Students at commencement

Diverse Leadership

Beloved Community Scholars Program

Application Deadline: Jan. 31, 2017

The Beloved Community Scholars Program is committed to developing Christian Public Leaders who form and lead communities with prophetic imagination around issues of social, climate, economic, and racial justice concerns for all people.

Sculpture, "Living Hope of the Resurrection" in The Garden of the Resurrection, Luther Seminary.

Sculpture: Living Hope of the Resurrection,
The Garden of the Resurrection, Luther Seminary.

Biblically, we see Jesus’ witness to his own call and we bear witness to the work of the Spirit calling us to a similar ministry [Luke 4:18-19, NRSV]:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
    because he has anointed me
        to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
    and recovery of sight to the blind,
        to let the oppressed go free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

The Beloved Community Scholars Program is facilitated by the Contextual Learning team at Luther Seminary. Participants in this program will demonstrate an unflinching commitment to understanding theology, praxis and the intersectionality of race and culture.

Scholarship Awards and Promises

The Beloved Community Scholars (BCS) will follow a cohort model beginning the fall academic year 2017-2018. 

BCS scholarship recipients will consist of first year students from various ethnic, racial and cultural backgrounds and will receive at minimum 60 percent, up to full tuition scholarship to Luther Seminary, renewable each year up to the completion of one degree program; Master of Arts (M.A.) or Master of Divinity (M.Div.). Applicants need to enroll as residential students to be eligible for this program.

Once enrolled at Luther Seminary, Beloved Community Scholars will participate in BCS-sponsored activities, academic advising, tutorial services, financial counseling and mentor programs provided by Luther Seminary as deemed necessary to support the successful completion of their degree program.

Application Process

To be considered for the Beloved Community Scholars Program

  • Download and read the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1967 essay, The World House.
  • Complete application for admission including all required documents by Jan. 31, 2017.
  • Complete scholarship application including all required documents by Jan. 31, 2017. Make sure to indicate your interest in the Beloved Community Scholars Program on the scholarship application form.
  • Participate in Scholarship Weekend, Feb. 26-27, 2017.

Invitations for Scholarship Weekend are sent to qualifying applicants when their application materials are complete and reviewed.

Apply for Beloved Community Scholars Program

Rationale for the program

All too many others have been more cautious than courageous and have remained silent behind the anesthetizing security of stained glass windows.” - Martin Luther King Jr., "Letter from Birmingham Jail"

If we take the claim of Luke 4:18-19 seriously, we see that the church and leadership has room to grow. The Beloved Community Scholars Program responds to the needs for diverse churches by providing intentional access and opportunity to theological training for diverse church leaders. We seek to fully embrace the vision of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who called for people to live into beloved community as disciples of Christ. These leaders will be committed to working with all God’s people. We hear God’s call and aggressively respond to that call for change. Too often churches have been a safe haven for sexism, racism, homophobia and other types of oppression.

We dare to be different, we live to be bold in Christ through studying the Bible, through witness and through love.