Off-Campus Scholarships

Fall 2015-Spring 2016


To apply for the scholarships listed, contact the sponsoring organization directly. Scholarships are listed by category. Students are encouraged to apply each year for scholarships, even if they have not been granted the award in previous years. Also, please note that while some scholarships are restricted to students with certain qualifying criteria, others merely give extra weight to those factors. Deadlines for scholarships change from year to year. If you discover deadlines or details are different than this information, please let the financial aid office know so we can update our information.

M.Div. Scholarships

Opal Dancey Memorial Foundation
  • Admitted to Trinity’s Master of Divinity degree program
  • Renewable $3,000 a year
  • Must be a resident of IL, IN, MI, MN, NY, OH, PA, WI to apply
  • Applications accepted January 15 – April 15

International Order of the King's Daughters & Sons

34 Vincent Avenue, P.O. Box 1017, Chautauqua, NY  14722-1017
  • Student studying full-time for Master of Divinity degree
  • Application requests are accepted January l - March 31 only. A stamped, self-addressed business envelope must accompany requests for applications in order to receive a reply.

W. B. Small Trust

2709 Fairlane Ave., Waterloo, IA 50702, Phone: 319-234-9991
  • Amount: $2,500 a year renewable for 3 years.
  • Must be an Iowan or have a strong Iowa connection (if not enough Iowans apply; they consider applications from Iowa’s contiguous states)
  • Full-time students working toward the Master of Divinity degree
  • Deadline: applications accepted January 1-May 15

Lutheran Scholarships

Munderloh Foundation

  • ELCA students admitted to Trinity’s Master of Divinity degree program only
  • Based on financial need and academic achievement
  • Renewable $3,000 a year
  • Deadline: July 1 (submit directly to Trinity’s financial aid office)


Bethesda Scholarships Phone: 800-383-8743 ext. 4410

  • Must be active, communing member of a Lutheran congregation
  • Must have a career objective in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Deadline: April 15

Application requirements:

  • documentation of 100 plus hours of volunteer or paid service to people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities
  • 250-300 word essay
  • 4 letters of recommendation


Cephas Johnson Seminary Scholarship

Bethel Lutheran Church Endowment Foundation, 312 Wisconsin Avenue, Madison, WI 53703, Phone: 608-257-3577. Contact Bethel Lutheran for application.

  • ELCA member and resident of Dane County, WI
  • Deadline: April 1


The Springfield Foundation (Roy and Kathryn Hickes Scholarship)

Phone: 937-324-8773.

  • Rostered with Southern Ohio Synod
  • Lutheran students enrolled in any degree programs
  • Application available in the financial aid office
  • Deadline: February 27


Toledo Lutheran Bowling League Scholarship

Steve Mawhorter, 1513 Wilson Ct., Millbury, OH 43447

  • Lutheran M.Div. students within 50 miles of Toledo, OH
  • Deadline: April 1


Lutheran Regional Scholarships

Bethel Lutheran Church Endowment Foundation

312 Wisconsin Avenue, Madison, WI 53703, Phone: 608-257-3577

  • Must be member of Bethel Lutheran Church
  • Applications must received by April 1


The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Our Savior

Mr. Joseph Hasting, chair, Board of Trustees, Memorial Gifts Fund, Wood Lane at Wayne Avenue
Haddonfield, NJ 08033. Phone: 856-429-5122

  • Priority to congregation members
  • Members of Lutheran churches of the NJ Synod with preference given to the southern part of NJ


Siebert Lutheran Foundation Phone: 262-754-9160

  • Wisconsin members of an ELCA congregation
  • Application on-line, need letter from home congregation
  • Applications accepted from January 1 to June 1 before enrollment


Pastor David and Beth Ullery Scholarship Fund

  • Middler or Senior Lutherans admitted to Master of Divinity degree program
  • Preference to All Saints Lutheran Church, Worthington, OH; then candidates from Southern Ohio synod; then open
  • Application available in the financial aid office
  • Deadline: May 15


Helen M. Valentine Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship Committee, c/o Faith Lutheran Church, 353 North Midland Avenue, Joliet, IL 60435. Phone: 815-725-4213

  • First consideration to members of Faith, Joliet, IL
  • Second consideration to ELCA residents of the Joliet community
  • Third consideration a member of an ELCA church planning on full-time ministry
  • Financial need considered, apply through congregation
  • Deadline: May 15


Lester Eugene Gyllstrom II Scholarship

  • Full tuition scholarship awarded for three years
  • Intended for a student from the North/West Lower Michigan Synod who is a first career student
  • Gifted and faithful candidates who show promise for leadership in parish ministry.
  • Previous academic success desired
  • Applications are sent directly to the seminarians or available from synod
  • Application process runs from November – February


Marguerite Young Endowment Fund of the Pittsburg Foundation

  • Enrolled in Protestant seminary preparing for full – time ministry, and/or a seminary intern working at Protestant Church
  • Deadline: April 14


Lutheran Gender Scholarships

Women of the ELCA Academic Scholarships

  • Women studying for lay ministries or M.Div. Women who have been endorsed
  • Special scholarships for senior women in Master of Divinity degree program
  • Must be member of ELCA congregation
  • Demonstrate financial need and Christian commitment
  • Deadline: February 15


Episcopal Scholarships

Episcopal Church

815 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10017, The Rev. Lynn A. Collims
Phone :(800) 334-7626

  • Scholarships of up to $3,000 are available to Black postulants and candidates of the Episcopal Church enrolled in an accredited seminary.
  • Deadline: April 15

Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania – Church Training and Deaconess House Grants

240 South Fourth St., Philadelphia, PA 19106

  • For graduate level students for religious and benevolent work pertaining to the Episcopal Church.
  • Preference will be given to the Diocese of PA.
  • Amount $1,500-3,000
  • Deadline March 15


James Fernley III Memorial Fund

Diocese of PA Phone: (215) 627-6434

  • Episcopal students of the Diocese of PA
  • Must be entering senior year of graduate studies and must intent to be ordained


The Order of the Daughters of the King (right side of page has form), Doris P. Bradley, Ph. D., 2100 Clayton Place
Hattiesburg, MS 39402

  • Episcopal church-related careers for women
  • Deadline: March 1


Evangelical Education Society, Protestant Episcopal Church Merit Scholarships

2300 Ninth Street South, Suite 301, Arlington, VA 22204

  • Scholarships for senior year Episcopal students studying for the priesthood or lay ministry
  • Deadline: February 1


Anne Kumpuris Scholarship

Send request for application to:
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Endowment Committee, 1000 Mississippi, Little Rock, AR 77207
Phone: 501-225-4503

  • Offered to students attending accredited Episcopal Seminary seeking holy orders.
  • Scholarships are renewable for up to three years.
  • Deadline: July 31


Mercer Scholarship

  • Administered through financial aid office
  • Designed to assist students being educated for the sacred ministry in accredited seminaries of the Episcopal Church in the US. Must be at least postulants studying full-time for Holy Orders.
  • Deadline: October 15


New York Training School for Deaconesses

Executive Secretary, 39 Greer Crest, Millbrook, NY 12545

  • Assists with seminary expenses of women who are certified postulants or candidates for ordination in The Episcopal Church.
  • Middler or seniors of study only
  • Deadline: March 15


Society for the Increase of the Ministry

924 Farmington Avenue, Suite 100, West Hartford, CT 06107,
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  • Apply thru financial aid officer after Jan 1.
  • Amount $1,500-2,000
  • Deadline: March 1


Other Denominational Scholarships

American Baptist Individual Seminarian Grants

Director of Financial Aid; Educational Ministries, P.O. Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851, Phone: 800-222-3872 ext. 2067

  • American Baptist students attending a seminary not related to American Baptist Churches USA
  • Grant in the amount of $500
  • Must be enrolled at least two-thirds time


Ellen Cushing Scholarship

Director of Financial Aid; Educational Ministries, P.O. Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851, Phone: 800-222-3872 ext. 2067

  • Members of an American Baptist church for at least one year prior to application
  • For women preparing for a human service or church-related vocation with preference given to students active in their school, church, or region.
  • Deadline: April 1


Ohio Baptist Education Society

C/o Rev. Chris Thomas, Executive Secretary, Box 288, Granville, OH 43023

  • Scholarship assistance for members of Ohio Baptist Convention Churches attending seminary
  • Deadline April 1


Adrienne and Charles Shelby Rooks Fellowship for Racial and Ethnic Theological Students

Local Church Ministries, 700 Prospect Avenue E, Cleveland, OH 44115-1100, Phone: 216-736-3865

  • Member of United Church of Christ Church admitted to Trinity’s Master of Divinity degree program
  • Preference to students who demonstrate leadership, scholarship and service to the church
  • $500-$5,000 annually
  • Deadline: March 1


William Heath Educational Fund

First Florida Bank, Trust Dept., P.O. Box 1311, St. Petersburg, FL 33733-1311

  • Male seminary students from the southeastern U.S. Must be under 35, and studying for the ministry or missionary activities. Preference is given to Methodist and Episcopal students
  • Deadline: June 30


The Presbyterian Study Grants

Financial Aid for Studies Office, Church Vocations Unit, 100 Witherspoon Street, Louisville, KY 40202-1396, Phone: 502-569-5776

  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Normally enrolled full-time in good academic standing

be 1) studying for the first professional degree and enrolled as an inquirer with or received as a candidate by a Presbyterian Church presbytery for a church occupation


2) planning to take a position within the Presbyterian Church or one of the ecumenical agencies in which the church participates.

Regional Christian Ministry Scholarships

Bantly Charitable Trust

1578 Crestline Drive, Atlanta, GA 30345

  • Students must be from the Southwestern portion of the United States.


VI Bohnette Memorial Foundation Scholarships

16149 Redmond Way, Suite 220, Redmond, WA 98052

  • Students from WA, HI, CA, AZ or CO preparing for people-serving and Christian-ministry fields.


Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

2255 North Dubuque Road, P.O. Box 4030, Iowa City, IA 52243-4030, Phone: 1-800-498-6478,

  • Students from MD, VA and the District of Columbia
  • Deadline: February 1


Grant Munro Scholarship Trust
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  • Student must have graduated from a high school in Fairfield County, OH
  • Applications due March 31


Elmer and Ida Preston Educational Trust

David J.W. Proctor’s Office, 801 Grand Avenue, Suite 3700, Des Moines, IA 50309-2727
Phone: 515-243-4191

  • Male seminary students in the M. Div. Program who are from IA.
  • Students who were born in another state, but who have lived a year in Iowa and have registered to vote and voted in Iowa may also apply. Average award $2,500.
  • Deadline: July 30


William B. Small Trust

2709 Fairlane Ave., Waterloo, IA 50702, Phone: 319-234-9991

  • Amount: $2,500 a year renewable for 3 years. 20 awards given yearly
  • Must be an Iowan or have an Iowa connection (if not enough Iowans apply; they consider applications from Iowa’s contiguous states)
  • Full-time students working toward the M.Div. degree
  • Deadline: applications accepted January 1-May 15


Myron J. Walker Scholarship

School of Religion, University of Iowa, 314 Gilmore Hall, Iowa City, IA 52242.
Call for application 319-335-2164

  • Resident of IA admitted to M. Div. degree program, priesthood or rabbinate.
  • Deadline: Feb. 12


Gender/Ethnicity/Special Circumstances Scholarships

American Association of University Women – Career Development Grants

2201 North Dodge Street, Dept. 177, Iowa City, IA 52243-4030, Phone: 319-337-1716

  • For women who are re-entering the work force, making a career change, or advancing their career.
  • Toward a master’s degree or specialized training in a technical or professional field
  • Received their most recent degree before June 30, 1997.
  • Special consideration will be given to AAUW members, women of color, and women pursuing their first advanced degree or credentials in non-traditional fields
  • Amount $2,000-$8,000, 60 awards given in a year
  • Deadline: December 15


American Cancer Society Youth Survivor Scholarship

  • Resident of Ohio, U.S. citizen
  • diagnosed with cancer before age 21
  • under age 25 at the time of application, and
  • Amount $1,000.00
  • Deadline: Applications must be postmarked by February 1


Ruth M. Batson Educational Foundation Scholarships

C/o Lydia S. Peters, 250 Cambridge Street, Suite 701, Boston, MA 02114, Phone: 617-724-1070

  • Provides assistance to African American students
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Deadline: June 30


National Federation of the Blind

  • Restricted to legally blind persons
  • Various other restrictions
  • Deadline: March 31


Venture Club of the Americas – Venture Student Aid Award

2 Penn Plaza, Suite 1000, Philadelphia, PA 19102-1883, Phone: 215-557-9300,

  • Amount $500-5,000
  • Physically disabled persons, aged 15 to 40
  • Demonstrate financial need and the capacity to profit from further education. Must send self-addressed, stamped, business-size envelope with request for application.
  • Deadline: December 31


Other/General Scholarships

Eastern Star Religious Leadership Awards

ESTARL Scholarships
For Ohio:
Office of the Grand Secretary
Grand Chapter of Ohio
Order of the Eastern Star
2163 Crab Tree Drive
Beavercreek, OH 45431


The Estarl Chair for Ohio is Lou Ann Kilgore
1022 Perkins-Jones Road
A-1, Warren, OH 44483

Others to:
ESTARL Committee, General Grant Chapter
Order of the Eastern Star
1618 New Hampshire Ave., NW
Washington, DC 02009-2578

  • Each state administers the program; affiliation is not required.
  • Supports students preparing for leadership in a field of religious service


Oxford Presbyterian Church – Gene & Faye Santavicca Scholarship Fund

101 North Main Street, Oxford, OH 45056, Phone: 513-523-6364
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  • Award of up to $1,000 to a full-time seminary student.
  • First priority to Oxford Presbyterian Church Members
  • Second priority Miami Presbyterian Members
  • Third priority PC USA members
  • Fourth priority all others
  • Deadline: April 30

**Note: This list is not all-inclusive. There may be other regional scholarships available. Students are encouraged to check the websites of other seminaries.