Scholarships

Contact: scholarships@united.edu

Overview
United is committed to helping all prospective students understand and budget for the full cost of their education. United scholarships are designed to defray some of the cost, but they cannot be counted on to cover the full cost of attendance. For every student, tuition, fees, books, travel and living expenses should be considered. As a prospective student, you are encouraged to look for multiple funding sources for your educational and living costs.

Please carefully review this information prior to completing your application.

  • Scholarship applications are accepted only through the United Student Portal.
  • Decisions of the Scholarship committee are final.
  • Scholarship awards are equally divided between the fall and spring semesters.

General requirements to apply:

  • Submit a scholarship application by the posted deadline.
  • Be enrolled full time, at least 9 credit hours per semester.
  • Maintain a good academic record, no less than a 2.5 cumulative GPA.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Must not be in default on any federal student aid program.
  • Must be enrolled in one of the following programs:
    Master of Divinity
    Master of Arts in Christian Ministry
    Master of Theological Studies
    Master of Pastoral Theology
    Basic Graduate Theological Studies
    Pre-Doctoral Program
    Doctor of Ministry
Application Deadlines
Priority Deadlines Dates:
All continuing students — March 1
New students for fall semester — June 1
New students for spring semester — December 1

Scholarship applications received after the priority deadlines will still be considered pending availability of funds.

Responsibilities of Scholarship Recipients
Upon accepting an offered scholarship, students are expected to:

  • Write or send a letter of thanks (emails not accepted)
  • Attend the Scholarship Dinner
  • Complete FinanciallyFit literacy course within the first semester of enrollment
  • Participate in the annual “Thank-a-thon” held each Spring
  • Participate in the annual Alumni/ae Phone-a-thon held each Fall

* This policy is effective for students enrolling after the Spring 2014 semester:
Acceptance of any institutional awards (scholarships, tuition waivers, or tuition discounts) will cause federal student loans awarded to be decreased by an amount equal to the scholarship award accepted. Whenever possible the federal student loan would be adjusted prior to the issuance of the financial aid award letter. In cases where the student declines the institutional scholarship award, the loan amount will be adjusted accordingly.

United Scholarships
Church Leader Discount – Available to Spring 2017 Starts Only

The Church Leader Discount will be a 20% tuition discount to anyone employed in a paid position at a church.

  • Must be a new student enrolling for the Spring 2017 semester with no previous connection with United. Example: Never been registered, enrolled, or admitted to United.
  • All prospective students must apply and be admitted to United under United’s standard application process.
  • Eligible programs: All Master Degrees, Doctoral Degree, Pre-Doctoral Certificate.
  • Must maintain a 2.5 GPA.
  • There is no minimum of credit hours per semester.
  • Tuition Discount Amounts:
    • Master/Pre-Doctoral = $142 per credit hour or $426 per 3 credit course
    • Doctoral = $895 per semester

Master Scholar

The Master Scholars Scholarship awards a Master or Degree seeking student up to $50,000. This scholarship is designed for high achieving scholars. Students must apply as a first term student and have a 3.5+ undergrad GPA. This scholarship will cover 100% of tuition for a maximum of six consecutive semesters for Master of Divinity Degree, four consecutive semesters for all other Master Degrees.


Doctoral Scholar

The Doctoral Scholars Scholarship awards a Doctor of Ministry degree seeking student up to $50,000. This scholarship is designed for high achieving scholars. Students must apply as a first term student and have a 3.5+ Master GPA. This scholarship will cover 100% of tuition for a maximum of six consecutive semesters for the Doctor of Ministry program.


Disciple Making Scholarship

  1. Definition of a Disciple of Jesus Christ:
    1. One who follows the teachings of Jesus with the goal of being like Him”. Strive to be identified as a Disciple of Jesus by those with whom they come into contact or seek through outreach and action.
    2. A Disciple of Jesus Christ is identified as one who abides in His Word, through learning, and doing. A Disciple of Jesus Christ loves others and is willing to commit to establishing a relationship to show true love.
    3. A Disciple of Jesus Christ bears much “Fruit of the Spirit”, such as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control to glorify God.
    4. A Disciple of Jesus Christ puts Jesus first and is willing to sacrifice time and effort, resulting in many blessings from God, both now and in the future.
  2. Beliefs / Traits / Experience of Scholarship Recipient
    • Has a passion for making Disciples of Jesus Christ through one on one relationships with others.
    • Believes in the value of the concept of multiplication in Disciple Making.
    • Has demonstrated experience in making Disciples of Jesus Christ.
    • Is willing to give of self to invest in others in making Disciples of Jesus Christ.
    • Exhibits Fruit of the Spirit in daily living.

General Scholarship awards
Award amount: up to $2,500

  • All students meeting the general scholarship requirements are eligible
  • Funds awarded based on need and until annual allocation is meet
  • Multiple recipients and recipients can reapply annually

Reverend Ella Niswonger Scholarship
Award amount: 50% conference scholarship match funding up to a maximum of 12 credit hours per semester per year.

  • Available for new students only
  • For certified candidates of the United Methodist Church
  • Applicants must be pursuing a Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Christian Ministries, Master of Pastoral Theology or the Basic Graduate Theological Studies certificate.
  • Scholarship awards in combination with conference funding cannot exceed tuition fees per awarded students.

Army National Guard Scholarships
Award amount: ARNG covers one half of the student’s full-time tuition, and United in partnership will contribute up to $3,600 annually toward the remainder of tuition cost. Five (5) annual scholarships available.

  • For individuals who want to fulfill a call to ministerial service as a chaplain with the Army National Guard.

The Herbert S. and Mary L. Beane Scholarship Fund
Award amount: Up to $7,000

  • For students enrolled in the Master of Divinity degree program
  • Recipients must maintain a 3.0 GPA

Bishop Christian Newcomer Academic Scholarship
Award amount: 50% tuition, renewable for up to three (3) years

  • For courses taken in on-campus residential format only (not hybrid or intensives)
  • 3.0 GPA or higher in previous undergraduate or graduate coursework
  • Three references

The Dayton-Stolle Scholarship Fund
Award amount: up to $1,700

  • For students preparing for ministry
  • Preference to those from the Miami Valley District of the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church

The Robert M. Daugherty Scholarship Fund
Award amount: up to $2,000

  • For students pursuing pastoral ministry
  • Demonstrates financial need
  • Based on need, academic merit and promise for pastoral ministry

The Hammink Scholarship
Award amount: up to $18,000, renewable for up to three (3) years

  • For students preparing for ministry in the United Methodist Church

The Joseph H. Harris Memorial Student Scholarship Fund
Award amount: up to $1,400

  • For members of the United Methodist Church
  • Based on need, academic merit and promise for pastoral ministry

The L. Ellen Hartman Hostetter Scholarship
Award amount: up to $4,000

  • For students with personal gifts and graces essential for professional Christian ministry in the field of pastoral counseling
  • For students who demonstrate financial need
  • This is an annual award; however, students may reapply.
  • Not typically awarded until the end of the calendar year.
  • Award selection will be made by a family representative
  • The Philadelphia Foundation administrates this fund.

The Bishop Hermann W. Kaebnick Scholarship
Award amount: up to $2,800

  • For deserving seniors who have demonstrated high professional and academic achievement in the field of homiletics.
  • Reference from one of United’s homiletics professors

The Caroline Kidder Fund
Award amount: up to $2,800

  • Selected by the Academic Dean
  • Related to the preparation of women in ministry, social justice, equality and/or the rights of all persons as they seek expression in and through Christian ministry.

The Knecht Scholarship Fund
Award amount: up to $1,800

  • For international students
  • Based on need, academic merit and promise for pastoral ministry

The Lorenz-Showers Scholarship Fund
Award amount: up to $1,000

  • Targeted for students preparing for mission service at home or abroad
  • Based on need, academic merit and promise for pastoral ministry
  • Essay: Outline a mission service plan for at home or for abroad

The Robert J. Meyerson Scholarship Fund
Award Amount: $800

    • This scholarship is awarded to a United student outside of Ohio who participates in the music ministry of the seminary and has financial need.
    • The family hopes the recipient will participate in an environmentally-focused organization or project during seminary.

The Robert and Marian Rae Student Scholarship Fund
Award amount: up to $1,900

      • Based on need, academic merit and promise for pastoral ministry

The Peggy Roberts Scholarship
Award amounts: up to $5,000

      • For Master of Divinity student who will serve the United Methodist Church
      • Based on need, academic merit and promise for pastoral ministry

The Ronald P. Ricard Student Scholarship Fund
Award amounts: up to $2,500

      • Based on need, academic merit and promise for pastoral ministry

The Clifford D. Stearns Memorial Scholarship
Award amounts: up to $5,000

      • For first-career student from the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church
      • Based on need, academic merit and promise for pastoral ministry

The Paul E. Stuckey Ministerial Scholarship Fund
Award amounts: up to $5,000

      • For student from the West Ohio Conference who is pursuing a career in pastoral ministry
      • Based on need, academic merit and promise for pastoral ministry

The Daryl Ward Scholarship Fund
Award amounts: up to $1,000

      • For first-year student of Pan-African descent
      • Demonstrate commitment to ministry within related contexts as Black Church, Urban Ministry, Africa, Jamaica, etc.
      • Essay: 2-3 pages explaining ministry aims
Application Process
1. Scholarship Application
Complete the Scholarship application on the United Applicant Portal. New students can apply during the admissions application process on the portal. Continuing students will be notified each year when the scholarship application for the upcoming academic year is available. All students who complete the FAFSA are eligible to apply for need-based awards. All merit awards appear on the portal to apply based on the applicant’s qualifications.

2. Student Aid Application
Complete the FASFA form online at http://www.fafsa.gov. United’s school code is G03122.

3. Decisions

  • Award decisions will be made by the Scholarship Selection Committee.
  • All applicants will receive written notification of the outcome of their application.
  • The decision of the Scholarship Committee is final.

4. Scholarship Acceptance Requirements
If a scholarship award is received, recipients must do the following to accept and maintain the award:

  • Sign and return their award letter by the written deadline on their award letter
  • Demonstrate appreciation by writing a letter of gratitude to the scholarship benefactor by the add/drop date
  • Register for a full time course load (Masters and Pre-Doctoral: 9 or more credit hours; Doctor of Ministry: Phase 1-6)
  • Volunteer for the fall Alumni/ae Phon-a-thon and/or the spring Donor Thank-a-thon
  • Attendance to the Scholarship Banquet is encouraged
Additional Scholarship Sources

Baptist Communicators Association Scholarships

Logos Bible Software

African Methodist Episcopal Church

Acton Institute

Dempster Graduate Fellowship Award

Hall Missions Scholarship

Harold B. and Dorothy A. Snyder Foundation Scholarship

United Methodist Scholarships

FTE Fund Finders

Jerome United Methodist Church Scholarship Application

Military Scholarship Options

U.S. Air Force Reserve Chaplain Candidate Program
Scholarship resources for Chaplain Candidates. Contact Air Force Reserve at 800.525.0102.

U.S. Army Reserve Tuition Assistance
Scholarship resources for Chaplains and Chaplain Training Program. Contact the Senior Army Chaplain Recruiter at 800.223.3735.

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
For sons/daughters of current or former Marine or Marine Reservists. Deadline is March 1st. Contact 866.496.5462

Denomination-Specific Scholarship Sources

Excellence in Clergy Leadership Scholarship
$2,500 – $12,500
Designated for Full time, MDIV student enrolled at one of the 13 United Methodist seminaries/schools of theology, enrolled as pursuing certified candidacy or certified candidate for ministry (elder or deacon), with demonstrated merit, progress, and commitment in the candidacy process. Demonstrated financial need and how this scholarship will help avoid additional student loans. Applicants will receive and must participate in assistance from a financial counselor from the EY Financial Planning Center. Award amount is based on matching donations and award approval from participating donors which could be one or more of the following:

  • Lilly Endowment National Initiative to Address Economic Challenges Facing Pastoral Leaders.
  • GBHEM
  • The United Methodist Seminary/ School of Theology student is enrolled.
  • The student’s annual conference (if participating as a matching donor to the program).
  • The United Methodist Foundation connected with the student’s annual conference (if participating as a matching donor to the program).

Those interested in the Excellence in Clergy Leadership Scholarship may apply with the Office of Loans and Scholarships at www.gbhem.org/scholarshipapplication. Scholarship applications will be open between January 3 and March 1 of each year. Interested students should indicate that they are applying for the “Excellence in Clergy Leadership Scholarship” on the first page of the application. For more information on the Office of Loans and Scholarships, visit http://www.gbhem.org.

AMERICAN BAPTIST USA
American Baptist Churches Financial Aid Program
Scholarship/grants for students who are members of American Baptist Churches. Contact 800.ABC.3USA x2067 or write to Financial Aid Office, National Ministries, American Baptist Churches
USA, PO Box 851
Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851.
More information

Northern Baptist Education Society
American Baptist USA Scholarship source for ABC students from Maine, New Hampshire, or Vermont. Contact 508.693.1539 or write to:
Northern Baptist Education Society,
PO Box 395
East Falmouth, MA 02536.0395.

CHRISTIAN CHURCH (Disciples of Christ)
Disciples Home Mission
For members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Several scholarship sources. Deadline is March 15th. Contact 317.713.2652
More information

UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
UCC Scholarship for Seminarians and other financial aid resources for members of United Church of Christ congregations.
More information

UNITED METHODIST
Robert D. Snyder Memorial Scholarship
The award of up to $500 gives preference, but is not limited, to seminarians who seek to serve the East Ohio Conference of The UMC and whose faith, practice and beliefs echo those of the Reverend Robert D. (Bob) Snyder. Deadline is May 1.
More information

The Calvary Foundation
Scholarships for students who show good moral character, academic promise and financial need. Write to the Calvary Foundation,
Calvary United Methodist Church
2315 South Grant Street, Arlington, VA 22202.
More information

Harding Foundation
Preference to United Methodist Church members. Write to Harding Foundation
PO Box 130
Raymondville, TX 78580.

Laura Hofford Trust
Must be a male member of the United Methodist Church. Deadline is January 30th. Contact 212.870.3662 or write to Associate General Secretary
Mission Personnel Resources Program
Department 475 Riverside Drive Room 1470
New York NY 100115.

Mount Olivet Foundation
Preference is given to individuals connected to Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, to the United Methodist Church, to individuals from Arlington, Northern Virginia, or the Washington DC Metropolitan area. Deadlines are the 15th of January, April, July and October. Contact 703.534.7359 or write to
The Mount Olivet Foundation
1500 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22207.
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Name of Scholarship Organization Deadline $ Award Amount Notes    
Baptist Communicators Association Scholarships Baptist Communicators Association March 14 $500-$1000 $1000 scholarship for Undergraduate student, $500 scholarship for Graduate student, and $1000 scholarship for an Undergraduate student of minority ethnicity or international origin. Students must have vocational plans in Religious communications.
Ohio Baptist Education Society Scholarship American Baptist April 14 Varies Write to Ohio Baptist Education Society Scholarship 647 South Diamond St. Mansfield OH 44907
Logos Logos Bible Software October 14 1,000.00 Tuition Scholarship + Logos Bronzes Library which containsÊ over 420 titles which in print would cost over $8,000.00 The Logos Bible Software Seminary Scholarship is open to all students currently enrolled in an accredited theological seminary located in North America, or those who plan on enrolling within the next 8 months.Ê The scholarship is a one-time scholarship and is awarded to a different student every quarter.
African Methodist Episcopal Church African Methodist Episcopal Varies Varies The funds for this scholarship will be administered by the Connectional Lay Organization of the African Methodist Episcopal Church
Acton Institute Acton Institute Fall Term Fellowships and grants do not exceed $3,000, but typically range from $500-$1,000 To apply for an FTE North American Doctoral Fellowship, you must be a member of a racial or ethnic group that is traditionally underrepresented in graduate education.
Dempster Graduate Fellowship Award United Methodist Church November 1 Fellowships up to $10,000 The fellowships are open only to members of The United Methodist Church who plan to teach in seminaries, or teach one of the theological disciplines (Bible,ÊchurchÊhistory, theology, ethics and the arts ofÊministry) in universities or colleges. Êthe applicant must haveÊreceivedÊthe M.Div degree or its equivalent from one of the United Methodist seminaries , or be in a Ph.D program or its equivalent at a university affiliated with a United Methodist
Hall Missions Scholarship First Baptist Church February 21 $1,000 Available to undergraduate and graduate students: Applicants must be planning a career in missions, and demonstrate
Harold B. and Dorothy A. Snyder Foundation Scholarship Harold B. and Dorothy A. Snyder Foundation March 14 Varies Applicants must be studying for pastoral ministry (M.Div.) and US Citizen
The Charles Wesley Essay Prize The Charles Wesley Society May 14 Varies Applicants must write a 25 page essay on the life, work, or hyms
Written requests may be sent to Ms. Lori Nichols at: William A. Heath Educational Fund, Barnett Bank. N.A., PO Box 40200, Jacksonville, FL 32203. Requests should include a letter of introduction expressing your educational goals, extracurricular interests, church activities, a brief description of your personality, your religious denomination, a copy of your high school and college transcripts, a copy of your birth certificate, and a letter of recommendation from your pastor or professor. William A. Heath Educational Fund June 14 Varies Scholarships are available to male seminary students who are under 35 years of age. Applicants must be studying for ministry, or preparing for the mission field. Applicants must have graduated from a high school in one of the following states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, or West Virginia. Preference is given to Methodist and Episcopalian applicants
Mary E. Bivins Foundation Ministry Scholarship Program Mary E. Bivins Foundation Contact foundation in January for details up to $3,500 Scholarships are provided for an undergraduate or graduate education leading to a Bachelors or Masters Degree in a field that prepares the student to preach the Christian
Roothbert Fund Scholarship The Roothbert Fund Must request application by January 31st each year. $2000 – $3000 While the Fund does not emphasize any particular form of religious practice or worship, it seeks to provide support to persons motivated by spiritual values.
Seminary Scholarship Application Minnesota Annual Conference Annually $5,000 for a student attending a United Methodist seminary; $3,000 for a student attending an approved seminary outside the boundaries of Minnesota Evidence of financial need from seminary financial aid office Evidence of registation and status of enrollment
Islamic Development Bank Scholarship Programme for Muslim Communities in Non-Member Countries (SPMC) Islamic Development Bank Varies full tuition, medical and vision insurance, a monthly allowance, and miscellaneous college expenses Objective is to provide educational opportunities for young Muslim students from Muslim communities in non-member countries to pursue undergraduate or first-degree study in a university and to train them in specific fields in order to improve their socio-economic conditions
J. Milton Richardson Theological Fellowship (Graduate Scholarship) Alpha Tau Omega Foundation Varies Varies The scholarship is awarded to an ATO who plans to attend or is enrolled in an accredited graduate school in theology or the seminary, and who intends to become a member of the clergy.
United Jewish FederationÕs Central Scholarship and Loan Referral Service (CSLRS) The Central Scholarship & Loan Referral Service (CSLRS) of the United Jewish Federation February 4 Varies Any Jewish high school senior, college or graduate student in the greater Pittsburgh area with financial need is eligible to apply
UCC Scholarships for SeminariansÊ United Church of Christ Varies Up to $10,000 annually for students seeking pastoral degrees Many scholarships made available by supporting the education and training of those preparing for ministry.
Iowa Annual Conference Iowa Annual Conference Varies Varies Iowa as the home conference or is a resident of Iowa
Bishop Charles P. Greco Knights of Columbus May 1 $2000 annually not to exceed $500 per term The Knights of Columbus awards Bishop Charles P. Greco Graduate Fellowships annually to U.S. students enrolled in a full-time masterÕs degree program designed for teachers of people with intellectual disabilities.
William and Alice Brown endowment The American Bible Society May 1 $3,000 Scholarships for Education, Medical and Seminary Students
E.C. Bouey Memorial Scholarship International Ministers Wives and Widows Association Varies Varies Scholarship is intended for college undergraduates who are studying or plan to study theology. Must be recommended by the wife of a minister or equivalent of your denomination. Any religion affiliation is acceptable.
Women’s Missionary Union Scholarships Women’s Missionary Union Varies Varies WMU offers a number of scholarships to women or children of women missionaries and clergy. The foundation seeks to advance the support of Christian values through charity, educating and missionary work.
Bernardin Scholars Program Catholic Theological Union varies full tuition scholarship Students must be accepted in the Masters of Arts in Theology or the Ecumenical Doctor of Ministry degree programs at Catholic Theological Union (CTU).
Romero Scholars Programs Catholic Theological Union varies varies offers Hispanic men and women a full tuition scholarship for a professional graduate degree that prepares them to minister in the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Tolton Scholars Program Catholic Theological Union varies full tuition scholarship Offers Black Catholic women and men a full tuition scholarship for a professional graduate theology degree that prepares them to minister in the Archdiocese of Chicago
Calihan Academic Fellowship Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty October 31 up to $3000 Awards are open to seminarians or graduate students in theology, philosophy, religion, economics, or in related fields.
Novak Award Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty December 1 $10,000 Scholars who have received a doctorate from an accredited domestic or international program in the previous five calendar years. Current doctoral candidates in the process of completing their dissertations are also eligible.
Jewish Community Centers of North America Graduate Scholarship ProgramÊ Jewish Community Centers of North America Varies up to $10,000 This is a graduate program offered by the Jewish Community Centers, where you agree to work for them after graduation for two years to be eligible for this award. For full time students the award is for $10,000, part time students employed by JCC are eligible for $3000.
Scholarships from the Center for Jewish Studies The George L. Mosse and Laurence A. Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies (University of Wisconsin Madison) March 27 Up to $3000 For those obtaining a degree in Jewish Studies
Robert D. Snyder Memorial Scholarship East Ohio Evangelical Fellowship May 1 $500 Gives preference, but is not limited, to seminarians who seek to serve the East Ohio Conference of The UMC and whose faith, practice and beliefs echo those of the Rev. Robert D. Snyder.