Twelve new LSTC students receive full-tuition scholarships October 1, 2013

Twelve new master of divinity students at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago have received scholarships that will cover the cost of tuition.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer so many full-tuition scholarships this year,” said Scott Chalmers, LSTC Director of Admissions. “They are made possible by generous donors who want to help seminarians complete their studies without taking out huge student loans.”

Seven of the awards are part of the Visionary Leaders Scholarship program that LSTC’s Advancement Office began three years ago. “We wanted to be able to provide scholarships that were not solely need-based to match the kinds of scholarship offers prospective students were getting from divinity schools and other seminaries,” said Mark Van Scharrel, Vice President for Advancement.

Donors agree to provide full- , half-, or one-quarter-tuition scholarships for a student’s three years of coursework. The other five scholarships awarded this year come from the ELCA’s Fund for Leaders in Mission. This year LSTC was able to increase partial scholarships to make them full-tuition awards.

Anna Ernst, from the Metropolitan Washington D.C. Synod, is one of four students who received an LSTC full-tuition Presidential Scholarship. “This is a tremendous honor,” she says. Ernst grew up in the ELCA and tries to live out its motto, “God’s work. Our hands.” She started to think about becoming a pastor during her year with the Lutheran Volunteer Corps. Ernst worked with two churches in Omaha, Neb., helping them expand their ministry in the midst of the growing Latino community. She says, “I realized that I could do the social justice work I wanted to do within the church – which had been doing this kind of work all along.”

In the last three years, LSTC has awarded 27 Visionary Leader Scholarships to students in the master of divinity program.


R. Scott Chalmers
Director of Admissions

Jan Boden
Director of Communication and Marketing

The Lutheran School of Theology (LSTC) is dedicated to bearing witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Based in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, it is the leading urban Lutheran seminary training students for purposeful vocations in the global community. Aligned with its Lutheran heritage and built on a foundation of intellectual rigor, LSTC’s innovative, nationally recognized curriculum gives students skills for visionary Christian leadership in the public sphere.

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