luther grants and scholarships

   2014-2015

Luther Seminary's financial aid programs consist of merit scholarships, institutional loans and federal student loans.  Students in degree track programs must maintain the requisite course load which will be described in each category.  Certificate students and non-degree students are not eligible for financial aid.  Students must also be U.S. Citizens or Eligible Non-Citizens to receive the aid listed below.  The desire of Luther Seminary is to assist students in making their preparation for ministry both possible and affordable.

All students are considered for Luther Seminary financial support at the point of admission; no additional application is required.

Luther Seminary Grants

All Seminary students in the M.DIV., M.A., and MTH programs not receiving merit scholarship are eligible to apply for this need-based grant.  Grant recipients are required to be taking to be taking at least 2.0 courses in each semester that they are receiving a grant.  In order to be considered, you must complete the Luther Seminary Financial Aid Application.  Interns are not eligible. 

Exceptions:

  • MTH students who have complete their courses work are eligible for a grant in their second year while completing their thesis.
  • MDIV students completing CPE.
  • Distributive Learning cohort members need to be taking at least 2.0 courses per semester.

Merit Scholarships

Merit scholarships are open to all full time (minimum of 6 courses per year), first-year, students in the M.DIV. and M.A. programs.  Students must remain in good academic standing to retain any merit-based scholarship.  If placed on probation, the student has one term to be removed from probation.  Failure to be removed from probation as specified will result in the permanent forfeiture of the merit based award. 

Please note that a student may not receive multiple Luther Seminary merit scholarships. Audit courses do not qualify for scholarship.

For questions please contact the Office of Admissions

Vocation Award, Directors and Trustee Scholarships - Fall, J-Term, or Spring Start

Three Separate Scholarships; all renewable.

The Vocation Award, the Directors Scholarship, and the Trustee Scholarship is awarded to full-time students in the M.DIV. and M.A. (including dual degree) programs based on merit at the point of admission.  Students will be notified if they received the scholarship through their acceptance letter.

Scholarship amounts will remain  constant for the duration of the award.

  • Priority Deadline -
    • Students starting in the fall term must submit applications for admission by June 1.
    • Students starting in J-Term or spring term must submit applications for admission by  November 1.

M.DIV. Candidates:

The Vocation award will be compensated at $250 per full 1.0 course.

The Directors scholarship will be compensated at $500 per full 1.0 course.

The Trustee scholarship will be compensated at $750 per full 1.0 course.

  • Scholarship will be granted for a maximum of 30 courses.
  • Transfer students will be eligible for the Trustee scholarship only and will be compensated at $500 per full 1.0 course

M.A. (including dual degrees) Candidates:

The Vocation award will be compensated at $250 per full 1.0 course.

The Directors scholarship will be compensated at $500 per full 1.0 course.

The Trustee scholarship will be compensated at $750 per full 1.0 course.

  • Scholarships will be granted for a maximum of  18 courses for Academic M.A. degrees.
  • Scholarships will be granted for a maximum of 20 courses for Professional M.A. degrees.
  • Dual degree students will receive scholarship monies for courses taken at Luther Seminary only.
  • Transfer students will be eligible for the Trustee scholarship only and will be compensated at $500 per full 1.0 course.

DISTANCE LEARNING CANDIDATES  (DL)

MDIV and MA-CYF

  • Eligible for Trustee scholarship only.
  • The maximum scholarship amount will be $500 per course.
  • No minimum course load is required.
  • Scholarship will be granted for maximum of 20 courses (MA-CYF) or 30 courses (MDIV).
  • Transfer DL students are not eligible.

Presidential Scholarships * - Fall Starts only

For incoming students starting in the Fall term only. Distance Learning, dual degree and transfer students are not eligible.

The renewable Presidential Scholarship is a scholarship for new, full-time students in the M.DIV. and M.A.programs (dual degree and transfer students are not eligible).  This scholarship seeks to identify students who embody the Luther Seminary mission statement to "educate leaders for Christian communities."

A separate application, along with a reference form, resume and interview process is required.  Students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher with leadership and ministry experience are encouraged to apply.  The interview will take place as part of the Luther Seminary Scholarship Weekend which occurs on February 23 and 24, 2014. 

PLEASE NOTE: The interview weekend for scholarships to be awarded for the 15/16 academic year will be February 22 and 23, 2015.

The application deadline is January 31 and in order for the application considered to be complete, all required documents must be submitted by that date.

When completing the application form below please be sure that you save the document to your computer before you send the email.

Presidential Scholarship Application Form

The Presidential Scholarship:

  • Scholarship will be compensated at $1550 per full 1.0 course.
  • Scholarships will be granted for a maximum of 18-20 courses (Academic/Professional M.A.) or 30 courses (M.DIV) not including internship year.
  • Scholarship amount will increase in size accordingly with any tuition increases as student progresses in years.
  • Priority Deadline for acceptance of the scholarship (if selected) is April 1.

Leadership Scholarship - fall starts only

Leadership scholarships may be awarded as part of the Presidential Scholarship Competition and/or through the Admissions process.

  • Scholarship will be compensated at $1000 per full 1.0 course.
  • Scholarships will be granted for a maximum of 18 courses - 20 courses  (Academic/Professional M.A.) or 30 courses (M.DIV) not including internship year.
  • Scholarship amount will remain constant for the duration of the time period.
  • Priority Deadline for acceptance of the scholarship (if selected) is April 1.

BONNIE AND PETER RAQUET SCHOLARSHIP

Bonnie and Peter Raquet Scholarship is a scholarship available for Valparaiso University graduates enrolling in Luther Seminary and will be awarded as part of the Presidential Scholarship Competition.  Priority will be given to M.DIV. students who have a strong record of academic excellence and community leadership.

  • Complete the Presidential Scholarship application form (link above), and follow instructions for Presidential Scholarship.
  • Up to full tuition scholarship available.
  • The application deadline is January 31.
  • Priority Deadline for acceptance of the scholarship (if selected) is April 1.

If you have questions specific to the Bonnie and Peter Raquet Scholarship, please contact Jill Apple at japple001@luthersem.edu or 651-523-1663.

 Richard Wallace Scholarships

A limited number of  renewable scholarships will be awarded to new, full time students of color or students from new immigrant communities of faith in the M.A. or M.Div. programs (dual degree and transfer students are not eligible).  Along with your application for admission, you must submit a reference form, a resume and an essay.

Priority Deadline -

  • Students starting in the fall term must submit applications for admission by June 1.
  • Students starting in J-Term or spring term must submit applications for admission by  November 1.

When completing the application form below please be sure that you save the document to your computer before you send the email.

Richard Wallace Scholarship application form.

  • Scholarship will be compensated at $1000 per full 1.0 course.
  • Scholarships will be granted for a maximum of 18 courses ( Academic M.A.), 20 courses (Professional M.A.) or for a period of 30 courses (M.DIV) not including internship year.
  • Scholarship amount will remain constant.

For more information on Dr. Richard Wallace.

OTHER

Over the course of the academic year other opportunities may become available. The Office of Financial Aid will notify students when there are other scholarships or grants for them to apply.

Luther Seminary reserves the right to modify or discontinue any of the above mentioned awards/scholarship at any time without notice.