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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 - 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

February 15

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.

Along with tution, new Presidential recipients will also receive a $500 per course living stipend.  

Scholarship amount will increase in size accordingly with any tuition increases as student progresses in years.  The stipend will remain at $500 per course for the duration of your degree.

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

Internal Luther Seminary Offering

This is for newly admitted residential and distance full-time students in the M.Div. and M.A. programs. Scholarships are awarded to students who embody the Luther Seminary vision statement to “lead faithful innovation for the gospel of Jesus Christ in a rapidly changing world.”

A separate application, along with a resume is required. Students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher with leadership and ministry experience are encouraged to apply. 
 
The application deadline is February 15th 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

Deadline

February 15

Description

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.

Along with tution, new Wallace recipients will also receive a $500 per course living stipend.  

Scholarship amount will increase in size accordingly with any tuition increases as student progresses in years.  The stipend will remain at $500 per course for the duration of your degree.

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

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 and is for residential and distance full-time students in the M.Div. and M.A. programs. Scholarships are awarded to students who embody the Luther Seminary vision statement to “lead faithful innovation for the gospel of Jesus Christ in a rapidly changing world.”

A separate application, along with a resume is required. Students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher with leadership and ministry experience are encouraged to apply. 

The application deadline is February 15th and in order for the application considered to be complete, all required documents must be submitted by that date.

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

Bethesda Lutheran Communities Scholarship

Description

Six $3,000 scholarships will be awarded to Lutheran seminarians displaying interest in service to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a congregational setting. 

Criteria

Criteria

  • Be an active, communicant member of a Lutheran congregation.
  • Be a current college senior, accepted to begin seminary studies in the fall, or currently be classified as a first-year or second-year student at any seminary affiliated with the WELS, LCMS, ELCA, LCMC, ELS or NALC. Students going on to their internship/vicarage year do not qualify.
  • Have a commitment to inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities within the local parish.

Contact

Questions:  800-383-8743 x4427

Application:  http://bethesdalutherancommunities.org/get-involved/scholarships/

 

 

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

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  

Church Mutual - CM Cares Religious Scholarship Program

Description

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.

CM CARES Religious Scholarship Program

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.

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

Deadline varies - Mid April

 

Criteria

o 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 for the 2018-19 academic year.
  • 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.

Contact

Click Here To Apply

Email:  cmcares-scholars@scholarshipamerica.org

Phone:  507-931-1682 and ask for the Church Mutual Religious Scholars Program