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In fact, in helping other people we should not coerce obedience from them in small details but only advise them to follow faithfully the dictate of their own conscience.

Watchman Nee

In an effort to provide information about financial resources beyond those offered by FTE, we have developed a directory of financial aid available for undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and postdoctoral studies in theology and religion. The Fund Finder is a tool to help you search through a full listing of support offered by churches, denominations, individuals, academic institutions and organizations.

These resources have been verified with the organizations or individuals offering aid. However, details change continuously, and persons seeking financial aid should confirm availability, requirements and benefits when contacting any of these sources. FTE is not responsible for errors or changes in funding information and in procedures made by funding sources. Click here to update your listing or to add an opportunity from your organization to our list.


A Better Earth Environmental Essay Contest

Applicants must be full-time graduate or undergraduate students of any age or be 25 years old or younger as of May 1, excluding high school students. Entrants from all nations and all academic disciplines are eligible.

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Fund Range: The 1st prize winner will receive $2,500 dollars, 2nd prize is $1,000, and 3rd prize is $750.


AAS CIAC Small Grant

Applicants must be AAS members, but there are no citizenship requirements. Junior and independent scholars, adjunct faculty, and dissertation-level graduate students are especially encouraged to apply. Scholars with special interests in China or Inner Asia are invited to submit proposals.

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Academic Excellence Scholarship

Entering and current students are eligible to apply for the Academic Excellence Scholarship. Entering students must have a GPA of at least 3.0. An academic reference, a written essay and faculty interviews are required. Entering students can receive a scholarship in the amount of either 40% or 50% of the remaining tuition cost after the base amount has been paid. DEADLINES: Students must submit all application materials for admission for the fall session by July 15, for the spring session and January Intensives by December 1, and by March 15 if beginning with a May intensive.

Current students will be will be evaluated for the Academic Excellence Scholarship at the completion of the academic year. The award is based on student performance and covers 50% of the tuition depending on the level of the student's academic performance. Students must be in good financial standing to receive aid.

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Denomination: Church of the Brethren
Deadline 1: July 15 for Fall Session and August Intensive
Deadline 2: December 1 for Spring Session and January Intensive; March 15 for May Intensive.


Academy of American Franciscan History Dissertation Fellowship

The Academy of American Franciscan History is accepting applications for four dissertation fellowships, each worth $10,000. As many as two of these fellowships will be awarded for projects dealing with some aspect of the history of the Franciscan Family in Latin America, including the United States Borderlands, Mexico, Central and South America. Up to another two fellowships will be awarded to support projects dealing with some aspect of the history of the Franciscan Family in the rest of the United States and Canada.
Projects may deal with any aspect of the history of the Franciscan Family, including any of the branches of the Family, male, female, tertiary, Capuchin, etc. The projects will be evaluated by a selected group of scholars who will make recommendations to the Board of Directors of the Academy. The recipient must be engaged in full-time research during the period of the fellowship. The applicant must be a doctoral candidate at a University in the Americas, and the bulk of the research should be conducted in the Americas.
To apply for a fellowship, please provide a 10 page abstract of the proposed research. This abstract should include the title and principle arguments of the dissertation, a research plan, listing repositories where the research will be conducted, and a time-table outlining all phases of the research up to and including the conclusion and successful defense of the dissertation. The applicant must also provide three letters of support for the project, one of which must be from the chairman of the dissertation committee / major advisor. The deadline for applications will be February 1, 2009. Awards will be announced in April, and may begin as early as May.
As a condition of the fellowship award, the Academy will reserve the right of first refusal to publish any work funded under the provision of this program. The Academy has a fifty-year history of publishing works dealing with the history of the Franciscan Family in the Americas. Any royalties or other considerations resulting from publication will be separate and distinct from the dissertation fellowship.
To apply, or for further information, please address all materials to:
Dr. Jeffrey M. Burns, Director
Academy of American Franciscan History
1712 Euclid Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94709-1208
acadafh@fst.edu or 510-548-1755

Fund Details

Fund Range: $10,000.00
Denomination: Roman Catholic
Deadline 1: 1-Feb


Access to Education Scholarships

USA Funds works to promote access to higher education for all deserving students. The USA Funds Access to Education scholarships program will award renewable scholarships to students with financial need. Full-time students are eligible for $1,500 awards, and half-time undergraduate students may qualify for $750 awards. Up to 50% of the scholarships will be targeted to students who, in addition to demonstrating financial need, are members of an ethnic-minority group or are physically disabled. Scholarship awards are based on past academic performance and future potential, leadership, participation in school and community activities, work experience, career and educational aspirations and goals.

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Fund Range: Full-time students are eligible for $1,500 awards, and half-time undergraduate students may qualify for $750 awards.
Deadline 1: 1-Mar


Adolph Van Pelt Special Fund for Indian Scholarships

Adolph Van Pelt scholarships are offered to undergraduates in amounts ranging from $500 to $800. The program is based on financial need and merit. Funds can be used for tuition, books, and other academic-related expenses. Grants are renewable for up to four years of support towards any one degree. Applicants must be minimally one-quarter degree Indian blood from a federally recognized tribe.

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Deadline 1: 15-Aug


Adora S. Jones Ministerial Trust Scholorships

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to Baptist, Congregational, United Methodist, or Presbyterian college and seminary students from Iowa.

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Fund Range: $1,000-$4,000
Deadline 1: 1-Nov


Adrienne M. and Charles Shelby Rooks Fellowship for Racial and Ethnic Theological Students

Any member of a congregation of the United Church of Christ who is from an underrepresented ethnic group, who is enrolled in a Master of Divinity program at an accredited school of theology, and who has maintained at least a “B” average in college and graduate work may apply. These fellowships also are open to support minorities enrolled in Ph.D, Th.D. or Ed.D programs at accredited graduate schools, who are committed to the UCC and intend to become professors in colleges, seminaries, or graduate schools.

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Fund Range: $500-5000
Denomination: United Church of Christ
Deadline 1: 1-Mar


Advanced Multi-Country Research Fellowships

The program is open to U.S. doctoral candidates and scholars who have already earned their Ph.D. in fields of the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences and with to conduct research of regional or trans-regional significance. The Advanced Multi-Country Research Fellowships will support advanced regional research in the fields of the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences. Research must have regional significance and must be carried out in more than one country. At least one of the following countries must be included: Bangladesh, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Indian, Israel, Italy, Jordon, Morocco, Pakistan, Senegal/West Africa, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Turkey, or Yemen. Postdoctoral researchers and Ph.D. candidates who are citizens are eligible to apply.

Fund Details

Fund Range: The fellowships provide a maximum stipend of $6,000 plus a $3,000 travel allowance for a period of at least three-months duration.
Deadline 1: 31-Dec


Agnes Jones Jackson Scholarship

Undergraduate and graduate students who have been members of the NAACP for at least one year, or who are fully paid life members; applicants must not have reached the age of 25 by the deadline; undergraduate students must have at least a 2.5 GPA; graduate students must have 3.0 GPA or B average; enclose self-addressed stamped envelope with application request.

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Fund Range: $1,500 for undergraduates, $2,500 for graduates
Deadline 1: 30-Apr


Albert J. Beveridge Grant for Research in the History of the Western Hemisphere

The Association is pleased to announce the availability of modest grants to support research in the history of the Western hemisphere (United States, Canada, and Latin America). The funds for this program come from the earnings of the Albert J. Beveridge Memorial Fund. The grants are intended to further research in progress and may be used for travel to a library or archive, for microfilms, photographs, or photocopying-a list of purposes that is meant to be merely illustrative, not exhaustive.

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Deadline 1: 15-Feb


Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf

College scholarships are awarded to qualified students with moderate to profound hearing loss to continue their education on undergraduate and graduate levels. Preference is given to undergraduates. Students must demonstrate a serious commitment to academic and career excellence. All fields of study are welcome. The scholarship award is not renewable. It can be awarded twice, but applicants must reapply.

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Deadline 1: 1-Jan


Alice M. Barrows Scholarship

Applicants must be undergraduate students residing in Long Beach, California or theology students residing in Southern California who are under care of United Presbyterian Churches or presbytery in the Southern California area. Scholarships will be granted based on demonstrated financial need, academic achievement, and ministry goals. Grant amounts in most cases will not exceed 50% of the yearly tuition and fees of the school in which the student is enrolled. Applicants may reapply annually.

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Denomination: Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Deadline 1: 31-May


All Saints by the Sea Episcopal Church

Request applications in January. All Saints by the Sea Episcopal Church offers grants to students from the Diocese of Los Angeles who are enrolled in an accredited seminary in a program of study approved by the Bishop. Applicants must be working toward ordination.

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Fund Range: $1000-2000. 5-6 annual awards
Denomination: Episcopal
Deadline 1: 30-Apr


Allred Scholarship Fund

The Allred Scholarship Fund provides awards to residents of Wake County, NC and who are members of a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregation in Wake County, NC. Applicants must be attending a Presbyterian-related institution of higher education. Award amounts vary.

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Denomination: Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Deadline 1: 1-Apr
Deadline 2: 1-Nov


Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation

Applicants must be post-freshman undergraduates currently enrolled in an accredited degree granting program or graduate students who plan to continue their academic pursuits in the fall of the grant year. All applicants must demonstrate exceptional academic achievement or financial need. Please include a self addressed stamped envelope with request.

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Fund Range: $500-1,500
Deadline 1: 15-Jan


Alvin Plantinga Fellowship

This fellowship is award to a distinguished senior scholar.

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Fund Range: $40,000.00


American Association of Japanese University Women

Applicant must be a female student enrolled in an accredited California college or university who is either a junior, senior, or graduate student by Fall 2007.

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Fund Range: $2,000.00
Denomination: ---
Deadline 1: 30-Sep


American Baptist Churches of Wisconsin

Grants are available to members of an American Baptist Church in Wisconsin who are attending an accredited seminary as a full-time student. Applicants must be pursuing an M.Div. or equivalent degree.

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Fund Range: $2,000.00
Denomination: Baptist
Deadline 1: 1-Jul


American Baptist Women of the Pacific Northwest

The American Baptist Women’s Scholarship Fund provides scholarship awards to women who are preparing for full-time Christian service under the American Baptist Churches/USA. Preference will be given to residents of the Pacific Northwest who are attending an American Baptist institution.

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Fund Range: $500.00
Denomination: Baptist
Deadline 1: 31-Jan


American Business Women’s Association-Upland Route 66 Charter Chapter

This Scholarship is for women only. To apply, go to the following website: http://www.abwa-upland66.org/.

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Fund Range: Varies
Deadline 1: 15-Mar


American Dissertation Fellowship

Dissertation fellowships are available to women who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, are in the final year of a doctoral degree program, and will complete the writing of dissertations between July 1 and June 30. There are no restrictions on the field of study. Applicants must have completed all course work, passed all required preliminary examinations, and received approval for their research proposals or plan by November 15.

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Fund Range: $20,000.00
Deadline 1: 15-Nov


Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships in Humanistic Studies

The Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships in Humanistic Studies are designed to help exceptionally promising students prepare for careers of teaching and scholarship in humanistic disciplines. The Mellon Fellowship is a competitive award for first-year doctoral students. Holders of Master’s degrees are not eligible, except when the program was terminal (no Ph.D. offered) or when the M.A. is in a substantially different field than the intended Ph.D. studies. You must officially request an application. You will be asked a number of prescreening questions before an application will be sent. Requests can be made through the Internet site or by calling 1-800-899-9963 and asking for extension 127 or 149. Requests for applications will only be taken until December 4, 2001.

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Fund Range: Tuition plus $17,500 stipend
Deadline 1: 18-Dec


Anna C. and Oliver C. Colburn Fellowship

This fellowship is to support studies undertaken at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Greece, for no more than one year. Applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada, must be at the pre-doctoral stage or have received a Ph.D. within five years of the date of the application, and must concurrently apply and be accepted to the American School for Associate Membership or Student Associate Membership. The applicant may not be a member of the ASCSA during the year of application.

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Fund Range: $11,000.00


Anna Grace Sawyer Minority Scholarship Fund

This scholarship fund is administered by the Presbytery of Chicago through a special Minority Scholarship Committee. Individual scholarships are distributed through such groups as the C-GAP Program of Associated Urban Ministries (AUM), Erie Neighborhood House, and by the Committee, itself. Application for scholarships can be made through the above groups, or by applying directly to the Committee. B Applicants must be a confirmed member of any Presbyterian Church in the Chicago Presbytery or, if a non-member, a participant in the youth program of any Presbyterian Church in the Chicago Presbytery; be accepted as an undergraduate (full time) in an accredited college, university or vocational school; be of the following Ethnic Origin: African American Hispanic American Asian American Native American.

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Denomination: Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Deadline 1: 1-May


Anne Kumpuris Scholarship

The Anne Kumpuris Scholarship is offered to students attending an accredited Episcopal Seminary in the United States. Applicants must be seeking holy orders in the Episcopal Church of the USA or in a sister church in the Anglican communion. There are no application restrictions as to race, creed, gender, or nationality. Scholarships are renewable for up to three years.

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Denomination: Episcopal
Deadline 1: 15-May


Annual Travel/Research Awards

The Episcopal Women's History Project encourages research and publication about the lives and work of women throughout the history of the Episcopal Church, including the period of the colonial Anglican Church. EWHP annually offers research and travel grants in the amounts of $500, which may be used for travel, the acquisition of research materials, or other research expenses.

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Fund Range: $500.00
Denomination: Episcopal


Antionette Brown Blackwell Scholarship

Students from Henrietta, NY who are enrolled in, or have applied for enrollment in, and institution of higher learning full- or part-time are eligible for scholarship assistance, a minimum of $1000. Selection of recipients is based on leadership and academic potential, not financial need.

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Fund Range: Minimum of $1,000
Deadline 1: 28-Feb


Appalachian Scholarship

Assists Presbyterian residents of the Appalachian mountain region in pursuing full-time post-secondary education. Preference given to entering first year students or nontraditional students with no previous college experience.

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Fund Range: $200-1,000
Denomination: Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Deadline 1: 1-Jul


Appalachian Winter Travel Seminars and Courses

Various member seminaries of the Appalachian Ministries Consortium offer credit hours for participation in winter and summer travel seminars and semester courses to students who are committed to small church ministry in Appalachian countries and other rural areas. Students should be nominated by their seminaries. These are typically five to six courses in a given year. Participants can receive a maximum of $500 in scholarships for each course. Tuition and course fees are usually $900.

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Fund Range: $500 for each course, which limits 5-6 courses each year.
Deadline 1: 15-May
Deadline 2: 15-Nov


Archaeology Research Stipends

The Catholic Biblical Association will award three stipends for archaeological research, renewable for a second season. Applicants must be active or associate members of the CBA, and may be either full-time students working toward the doctorate (or S.S.L.) in biblical studies or related areas or have received the doctorate (or S.S.L.) in these areas. They must have been accepted, at least provisionally, for a specific, high quality dig and be without means to finance their participation. Preference will be shown to actual or prospective CBA members.

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Fund Range: $3,000.00
Denomination: Roman Catholic


ARIL Research Colloquium

ARIL invites applications for its annual Research Colloquium. The Colloquium is usually heard during the month of July at Columbia University in New York City. The program offers remarkable opportunity for scholars from in and out of the academy to engage in individual research in the context of a common life that is interreligious and interdisciplinary. Applicants searching to integrate their intellectual and religious commitments are sought from different traditions to form a group that is gender balanced, diverse in age, race, ethnic background, and areas of intellectual endeavor. The Colloquium provides participants with room, board, extensive library privileges, and use of facilities in a major university setting. Consult the Association’s website for detailed information about annual themes, application procedures, and deadlines.

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Fund Range: Varies
Deadline 1: 1-Mar


Arkansas United Methodist Scholarship

Certified candidate of the Arkansas conference and enrolled full-time at a United Methodist seminary. Strong initiative, leadership potential and capacity for growth.

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Denomination: United Methodist
Deadline 1: 1-Mar


Armstrong Scholarship

The Minnesota Conference UCC has established the Armstrong Scholarship of with the desire to help people prepare for the ministry in the church through scholarship assistance. Applicants must be “In-Care” of the Minnesota Conference of the United Church of Christ, be a “middler” or have completed equivalent requirements and be attending at least 3/5 time, have attained a 3.0 GPA, established financial need, be recommended by the Committee on Ministry, and be considered by Conference Professional Development of Authorized Ministers Team.

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Fund Range: $1,000.00
Denomination: United Church of Christ


Arne Administrative Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide assistance to women interested in reaching the top of their field as administrators. The additional education may be pursued through full time attendance in school, night courses, or summer sessions. An Arne Scholarship recipient will have priority in qualifying for the scholarship a second year if the course requires more than one year of study. Be a citizen of the United States of America, hold membership in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America have at least a bachelor's degree, and provide the following: 1. records of any academic or professional courses taken since being awarded a bachelor's degree, 2. examples of being a decision maker, and 3. evidence of ability and willingness to study. Women of the ELCA must be notified in writing of any change in education plans, Scholarship funds must be used within the year following the award. Scholarship funds must be returned if the educational program is canceled or if it is terminated by personal decision of the recipient, and If requested, recipient will be available for interview for an article in a Women of the ELCA publication.

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Denomination: Lutheran
Deadline 1: 15-Feb


Arthur Vining Davis Foundations Fellowship

The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations Fellowship is Brite’s premier competitive scholarship for outstanding Master of Divinity students. This award includes a full tuition grant plus a $10,000 annual stipend for three years of fulltime Master of Divinity study.

Recipients of the fellowship are expected to excel academically and to demonstrate outstanding potential for leadership in the church and in the wider community. Successful applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or better. An admissions interview, in person or via Skype, is required as part of the application process.

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Denomination: ---
Deadline 1: 01-May


Asian American Baptist Caucus Scholarship Fund

Seminarians can gain ministerial experience by working in a church during the summer. Grants of $500 are provided by the Financial Aid program and matched by the employing church. Interested seminarians should contact their pastor. Church pastors may call the Office of Financial Aid for Studies for additional information at 800-ABC-3USA, ext. 2067

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Denomination: Baptist
Deadline 1: 1-Apr


Asian American Summer Intern Grants

These grants help enable Asian American Baptist seminarians to gain ministerial experience in a church during the summer. The employing church is expected to contribute matching funds. Letters of nomination must be received by May 31.

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Fund Range: $500, with the employing church expected to contribute matching funds
Denomination: Baptist
Deadline 1: 31-May


Asian Art and Religion Fellowship Program

This fellowship program focusing on the relationship between the artistic and religious traditions of Asia enables American scholars, specialists, and artists to conduct research and undertake projects in Asia involving the interdisciplinary analysis of religion and the arts. The Council awards up to five research fellowships or travel grants each year through this program.

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ATLA Bibliography Award

The Publications Committee of the American Theological Library Association offers a grant-in-aid award for bibliographic and indexing projects in all fields of religious studies and theology. The scope and subject matter are broadly conceived, with the intent of encouraging bibliographical and indexing work at all levels, especially by persons undertaking their first major bibliographical study or indexing project.

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Fund Range: $1,200.00
Deadline 1: NULL


ATLA Minority Scholarship

ATLA sponsors an ethnic minority scholarship for library school students and library paraprofessionals and professionals, to consider a specialty in theological or religious librarianship.

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Fund Range: $1,000.00
Deadline 1: NULL


Award

Desert Southwest Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. The stipend for this award varies.

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Baptist Foundation of Illinois

Scholarships will be given to individuals who are members in good standing for at least one year with a church affiliated with Illinois Baptist State Association, who demonstrate the potential for Christian leadership, and who have financial need.

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Denomination: Baptist
Deadline 1: 31-Jan


Barbara Tilton Memorial Scholarship

The Barbara Tilton Memorial Scholarship provides an annual award of $2,500 to a woman who is a member of a Presbyterian Church within the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area. Applicants must be inquirers or candidates enrolled by the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area. Applicants can be working toward a M.Div. degree, or be enrolled in a Master of Religious Education or other specialized ministry degree program.

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Denomination: Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Deadline 1: 1-May


Barber Scholarship

This scholarship was established to help seminary students entering full-time service to the church. Students with roots in the local area of Onarga United Methodist Church in Onarga, Illinois are given priority over non-local applicants.

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Fund Range: $500.00
Denomination: United Methodist


Bernadotte E. Schmitt Grants for Research in European, African, or Asian History

The Association is pleased to announce the availability of modest grants to support research in the history of Europe, Africa, and Asia. The funds for this program come from the earnings of a bequest from Bernadotte E. Schmitt, president of the Association in 1960. The grants are intended to further research in progress and may be used for travel to a library or archive, for microfilms, photographs, or photocopying-a list of purposes that is meant to be merely illustrative, not exhaustive

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Deadline 1: 15-Feb


Bill Raskob Foundation

The foundation provides loans that are interest-free while the student is in school. Repayment begins six months after graduation or studies are terminated. Applicants of any sex, race, or creed are considered, but they must be legal United States citizens who are attending an accredited school in the United States, excluding upcoming undergraduate freshmen.

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Bishop Frank Murphy Scholarship for Women in Ministry

This scholarship was created to further WOC’s dedication to a renewing priestly ministry. Applicants must be women who are members of the Women's Ordination Conference, enrolled or accepted in a certificate or graduate program preparing them for Catholic ministry, and willing to promote WOC goals at her institution.

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Fund Range: $1,000.00
Denomination: Roman Catholic


Bishop James C. Baker Scholarship

Candidates for this scholarship must be campus ministers with an MDiv. doing advanced studies and planning to stay in campus ministry. They must have 3 years of experience in campus ministry and have been a member of the United Methodist Church for at least 3 years.

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Denomination: United Methodist


Black Episcopal Programs

Scholarships of up to $3,000 are available to Black postulants and candidates of the Episcopal Church enrolled in an accredited seminary. These scholarships are intended to supplement aid which students receive from other sources.

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Denomination: Episcopal
Deadline 1: 15-Apr


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