Scholarships and Fellowships
Visionary Leader Scholarships
LSTC continues to attract some of the very best students from around the world, but some of these students need a little more financial assistance in order to attend seminary. Visionary Leader Scholarships are opportunities for donors to give scholarship support to the same student during his or her entire course of studies at LSTC. By offering this promise of financial support to a student who is deciding which school to attend, we are able recruit students whose first choice is LSTC but who are uncertain because of the cost.
A recent study from the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) illustrated a startling trend in student debt among ELCA seminary graduates. It showed that students of color and those who were the first in their family to attend seminary (oftentimes one and the same) graduated with almost 3 times as much debt as their fellow classmates.
To reverse this trend, the Hope Scholarships may be used to meet not just tuition, but all costs of seminary education including housing, food and transportation. These scholarships are similar to the Visionary Leader Scholarship but are intended solely for “first generation” Lutheran seminarians.
Giving a Hope Scholarship means you will prevent the unreasonable level of debt that students of color and first generation professional leaders incur to answer their call to ministry. You will enable future visionary leaders to attend LSTC.
The Ralph W. Klein Ph.D. Fellowship for Biblical Studies
Since its founding, a key part of LSTC’s mission has been to prepare the next generation of biblical scholars. The Ralph Klein Ph.D. Fellowship, established to honor Dr. Klein’s long and distinguished career, will provide full tuition plus a living stipend for the recipient, as funding allows, and will be renewable for up to 6 years upon satisfactory progress through the Ph.D. requirements. It has already provided partial scholarships to several students in Biblical Studies – with a preference for Old Testament scholars – based on demonstrated academic excellence and financial need.