The following information provides basic guidelines for the scholarship application process along with descriptions of the named scholarships here at United Theological Seminary.
Please read this information carefully prior to completing your application. Be sure to attach all requested documentation with your scholarship application. The designated scholarships listed here represent a small portion of the overall scholarship funds available. Most of the scholarships come from undesignated funds, so all students who meet the eligibility criteria are qualified to apply. The length of the scholarship award is usually for one academic year and is divided equally between Fall and Spring semesters.
- ·March 1 each year for continuing students
- ·July 1 for incoming Fall students
- ·December 1 for incoming Spring students
- ·Master of Divinity
- ·Master of Arts in Christian Ministry
- ·Master of Theological Studies
- ·Basic Graduate Theological Studies
- ·Pre-Doctoral Program
- ·Doctor of Ministry
All students must complete the scholarship application by the deadline. In addition, new students must complete their admissions application by their program’s published deadline to be considered for a scholarship. Students must be enrolled in full-time studies, at least nine (9) hours per semester.
Students must maintain a good academic record. For entering students, no less than 2.5 GPA cumulative in undergraduate degree and/or previous graduate studies. (Some scholarships give preference to students with outstanding academic records.) Students on academic probation are not eligible to apply.
All students who receive United scholarships are expected to write letters of thanks and attend events to honor those who have contributed to the scholarship fund. Students are also encouraged to contribute to the life of the community by participating in activities such as student government and the Alumni/ae Phonathon.
This policy is effective for new students enrolling after the spring 2014 semester:
Acceptance of any institutional awards (scholarships, tuition waivers, or tuition discounts) will cause federal student loans award 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.
Bishop Jacob Glossbrenner Award
This award is available for students enrolled in the Master of Divinity or Master of Arts in Christian Ministries degree program taking course on the West Virginia campus who are members of the West Virginia United Methodist Conference.
Reverend Ella Niswonger Scholarship
This award is available for new students who are certified candidates of the United Methodist Church. Applicants must be pursuing a Master of Divinity degree, Master of Arts in Christian Ministries degree, or the Basic Graduate Theological Studies certificate. Applicants must provide a letter of support from their conference demonstrating financial support. The Ella Niswonger Scholarship matches conference scholarship funding for a maximum of 12 credit hours per semester per year. Scholarship awards in combination with conference funding cannot exceed tuition fees per awarded students.
Army National Guard Scholarships
United is pleased to partner with the Army National Guard (ARNG)in offering five annual tuition scholarships for individuals who want to fulfill a call to ministerial service as a chaplain with the Army National Guard. In this partnership, the ARNG will cover one half of the students’ full-time tuition, and United will contribute 80% of that amount (up to $3,600 annually per student) toward the remainder of the recipients’ tuition costs.
The Herbert S. and Mary L. Beane Scholarship Fund (awards up to $7,000)
This award is available for students enrolled in the Master of Divinity degree program. Recipients must maintain a 3.0 GPA.
Bishop Christian Newcomer Academic Scholarship
The Bishop Christian Newcomer Academic Scholarship is named for the third bishop in the Church of the United Brethren in Christ. This scholarship provides 50 percent of tuition for qualifying candidates. Candidates must have a 3.0 in previous undergraduate or graduate course work, provide three references and write a 3-5 page essay on the following topic: At United Theological Seminary we have one goal: To educate dynamic, Spirit-led leaders who will renew the church for the mission of Jesus Christ in the world. How do you plan to renew the church for the mission of Jesus Christ in the world as a residential student and alumnus of United Theological Seminary? While multiple scholarships are available, this is an academic and competitive scholarship. This scholarship is based on academic merit and promise for pastoral ministry.
The Dayton-Stolle Scholarship Fund (awards up to $1,700)
This award was funded by the Ralph Stolle family and is designated for students preparing for ministry, with preferences to those from the Miami Valley District of the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church.
The Robert M. Daugherty Scholarship Fund (awards up to $2,000)
The income from this fund shall be provided to a student who wishes to pursue pastoral ministry, has at least a 2.5 GPA in undergraduate work, passing in all course work taken at United and who demonstrates financial need. The recipient may be in any year of their course of study and may receive the award for more than one year and up to, but not exceeding three years of study. This award is based on need, academic merit and promise for pastoral ministry.
The Epworth United Methodist Church Scholarship in honor of the Rev. Sharon West (awards up to $1,000)
This award was established in 2003 to honor the ministry of Rev. Sharon West. When fully funded, this award will assist students from West Virginia attending United Theological Seminary at the Dayton campus or West Virginia campus. The recipient is to serve in the West Virginia United Methodist Conference for at least three years upon completion of his/her degree. This award is based on need, academic merit and promise for pastoral ministry.
The Hammink Scholarship (awards up to $18,000)
The income of this scholarship shall be given annually to a person or persons enrolled in United Theological Seminary and preparing for ministry in the United Methodist Church. Applicants should write a 3-5 page essay on the Evangelical United Brethren Church’s influence on the United Methodist Church and the applicant’s ministry. This award is renewable for up to three years.
The Joseph H. Harris Memorial Student Scholarship Fund (awards up to $1,400)
The income from this fund shall be used for the Student Aid Program of the seminary to assist students who are in regular attendance at United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio and are members of the United Methodist Church. This award is based on need, academic merit and promise for pastoral ministry.
The L. Ellen Hartman Hostetter Scholarship (awards up to $4,000)
This Fund was established to reflect the mission and ministry of Jesus Christ through pastoral counseling. To qualify for the scholarship, applicants must:
- ·Have the personal gifts and graces essential for professional Christian ministry, this evaluation to be made by the Seminary Scholarship Committee;
- ·Have financial need to continue their education in the field of pastoral counseling;
- ·Submit a 750-word essay to the Seminary Scholarship Committee describing the role of pastoral counseling in their future ministry.
Funds may be used for tuition and related educational expenses as charged through United. The award is for a single year, however, students may reapply. Award selection will be made by a family representative. The Philadelphia Foundation administrates this fund.
This scholarship is generally not awarded until the end of the calendar year, but your essay and application must be received by the deadline.
The Bishop Hermann W. Kaebnick Scholarship (awards up to $2,800)
The income from this fund will assist deserving seniors who have demonstrated high professional and academic achievement in the field of homiletics. The applicants will submit an original sermon that exemplifies his or her gifts to the scholarship committee, as well as a reference from one of United’s Homiletics professors.
The Caroline Kidder Fund (awards up to $2,800)
The income from this fund shall be used at the discretion of the Dean of the Seminary and was created to address concerns 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 (awards up to $1,800)
This award honors Dr. John R. Knecht, President Emeritus of United Theological Seminary and is designated to assist international students. This award is based on need, academic merit and promise for pastoral ministry.
The Lorenz-Showers Scholarship Fund (awards up to 1,000)
This award honors the memory of Edmund S. and Florence Kumler Lorenz, and J. Balmer Showers. It is designated for the assistance of students preparing for mission service at home or abroad. This award is based on need, academic merit and promise for pastoral ministry. Applicants need to submit an essay outlining a mission service plan for at home or for abroad.
The Robert and Marian Rae Student Scholarship Fund (awards up to $1,900)
This award is funded by Mr. and Mrs. Rae for general scholarship assistance. This award is based on need, academic merit and promise for pastoral ministry.
The Ronald P. Ricard Student Scholarship Fund (awards up to $2,500)
This scholarship is funded by Rev. Ronald P. Ricard for general scholarship assistance. This award is based on need, academic merit and promise for pastoral ministry.
The Peggy Roberts Scholarship (awards up to $1,500)
Income from the fund is to be awarded to a student in the M.Div. program who will serve the United Methodist Church. It may be awarded during any year of study. This award is based on need, academic merit and promise for pastoral ministry.
The Clifford D. Stearns Memorial Scholarship (awards up to $5,000)
This award, established in 1996 with a gift from Ms. Verna Stearns in memory of her husband’s ministry, is designated for a first-career student from West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church with demonstrated need and a commitment to pastoral ministry. This award is based on need, academic merit and promise for pastoral ministry.
The Paul E. Stuckey Ministerial Scholarship Fund (awards up to $5,000)
The fund, established by Dr. and Mrs. Stuckey and friends in celebration of his retirement, is awarded to a student from the West Ohio Conference who is pursuing a career in pastoral ministry. This award is based on need, academic merit and promise for pastoral ministry.
The Daryl Ward Scholarship Fund (awards up to $1,000)
This award was established to honor the ministry of The Rev. Dr. Daryl Ward, pastor of Omega Baptist Church and former President and Chief Operating Officer for United Theological Seminary. When fully funded, this award will be designated for a first-year student of Pan-African descent with a commitment to ministry within related contexts such as Black Church, Urban Ministry, Africa, Jamaica, etc. Applicants need to submit a 2 to 3 page essay explaining their ministry aims.
Scholarship funds are available for the Pre-Doctoral program. The Pre-Doctoral scholarship may be applied toward tuition for the core 24 graduate semesters hours in the Pre-Doctoral coursework referred to in the course catalog. Scholarship applications must be received by the published deadline and applicants must meet eligibility requirements for scholarships to be considered. Scholarship recipients are expected to enter the Doctor of Ministry program upon successful completion of the Pre-Doctoral program. All courses in the Pre-Doctoral Program must be successfully completed with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 to maintain the award and before a student may be admitted into the Doctor of Ministry program.
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 needs-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.
- ·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