The Earlham School of Religion has an extensive financial aid program including Need-based Aid, which awards 10-50% of tuition, and the following scholarship programs:
Cooper Scholar Program:
In honor of ESR’s founding Dean, Wilmer Cooper and his wife Emily Haines Cooper, the ESR Board of Advisors established the Cooper Scholar program to support promising leaders and ministers in the Society of Friends and other denominations. Residential students at the Earlham School of Religion apply for a Cooper award by submitting letters of reference confirming their gifts of ministry and potential for leadership. Cooper Scholars receive full tuition for 54 credits towards an M.Div. degree or 27 credits for an M.A. degree.
International Cooper Scholar Program:
This is the same program as above for students from outside the United States. International Cooper Scholars receive full tuition for 84 credits for an M.Div degree or 48 credits for an M.A. degree, plus free housing and a living stipend.
Thomas J. Mullen Scholarship:
Established in honor of former ESR Dean, Tom Mullen, this scholarship is available to Cooper Scholars for their final 30 credits for an M.Div. degree or 21 credits for an M.A. degree. It is a merit scholarship evaluated for clarity of ministerial identity, growth in understanding of one’s call to ministry, self-awareness of one’s spiritual formation, meaningful engagement in community life at ESR and one’s chosen faith community, and potential for leadership and/or service through one’s gifts of ministry. More information
Nancy Kortepeter Mullen Scholarship:
This scholarship was established in 1998 by the Mullen family and others to honor Nancy Mullen, the wife of former ESR Dean Tom Mullen. Applicants provide a letter that describes ways in which they embody these characteristics of Nancy Mullen: Open to new insights, Love for people in general, Compassion for those with particular needs, Hunger for learning, Called by God to use spiritual gifts in serving humanity, A joyful spirit to encourage and inspire others. More information
Leadership & Service Program:
Residential degree-seeking students, who within the past 3 years are recommended by and have participated in a Quaker College Leadership program or a “Service Programs that Change the World” program, receive full tuition for 84 credits for an M.Div. degree or 48 credits for an M.A. degree.
Mullen Ministry of Writing Fellowship:
The Fellowship recipient spends the Spring Session at ESR working on a “publishable” manuscript while attending one Ministry of Writing class. Attendance on campus is required. The scholarship provides $1,500 to be used toward living expenses and tuition or audit fee, $278 worth of waived fees, a locked space in an ESR building for use as a study, paid membership to the Earlham College Wellness Center, and use of Lilly Library at Earlham College. More information