offers financial incentives for those preparing to become Army Reserve chaplains. You must complete one quarter of school before the financial assistance begins. Please contact CH(Col-Ret.) Paul Howe at 512-517-6078, or CH(MG-Ret.) G. T. Gunhus at 218-495-2586, or CH(Col-Ret.) Hugh Dukes at 502-424-3181 for details.
The Gil and Blondie Vogt Scholarship Fund
The Gil and Blondie Vogt Scholarship Fund is designed to assist Nebraska District students preparing for LCMS church vocations at any LCMS university or seminary. Requests for information or applications should be sent to Pat Hofer at email@example.com or 402-981-4716. Application deadline is April 15.
Myron J. Walker Scholarship
The Department of Religious Studies at the University of Iowa is pleased to announce that it will be taking applications for the annual Myron J. Walker Scholarship. The Walker Scholarship is awarded to Iowa residents planning to pursue a career in the ministry or rabbinate. Selection is based on academic excellence, overall fitness for the profession, and financial need. Selection is made by the Department of Religious Studies. The award amount is variable and more than one scholarship can be awarded annually. Scholarships can be applied for each year. Previous recipients who re-apply will be considered along with new applicants. The deadline for application is March 1. Decisions are made in April. For more information, click here. The application form is available here.
Wampner-Hoffmyer Scholarship Fund
To be eligible, the applicant must have been a member of an Indiana District, LCMS congregation for at least three years prior to beginning a program of preparation for the Holy Ministry (M.Div. or Colloquy program) at either seminary – Fort Wayne or Saint Louis. An Information Sheet gives complete details, together with instructions for completing the Application. Deadline: June 1.
Websites for Scholarship Searches
William J. Wolf Memorial Scholarship Fund
This scholarship is to assist with the college or graduate level education of students of Lutheran denomination. Eligibility: have a residence in Allegheny County, PA; be a member of the Lutheran denomination; complete an application form, include an essay, an official school transcript and a copy of parents/individuals tax return; maintain a GPA of: 2.00. For information and application, click here.
Wyoming District LWML Scholarship
The LWML of the Wyoming District will offer several scholarships to be awarded to students who are members of the Wyoming District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and will be attending a Lutheran school studying for full-time church work. The amount of the scholarship is $1100 which will be equally divided between the first and second semesters. Two alternates will be chosen as recipients in case one of the original recipients becomes ineligible. The application can be downloaded on the WY LWML website at www.wyolwml.org/scholarship/scholarship.htm.
Updated: February 2015