Nashotah House is committed to making seminary education affordable for the Christian leaders of tomorrow. Institutional financial aid is directed towards residential programs, as distance education allows students to continue working while enrolled.
A variety of merit-based scholarships are made available, based both on academic achievement and a proven track record of church leadership for incoming students. Financial aid offers are made at the time of application based on resources available, and students are encouraged to apply by January 15 for full consideration. GPA Scholarships are awarded to the students in each cohort based on academic achievement in the previous Nashotah House term.
Over our 175-year history, friends of Nashotah House have set up named scholarship funds to support students. These funds, based on criteria put in place by their founders, are awarded on the recommendation of the Dean. The prestigious Rath Scholarships, valued at $24,000 are awarded to a pair of Seniors based on GPA and leadership potential.
Work Scholarships are assigned based on suitable aptitude and attitude and require the student to maintain a clear academic standing. Approximately two dozen on-campus Work Scholarship positions are available to residential students each year. These include:
When a student has an unmet need (tuition, room and board, books, and seminary fees) for the current academic year, Nashotah House has finite resources available to assist. Need-based grants are based on a student’s current financial situation and are applied after other scholarship and financial support options (such as parish and diocesan funds) have been explored. Nashotah House thanks the generous supporters of our scholarship funds for this opportunity to ease the debt loads of those preparing for lay and ordained ministry.
A major part of the parish and vocational leadership in the 21st century revolves around donor relations. Nashotah House offers support to hone those skills while at the seminary and reducing your student debt. Our Advancement Office will provide you with support and resources to set up a seminarian fund at your sending parish to provide a tax-free way for your family and friends to support the next generation of church leaders raised up out of the local church. Examples of newsletters, thank you letters, and presentations made by past seminarians are provided on request. A student may begin fundraising as soon as they have confirmed their acceptance at Nashotah House.
Numerous groups have scholarship funds to support theological education. A selected list is below. Students are encouraged to apply even for scholarships for which they are not explicitly eligible: many organizations fail to attract many applications and have excess funds to distribute.
|Due Date||MDIV or MTS||Regional||TEC or Anglican||Info / Apply|
|Action Institute Academic Grants & Awards
To support future religious, intellectual, and moral leaders who show potential in advancing understanding of theology.
|Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation
To advance education in fulfillment of its mission: “To promote lifelong learning.”
|Alpha Tau Omega Foundation: J. Milton Richardson Theological Fellowship
Awarded to an ATO who plans to attend, or is enrolled in, an accredited graduate school in theology or the seminary.
|Alvera Mickelson Memorial Scholarship
The AMMS is a $6,000 scholarship set aside specifically for women pursuing their master’s in a ministry-related field and goes exclusively toward tuition expenses.
|American Association of University Women
Advancing educational and professional opportunities for women.
|Anne Kumpuris Scholarship – St. Mark’s Episcopal Church – Little Rock, AR
Need-based for third-year enrollment seeking Holy Orders in the Episcopal Church of the United States of America.
|Champions for Christ
To assist students who are preparing for full-time Christian ministry.
|7/1 & 11/1||Both||No||Both||Learn More|
|Chaplain Samuel Grover Powell Scholarship
To provide scholarship assistance to students preparing for chaplaincy in any branch of the military.
|Various||Both||Chaplain Candidate||Both||Learn More|
|Diocesse of Mississippi
For young persons in Episcopal faiths.
|Dora Maclellan Brown Seminary Scholarship
Seeking a master’s degree at a theological seminary or graduate school approved by The Generosity Trust.
|Various||Both||Chattanooga, TN||Both||Learn More|
|Dubose Scholarship Fund
Need-based only, open to any postulant or seminarian of the Episcopal Church 35 and older, who is enrolled in an approved seminary.
|Episcopal Church Foundation – Academic Track
Those applying to the academic track must be engaged in or embarking on a course of study at the graduate level.
|Episcopal Church Foundation – Transformational Ministries Track
Ministries at the community or congregational level that will change individuals, groups, or communities in positive ways.
|Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania
The T. James Fernley, III scholarship is awarded to two full-time seminary students going into their senior year of study with the intention of being ordained. Applicants must be from the Diocese of Pennsylvania.
|Evangelical Educational Society
Grants are for innovative ministry projects, with evangelism at their core. They are NOT for tuition and fees.
|9/25/2017 & 2/5/2018||Both||No||TEC||Learn More|
|George Mercer Jr Memorial Scholarship Fund (Episcopal)
To provide support for the education of seminarians at all Episcopal seminaries. Fund distribution determined at each seminary. No application.
|Holy Trinity Centennial Scholarship Trust
Scholarship aid to persons actively involved in or committed to future participation in the ministry of the Episcopal Church.
|International Order of the King’s Daughters and Sons
Awarded to those in financial need who have answered God’s call on their lives and are enrolled in a Master of Divinity.
|Irene S Wischer Education Foundation
Scholarships to exceptional students, preference to applicants who are Christians and attend church regularly.
|Julie Ann Jones Memorial Theological Scholarship
Scholarship Contact: Sally M. Jones, P.O. Box 382, 205 North Market Street, Brenham, Texas 77833
|Knights Templar Educational Foundation
Provide financial assistance to students who meet the required qualifications, which may vary from state to state.
|Lex Mathews Scholarships for Women
To provide educational opportunities for women who have been in the workforce or who need to upgrade their skills.
|4/30||Both||Resident of Diocese||Both||Learn More|
|Logos Bible Software Seminary Scholarship
The scholarship is a one-time scholarship and is awarded to a different student every quarter.
|Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
For sons/daughters of current or former Marine or Marine Reservists 866-496-5462
|Military Chaplain Association
Support for training the next generation of chaplains.
|March – May||Both||Chaplain Candidate||Both||Learn More|
|Military Reserve Tuition Assistance
Members of the Selective Reserves are eligible for tuition assistance. Each branch determines how to administer its own.
|Opal Dancey Memorial Foundation
For those seeking a Master of Divinity degree and who will be serving in pulpit ministry – IL, IN, MI, MN, NY, OH, PA, WI.
|Pat Tillman Military Scholarship
Invests in military veterans and their spouses through academic scholarships based on merit.
|3/15||Both||Veterans and Military||Both||Learn More|
|Seminary Consultation on Mission
To encourage, cross-pollinate, and coordinate mission interests of the schools.
|Sheperd Scholarship – Scottish Rite Freemason
Must be affiliated with Masonic organization. The objective is to aid worthy candidates in obtaining baccalaureate or graduate.
|1/1 to 3/31||Both||No||Both||Learn More|
|Shepherds for the Savior
Ministry Education Grant Program supports Christian students studying for a ministry career.
|4/1 & 11/1||Both||No||Both||Learn More|
|The Episcopal Church
Over 60 scholarships are available through the Episcopal Church.
|The Estelle Beaumont Ellison Scholarship Fund
For individuals that show evidence of moral character, academic excellence, financial need, and regular participation in a Christian church.
|3/1||Both||San Antonio||TEC||Learn More|
|The Fund for Theological Education
Leadership incubator that inspires young people to make a difference in the world through Christian communities.
|The Order of the Daughters of the King – Master’s Fund
To assist Daughters and other women to attend school to prepare for missionary and other church-related work.
|The Roothbert Fund
To provide support to persons motivated by spiritual values – ME, NH, VT, RI, MA, CT, NY, NJ, PA, OH, DE, MD, DC, VA, WV, NC.
|2/1||Both||State Specific||Both||Learn More|
|The Scudder Association
Religious and Spiritual Studies
|The Society for the Increase of the Ministry
Need-based is on hold for 17-18, Merit-based requires bishops nomination by mid-February.
|2/15 or 3/31||Both||No||TEC||Learn More|
|Veda Sweeney Memorial Scholarship
A resident of Wisconsin who is preparing for Christian ministry and accepted into a seminary leading to ordination.
|William A. Heath Scholarship Trust
Contact: Lori Nichols – Relationship Associate – William Heath Educational Fund Third Floor, 600 Cleveland St. Clearwater, FL 33755-0200 – (727) 298-5935
Applications may be either current or new students and must be a female age 50 or over and be able to demonstrate financial need.
|October – January||Both||No||Both||Learn More|
|World Wide Baraca Philathea Union
World Wide Baraca Philathea Union Scholarship, 610 South Harlem Avenue, Freeport, IL 61032 – Scholarship for students preparing for ministry.
|1/1 to 3/31||Both||No||Both|