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Scholarships from Non-VTS Sources

Sources Listing Multiple Scholarships:

A limited listing of scholarships for seminary:

The Episcopal Church offers a number of scholarships to support seminarians in their studies, especially students from racial and ethnic minority backgrounds.

The Fund for Theological Education supports those discerning and exploring ministry as a vocation. Their FundFinder lists other sources for financial aid. 

Foundation Grants for Individuals lists sources for grants and scholarships. There is a monthly or annual fee charged for searching. For VTS students, free online access to the Foundation's scholarship listings is available in the VTS computer lab.

Scholarships for Evangelism Projects:

Evangelical Education Society (EES) awards grants up to $5,000 to Episcopal students, faculty, staff and their families who are members of ATS-accredited seminary communities.  They support ministry projects that take the gospel to the unchurched, bring new evangelical vigor to parish churches, and help believers to understand and articulate the Christian faith.  Projects must include an immediate element of evangelism, either through teaching, preaching, or other means of program delivery; strictly pilgrimage and cross-cultural immersion trips do not qualify. Applications are on their website.  Deadline is approximately February 1 for May-August projects, and September 1 for December-March projects.

Scholarships and Grants:

Callihan Academic Fellowships provide scholarships and research grants to theology students whose academic performance and research show outstanding potential, with a particular focus on work in the area of theology and a free and virtuous society. Grants of up to $3,000 are awarded for one-year only, although students may reapply and compete in future years. Deadline is July 15.

Church Training and Deaconess House Scholarship Fund supports Episcopalian women in a graduate program to further their lay or ordained ministry. Made possible by the Diocese of Pennsylvania, grants range from $2,000-3,000 and are renewable upon reapplication. Deadline is March 21.

Holy Trinity Centennial Trust Scholarship assists students studying to be involved in lay or ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church or the Anglican Communion. Deadline is March 31.

The Daniel R. Hoover Scholarship supports graduate students studying in the field of ministry who exhibit financial need, academic merit, and community service, with preference given to students from North Carolina and secondarily to those attending a school in the South. Deadline is January 27.

The International Order of The King's Daughters and Sons has a Student Ministry Scholarship Department which grants financial aid to Master of Divinity students preparing for a full-time religious vocation with a B grade average or better.  Request applications between January 1 and March 31.  Deadline is April 30.

The Anne Kumpuris Scholarship honors academic achievement by a seminarian seeking ordination in the Episcopal Church. One scholarship of $10,000 is awarded annually to a student entering the second or third year of studies. Deadline is May 15.

Military Chaplain Candidate Scholarship is available to full-time seminarians who plan to be a military chaplain and who have an appointment or are in active service as a "Chaplain Candidate" in one of the Armed Services.  Deadline is March 15.

The Order of the Daughters of the King offers need-based scholarships from its Masters Fund for Daughters and other women who are members of the Episcopal Church, the Anglican Communion, or churches in communion with the Episcopal Church who are studying for leadership and service within the church.  Deadline is March 15 for Fall and October 1 for Spring or Summer awards.

Point Foundation oversees the National LGBTQ Scholarship Fund, which awards scholarships to graduate students who demonstrate academic achievement, financial need, leadership, and involvement in the LGBTQ community.  Applications must be completed online and the initial step must be submitted by January 14.

The Roothbert Fund awards scholarships for candidates who have excellent grades and are "motivated by spiritual values" they seek to manifest in everyday life, with preference given to those considering a career in teaching/education. Applications are available on their website from November 1 through January 31.  Deadline is February 1.

The Scudder Association
awards educational grants based on academic merit and financial need to students studying the field of ministry. Complete an application obtained at their website and then contact the VTS Office of Financial Aid for the referring association member's name (as required on the scholarship application).  Deadline is April 15. A comprehensive, filterable, listing of over 160 scholarships available to seminary students

Shepherd Scholarship from the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry is for students from a Masonic or Scottish Rite background who are studying for degrees that "benefit the human race."  Applications are available online.  Deadline is March 31. 

World Wide Baraca Philathea Union, 610 South Harlem Avenue, Freeport, IL  61032 awards scholarships to seminarians.  Deadline is March 31.

Scholarships Based on Geographical Areas:

Ethel N. Bowen Foundation, Inc. (P.O. Box 1559 Bluefield, WV) offers grant award to students from Southern West Virginia and Southwestern Virginia.

Bohnett Memorial Foundation Grants for students who are residents of western Washington; secondary consideration given to residents of California, Colorado, and Hawaii.  Students must have "a genuine faith in God and seek, through additional training, to address the needs of families today." 

The Order of the Eastern Star, through state-specific chapters, offer training awards for religious leadership to students pursuing studies towards full-time religious service or ministry.

The Estelle Beaumont Ellison Scholarship Fund for persons who are canonically resident in the Diocese of West Texas.  Deadline March 1.

Hampton Roads Community Foundation offers scholarships specifically for students pursuing ordained ministry from the Diocese of Southern Virginia who attend VTS.  Deadline April 1.

William Heath Educational Fund for young men under the age of 35 who have graduated from a southeastern U.S. high school (in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia) now studying for ministry.  Contact the Fund in c/o Bank of America, 600 Cleveland Street, Third Floor, Clearwater, FL 33755.  Deadline June 30.

The Charles McCamic Foundation for persons who are canonically resident in the Diocese of West Virginia. Contact Thomas G. Byrun, Byrum Law Office, Woodsdale Center, #600, 1021 National Road, Wheeling, WV 26003.

Julie Ann Jones Memorial Fund for seminarians from Texas with preference given to Washington and surrounding counties. Awards are made in early September and February and based on need.  Their preference is to support an individual throughout seminary, but students must fulfill any requirements.  Contact Sally M. Jones, P.O. Box 382, Brenham, TX  77833. 

Opal Dancey Memorial Foundation awards grants to Master of Divinity students who live or have lived in a Great Lakes state.  Applications are available online in January and must be submitted online by April 15.

W.B. Small Trust awards grants of $2,500 to full-time Master in Divinity students with a strong Iowa connection.  Recipients are selected based upon financial need, degree of Iowa connection, and academic record.  Deadline May 15.

The Clyde E. and Rae E. Whitney Scholarship is a $1,000 award granted by the Episcopal Diocese of Nebraska to provide support for a female resident of Nebraska or Episcopal Province VI who is currently pursuing or desires to pursue studies in theology, Christian education, or sacred music.  Applications are available online and must be submitted online by June 1.
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