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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.

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. (including dual-degree) 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, Wallace, Bonnie and Peter Raquet Scholarships

These four 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.

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

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Luther Seminary - Bonnie and Peter Raquet Scholarship

Deadline

January 31, 2015

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 to M.DIV. students who have a strong record of academic excellence and community leadership.

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

Jill Apple
Email
651-523-1663

Luther Seminary - Directors Scholarship

Description

M.Div. Candidates:

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

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 $250/course for Vocation award, $300/course for the Directors or $500/course for the Trustee scholarships. 

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

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

Scholarships will be granted for a maximum of  18 courses/2 academic years for Academic M.A. degrees.

Scholarships will be granted for a maximum of 20 courses/2 academic years for Professional M.A. degrees (CYF)

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

Transfer students will also be eligible; however, the maximum scholarship amount will be $250/course for Vocation award, $300/course for the Directors or $500/course for the Trustee scholarships.

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 complete 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 $1000 per full 1.0 course.

Scholarships will be granted for a maximum of 2 years/18 courses  (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

Luther Seminary - Presidential Scholarship

Deadline

January 31, 2015

Description

The Presidential Scholarship:

Scholarship will be compensated at $1500 per full 1.0 course.

Scholarships will be granted for a maximum of 2 years/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 on February 23 and 24, 2014. 

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 $1000 per full 1.0 course.

Scholarships will be granted for a maximum of 2 years/18 courses ( Academic M.A.), 2 years/20 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 $750 per full 1.0 course.

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 $250/course for Vocation award, $300/course for the Directors or $500/course for the Trustee scholarships. 

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

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

Scholarships will be granted for a maximum of  18 courses/2 academic years for Academic M.A. degrees.

Scholarships will be granted for a maximum of 20 courses/2 academic years for Professional M.A. degrees (CYF)

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

Transfer students will also be eligible; however, the maximum scholarship amount will be $250/course for Vocation award, $300/course for the Directors or $500/course for the Trustee scholarships.

DISTANCE LEARNING CANDIDATES  (DL)

M.Div. and M.A.-CYF

  • The maximum scholarship amount will be $500 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).
  • Transfer DL students are not eligible.

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.

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 - Vocation Award

Description

M.Div. Candidates:

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

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 $250/course for Vocation award, $300/course for the Directors or $500/course for the Trustee scholarships.

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

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

Scholarships will be granted for a maximum of  18 courses/2 academic years for Academic M.A. degrees.

Scholarships will be granted for a maximum of 20 courses/2 academic years for Professional M.A. degrees (CYF)

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

Transfer students will also be eligible; however, the maximum scholarship amount will be $250/course for Vocation award, $300/course for the Directors or $500/course for the Trustee scholarships.

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.

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

Abbott and Fenner Scholarship Program

Deadline

June 20, 2014

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, 2014

Criteria

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

Contact

Website 

Al and Ina Christiansen Charitable Trust

Deadline

October 31, 2015

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, 2014

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, 2014

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, 2014

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
Address: P.O. Box 851 Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851

Amy Foundation Writing Awards

Deadline

January 31, 2014

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

Bush Leadership Fellowship

Deadline

Typically Oct 15 of each year.

Criteria

The purpose of the program is to enrich the experience of a wide range of promising individuals at mid-career to help them prepare for greater responsibilities and contributions to the communities in which they live and work.

Contact

Bush Leadership Fellows Program
Email
Website
Phone: 651 227 0891
Address: Suite E 900 First National Bank Building 332 Minnesota Street St. Paul, MN 55101 

Cephas Johnson Seminary Scholarship

Deadline

April 15, 2014

Criteria

Must be a resident of Dane County, Wisconsin, and a member of an ELCA congregation in Dane County when enrolling in seminary.

Contact

Bethel Lutheran Church Endowment Foundation
Email
Website
Address: 312 Wisconsin Avenue Madison, WI 53703

Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation

Deadline

Jun 1 for funds beginning in July of the next year

Criteria

The foundation offers research grants for projects that promote a balance between technology advancements and preservation of the natural/human environment. Does not fund scholarships or tuition reimbursements.

Contact

Lindbergh Foundation
Website
Email
Phone: 763 576 1596
Fax: 763 576 1664
Address: 2150 Third Avenue North, Suite 310 Anoka, MN 55303-2200  

Cleven Seminary Scholarship

Deadline

May 1, 2014

Criteria

For MDiv candidates who will be ordained in the ELCA. Must be a graduate of St. Olaf College.

Contact

Cleven Seminary Scholarship Office of Church Relations
St. Olaf College
Email
Phone: 507 786 8254
Address: 1520 St. Olaf Avenue Northfield, MN 55057-1098