A Search Beyond

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.


The U.S. Student Program:

… Awards grants to U.S. citizens in all fields of study
… Operates in more than 140 countries worldwide
… Awards more than 1,100 grants to U.S. students to study overseas
… Offers one academic year of study, research, or teaching assistantship experience
… Projects may include university course work, independent library or field research, or professional training in the arts.

THE U.S. STUDENT PROGRAM IS DESIGNED FOR:
… Recent BA/BS graduates, master's, and doctoral candidates
… Young professionals
… Artists

THE U. S. STUDENT PROGRAM IS DESIGNED TO:
… Provide opportunities for personal development and international experience
… Allow students to design their own programs, including
… University coursework
… Library or field research
… Classes in a music or art school
… Independent projects in the social or life sciences
… Assistant teach English
… A combination of these or other projects.

Fund Details

Deadline 1: 19-Oct


Theresa Mumford Scholarship

For the education of orphan girls from Brantley County, Georgia. By court order, orphan includes a girl whose parent or parents are deceased. Students from counties contiguous to Brantley County are encouraged to apply as well.

Fund Details

Fund Range: $200-5,000
Denomination: Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Deadline 1: 1-Aug


Thomas A. Wise, Jr. Scholarship Fund

Enrolled in a college, university or seminary in The United Methodist Church and a resident of the Southwest Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church. Student must be in pre-ministerial or seminary study and studying to become a minister of The United Methodist Church. The scholarship amount is $500 or more.

Fund Details

Denomination: United Methodist
Deadline 1: 1-Jun


Trinity School for Ministry Full-Tuition Scholarships

Every year TSM awards a number of full-tuition scholarships to students who study full-time at our residential campus in Ambridge, Pennsylvania. In fact, last year 100% of our residential, full-time campus received this benefit. Additionally, Trinity School for Ministry maintains low tuition relative to other seminaries and the Ambridge area has a relatively low cost of living. Yet many students require financial aid. Trinity encourages students to apply for scholarships and carefully consider any amount of student loans they acquire. Financial aid at Trinity is available for qualifying matriculated students. Each student will be given careful consideration. Trinity will determine financial assistance based on federal and institutional guidelines and will not discriminate. The primary goal in awarding financial aid is to help meet the financial need of students to enable them to secure theological and ministerial education, to ensure equity and consistency in packaging aid, equal educational opportunity, and to be in compliance with federal and state regulations. Students should assume primary responsibility for paying educational costs. Trinity is a graduate school with programs offered by credit courses. The Academic Year for Title IV Federal Student Aid purposes is a nine month period from September through May including Fall Semester, Winter Intensive (JanTerm), and Spring Semester. The Academic Year for Trinity Scholarships is the twelve month period of July 1, 2016- June 30, 2017 (Fall Semester through Summer Term). Winter Intensive (JanTerm) is part of the Spring Semester. Summer Intensive (JuneTerm) is part of the Summer Term.

Fund Details

Denomination: ---


Ullery Charitable Trust

Grants are available to members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in varying amounts. Preference will be given to members of the First Presbyterian Church of Tulsa, and members of the Synod of the Sun.

Fund Details

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


Undergraduate Fellowship Program

Assistance in varying amounts is available to incoming freshman who are members of a federally recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska Native group, or who possess one-fourth degree of federally recognized Indian blood.

Website: http://www.aigcs.org/scholarships/undergraduate-scholarships/

Fund Details

Denomination: ---


The Undergraduate Fellowships offered provides support and guidance to junior and senior students who wish to consider ministry as a possible career and who embody the intellectual and spiritual qualities essential for Christian pastoral leadership. Applicants must be nominated by their undergraduate program at a North American college or university. Applicants must currently be a sophomore or junior under the age of 30 with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above, and be a citizen of the United States or Canada. Fund range of $2,000 for the academic year, plus travel expenses for their participation in the Summer Conference on Excellence in Ministry. At this conference, Fellows will be aided in identifying their vocational commitments in the context of personal faith, theology and the call of service to the world.

Fund Details

Denomination: Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Deadline 1: 15-Mar


Undergraduate Scholarships

Undergraduate students attending an American Baptist-related college or university full-time may apply. Preference is given to persons preparing for careers in church leadership or human services. Recipients must maintain satisfactory academic standing. This scholarship cannot be combined with other funding from American Baptist Scholarship Programs.

Fund Details

Denomination: Baptist
Deadline 1: 1-Apr


United Church of Christ Scholarships

The United Church of Christ offers multiple ministry education scholarships to those preparing for ministry in the United Church of Christ and for continuing education for ministers.

Fund Details

Denomination: United Church of Christ


University of Notre Dame Center for Philosophy of Religion

Eligibility: This award provides a stipend to a philosophy graduate student at another institution who is working on a dissertation in philosophy of religion or Christian philosophy and who would profit from spending a year at the Center.

Fund Details

Fund Range: $15,000.00
Deadline 1: 1-Apr


Vance H. Havner Scholarship Fund

Scholarship for MDiv students, with preference for those with an Iowa connection.

Fund Details


Veda Sweeney Memorial Scholarship

Resident of Wisconsin who is preparing for Christian ministry and accepted into a seminary leading to ordination. The scholarship amount is from $500.

Fund Details

Fund Range: $500
Denomination: Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Deadline 1: 15-Jul


Venture Student Aid Award

Grants of $500 to $5,000 are available to physically disabled persons, aged 15 to 40, who can demonstrate financial need and the capacity to profit from further education. Applications can be secured from a local club or from the address above. Must send self-addressed, stamped, business-size envelope with request for application.

Fund Details

Deadline 1: 31-Dec


Vocations Scholarship

Vocation Scholarships are available to Roman Catholic students pursuing a vocation to the priesthood with appropriate ecclesiastical approval who are accepted at a major seminary and are studying for a diocese or religious institute in the United States, its territories, or Canada. The seminary must be approved as eligible for participation. Preference will be given to applicants who are members of the Knights of Columbus or whose fathers are members. Grants awarded on the basis of financial need.

Undergraduate scholarships of up to $1,500 are available to Catholic college students whose fathers are members.

Fund Details

Fund Range: $2,500.00
Denomination: Roman Catholic
Deadline 1: 1-Jun


W.B. Small Trust

Applicants must have an Iowa family connection and be full-time students working toward the M.Div. degree.

Fund Details

Fund Range: $2,500 per year, renewable for three years Annual awards: 20
Deadline 1: 1-May


Walter S. Barr Fellowships

Barr Fellowships are available to full time graduate students from Hampden County, MA.

Fund Details

Fund Range: $3000-5000
Deadline 1: 1-Feb


William R. Johnson Scholarship

Eligibility: Students must be open about their sexual orientation, enrolled in an ATS accredited seminary, ad have proof of both local membership in a UCC church and of In Care status. This scholarship is available to second and third year students of exceptional academic ability.

Fund Details

Fund Range: $2,500.00
Denomination: United Church of Christ
Deadline 1: 1-Mar


Wisconsin Baptist Grant

Grants available to members of American Baptist Church in Wisconsin enrolled full-time. The grant offers $2,000.

Fund Details

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


World Wide Baraca Philathea Union Scholarship

Scholarship for students preparing for ministry.

Fund Details


Writing Awards

The Amy Foundation Writing Awards program is designed to recognize creative, skillful writing that presents in a sensitive, thought-provoking manner the biblical position on issues affecting the world today. A writing award for articles published in a secular, non-religious publication that uses Scripture to discuss a relevant or timely issue.

Fund Details

Fund Range: First prize winners will receive $10,000, with $5,000 to second prize winners, $4,000 to third prize, $3,000 to fourth, $2,000 to fifth, and ten prizes of $1,000 each.
Deadline 1: 31-Jan


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