Grants & Scholarships 

For information regarding Winebrenner scholarships please send an email to Adam Willford, Coordinator of New Student Engagement, at admissions@winebrenner.edu.


The following list of grants and scholarships do not originate from Winebrenner Theological Seminary and are not associated with the Seminary. All questions must be directed to the awarding organization.

General Scholarships  

Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Deadline: March 30
Award: $1,000-5,000
Description: HSF/ General College Scholarships are designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a college degree.
Qualifications: Hispanic heritage, U.S. Citizen or permanent resident, minimum GPA of 3.0

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
NAACP Special Contribution Fund
Education Department, NAACP
4805 Mount Hope Drive
Baltimore, MD 21215
Phone: (410) 580-5777
Deadline: April 30
Amount: Up to $2,500
Description: Scholarships available to members of the NAACP. Recipients may not be NAACP employees, family members of board of director members, trustees, or close relatives of people holding these positions.

United Methodist Conference Scholarships

American Baptist Church, USA Scholarships
Deadline: May 31
Amount: Varies
Description: Financial assistance for American Baptist students enrolled in seminary.
American Baptist Church, USA

National Ministries
Financial Aid Office
P.O. Box 851
Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851
Phone: 1(800) ABC-3USA  ext. 2067

Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty
Deadline: Varies
Amount: $500 to $5,000
Description: Grants and fellowships available to outstanding seminarians and graduate students in religious fields.
Acton Institute
Awards and Scholarshps
98 East Fulton Street
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone: (616) 454-9454

American Association of University Women International Fellowships
Deadline: Dec 1
Award: $18,000
Description: Up to 6 renewable International Fellowships
Requirements: Awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not United States citizens or permanent residents

Fund for Theological Education, Inc.
Advanced Scholarship
Deadline: Varies
Doctoral Scholarships for Students of Color
Ministry Exploration and Mentorship Grants

Roothbert Fund
Deadline: February 1, Applications available between November 1 and January 31
Amount: $2,000 – $3,000
Description: Preference will be given to those who are considering teaching as a vocation. Candidates are required to go to an interview in New York City, New Haven, CT or Washington, DC, for which the Fund does not reimburse travel expenses. Must satisfy high scholastic requirements. Applicants must include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
Roothbert Fund
475 Riverside Drive
Room 1622
New York, NY 10115
(212) 870-3116
Email: mail@roothbertfund.org

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
Deadline: November 1
Amount: Half tuition plus $2,000
Description: Fellowship program designed to provide opportunities for new Americans to achieve leadership positions in their chosen fields. For the purposes of this program, a “new American” is an individual who (1) is a resident alien, i.e., holds a Green Card; or (2) has been naturalized as a U.S. citizen; or (3) is the child of two parents who are both naturalized citizens. The fellowships provide grants for up to two years of graduate study in the United States. Thirty fellowships will be awarded each year.
The applicant must be under 30 and have a bachelor’s degree.

The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation
Chaplain Samuel Grover Powell Scholarship
Deadline: July 1
Amount: $900
Description: Support for students planning to serve in the United States Military Chaplaincy. No denominational affiliation is required. The recipient must be in his/her senior or middler year and be involved in the Chaplain Candidate (Seminary) Program or serving in the reserves after having completed an active tour of military duty. Preference will be given to senior students who plan to serve with the U.S. Air Force, though students preparing to serve in other branches of the military will be considered.
Chaplain Samuel Grover Powell Scholarship
The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation
Chaplain Powell Fund
P.O. Box 340005
Nashville, TN 37203-0005
Phone: (800) 810-8110

Veterans Educational Assistance 
Deadline: Not specified
Amount: Varies
Description: Scholarships available to United States military veterans
Qualifications: Must have served in active duty for more than 180 days
Application: Contact your local VA office

Richard M. Weaver Fellowship
Deadline: Jan. 23
Amount: Tuition plus $5,000.
Description: Grants available to graduate students of conservative orientation who plan to teach at the college level in the liberal arts or social sciences.
Richard M. Weaver Fellowship
Intercollegiate Studies Institute
3901 Centerville Road
Wilmington, DE 19807
awards@isi.org or call (800) 526–7022


Church Mutual Insurance Company and Foundation 
As part of our mission to Protect the Greater Good, Church Mutual Insurance Company believes supporting today’s vibrant and dedicated religious scholars will ensure strong faith-based communities tomorrow. Our foundation, CM CARES, is pleased to support the future of religious communities like yours through a scholarship program. 

For the second year in a row, CM CARES will award up to $250,000 in scholarships to deserving graduate-level religious scholars. Each scholarship winner will receive a $5,000 award that may be used to pay for tuition, fees, books or other costs of attending school full-time during the 2018-19 academic year. We encourage students of all faiths to apply. 

To be eligible for this scholarship, a student must: 

  • Be enrolled full-time in a graduate or doctorate degree program in theology, ministry, or other religious field of study at an accredited theological seminary, college, or university.
  • Maintain a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).
  • Be committed to entering the practice of full-time ministry in the United States.
  • Demonstrate personal impact through education, work experience, and volunteerism. 

Each scholarship is a one-time, non-renewable award. Previous winners are not eligible.

United Methodist Conference Scholarships 

West Ohio Conference

East Ohio Annual Conference Grant 

East Ohio Conference Seminary Scholarships

East Ohio United Methodist Foundation

Eastern Pennsylvania Conference

Western Pennsylvania Conference


Baptist Scholarships 

Adora S. Jones Ministerial Trust Scholarship Fund 
Application will be available : Mid July – early August
Deadline: November 1
Amount: $700 to $1,500 depending on availability of funds
Description:  Scholarship funds for seminary students from the State of Iowa
Qualifications:  Recipients must have been Iowa residents prior to college entry. Enrollment in seminary and actively pursuing studies toward preaching the Gospel in the United Methodist, Presbyterian, Baptist or Congregational Churches
Adora S. Jones Ministerial Trust
Selection Administrator
Robert D. Thompson
6411 Russell Dr. N.W.
Cedar Rapids, IA 52405-7006
Email: robertdtia@gmail.com 
Phone: (319) 396-5479 

Virginia Baptist Mission Board Ministerial Scholarship Funds
The Baptist General Association of Virginia offers financial assistance to theological students who meet the following criteria: college graduate, membership in a BGVA affiliated church, residency in the state of Virginia at least a year prior to receiving financial aid, and endorsement by a BGVA affiliated church. For more information and to download an application form go to its website. vbfinc.org

 Christian Church Scholarships 

Cannon Endowment Scholarship 
Deadline: None specified
Amount: Approximately $2,500
Description: The Cannon Endowment provides scholarship assistance to seminarians planning to become military chaplains. Seminarians who are of the following faith communities may apply: United Church of Christ, Christian Church Disciples of Christ, Presbyterian USA, United Methodist, and Church of the Brethren. Scholarships are awarded on an annual basis and typically will be in the $2,500 range.
Parish Life and Leadership Ministry Team
Grants, Scholarship and Resources
United Church of Christ
700 Prospect Avenue East
Cleveland, OH 44115-1100
Phone: (216) 736-3839
Email: jeffersv@ucc.org

Disciples Home Missions of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Scholarships
Deadline: March 15
Amount: Varies
Description: Scholarships and loans for members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
– Membership in a DOC congregation for at least one year
– Vocational plan of ordained ministry in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
– Maintenance of a minimum C+ grade point average
– Demonstrated financial need
– Full-time enrollment in an accredited school of seminary
Disciples Home Missions of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
P.O. Box 1986
Indianapolis, IN 46206

Episcopal Scholarships 

Episcopal Church Center
Deadline: Varies
Amount: Varies
Description: Scholarships for Episcopal seminary students
Episcopal Church Center
815 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Phone: (800) 334-7626

Episcopal Evangelical Education Society Grants
Deadline: February 2
Amount: $500 to $5,000
Description: Grants available to Episcopal students for projects that foster fresh initiatives and methodologies in evangelism and education and help believers understand and articulate the Christian faith
Episcopal Evangelical Education Society
Box 7297
Arlington, VA 22207
Phone: (703) 807-1862

The Order of the Daughters of the King
Master’s Fund
Deadline: Fall: March 15; Spring and Summer: Oct. 1
Amount: $500 to $700
Description: Grants to Episcopal women preparing for missionary and other church-related work
Applicants must be at least 21 years of age
Must be a member of the Episcopal Church, an autonomous church of the Anglican Communion, or Churches in Communion with the Episcopal Church.
Preference will be given to a member of “Daughters of the King.”
Recipients must give two years of service to the church after training.
Order of the Daughters of the King
Master’s Fund Committee
101 Weatherstone Dr. Suite 870
Woodstock, GA 30188
Email: mastersfund@doknational.org

Lutheran Scholarships  

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Educational Grant Program
Deadline: April 25
Amount: Up to $3,000
Description: Educational grants available to members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America enrolled in a doctoral program for advanced theological study
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Educational Grant Program
Director for Theological Education
Division for Ministry
8765 West Higgins Road
Chicago, IL 60631
Phone: (773) 380-2874

Abdel Ross Wentz Prize in American Lutheran History
Deadline: varies
Amount: $1,000
Description: Awards are presented annually to the author of an outstanding essay or research paper dealing with American Lutheran history
Qualifications: All Lutheran students in a first-degree program at a theological seminary in North America are eligible
Abdel Ross Wentz Prize in American Lutheran History
Lutheran Historical Society, Gettysburg
61 Seminary Ridge
Gettysburg, PA 17325

 Siebert Lutheran Foundation Grants
Deadline: June 1
Amount: Up to $3,000
Description: Scholarship assistance provided to full-time MDiv students from Wisconsin. Students may not apply directly; interested students should have their home pastor request application forms
Siebert Lutheran Foundation, Inc.
300 N. Corporate Drive, Suite 200
Brookfield, WI  53045
Email: contactus@siebertfoundation.org


Presbyterian Scholarships 

Hotson Trust
Deadline: June 1
Amount: $500
Description: Grants to Presbyterian students at theological schools
Hotson Trust
900 Jordan Street
Shreveport, LA 71101
Phone: (318) 222-0604  

Lydia Scholarship Fund
Deadline: March 1
Amount: up to $2,500
Description: A scholarship for women who feel called to the Presbyterian Church (USA) ordained pastoral ministry and who have a vision of spiritual renewal within the denomination
Lydia Scholarship Coordinator
Network of Presbyterian Women in Leadership
8134 New LaGrange Rd #227
Louisville, KY 4022-4679 

National Korean Presbyterian Women
Deadline: June 1
Amount: $1,000
Description: Scholarships available to female, second-generation Korean Americans. Applicants should possess outstanding academic ability and leadership skills
National Korean Presbyterian Women
Mrs. Hae Sook Nam, Moderator
10505 Water Point Way
Mitchellville, MD 20721 

Gene & Faye Santavicca Scholarship
Deadline: April 30
Amount: Up to $1,000
Description: Grants available to full-time seminary students; Preference is given to members of the Oxford Presbyterian Church
Oxford Presbyterian Church
101 North Main Street
Oxford, OH 45056
Phone: (513) 523-6364
Email: office@oxfordpresbychurch.org 

Synod of the Northeast – Wurffel/Sills Loans
Deadline: April 1
Amount: $500 to $5,000
Description: Interest-free educational loans are available to full-time students who are members of PC-USA congregations in the Synod of the Northeast. Loan amounts are determined on the basis of individual needs
Presbyterian Church (USA),
Synod of the Northeast
5811 Heritage Landing Drive
East Syracuse, NY 13057-9360
Contact: Stacey Galloway     Phone: (800) 585-5881 

United Church of Christ 

Hale Donation Scholarship
Deadline: May 1
Amount: Varies
Description: Grants available to students with financial need who are preparing for ministry in the United Church of Christ.
Qualifications: Preference is given to applicants from Tolland County, Connecticut, but applications will be accepted from other parts of the country.
Hale Donation Scholarship
The First Congregational Church
P.O. Box 355
Coventry, CT 06238
Phone: (860) 742-5689 

United Church of Christ
Deadline: Not specified
Amount: Varies
Description: Scholarships for United Church of Christ students. Full description of scholarships.
Membership in a UCC Congregation for at least one year
Enrolled in a course of study leading to ordination
In-care of an Association or Conference
Minimum “B” grade point average
Plan for service in the UCC or partner church upon completion of seminary
Demonstrated leadership ability
Contact Information:
United Church of Christ
700 Prospect Avenue East
Cleveland, OH 44115-1100
Phone: (216) 736-2166
Email: scholarships@ucc.org

United Church of Christ Historical Council
Deadline: May 1
Amount: $200
Description: Award and publication of an essay on the history of the United Church of Christ; Applicants must be M.Div. degree candidates
United Church of Christ Historical Council
United Church of Christ
Schaff Library
Lancaster Theological Seminary
555 West James Street
Lancaster, PA 17603 


Miscellaneous Financial Aid Resources 

General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (Methodist Students) 

United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (UMC Students) 


United Negro College Fund (Minority Students) 

Hispanic Scholarship Fund (Latino/a Students) 

American Indian College Fund (Native American Students) 

CSA Scholars 

Korean American Scholarship Foundation 

CM Cares Religious Scholars Program (Church Mutual Insurance Company)