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. Every student should consider the cost of tuition, fees, books, travel and living expenses. As a prospective student, you are encouraged to look for multiple funding sources for your educational and living costs.
Available scholarships can be found on United’s Applicant and Student portals. Scholarship applications are only accepted through the Applicant and Student portals. Please carefully review the following information prior to completing your application:
General Requirements to Apply
- For priority consideration submit a scholarship application by the posted deadline.
- 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.
- Students taking master’s-level courses must be enrolled for a minimum of 6 credits each semester to be eligible for scholarship awards. Students enrolled for 6-8 credits (part-time) will receive a reduced scholarship equal to 50% the full-time rate.
- 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 Arts
- Master of Ministry
- Doctor of Ministry
- 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.
- Award decisions will be made by the Student Aid Committee.
- Communication regarding scholarship awards will be sent via United email.
- 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.
For many major denominations, including The United Methodist Church, there are grants, scholarships and loan assistance. Policies and procedures vary and students are encouraged to consult their denominational offices early in the year for information and favorable consideration. United Methodist students may want to visit the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (UMHEF), which provides scholarship aid for United Methodist students attending the United Methodist-related institutions.
United Methodist Higher Education Foundation
The Fund for Theological Education
For eligibility criteria and information on how to apply for the following fellowships, see the Fund for Theological Education contact information below.
FELLOWSHIPS FOR STUDENTS ENTERING SEMINARY (M.DIV. ONLY)
“Congregational Fellowships” that give matching funds of $2,000-$5,000
Deadline to apply is April 1
FELLOWSHIPS FOR SECOND-YEAR SEMINARY STUDENTS (M.DIV. ONLY)
“Ministry Fellowships” awarded at the beginning of the second year of the M.Div. program: Deadline to apply is March 1
Denomination-Specific Scholarship Sources
Garfield Memorial Scholarship for DMin Track in Multiethnic Ministry
$5,000/year for 3 years
Garfield Memorial United Methodist Church in Pepper Pike, South Euclid and Liberia is a national leader in the Multiethnic Church Movement. They are pleased to offer a scholarship for $5,000/year for 3 years to a candidate in the Doctor of Ministry program concentrating in Multiethnic Ministry and participating in the Disruptive Church Leadership focus group. Candidate would need to apply by writing an introductory email of personal information, including calling to multiethnic ministry and intention of focusing on this area in DMin studies at United Theological Seminary and submitting it to the attention of “The Garfield Memorial Foundation Trustees” at information@garfieldchurch.
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.
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
Additional External Scholarship Sources
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):
United’s school code: G03122
Processing takes 5 – 7 days
Apply for a Federal Loan:
Financial Aid in the form of federal loans requires that a student be accepted and enrolled in one of United’s master’s degrees or Pre-Doctoral certificate programs. Enrollment must be at least half-time (six semester hours in the Fall and Spring).
The student must:
- Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
- Have completed all financial aid application requirements
- Have demonstrated financial need as determined by federal guidelines
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress
Satisfactory academic progress is determined by academic course load and grades.
The U.S. Department of Education’s Direct Loan Program offers long-term loans to students with demonstrated need. The lender is the United States Department of Education. Graduate students are only eligible to receive unsubsidized loans. Students can contact their lender or the Financial Aid Office for further information.
Private Student Loans
Private student loans are non-federal loans, made by a lender such as a bank, credit union, state agency or a school. Private loans should only be used for students who have a shortfall with traditional federal student loans. The private loans are credit-based; applying with a co-signer is encouraged. Although a student can apply for private loans with any financial institution, United is on the school-approved list for Wells Fargo and Discover Student loans. For more information or to apply, visit the private loan websites: