Ministry Scholarships

Here are some of the Ministry scholarships on our site for which you may qualify.

T. James Fernley III Memorial Fund

Grant Description: Applications for financial assistance will be considered for those preparing for a Christian ministry as full-time students at an accredited Episcopal seminary. Applicants must be entering their senior year of graduate studies and must intend to be ordained. Applications are available after January 15.

The Episcopal Church Foundation

Episcopal students pursuing a doctoral degree, whose career objective is to teach at an Episcopal seminary in the United States may apply for a fellowship award through the Episcopal Church Foundation. The applicant must be recommended by the Dean of their degree-granting seminary. Award amounts are in the range of $3,000 to $17,500 and the fellowship may be renewed for two additional years. Application material should be obtained from the Dean

The Gregory S. Taylor Scholarship Fund

The Gregory S. Taylor Scholarship Fund- offers financial assistance to Orthodox students pursuing a graduate education in the areas of theology, religious studies, or pastoral training.

The Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church of Minneapolis Scholarship Program

ELIGIBILITY: Member of a congregation of the Minnesota South District. Must be a full-time student pursuing a career in professional ministry or lay ministry. Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and demonstrate financial need. For more information, go to:

The Sylvia Miller Memorial Scholarship Fund

Amount: $500 Description: Provides an annual scholarship to be awarded to a student who is in his/her junior or senior year of undergraduate studies or is in his/her first year of seminary studies for the ordained ministry of any Christian denomination. Primary consideration will be given to applicants intending to become pastors in the Nebraska Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Candidates of other Christian denominations must plan to minister within the state of Nebraska.

Novak Award

Full-time students enrolled in Master degree programs for church vocations at approved Presbyterian theological institutions. Scholarship grants will also be awarded for full and part-time study toward the baccalaureate degree or certification at colleges, universities and vocational schools. Priority will be given to Presbyterian applicants from the states of Michigan and Ohio. Persons enrolled in church vocations at approved Presbyterian theological institutions may be awarded a maximum of $1500 on initial applications. They may receive up to $2000 on subsequent applications with evidence of continuing progress and according to need and availability of funds. All financial grants will be made payable to the session for distribution.

Presbyterian Study Grants

This is the first need based aid award made for Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) students. There are two awards (Racial Ethnic Supplemental Grant and Native American Supplemental Grant) that may be made to the qualifying Presbyterian Study Grant recipients who have remaining need.

Racial/Ethnic History Research Grant- General Commission on Archives and History- The United Methodist Church

This is the first need based aid award made for Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) students. There are two awards (Racial Ethnic Supplemental Grant and Native American Supplemental Grant) that may be made to the qualifying Presbyterian Study Grant recipients who have remaining need.

Racial/Ethnic Leadership Supplemental Grants

Applicants must be enrolled at least half-time in a prescribed program of study approved by presbytery; be studying in a PC (USA) seminary or in a theological institution approved by the Students Committee on Preparation for Ministry; be studying for the first professional degree and be enrolled as an inquirer or candidate by a PC (USA) presbytery for a church occupation, or be planning to take a position within the PC (USA) or one of the ecumenical agencies within the PC (USA) or one of the ecumenical agencies in which the PC (USA) participates. Awards range from $500 to $1,000 per academic year; renewal is possible. Ethnicity: African American, Asian American, Chicano/Latino/Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander, Person of Color Specifics: Racial/Ethnic Leader Supplemental Grants are available for African American, Alaska Native, Asian American, Hispanic American or Native American students. Address: 100 Witherspoon St City/State/Zip: Louisville, KY 40202-1396

Recruitment, Training and Deployment Program Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance and work experience to African Americans interested in theological education within the Episcopal Church in the United States of America (ECUSA). Applicants must be African Americans who are postulants and candidates for holy orders, canonically resident in one of the nine provinces of ECUSA, and attending one of the Churchs accredited seminaries. Selection is based on participation in the Organization of Black Episcopal Seminarians Conferences (OBES), academic achievement, involvement in the Retention, Training and Deployment (RT&D) programs, and service to the Black community. The maximum scholarship stipend is $5,000. Funding up to $2,500 is available for the Seminarian Summer Internship. These scholarships are offered as part of the RT&D program, which involves 3 components: 1) recruitment, which helps to identify Black Episcopalians as aspirants for Holy Orders and advise them of the availability of these scholarships; 2) training, which is comprised of the OBES, a mentoring program, and the Black Seminarian Summer Internship; and 3) deployment, which assists the newly ordained persons in fulfilling their call to ministry. Episcopal Church Center Attn: Office of Black Ministries 815 Second Ave. New York, NY 10017-4594 (212) 716-6084 (800) 334-7626, ext. 6084

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

Rev. John W. Elliott, Sr. Ministerial Scholarship

Amount: $1,000 Description: The John W. Elliot, Sr. Scholarship Award has been established for minority students. The John W. Elliot, Sr. scholar should encompass outstanding leadership traits as embodied by Rev. Elliot: Spiritual Leadership, and Social Justice Leadership. The purpose of this award is to encourage men and women to prepare for ministry as a religious profession.

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