Ministry Scholarships

The academic field of ministry or ministry studies is as wide and varied as the ministry scholarships that may help you fund your education. This line of study is related to the fields of theology or religious studies. It can represent everything from Bible study to the study of sacred music. Continue reading to find out more.

What separates this major from similar fields such as theology is that it often serves as the educational training for a career as a minister or religious leader. Some colleges offer it as a major, while in other schools it consists of more of an advising program for students planning to continue their religious studies at a divinity school or seminary.

Another major differences among college ministry programs is the denominational emphasis of the program. Some programs study a range of religions and have as their academic emphasis comparative religion. Other programs are affiliated with a particular religion and study only the tenets, rituals and history of that faith. The type of program you select will depend on your educational and vocational goals and expectations.

Common coursework for ministerial studies includes Western philosophy, ethics, world religions, homiletics, Bible studies and intercultural communication. Your courses will most likely consist of lectures and seminars in a traditional classroom environment. However, you'll also most likely engage in field work and internships. These experiences will allow you to gain first-hand perspectives about the kind of problems you'll face as a religious minister. 

These types of programs are relatively few in number. Generally, to pursue ministerial studies at a seminary or graduate school, it is not necessary to have a ministry bachelor's degree. With most programs, any bachelor degree from an accredited institution will be good enough. At the same time, this type of program can provide you with a broad range of experiences and allow you to glimpse the religious life of a minister.

Career prospects for religious leaders should be strong over the coming decade. Employment prospects should be most robust for students with a graduate degree. Also, those individuals willing to work in urban areas and traditionally under-served areas should face the best prospects.

Listed below are a host of ministry scholarships that may help you realize your goals.

Fellowships for Doctoral Students of African Descent

Requirements to become an FTE Doctoral Fellow Applicants must be: Of African descent A U.S. citizen or permanent resident, Canadian citizen or landed immigrant Enrolled full time in an accredited Th.D. or Ph.D. program in religion, theological studies or biblical studies Finished with the course work stage of their doctoral program by the beginning of the fellowship year [If at dissertation stage] Prepared to write full time during the fellowship year Applicant’s dissertation committee must have approved the dissertation research proposal and writing plan, and given the student full approval to proceed before submission of an application for the fellowship Stipulations: Students enrolled in Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) programs are ineligible for this fellowship A student may be awarded an FTE Doctoral Fellowship a maximum of three times during his/her matriculation as a doctoral student Institutional Expectations: The recipient’s institution shall provide a full-tuition scholarship or remission, as a condition of the award As a condition of the award, the recipient’s institution shall host a visit (virtual or in-person) from FTE to assess the student’s needs and experiences. Each visit will include conversations with the student’s advisor and institutional leaders. Details of institutional visits will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

The Walter and Reba Dilworth Scholarship Fund

This fund was established by Mr. and Mrs. Walter and Reba Dilworth to assist School of Intercultural Studies students who intend to return to their country of origin to communicate the Gospel more effectively to those of their own culture.

The Ken Lorenz Memorial Scholarship Fund

This fund was established by Leonard and Muriel Lorenz in fond memory of their son, a former Fuller student. Recipients are selected from the School of Theology.

Jane Fryer McConaughy Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility Requirements: 1. Student pursuing training in the ministry (youth ministry, theology, divinity etc.), missionary or education fields. 2. Indiana State Resident and/or attending college in the State of Indiana 3. Planning to enroll or has enrolled in an accredited college, seminary, or recognized training facility for ministers, missionaries, or teachers 4. Traditional, non-traditional, F/T, P/T, and graduate students Awards: Multiple awards are given every year. The number and amount of the award varies each year and is at the discretion of the ECCF Scholarship Committee. This is a one-year award, however students are encouraged to apply each year for up to four years. Special consideration is given to students who received this award in the previous year(s). To Apply: Please complete the “Universal Scholarship” application on the Elkhart County Community Foundation website.

Dr. and Mrs. Kimber Moulton Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Recipient should be a student preparing for full-time ministry in the Church of the Nazarene and serving in the inner city/urban context. Exhibit the gifts and lifestyle associated with Christian Ministry and demonstrate financial need.

Fuller Seminary Auxiliary Scholarships

The Seminary Auxiliary grants a limited number of scholarships to Seminary students in all three schools each year.

Non-need-based Endowed Scholarships

Through the generous contributions of many donors, Fuller Theological Seminary is able to offer several scholarships to students in the School of Theology that do not require recipients to demonstrate financial need. To be considered, students must submit a financial aid application to Student Financial Services.

Rev. Beverly E. Bond Memorial Scholarship

Awards of varying amounts are offered to any member of the United Methodist Church in the state of Louisiana who intends to become a minister, Christian educator, or missionary. Contact: Jefferson United Methodist Church 10328 Jefferson Highway Baton Rouge, LA 70809

CBA Memorial Stipends

The Catholic Biblical Association will award twelve $4,000 stipends to students for each academic year, renewable for up to five years. The conditions for application are as follows: Applicants must hold a tuition scholarship in a program of scientific, graduate biblical studies. Preference will be shown to actual or prospective CBA members. Awards will be made on the basis of need as well as of achievement and promise in biblical studies. Applications do not carry over from year to year but may be resubmitted. Since these awards are renewable up to five years, the number of stipends available for a given year will vary; for information on availability and for application forms, write to the CBA Executive Secretary, The Catholic Biblical Association, 433 Caldwell Hall, Catholic University of America, Washington, DC 20064. Preference will be shown to actual or prospective CBA members. Application forms for Memorial Stipends may be requested from: The Executive Secretary The Catholic Biblical Association Catholic University of America Washington, DC 20064

Dr. Ella Pearson Mitchell Scholarship Essay Contest

Those Preaching Women Ministries are committed to providing financial assistance to women preparing for a life of ministry through seminary education. They are pleased to announce the Dr. Ella Pearson Mitchell Scholarship essay contest. This scholarship is open to African American Women currently enrolled in a ATS Accredited Seminary in the United States. First place - $1,250; Second place - $750; Third place - $500. For scholarship information, visit their website at:

Mist Scholarship

This scholarship is for United Methodist students who are pursuing a career in Pastoral Counseling or hospital chaplaincy. Scholarship amount is $1,500. For more information, contact: General Board of Higher Education and Ministry - Division of Ordained Ministry - Section of Chaplains and Related Ministries (United Methodist Church).

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