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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 those applying for August/Fall 2017 admission, all application materials for the scholarship prize must be received by the Office of Admissions by March 1, 2017.  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 21, 2017.

Please see below for the essay prompt:

Write an essay in length between 1,000 and 1,500 words on one of the following topics:

Black Live Matter
Climate Change
Reverence
Tradition
 
Guidelines: The essay should be directed to a general audience.  It should approach the topic with a clear   focus or concern, explaining why it is important and suggesting ways one should think about it. The essay should be informed by religious faith and by reference to texts, events, personalities, or ideals important to that faith.  It is not, however to be a defense for Christian faith so much as an exploration of the topic at hand.
 
In your essay writing, the committee is looking for: Writing fluency, clarity of focus, concreteness, appropriateness of the examples offered, breadth of reflections, engagement of different points of view, development of ideas, and coherence of argument.
 
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