Al and Ina Christiansen Seminary Scholarship
Students preparing to become pastors in the LCMS may apply for this scholarship. Preference will be given to applicants who come from the Midwestern region of the United States and also to those who have an interest in church music.
Al and Ina Christiansen Trust
c/o Rev. Donald L. Berg
407 Leif Erickson Drive
Decorah, IA 52101-1038
Bethesda Lutheran Home Scholarship--Developmental Disabilities Scholastic Excellence Award for Lutheran Seminarians
This scholarship of $3,000 will be awarded to a Lutheran seminarian displaying an interest in service to people with developmental disabilities in a congregational setting.
Biermann Memorial Scholarship
Applicants must be a member of an LCMS church in the Missouri District; full-time student in the M.Div., A.R., or M.A. Deaconess (residential) Programs.
Biermann Memorial Scholarship Fund Committee
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
1413 Nebraska Street
Mound City, MO 64470
Calihan Academic Fellowship - Acton Institute
The Calihan Academic Fellowships provide scholarships and research grants to future scholars and religious leaders whose academic work shows outstanding potential. Applicants studying theology, philosophy, economics, or related fields must demonstrate the potential to advance understanding in the relationship between theology and the principles of the free and virtuous society. Eligibility: Awards are open to seminarians or graduate students in theology, philosophy, religion, economics, or in related fields. Strong academic performance is essential.
Chaplain Candidate Scholarship Program
Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW) is pleased to offer this scholarship in partnership with the Chaplain Candidate program of the U.S. military. CTSFW reserves the right to limit the number scholarships awarded per year and may limit the total award amount based upon a student’s institutional aid package. This scholarship will be given only to qualified applicants who must re-apply again each year for consideration. Applicants must be enrolled full-time in the M.Div. program and be admitted into the U.S. military Chaplain Candidate program. Should a selected applicant for this scholarship fail to be admitted into the U.S. military’s Chaplain Candidate program within 120-days of matriculation, the student will forfeit scholarship eligibility. Additionally, this scholarship will not be awarded to students who no longer serve in the Chaplain Candidate program. Selected students must maintain good academic standing and remain in the Chaplain Candidate program for the duration of the scholarship. The student shall submit documented proof to the CTSFW Financial Aid Office that he has been admitted into the U.S. military Chaplain Candidate program.
Chaplain CSIF (Church, State & Industry Foundation) Scholarship
A scholarship for those seeking to be called to serve as a Military Chaplain in any of the Armed Forces of the United States of America in any status – Active Duty, National Guard, or Reserve. The purpose and intent of the Chaplain CSIF scholarship is three-fold: 1) to encourage seminarians to become Military Chaplain Candidates, 2) to financially recognize Candidates who have stayed the course and are just now becoming fully commissioned Chaplains, and 3) to encourage qualified civilian clergy to become newly accessioned Military Chaplains.
Church Mutual Cares Scholarship
The CM CARES Religious Scholars Program is offering up to 50 scholarships of $5,000 each for the 2019-20 academic year. Applications will be accepted from January 5 through April 14, 2019. The scholarship recipients will be announced in June 2019.
Ella B. Pelz Pastoral Endowment Fund
Applicants must be at least in their second year of studies at CTSFW in the M.Div. or A.R. Programs and also demonstrate a strict, active commitment to traditional confessional Lutheran doctrine, as drawn from the Holy Bible by the Lutheran Confessions as contained in the Book of Concord and the historic Lutheran liturgy. Financial need and cumulative GPA will also be taken into consideration.
Ethnic Minority Scholarship
Scholarship funds for ethnic minorities are available at CTSFW, in particular for African American, Asian and Hispanic students who are preparing for church work service in the LCMS. Please submit the required application form. Further documentation may be required in some cases.
Contact the CTSFW Financial Aid Office if you have questions.
Fort Financial Credit Union Scholarship
This scholarship is available to all full-time students who are members in good standing with Fort Financial Credit Union. Although membership with the credit union is required; a small deposit in a savings account is all that is required for membership.
Herschell and Gladys Umbaugh Scholarship Fund
Eligibility priority: Member of Calvary, Plymouth, Indiana; member of St. John’s, Rochester, Indiana; member of St. Paul’s, Bremen, Indiana; member of any LCMS congregation in the state of Indiana.
International Order of the King's Daughters and Sons - Student Ministry Scholarship
Applicants must be FULL-TIME graduate students in a Master of Divinity program in a school or seminary accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States or Canada. The applicant must be a citizen of the United States or Canada. A 3.0 GPA or above must be maintained for all graduate and undergraduate work. Request an application: By e-mail: Please include your name, e-mail address, course of study and seminary. From December 1 through March 1, application requests may be submitted to:
Or by traditional mail: Please send a brief note with your name, e-mail address, course of study and seminary. Requests for applications are only accepted from December 1 through March 1. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope (regular business envelope) and mail to:
Student Ministry Scholarship Director
24854 Highway J
Mexico, MO 65265
Completed applications and required documents, other than letters of recommendation and official transcripts, must be sent by postal mail. Letters of recommendation and official transcripts may be emailed to the director (if preferred by the seminary and/or those writing the letters of recommendation), but everything must be received by her on or before April 1 to be considered.
The Lutheran Lay Fellowship of the Washington, DC, Metropolitan Area (LLF) is pleased to announce the availability of its yearly scholarship.
An applicant must be a current active member of a Lutheran congregation located in the Washington, DC, Metropolitan Area. An applicant must be accepted by or already attending, on a full-time basis, a college, university or seminary.
The application process is specified on their website. The application is sent via email; no paper applications will be accepted.
LLL California-Nevada-Hawaii District Scholarship
The Lutheran Laymen’s League of the California-Nevada-Hawaii District Student Aid fund provides additional financial resources for persons who fully intend to enter the ministry (deaconess of pastoral ministry) of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Eligible students must come from the CNH District or from an English District or SELC District congregation located in the CNH territory. See the application for additional information.
LLL Missouri District Scholarship
The Missouri District of the Lutheran Laymen’s League offers grants to students from the Missouri District attending one of the Concordia Colleges or Universities, and who plan to go into full time church work. The grant if for one year and is renewable each year.
LWML Florida-Georgia District Scholarship
The LWML seeks to enable qualified and dedicated men and women to train for service to the Lord as full-time church workers through these scholarships.
LWML Indiana District Scholarship
The LWML of the Indiana District has scholarships for men and women preparing for full-time church work in the LCMS (pastor, teacher, DCE, deaconess, etc.). To qualify, a student must be a communicant member of a congregation in the LCMS in the Indiana District for at least 18 months. He/she must attend an LCMS synodical school with approved enrollment. Scholarships are issued for a period of one year. A new application must be made each year.
LWML Missouri District Scholarship
Men and women who are members of a congregation located in the Missouri District of the LCMS, English and SELC District Congregations of the LCMS located in Missouri (12 months prior to filing an application) that are preparing for full-time professional work in the LCMS and who are enrolled in a University or Seminary of the LCMS full-time may apply.
LWML Nebraska South District Scholarship
The LWML Nebraska South District has scholarships available through its Mite Box Program in the amount of $500 per student per academic year. The applicant must be from the Nebraska South District, enrolled as a full time student in a LCMS affiliated school, and must plan to be in full-time professional church work upon completion of studies.
LWML Wyoming District Scholarship
The LWML of the Wyoming District offers several scholarships to students who are members of the Wyoming District of the LCMS and will be attending a LCMS school studying for full-time church work.
Mary E. Bivins Foundation Scholarship
- Be a permanent resident of the northernmost 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle and a citizen of the United States of America.
- Be an individual dedicated to seeking an undergraduate or graduate education leading to a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a field that prepares the student to preach the Christian religion.
- Be classified as a college junior or senior or a graduate student by the first semester for which the scholarship would be effective.
Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship
Applicants include: 1) those who have battled cancer at any point in their lives (not limited to mesothelioma); 2) those who have a parent, sibling, immediate family member, or close friend who has battled or is battling cancer. Scholarship application requirements: 1) must be enrolled full-time at an accredited two-year or four-year university, community college, junior college, or a graduate degree program; 2) this scholarship is offered nationwide to United States citizens; 3) students must be in academic “Good Standing” and have a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher to be eligible. The award amount is $4,000 to a student who has dealt with cancer, personally or within their family, in an effort to help them further their education. Deadlines occur twice a year in March and December.
Myron J. Walker Scholarship
The Department of Religious Studies at the University of Iowa is pleased to announce that it will be taking applications for the annual Myron J. Walker Scholarship. The Walker Scholarship is awarded to Iowa residents planning to pursue a career in the ministry or rabbinate. Selection is based on academic excellence, overall fitness for the profession and financial need. Selection is made by the Department of Religious Studies. The award amount is variable and more than one scholarship can be awarded annually. Scholarships can be applied for each year. Previous recipients who reapply will be considered along with new applicants.
Our Savior Lutheran Church (Granbury, TX) Seminary Scholarship
The purpose of the Our Savior Lutheran Church Seminary Scholarship is to aid those who are preparing for service as pastors in the LCMS and is limited to full-time students entering the second or fourth years of the traditional Master of Divinity four-year program. Students from any LCMS District may apply. The deadline for receipt of the application is May 31 of each year. Scholarship funds will be awarded each July and administered through the seminary. The application form and all required documents are to be returned to the CTSFW Financial Aid Office by the May 31 deadline.
St. John's College Alumni Association
Offered to St. John’s College alumni and former faculty members and to their sons, daughters, grandsons and granddaughters. Application deadline for the next academic year is April 1. To be eligible for consideration for an award, applicants must return their applications by mail postmarked on or before April 1; if returned by FAX, applications must be received at the Association’s office on or before April 1.
The Association’s mailing address is:
P.O. Box 376
Winfield, KS 67156
Individuals wanting information on the Association’s program may obtain a copy of the award guidelines and an application form by contacting the Association by mail, FAX or by email at email@example.com.
The Adopt-a-Church-Worker Student Fund (Kansas District)
Must be a member of a Kansas District congregation and in the final academic year of seminary (Seminary III students are eligible). Write a letter of application addressed to the fund:
St. Paul Lutheran Church
The Adopt-a-Church-Worker Student Fund
P.O. Box 397
Cheney, KS 67025
Minimal information to be included: name of home congregation, seminary address, occupation before seminary and, if married, the number of children in the family. A family photo is encouraged.
The Gil and Blondie Vogt Scholarship Fund
The Gil and Blondie Vogt Scholarship Fund is designed to assist Nebraska District students preparing for LCMS church vocations at any LCMS university or seminary. An applicant for this scholarship must be a current resident of Nebraska; a member of an LCMS congregation; pursuing educational training in preparation for an LCMS-related vocational position; attend a LCMS college, university or seminary; demonstrate a substantial financial need; and must not be in a vicarage year at seminary.
Requests for an application can be made after January 1 for the following school year. Application Deadline is April 15.
To request an application, contact King of Kings Lutheran Church – attention Vogt Scholarship Committee Chairperson.
King of Kings Lutheran Church
Attn: Vogt Scholarship Committee Chairperson
11615 I Street
Omaha, NE 68137
The Immanuel Lutheran Church of North Minneapolis Scholarship Program
Candidates for this scholarship must be members of a congregation in the Minnesota South District of the LCMS. Candidates must be in their third or fourth year of full-time study at an undergraduate college or university of the LCMS, or enrolled in a full-time post-baccalaureate program at an LCMS college, university or seminary. Candidates must also be pursuing a career in professional ministry or lay ministry.
The online application period will be March 1 to April 30, 2020.
The Kruse Student Educational and Financial Assistance Fund
Students become eligible to apply after completing one year of seminary study. Preferences: first, to Kruse family members, and, second, to members of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, Ind. Applicants must be agreeable to being interviewed by the committee, if asked to do so.
The Munderloh Foundation
Applicants must be full-time students enrolled in the M.Div., A.R., or Residential Deaconess Programs who also show financial need and demonstrate academic capability. Scholarship applications are available to interested students from the CTSFW Financial Aid Office by request after March 1 or at www.munderloh.org. The application form and all required documents are due to the CTSFW Financial Aid Office by July 1.
New applicants must send all documents to the CTSFW Financial Aid Office, not the Munderloh Foundation.
Previous Munderloh recipients must send their renewal applications directly to the foundation through their assigned Munderloh trustee. Reapplications are due to the Munderloh trustee by July 1.
U.S. Army Reserve Chaplain Candidates
The U.S. Army Reserve offers financial incentives for those preparing to become Army Reserve chaplains. You must complete one quarter of school before the financial assistance begins. Please contact CH (Col-Ret.) Paul Howe at 512-517-6078, or CH (MG-Ret.) G.T. Gunhus at 218-495-2586, or CH (Col-Ret.) Hugh Dukes at 502-424-3181 for details.
W.B. Small Trust
An applicant must be a full-time Christian student working on a M.Div. degree at an accredited seminary and have lived or currently live in Iowa. The scholarship award is based on financial need, Iowa connection, academic record, statement of faith, and letters of recommendation. Apply online at website.
Wampner-Hoffmyer Scholarship Fund
To be eligible, the applicant must have been a member of an Indiana District, LCMS congregation for at least three years prior to beginning a program of preparation for the Holy Ministry (M.Div. or Colloquy Program) at either seminary–Fort Wayne or St. Louis.
William J. Wolf Memorial Scholarship Fund
This scholarship is to assist with the college or graduate-level education of students of Lutheran denomination.
Eligibility: Have a residence in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania,
be a member of the Lutheran denomination and maintain a GPA of 2.00.
To apply, complete an application form, which includes an essay, an unofficial school transcript and two letters of reference.