Funding Your Theological Education

Planning carefully for your theological education is a wise personal and spiritual practice. The Office of Admissions, Vocation, and Student Life is here to individually assist you in planning for and beyond your divinity school education.

Vanderbilt Divinity School Entrance

A typical financial aid package may include scholarships, federally-funded graduate student loans, and college work-study employment. To be eligible for financial aid, students must be enrolled in at least six credit hours per each fall and spring semester. To learn more about financing your education, follow the links below or scroll down the page.For more resources, go to “Thinking Theologically About Stewardship” and to the VDS ECFFM website.

General Information

Scholarships

Scholarships

Scholarship Eligibility

No additional application is required to be considered for most merit-based awards, although M.Div. and MTS applicants must complete all application materials by January 15 to be considered for one of our named, full-tuition scholarships. All applicants, regardless of citizenship, are eligible to be considered for scholarships on the basis of your application for admission. Scholarships, varying in value, apply toward tuition costs and are renewable based on full- or part-time student status. See the chart below for information about scholarship eligibility:

SCHOLARSHIP ELIGIBILITY* Full-Time Students (12+ hrs/sem. for MDiv and MTS, 9+ hrs/sem. for ThM, all DMin students) Part-Time Students (9 or fewer hrs/sem.)
Master of Divinity (MDiv) 3 years, including 2 summer terms 4 years, including 3 summer terms
Master of Theological Studies (MTS) 2 years, including 1 summer term 3 years, including 2 summer terms
Master of Theology (ThM) 1 year, including 1 summer term 2+ years, may include summer terms
Doctor of Ministry (DMin) 3 years, following set curriculum N/A

Notification of merit scholarship decisions is included in the admission acceptance letter. Typically, applicants may expect to hear an admission and financial aid decision within four to six weeks of submitting a completed application, but no earlier than the second week of January for international students, and no earlier than the second week of February for masters-level applicants. Please note that the maximum scholarship award for part-time M.Div. and MTS students is 50% of tuition costs.

Merit Scholarships

BRANDON HONOR SCHOLARSHIP
Awarded annually on a competitive basis to applicants with superior academic records and promise of unusual professional achievement. Select admitted students receive a full tuition award from this scholarship for a normal academic load, and is renewable for up to 72 hours of credit (M.Div.) or 48 hours of credit (M.T.S.) if the holder maintains an average of 3.4 or better and remains enrolled at full-time status. THE CARPENTER SCHOLARSHIP
Awarded on a competitive basis for academic achievement and a demonstrated interest in and active commitment to issues of social justice and ministry. The scholarships offer full tuition for the Master of Divinity or the Master of Theological Studies program plus an annual stipend of $10,000. The award is renewable for up to 72 hours of credit (M.Div.) or 48 hours of credit (M.T.S.) if the holder maintains an average of 3.4 or better and remains enrolled at full-time status. DEAN’S SCHOLARSHIP
Awarded annually on the basis of exceptional academic achievement and vocational promise. Each award covers full tuition for recipients enrolled full-time and is renewable for up to 72 hours of credit (M.Div.) or 48 hours of credit (M.T.S.) if the recipient maintains a minimum 3.4 grade point average. THE KELLY MILLER SMITH SCHOLARSHIP
Awarded to an entering candidate for the Master of Divinity degree on the basis of academic achievement, professional promise, and a commitment to the Black church. The scholarship is established by the faculty of the Divinity School in memory of their colleague, Kelly Miller Smith, who served for thirty years as pastor of Nashville’s First Baptist Church Capitol Hill and for fifteen years as assistant dean of Vanderbilt Divinity School. The full-tuition scholarship is renewable for up to 72 credit hours if the holder maintains an average of 3.4 or better and remains enrolled at full-time status. BLAKEMORE/WEST END UMC SCHOLARSHIP
Awarded to an entering candidate for the Master of Divinity degree on the basis of academic achievement and promise for ministry in the United Methodist Church. The full-tuition scholarship is renewable for up to 72 credit hours if the holder remains enrolled at full-time status. DIVINITY MERIT SCHOLARSHIP
Awarded on a competitive basis to entering candidates for the Master of Divinity or Master of Theological Studies degree on the basis of academic achievement and vocational promise. These awards range in value and support the cost of tuition for both part-time and full-time enrolled students. Divinity Merit Scholarships automatically renew each term for the number of semesters required to complete the degree in which the holder is enrolled, with specific criteria as indicated in the offer of admission. These scholarships are awarded through a variety of funds supported by the generous support of donors and alumni. A full list of available scholarships and their criteria may be found in the Divinity Catalog. WENDLAND-COOK SCHOLARSHIP IN RELIGION AND JUSTICE
The Wendland-Cook Program in Religion and Justice at Vanderbilt Divinity school will provide scholarships to selected students of $500 per semester, and up to $2000 per semester to students for their work in the program for students enrolled in Vanderbilt Divinity School Masters programs (MDiv, MTS, or ThM). Applicants must demonstrate interest in matters of religion and justice, with a focus on economic and ecological justice broadly conceived. Details on the scholarship and application process may be found here. ThM TUITION SCHOLARSHIP
All full-time Th.M. students admitted to Vanderbilt will receive financial aid to support their tuition costs. Domestic students are eligible for a 30% tuition scholarship. International students are eligible for a 40% tuition scholarship. Highly competitive applicants will also be eligible to be considered for a supplemental stipend totaling $5,000 annually. U.S. citizens are also eligible to be considered for federal financial aid, including work-study funding and educational loans. DMin TUITION SCHOLARSHIP
All D.Min. students admitted to Vanderbilt will receive financial aid to support their tuition costs. Award levels are set each year. U.S. citizens are also eligible to be considered for federal financial aid, including educational loans. DISCIPLES DIVINITY HOUSE SCHOLARSHIP
Applicants to the Master of Divinity program in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) denomination may submit a supplemental application for scholarship support through the Disciples Divinity House at Vanderbilt. Please visit the Disciples Divinity House website for the scholarship application and details.

A full list of available scholarships and their criteria may be found in the Divinity Catalog.

Need-based aid

Need-based aid

Need-based aid at Vanderbilt is restricted to U.S. citizens and is administered via the Office of Student Financial Aid in the form of federal loans and work-study eligibility. Applications for federal, need-based aid become available in January of the year for which the student intends to enroll using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).Before you borrow, know the facts by learning more about financial literacy, repayment, and consumer protection at this website
from the U.S. Department of Education.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness

If you choose to take out federal, need-based loans, we recommend becoming familiar with the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. Students who plan to work full-time in a public service job following graduation may qualify for loan forgiveness.

Yellow Ribbon

Yellow Ribbon
Vanderbilt is a full participant in the Post 9/11 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program, which offers essential financial support for U.S. veterans and their families. The Divinity School and Vanderbilt University welcome and encourage U.S. veterans to apply. To learn more, please visit Vanderbilt University’s Yellow Ribbon website.Deadlines
In order to expedite the processing of VA educational benefits, it is recommended that students who wish to use VA educational benefits adhere to the following deadlines:
·         Fall semester: submit all required documents by July 1.
·         Spring semester: submit all required documents by November 1.
·         Summer semester: submit all required documents by March 1.
Students who cannot provide all documents by these deadlines should consult with a VA School Certifying Official in the Office of the University Registrar prior to the deadline.We recommend that students who are eligible for Post-9/11 GI Bill®️ Benefits review the criteria for the Yellow Ribbon Program to determine whether or not they are eligible for this benefit. Questions regarding veterans’ educational benefits should be directed to our VA school certifying officials at VASCO@vanderbilt.edu.

External Awards

External Awards

We strongly encourage students to seek funding from outside sources, including external organizations or foundations and denominational loan and scholarship programs. The Divinity School strives to maintain a database of external scholarships that our students may be eligible for HERE. Please email any updates to divinity-admissions@vanderbilt.edu.

Tuition & Fees

The Divinity School and Vanderbilt University endeavor to make theological education an affordable option for all admitted students. Financial aid is offered to degree-seeking students based upon merit and need. Merit scholarships are awarded through the Divinity School and range from partial to full-tuition scholarships. Need-based aid in the form of federal work-study and loans is available through the University Office of Student Financial Aid for those who qualify. Most students find that while tuition at Vanderbilt may be higher than at other theological schools, our average tuition award is also higher, making Vanderbilt a very affordable option. You may see the 2023-2024 Estimated Cost of Attendance for Masters-level students here: Masters COA 2023-2024.

Being a Wise Steward

Worried about how to afford theological education? Need help thinking through how to make ends meet?Our Stewardship website offers a number of resources to consider as you plan your next steps, including budgeting worksheets, loan calculators, and ideas for thinking creatively about how to fund your theological education. You may learn more about how Vanderbilt has worked to lower VDS-associated student loan borrowing levels and find additional resources at the ECFFM website.

Video: How to Keep From Mortgaging Your Future

This 30-minute video, developed y Auburn Theological Seminary, offers an account of how several students have approached financing a theological education. For detailed budget spreadsheets and information on national studies on theological student indebtedness, please visit the VDS ECFFM website.

Vanderbilt University Equal Opportunity Policy

In compliance with federal law, including the provisions of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, Executive Order 11246, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, as amended, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008i, Vanderbilt University does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of their race, sex, sexual orientation ii , gender identity iii , religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, military service, or genetic information in its administration of educational policies, programs, or activities; admissions policies; scholarship and loan programs; athletic r other University-administered programs; or employment. In addition, the University does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of their gender expression iv consistent with the University’s nondiscrimination policy. To read more about this policy, visit http://www.vanderbilt.edu/student_handbook/university-policies-and-regulations/#equal-opportunity.

i The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) prohibits discrimination in health coverage and in employment based on genetic information.
ii Sexual orientation refers to a person’s self-identification as heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, asexual, pansexual, or uncertain.
iii Gender identity is generally defined as a person’s own sense of identification as male, female, both, or neither as distinguished from actual biological sex, i.e. it is one’s psychological sense of self.
iv Gender expression is everything we do that communicates our sense of identification to others.

External Funding Sources

External Scholarships will be applied to your Financial Aid package and can be a useful resource for decreasing or eliminating your student loans.

General Scholarships

General Scholarships

  1. AmeriCorps – The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award is a post-service benefit received by participants who complete a term of national service in an approved AmeriCorps program
  2. Cappex  – Very large scholarship website. Requires for you to create a profile in order to search for scholarships but allows a great degree of customization.
  3. Career One Stop  – Resource for scholarship, fellowships, loans, and other types of financial aid that can be searched by category and with keywords.
  4. The Center for Scholarship Administration – The Center for Scholarship Administration has hundreds of scholarships available by online application. Click on the scholarships’ tab and browse available applications. Deadlines are posted. Deadlines open and close throughout the year.
  5. Chegg – General college study resource with scholarships available. Not a great deal of customization in scholarship searches, but it does have aGeneral college study resource with scholarships available. Not a great deal of customization in scholarship searches, but it does have a personalized account by which it matches you with scholarships.
  6. CollegeBoard – CollegeBoard is a college-based scholarship search engine that matches candidates with particular university scholarships.
  7. College Data – Find the scholarships that are looking for students like you – with your academic qualifications, interests, and other personal characteristics.
  8. College Scholarships – Online scholarship database with an article on different types of financial aid for religious and theology students along with links to specific grants and scholarships.
  9. The Community Foundation Scholarships – The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee awards grants for a broad array of charitable purposes.
  10. Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund – The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund aids people active in movements for social and economic justice. Due: April 1st
  11. Epsilon Sigma Alpha Foundation – The Epsilon Sigma Alpha Foundation awards numerous scholarships annually, you do not have to be an ESA member to apply for a scholarship, and our application process is online.
  12. Fastweb – Fastweb is an individualized scholarship search engine that matches candidates with potentially applicable scholarships.
  13. FinAid – FinAid is a guide for students with questions regarding scholarships, loans, savings, military aid, and other financial aid queries.
  14. Hawaii Community Foundation – Requirements: Be a resident of the State of Hawaii; Demonstrate financial need; Attend an accredited two or four year college or university within the United States as either an undergraduate or graduate student; Be a full-time student as determined by your institution; Maintain a minimum 2.7 GPA.
  15. Laura Bassi Scholarship – This scholarship provides editorial assistance to postgraduates and junior academics whose research focuses on neglected topics of study, broadly construed. The scholarships are open to every discipline and there are three annual rounds of funding awarded in December, April, and August.
    Spring 2023
    Deadline: 31 March 2023
    Results: 12 April 2023
    All currently enrolled master’s and doctoral candidates are eligible to apply, as are academics in the first five years of full-time employment. Further details about how to apply can be found at: https://editing.press/bassi
  16. Mark Zboch Academic Scholarship – The Marc Zboch Academic Scholarship is designed to support those who are pursuing a higher education. The scholarship award amount is $1,000. Application deadline is February 1, 2023.Must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program, or a high school senior that has been accepted into a college or university. Must prepare an essay responding to the prompt listed on the website.
  • Niche – Large easily searched resource for scholarships by major or religion. Also allows you to create an account and customize your scholarship searches.
  • Peterson’s – Over 700 scholarships for graduate students studying theology.
  • Scholarships.com – One of the largest scholarship databases that is updated daily, and allows for a great deal of customization.
  • Tillman Scholars – The Pat Tillman Foundation identifies remarkable military service members, veterans and spouses, empowering them with academic scholarships, lifelong leadership development opportunities and a diverse, global community of high – performing mentors and peers.
  • Unigo – At least 10,000 religious scholarships available
General Religious Scholarships
  1. Abdel Ross Wentz Prize in American Lutheran History  – The Abdel Ross Wentz Prize is presented to the author of the most outstanding essay or research paper dealing with American Lutheran history.
  2. Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty – Provides merit-based scholarships to emerging leaders who demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between religion and politics, government, and economics.
  3. Calihan Academic Grants  – Calihan Academic Grants provide scholarships and research grants to future scholars and religious leaders whose academic work shows outstanding potential. Due: July 15
  4. Calvary Foundation Grant – The Calvary United Methodist Church’s Calvary Foundation seeks to support students from the Maryland/DC/Virginia area. Due: April 15
  5. Champions for Christ Scholarship – The Champions For Christ Scholarship exists for those who are Christ’s servants called to follow Him, commissioned to share His word, dedicated to ministry, and leading others to Christ.
  6. Chaplain Samuel Grover Powell Scholarship Fund – To provide scholarship assistance to students preparing for chaplaincy in any branch of the military. Applications open January 1
  7. Church Mutual Insurance Scholarship – One-time, non-renewable $2,500 scholarships for students from any faith tradition committed to entering the practice of full time ministry in the United States.
  8. Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee – Scholarships are available for particular schools and areas, particular programs or fields of study, and for others who need financial assistance.
  9. Dora Maclellan Brown Ministry Scholarship – The DMB Ministry Scholarships are available to Christian men and women who are: From the greater Chattanooga area; Theologically and biblically conservative; Seeking a master’s degree at a theological seminary or graduate school approved by The Generosity Trust. Due: Feb. 15
  10. The Forum for Theological Education (FTE) – The Forum for Theological Exploration offers some fellowship and funding opportunities through the FTE Leaders program, as well as resources for those considering theological education.
  11. Harvesters Student Scholarship – The Harvesters Student Scholarship exists to support individuals who subscribe to the Evangelical Christian faith to participate in professional and educational services as witnesses for their faith in action and to contribute to international development. Applications open in February each year.
  12. International Order of the King’s Daughters and Sons – Scholarships are awarded to those in financial need who have answered God’s call on their lives and are enrolled in a Master of Divinity program in an accredited seminary or college.
  13. Marguerite Young Endowment Fund – This endowment is designed for students of theology at an accredited university, seminary or theological school who are pursuing Christian ministry as a final career goal. Due: March 30
  14. Mary E. Bivins Religious Scholarship Program – The Mary E. Bivins Scholarship offers an award of $2,500 per semester for undergraduates and $3,500 per semester for graduate students studying divinity. Preference and precedence are given to those students working with an eye toward pulpit-based ministry. This scholarship is available annually in January.
  15. Mustard Seed Foundation – Working to identify and support fellows with the 28twelve Foundation. More information at https://www.28twelvefoundation.org/apply/
  16. Seminaryscholarships.org – Small searchable resource with scholarships specifically for seminary or PhD programs.
Baptist Scholarships
  1. American Baptist Church, USA Scholarships – Eligibility requirements include: Membership in an American Baptist Churches USA congregation; United States citizenship or permanent resident; Attend at (or plans to attend) an accredited educational institution in the United States or Puerto Rico. Due: April 30
  2. Baptist Communicators Association Scholarship – The Baptist Communicators Association offers $500 awards for seminary students, which may be renewed annually.
  3. Baptist Life Scholarship – The Baptist Life Insurance Agency awards several annual $1,000 scholarships to full-time undergraduate and graduate students. Due: May 31st
  4. Cooperative Baptist Fellowship – The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship values theological education as an important component of vocational ministry preparation. As a result, CBF invests in current and future ministry leaders by awarding up to 70 scholarships annually to Baptist students enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program at an accredited institution of higher education, with at least a 3.5 grade point average, and are pursuing a call to congregational ministry. Due January 9
  5. WMU Foundation Scholarships – The WMU Foundation offers over 20 different scholarship programs for Baptist students around the world. Candidates must have parents affiliated with a Southern Baptist entity. The students must also be active in their faith community. There are scholarships available for both undergraduate and graduate studies. Most of the awards focus on missionary work and some are location specific.
Other Denominational Scholarships
  1. Disciples Home Missions – The Disciples Home Missions scholarship is open to graduate students who are members in good standing of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the US and Canada. Ethnic and racial derivation may change the requirements for application, but demonstrated financial need and letters of recommendation from educators and clergy are required from all applicants.
  2. The Milnes Fund of Pilgrim Congregational Church, UCC – This fund was established in 1996 through a bequest from Jack and Marjory Milnes to provide scholarships for individuals studying to become ministers in the UCC or to support missionary efforts in the United States or abroad.

    To apply for a scholarship, please submit the following: 1.current curriculum vita and 2.cover letter which: includes a statement of ministerial philosophy; outlines future hopes/plans for ministry or mission; describes financial need; and lists three references, including one from your pastor.Application should be submitted by October 1 to still receive money for THIS semester! For summer semester and December 1, for spring semester. Application should be sent to mail@Pilgrim-Church.com or Milnes Scholarship, Pilgrim Congregational Church, UCC, 400 Glenwood Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37404. Phone: 423-698-5682

  3. Phillips University Seminary Scholarship Program – For Phillips University graduates wishing to attend a seminary with ties to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), including Vanderbilt Divinity School.
  4. Presbyterian Study Grants – Intended for active members of the Presbyterian Church (USA) enrolled in an M.Div or MACE program at an ATS-accredited institution of theological education.
  5. United Church of Christ Ministry Scholarships – List of scholarships available for members of the United Church of Christ or for those pursuing ministry in the UCC.
  6. Unitarian Universalist Ministerial Scholarships – The Ministerial Credentialing Office administers scholarship funds available to students who are in aspirant or candidate status and who are enrolled in a Master of Divinity degree program leading to fellowship as a Unitarian Universalist (UU) minister. Due: April 14
United Methodist Scholarships
  1. Albert E. Folsom, Elizabeth Givens Folsom, Claude Preston Givens and Lena Brasher Givens Scholarship – Methodist students attending Vanderbilt Divinity School are eligible for this scholarship administered by the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Due: February 1
  2. General Board of Higher Education – Part of the United Methodist church with a selection of scholarships for graduate students.
  3. Georgia Harkness Scholarships – To encourage women over 35 to prepare for ordained ministry as an elder in The United Methodist Church as a second career. Due: March 1
  4. Grannis-Martin Foundation and Grannis Memorial Scholarship  – First United Methodist Church of the St. Cloud Region has scholarships available that range in amounts up to $3,000. The scholarships are given out annually. Recipients must be preparing for ministry in the United Methodist Church and have a Minnesota connection.
  5. Jeanne Audrey Powers Leadership for Change Scholarship – The Leadership for Change Scholarship provides assistance of up to $3,000 per year to students who are preparing for ordination as elders in the UMC and who are committed to promoting justice for gay and lesbian persons in the life of the UMC. Scholarships may be renewed for a maximum award period of three years. Due: April 15
  6. Journey Toward Ordained Ministry – Student must be pursuing ordained ministry at either the undergraduate or graduate level; racial/ethnic minority aged 30 or under; member of UMC 2 years; must be attending a UM related institution. Due: March 1
  7. Luella M. Odell Memorial Scholarship  – A $1,000 award granted annually to a seminary student who is a candidate for ordained ministry of the United Methodist Church. For information contact: The Luella M. Odell Memorial Scholarship c/o Wesley United Methodist Church 1385 Oakway Road Eugene, OR 97401.
  8. Onarga United Methodist Church Barber Scholarship  – The Barber Education Trust was established in 1975 in memory of Edwin J. Barber for the purpose of assisting with the cost of tuition and fees for those persons seeking to become full-time workers in Christ’s church. Applications may be received by contacting the Barber Scholarship Committee at the Onarga United Methodist Church either by fax, US Mail (109 E Seminary Ave, Onarga, IL 60955) or E- Mail/methodistof@att.net. Please submit request with a complete mailing address.
  9. Stegall Seminary Scholarship Endowment Foundation – Provides scholarship support for United Methodist students from the West Florida-Alabama Annual Conference.
  10. Howard Olds Scholarship – Individuals eligible to apply for the award are students pursuing a Master of Divinity or similar educational program in an accredited institution in the US. Applicants must demonstrate active membership for at least five years prior to the date of application in a United Methodist Church within the Southeastern Jurisdiction, which includes the following: Alabama/West Florida, Florida, Holston, Kentucky, Memphis, Mississippi, North Alabama, North Carolina, North Georgia, Red Bird Missionary, South Carolina, South Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, and Western North Carolina.
International Scholarships
  1. AAUW Educational Foundation, International Fellowships – International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate studies at accredited U.S. institutions are supported. Due: Nov. 15
  2. Justin Haruyama Ministerial Scholarship – For Japanese or Japanese-American seminarians. Due: May 31
  3. Margaret McNamara Memorial Grants – The MMMF awards education grants on a competitive basis to exceptional women from developing countries who have financial need and are committed to working to empower women and children.
  4. PEO International Peace Scholarship – An applicant must be qualified for admission to full-time graduate study and working toward a graduate degree in an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada. A student who is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada is not eligible. This organization is women supporting women pursuing further education.
  5. The Soros Fellowship Program – Honors and supports the graduate educations of 30 New Americans – permanent residents or naturalized citizens if born abroad; otherwise children of naturalized citizen parents — each year. Due: Nov. 1
Scholarships for Women
  1. Bishop Murphy Scholarship for Women in Graduate Theological Study – For women who are: Members of the Women’s Ordination Conference; Enrolled or accepted in a graduate theological program of study or diocesan certificate program and preparing for Catholic ministry.
  2. National Women’s Studies Association – Established in 1977, the National Women’s Studies Association has as one of its primary objectives promoting and supporting the production and dissemination of knowledge about women and gender through teaching, learning, research and service in academic and other settings. Current individual membership is a requirement for all applicants for NWSA awards.
  3. New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs Margaret Yardley Fellowship – The Margaret Yardley Fellowship Fund was established in 1930 to provide fellowship grants to deserving women who are New Jersey residents pursuing post-graduate advanced studies at the school of their choice. Due: March 1
  4. The Order of the Daughters of the King, Master’s Fund – The Master’s Fund is intended to assist Daughters and other women to attend school to prepare for missionary and other church-related work. The emphasis is on the intended church-related career of the applicant, so that attendance at any accredited college, university or graduate school is permitted. Master’s Fund grants will be limited to communicants of the Episcopal Church, autonomous churches of the Anglican Communion or churches in communion with the Episcopal Church. Due: April 30
  5. Patsy Takemoto Mink Scholarship – For low-income mothers pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree. Deadline is August 1.
  6. PEO Educational Loan Fund – This philanthropic organization where women celebrate the advancement of women offers low-interest loans to qualified women students to assist them in securing a higher education. Borrow up to $15,000 for master’s degree programs and $20,000 for doctoral degree programs. Must be referred by a local chapter. Contact Dean Cheifetz to notify the local chapter of your interest.
Scholarships for Minorities
  1. American Indian Graduate Center Scholarships and Fellowships – The American Indian Graduate Center, Inc. announces the availability of fellowships and loans for service to American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate and graduate students. Various awards are available.
  2. Association of American Indian Affairs – Student must be enrolled in a tribe from the Continental US or Alaska. There is no minimum blood quantum requirement. Student must be enrolled full time both Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 at an accredited institution of higher learning.
  3. Japanese American Citizens League – Every applicant must be an active National JACL member. JACL membership is open to everyone of any ethnic background. All who meet eligibility criteria are welcomed and encouraged to apply. Due: March 1
  4. Justin Haruyama Ministerial Scholarship – For Japanese or Japanese American seminarians who are preparing to serve Japanese American congregations. Due: May 31
  5. Korean American Scholarship – The Korean American Scholarship (KASF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3), volunteer-managed organization established to provide scholarships to Korean American students and international students from Korea, encourage community and civic service as an integral part of leadership development, and nurture the sense of pride and confidence in Korean cultural heritage and tradition.
  6. National Association for the Advancement of Colored People – Through the NAACP Scholars and Professionals: Internships, Ready Youth and Employment (N-SPIRE) program of the Poise Foundation, the NAACP is able to provide scholarships to outstanding students.
  7. National Hispanic Scholarship Fund – HSF/ General College Scholarships are designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a college or graduate degree. Due: March 15.
  8. Point Foundation (LGBTQI students) – Open to students who identify as LGBTQI. Due: December 21
  9. R.H. Boyd Family Endowment Fund – The R.H. Boyd Family Endowment provides various fellowships, including fellowships for graduate students, specifically African-American students pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree in the fields of finance, business administration, journalism, theology/religion, or other degree approved by the endowment. Here is a direct link to the application. Due: March 31

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