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Scholarships and Grants

So God is calling you to seminary, but now you have to answer the question: how am I going to fund this?  The generous scholarships and grants LSTC offers may be a way to answer that question.  Listed below you will find information about LSTC’s financial aid offerings as well as resources to apply for outside scholarships. 

Master of Divinity (M.Div.),Master of Arts in Theological Studies (M.A.T.S.) and Master of Arts in Ministry (M.A.M.) and Special Student (non-degree options), Contact Dr. Scott Chalmers schalmers@lstc.edu , Director of Admissions, for more information.

Master of Theology (Th.M.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) students please review Advanced Studies information found at http://www.lstc.edu/prospective-students/advanced/finance.php and contact Dr. Jose-David Rodriguez jrodrigu@lstc.edu, Director of Advanced Studies, for more information.


Visionary Leaders Scholarships

Presidential Scholarships—Full Tuition

Presidential Scholarships are reserved for the most academically gifted students.  This is a merit award based on excellent scholarship and service to church and community.  These scholarships are available to MDiv, MAM and MATS students at LSTC and are highly competitive so it is recommended that you contact Dr. Scott Chalmers schalmers@lstc.edu.

Dean’s Scholarships—Half Tuition

Like the Presidential Scholarships, the Dean’s Scholarships are merit scholarships based on the applicant’s academic record and service to church and community. These scholarships are available to MDiv, MAM and MATS students at LSTC and are highly competitive so it is recommended that you contact Dr. Scott Chalmers schalmers@lstc.edu.

Servant Scholarships--$3,000-$5,000

Servant scholarships are merit based and have been created for excellent students. Students who can demonstrate a strong academic record as well as service to church and community are encouraged to apply for these scholarships. These scholarships are available to MDiv, MAM and MATS students at LSTC and are highly competitive so it is recommended that you contact Dr. Scott Chalmers schalmers@lstc.edu.

Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) Scholarships--$3,000-$5,000

Each year the LSTC Admissions Committee will choose candidates who have completed service in the YAGM program to receive a YAGM scholarship.  The award is for $3,000-$5,000 dollars per year and is available to anyone who has successfully completed the program within the last three years.  These scholarships are highly competitive so it is recommended that you contact Dr. Scott Chalmers schalmers@lstc.edu.

Lutheran Volunteer Corps (LVC) Scholarships--$3,000-$5,000

Each year the LSTC Admissions Committee will choose candidates who have completed service in the LVC program to receive an LVC scholarship.  The award is for $3,000-$5,000 dollars per year and is available to anyone who has successfully completed the program within the last three years.  These scholarships are highly competitive so it is recommended that you apply early.

 

LSTC Grants

LSTC Grants are determined based on a combination of primarily need and secondarily merit.  If you are interested in applying for this grant, fill out the Financial Aid Application and submit it to financialaid@lstc.edu.  The recommended deadline is March 1st to assure funds are available. 

 

The Rev. Carole A. Burns Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Rev. Carole A. Burns Scholarship Fund was created by the LSTC Gospel Choir in 2002 as one of their ministry projects.  The Rev. Carole A. Burns, a choir member and one of the founding members of the Grover Wright Scholarship Fund, was the first female to preach and teach at a Diocesan assembly during the choir's 1997 tour in Tanzania, East Africa. Rev. Burns was born into eternity on December 27, 2001. In honor of her life and gifts the LSTC Gospel Choir has established the Rev. Carole A. Burns Memorial Scholarship Fund as another ministry project of the choir. The bright red robes that the choir wears are a gift from the people of Trinity Lutheran Church, West Bend, Wisconsin in memory of Rev. Burns.
This scholarship supports African American women studying in the Masters of Divinity program. This is a one-time award estimated at $1,000 and given above any other financial aid.  Applications are due April 1st of each year.  Recipients are honored at the annual LSTC Gospel Choir concert. 

Download Rev. Carole A. Burns Scholarship Application PDF (To complete this PDF-fillable form, please use only the free Adobe Reader.) 

Grover Wright Scholarship

In 1989, to praise God and to support people of color in fulfilling their calling to His ministries, the LSTC Gospel Choir established the Grover Wright Scholarship Fund.  Mr. Grover Wright was associate director of the Division for Professional Leadership, LCA. He was a strong leader in the church, encouraging Asians, African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans to be pastors and lay leaders in the church. He passed away on February 3, 1997 and is missed by many.

This scholarship is for persons of African-American descent or persons of color whose first language is not English and who is in the Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, Master of Theology or Doctor of Philosophy program.  This is a onetime award given over and above any other financial aid.  The value of the scholarship is estimated at $2,500.  Applications are due April 1st of each year. 

Download Grover Wright Scholarship Application PDF (To complete this PDF-fillable form, please use only the free Adobe Reader.) 

Munderloh Foundation

www.munderloh.org
The Munderloh Foundation awards generous scholarship grants to seminary students committed to becoming pastors in the parish ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  Scholarships are based on need and merit.  To apply, submit the following two forms via e-mail or postal mail to financialaid@lstc.edu before July 1st. 
-Release form (Download PDF / Word document here) 
-Application http://www.munderloh.org/pdfs/GrantApplication.pdf
For first time applicants or second time applicants who did not receive the award with their first application, the two forms must be sent to the LSTC Financial Aid office.   
Returning students who have previously received this award may re-apply directly to the trustee they have been assigned.

Siebert Foundation

www.siebertfoundation.org (click on "Seminary Student Aid")
The Seibert Foundation annually makes grant monies available to assist Master of Divinity students seeking ordination in the ELCA who are also members of a church in Wisconsin. Complete the application on the web site and submit it to financialaid@lstc.edu.  A letter from your pastor noting you are a member and your membership date is also required.

ELCA Fund for Leaders in Mission

www.elca.org/Growing-In-Faith/Vocation/Become-a-Leader/Fund-for-Leaders.aspx
The ELCA Fund for Leaders is an endowed scholarship resource for ELCA seminarians. One goal of the Fund is to support full or partial tuition for qualified candidates, studying full time at an ELCA seminary, who have a commitment to ordained or rostered lay ministry in the church.  Applications are sent to those students who have been identified by LSTC as candidates by the end of March each year.  Submit applications to financialaid@lstc.edu.

Creative Teaching Ministry Grant

The Creative Teaching Grant was created by the Rev. Justin and Kari Eller, LSTC Alumni, in 2009.  It is awarded to one LSTC student each year. The student must submit a curriculum based on the prompt the donors create each year. This grant is open to M.A.M., M.A.T.S. and M.Div. programs. The curriculum you create may be something you can use later while on internship or in the parish. Financial need will be considered as a secondary factor.
Download 2014-2015 Application Packet here: ( PDF / Word document / PAGES document ).

See prior awardees’ curricula.

Opal Dancy Foundation: Masters of Divinity Grants

http://www.opaldanceygrants.org/
Since 1975, the Opal Dancey Memorial Foundation has provided grants to students seeking a Master of Divinity degree and who will be serving in pulpit ministry. The grant application must be completed online (applications are due at the beginning of April each year) using the Grant Application link found at www.opaldanceygrants.org

GO! Study Abroad Scholarship

http://www.gooverseas.com/go-overseas-study-abroad-scholarship
GO! Overseas is proud to support international education through scholarships available to students participating in study abroad programs. Scholarships are awarded each year. The scholarship is awarded based on the creativity and analytical thinking displayed through writing samples and/or video submissions.  Students participating in any study abroad program can complete their online application here.

Scholarship Scams Website

http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0082-scholarship-and-financial-aid-scams

 

 

 

 

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