Merit Scholarship


The King-Mitchell Merit Scholarship Prizes were established by a bequest from the estates of Howard King and his sister Ruth King Mitchell.  These one-time scholarship prizes of up to $5,000 each are awarded independently of our need-based aid program, and are intended to encourage academic excellence and foster potential in the broadest expression of theological education.  They are awarded on a competitive basis to entering master's degree students who complete all admissions requirements (with particular attention to GPA, GRE scores if submitted, and academic references) and submit an original entrance essay (maximum 1,500 words) specifically for scholarship prize consideration by the designated deadline.  For August/Fall 2016 admission, all application materials for the scholarship prize must be received by the Office of Admissions by March 1, 2016.  For returning students interested in submitting an application, a VTS transcript and the original essay must be received by the Office of Admissions by April 26, 2016.

The entrance essay will address one of the following questions:

The declaration made by Episcopal clergy in the ordination service contains the following words:
       I solemnly declare that I do believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Word of God, and to contain all things necessary to salvation. 

What does this claim mean about the role of Scripture in the life of the Episcopal Church? How is it similar or different from claims made about the Bible in other Christian denominations of which you are aware?


In Eucharist, the priest generally says “the peace of the Lord be with you” after the penitential prayer and absolution.

What does the “peace of the Lord” mean in the Bible? Please discuss three major theological views of the term in church history. How can it be applied to the mission the church in the world today?

Please limit your essay to 1,500 words.  Essays should be formatted in 12 point font, and double spaced.