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.
- Available scholarships can be found on United’s Applicant and Student portals.
- Scholarship applications are accepted only through the Applicant and Student portals.
- Scholarship awards are equally divided between the fall and spring semesters.
General requirements to apply:
- Submit a scholarship application by the posted deadline.
- Master’s degree and certificate students must be enrolled for a minimum of 6 credits each semester. Students enrolled 6-8 credits will receive 50% of their award.
- Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 for most scholarships.
- 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 Ministries
Master of Theological Studies
Master of Ministry
Doctor of Ministry
Basic Graduate Theological Studies
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)
- Participate in the annual “Thank-a-thon” held each fall
* 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 institutional award. 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.
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.
- Award decisions will be made by the Scholarship Selection Committee.
- Communication regarding scholarship awards will be sent via United email.
3. Scholarship Acceptance Requirements
If a scholarship award is received, recipients must do the following to accept and maintain the award:
- Demonstrate appreciation by writing a letter of gratitude to the scholarship benefactor by the date specified on the award letter
- Participate in the annual “Thank-a-thon” held each fall
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.
- 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.
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
UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
UCC Scholarship for Seminarians and other financial aid resources for members of United Church of Christ congregations.
Robert D. Snyder Memorial Scholarship
The award of up to $500 gives preference, but is not limited, to seminarians who seek to serve the East Ohio Conference of The UMC and whose faith, practice and beliefs echo those of the Reverend Robert D. (Bob) Snyder. Deadline is May 1.
The Calvary Foundation
Scholarships for students who show good moral character, academic promise and financial need. Write to the Calvary Foundation,
Calvary United Methodist Church
2315 South Grant Street, Arlington, VA 22202.
Preference to United Methodist Church members. Write to Harding Foundation
PO Box 130
Raymondville, TX 78580.
Laura Hofford Trust
Must be a male member of the United Methodist Church. Deadline is January 30th. Contact 212.870.3662 or write to Associate General Secretary
Mission Personnel Resources Program
Department 475 Riverside Drive Room 1470
New York NY 100115.
Mount Olivet Foundation
Preference is given to individuals connected to Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, to the United Methodist Church, to individuals from Arlington, Northern Virginia, or the Washington DC Metropolitan area. Deadlines are the 15th of January, April, July and October. Contact 703.534.7359 or write to
The Mount Olivet Foundation
1500 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22207.
|Name of Scholarship||Organization||Deadline||$ 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.|