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Luther Seminary offers several grants and scholarships that are both merit- and need-based through the admissions process. Students in their perspective degree-track programs must maintain the requisite course load. Graduate 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 amounts listed in the following table are effective for incoming students for the fall of 2016-2017.

A note about Luther Seminary-awarded scholarships

Vocation, Directors and Trustee Scholarships

These three Luther Seminary scholarships are awarded to full-time students in the M.Div. and M.A. programs based on merit at the point of admission. These scholarship awards are automatic and do not require a separate application. Students will be notified if they received the scholarship through their acceptance letter. Scholarship amounts are renewable and will remain constant for the duration of the award.

Priority deadlines:

  • 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 Nov. 1

Presidential, Leadership, Beloved Community, Wallace, Bonnie and Peter Raquet Scholarships

These five Luther Seminary scholarships require applications and carry specific deadlines and criteria. Please use the lookup tool below for additional information.

In addition, Luther Seminary maintains a list of scholarships that some of our students have received in the past from outside sources. Fill in your information in our scholarship database to see what other scholarships you might be eligible for.

Find out if you qualify

The grant and scholarship look-up tool is a feature that helps you benefit from the maximum aid possible in order to fund your seminary education. Filter various grant and scholarship opportunities by selecting from the drop-down menus below. Please note that you may not be eligible or quality for all the scholarships listed.

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Don't hesitate to contact the Office of Financial Aid with any questions you may have.

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Luther Seminary - Beloved Community Scholarship

Deadline

January 31

Description

The Beloved Community Scholars Program will consist of first-year students from various ethnic, racial and cultural backgrounds and recipients will receive at minimum 60 percent, up to full-tuition scholarships 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 must enroll as residential students to be eligible for this program.

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. Scholarship recipients will demonstrate an unflinching commitment to understanding theology, praxis and the intersectionality of race and culture.

Internal Luther Seminary Offering

Complete the Presidential Scholarship application form, and select in the dropdown menu "I wish to be considered for the Beloved Community Scholars Program." Complete all three essay questions on the application form.

From 60 percent up to full tuition scholarships available.

The application deadline is January 31. (Make sure to indicate your interest in the Beloved Community Scholars Program on the scholarship application.)

Applicants who are being considered for the scholarship will be invited to participate in Scholarship Weekend, Feb. 26-27, 2017.

Priority Deadline for acceptance of the scholarship (if selected) is April 1.

Contact

Office of Admissions
admissions@luthersem.edu
651-641-3521

800-LUTHER3

Luther Seminary - Bonnie and Peter Raquet Scholarship

Deadline

January 31

Description

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 incoming M.DIV students who have a strong record of academic excellence and community leadership.  Incoming MA students with strong records of academic excellence and community leadership may also apply.    

Internal Luther Seminary Offering

Complete the Presidential Scholarship application form, 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.

Contact

Office of Admissions
admissions@luthersem.edu
651-641-3521

800-LUTHER3

Luther Seminary - Directors Scholarship

Description

M.Div. Candidates:

The Directors scholarship will be compensated at $680 per full 1.0 course for incoming students.

Scholarship will be granted for a maximum of 30 courses/3 academic years.

Transfer students will also be eligible; however, the maximum scholarship amount will be $310/course. 

M.A. (including Dual-degree) Candidates:

The Directors scholarship will be compensated at $680 per full 1.0 course.

Scholarships will be granted for a maximum of  16/ courses/2 academic years for Academic M.A. degrees.

Scholarships will be granted for a maximum of 18 courses/2 academic years for Professional M.A. degrees (CYF)

Dual degree students will receive scholarship monies for courses taken at Luther Seminary only.

 

Internal Luther Seminary Offering

The Directors 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 from the Admissions Committee.

Scholarship amounts are renewable and 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.

Contact

Admissions Staff
Email

Luther Seminary - Grants

Internal Luther Seminary Offering

All Luther Seminary students in the M.Div., M.A., and M.Th. 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 1.5 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:

  • M.Th. students who have completed their courses work are eligible for a grant in their second year while completing their thesis.
  • M.Div. students completing CPE.
  • Distributive Learning cohort members need to be taking at least 1.5 courses per semester.

Contact

Admissions staff
Email

Luther Seminary - Leadership Scholarship

Description

Scholarship will be compensated at $1360 per full 1.0 course for incoming students.

Scholarships will be granted for a maximum of 2 years /16/18 courses  ( academic/professional M.A.) or 3 years/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.

Fall starts only.

Internal Luther Seminary Offering

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 leader and ministry experience are encouraged to apply.  The interview will take place as part of the Luther Seminary Scholarship Weekend which occurs oeach year in late February.

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.

Luther Seminary - Luther Seminary Service Scholarship

Description

Must have completed their service within five (5) years of entry date to LS.

Must be a resident student.

Award is $5000 per year. $2500 in fall term and $2500 in spring term.

Will be awarded for 3 years to an M.Div. student

Will be awarded for 2 years to an MA student.

Internal Luther Seminary Offering

Incoming students will be recognized by awarding service scholarship to those who have completed a year if service in Young Adults Global Mission (YAGM), Lutheran Volunteer Corps (LVC), J-3, or Urban Servant Corps.  The scholarship will be awarded in addition to other Luther Seminary awarded aid.

Contact

Admissions Staffadmissions@luthersem.edu

Luther Seminary - M.Th. Scholarship

Deadline

September 1

Description

Starting in the fall of 2017 all new domestic M.Th. students are eligible to receive a scholarship of $5000.  This scholarship is for the first year only of study.  The scholarship will be disbursed twice during the first year.  $2500 per Fall and Spring Semesters.

Internal Luther Seminary Offering

New domestic M.Th. students.

Contact

Office of Admissions

admissions@luthersem.edu

651-641-3521

800-LUTHER3

Luther Seminary - Musician in Residence

Deadline

April 1

Description

Must be a resident, full time student

Scholarship will be granted for a maximum of 16/18 courses (MA) or 30 courses (M.Div.), not including internship year.

Annual stipend of $1000 for lessons and continuing education

 

Internal Luther Seminary Offering

Luther Seminary seeks to find one or two musicians to serve as the Musician(s) in Residence.  Priority will be given to candidates with strong organ and keyboard abilities, and worship leadership experience.  All musicians seeking to further their worship and music skills while gaining a theological education are encouraged to apply.

The recipient will play a role in worship planning and provide music for Luther Seminary worship on a regular basis.  Applicants will be required to audition.

Contact

Office of Admissions

admissions@luthersem.edu

651-641-3521

800-LUTHER3

Luther Seminary - Presidential Scholarship

Deadline

January 31

Description

The Presidential Scholarship:

Scholarship will be compensated at full tuition per full 1.0 course.

Scholarships will be granted for a maximum of 2 years/16-18 courses  (M.A.) or 3 years/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.

Internal Luther Seminary Offering

For incoming students starting in the Fall term only.

The renewable Presidential Scholarship is a scholarship for new, full-time students in the M.DIV. and M.A.programs (distance learning, 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 each year in late February.

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.

Contact

Admissions Staff
Email

Luther Seminary - Richard Wallace Scholarships

Description

Scholarship will be compensated at $1360 per full 1.0 course for incoming students.

Scholarships will be granted for a maximum of 2 years/16 courses ( Academic M.A.), 2 years/18 courses (Professional M.A.) or for a period of 3 years/30 courses (M.DIV) not including internship year.

Scholarship amount will remain constant.

The Richard Wallace Scholarship was created in honor of Dr. Richard Wallace. A faculty member of Luther Seminary, he was a "champion for peace and justice." His legacy honors the diversity of God's people and ministry. For more information on Dr. Richard Wallace.

Internal Luther Seminary Offering

This scholarship recognizes leaders who are students of color or students from new immigrant communities in the M.Div or M.A. programs. There are a limited number of scholarships available for both part-time and full-time students.

Along with your application for admission, you must submit a reference form, a resume and an essay.

Richard Wallace Scholarship Application Form

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.

Contact

Admissions Staff
Email

Luther Seminary - Trustee Scholarship

Description

M.Div. Candidates:

The Trustee scholarship will be compensated at $1020 per full 1.0 course for incoming students.

Scholarship will be granted for a maximum of 30 courses/5 academic years.

M.A. (including dual-degree) Candidates:

The Trustee scholarship will be compensated at $1020 per full 1.0 course.

Scholarships will be granted for a maximum of  16 courses/4 academic years for Academic M.A. degrees.

Scholarships will be granted for a maximum of 18 courses/4 academic years for Professional M.A. degrees (CYF)

Dual degree students will receive scholarship monies for courses taken at Luther Seminary only.

DISTANCE LEARNING CANDIDATES  (DL)

M.Div. and M.A.-CYF

  • The maximum scholarship amount will be $850 per course.
  • No minimum course load is required.
  • Scholarship will be granted for maximum of 20 courses/4 years (M.A.-CYF) or 30 courses/6 years (MDIV).

Internal Luther Seminary Offering

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 from the Admissions Committee.

Scholarship amounts are renewable and will remain constant for the duration of the award.  These are awarded on a rolling basis.

 

Contact

Admissions Staff
Email

Luther Seminary - Vocation Award

Description

M.Div. Candidates:

The Vocation Award will be compensated at $400 per full 1.0 course for incoming students.

Scholarship will be granted for a maximum of 30 courses/3 academic years.

M.A. (including dual-degree) Candidates:

The Vocation Award will be compensated at $400 per full 1.0 course.

Scholarships will be granted for a maximum of  16 courses/2 academic years for Academic M.A. degrees.

Scholarships will be granted for a maximum of 18 courses/2 academic years for Professional M.A. degrees (CYF)

Dual degree students will receive scholarship monies for courses taken at Luther Seminary only.

 

Internal Luther Seminary Offering

The Vocation Award 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 from the Admissions Committee.

Scholarship amounts are renewable and will remain constant for the duration of the award.

Transfer students will also be eligible.

Priority Deadline:

  • None.  Are awarded as admitted

Contact

Admissions Staff
Email

Abbott and Fenner Scholarship Program

Deadline

June 20

Criteria

The A&F Scholarships are available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any accredited post secondary institution. Applicants must be between the ages of 16 and 30.

Contact

Website

Academic Award for Graduate Level Distance Learning Degrees

Deadline

April 1

Criteria

Applicants must be pursuing their degree through a distance learning program.

Contact

Website 

Al and Ina Christiansen Charitable Trust

Deadline

October 29

Criteria

ELCA Middlers or Seniors planning to become pastors, missionaries or church musicians. Preference is given to students from the Northeastern Iowa Synod.

Contact

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Alpha Kappa Alpha

Deadline

August 15

Criteria

Students and undergraduate students, especially Black women, who have excelled academically. Applicants should demonstrate exceptional academic achievement and present evidence of leadership through participation in community and college service.

Contact

Alpha Kappa Alpha
Attn: Educational Advancement Foundation
Website
Phone: 773 947 0026 
Address: 5656 South Stony Island Ave. Chicago, IL 60637

Alvin & Edel Petersen Scholarship Fund

Deadline

December 31

Criteria

Full-time students of ELCA seminaries who were active participants in the ministry of the Lutheran Student Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Above average GPA

Contact

The Alvin & Edel Petersen Scholarship Fund
Lutheran Student Center
Address: 535 North Sixteenth Street Lincoln, NE 68508

American Association of University Women

Deadline

Varies

Criteria

One of the world's largest sources of funding exclusively for graduate women, the AAUW Educational Foundation supports aspiring scholars around the globe, teachers and activists in local communities, women at critical stages of their careers, and those pursuing professions where women are underrepresented.

Contact

AAUW Educational Foundation Dept 60
Email
Website
Phone: 319 337 1716 ext.60
Address: 301 ACT Drive Iowa City, IA 52243-4030

American Baptist Scholarships

Deadline

May 31

Criteria

Eligibility criteria for all applicants: • Membership in an American Baptist Churches USA congregation • United States citizenship

Graduate students (Ph.D. candidates only) must enroll in a preparative course of study for a church-related vocation. Scholarship amounts vary.

Contact

Office of Financial Aid for Studies, National Ministries, ABC USA
Website
Phone: 800-ABC-3USA, ext. 2067
Fax: 610-768-2470
Email: FinancialaidWeb@abc-usa.org
Address: P.O. Box 851 Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851

Amy Foundation Writing Awards

Deadline

January 31

Criteria

The Amy Foundation Writing Awards program is designed to recognize creative, skillful writing that presents in a sensitive, thought-provoking manner the biblical principles on issues affecting the world today with an emphasis on discipling. To be eligible, submitted articles must be published in a secular, non-religious publication (either printed or online) and must be reinforced with at least one passage of scripture.

Contact

The Amy Foundation Writing Awards
Email
Website
Phone: 517 323 6233
Address: P.O. Box 16091 Lansing MI 48901-6091