Scholarships

For all scholarships, we suggest you visit the posted website or correspond directly with the organization to request a scholarship application. Also, be sure to contact your Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) district and Lutheran Laymen’s League (LLL) for any scholarships which they may award.

American Legion – Commander’s Scholarship

Amount-$1,000

  • Deadline-April 20
  • Resident of the state of Missouri
  • Honorable discharge from the U.S. Armed Services with at least 90 days of service
  • Full-time student at an accredited institution in the state of Missouri
  • www.missourilegion.org/molegion_019.htm

Barber Scholarship

  • Deadline-May 31
  • Students from the Iroquois West School District of Illinois
  • Pursuing full time work in the church
  • ŸApplication can be requested at methodistof@att.net. Request must include complete mailing address as applications will be sent via postal mail.

Beta Sigma Psi Alumni Seminarian Scholarship

Amount-$1,000

Bethesda Lutheran Student Scholastic and Service Scholarship

Amount-$3,000

Biermann Memorial Scholarship

  • Deadline-April 30
  • Member of an LCMS church in the state of Missouri
  • Working toward a degree in church work
  • Download application here

Bill Raskob Foundation

This is a loan, not a scholarship or grant.

  • Deadline-May 15
  • Loans are interest free and repayment begins six months after graduation or studies are terminated.
  • Must be an American citizen
  • Enrolled in an accredited institution and taking actual coursework (i.e., no thesis, dissertation, vicarage, internship, etc.)
  • www.billraskob.org

California-Nevada-Hawaii (CNH) District LLL Scholarship

  • Deadline-July 1
  • Communicant member of a congregation in the CNH District
  • Preparing to enter full-time ministerial profession
  • Academic work that shows outstanding potential
  • Attending an LCMS school
  • http://www.cnh-lhm.org

Calihan Academic Fellowship – Acton Institute

  • Deadline-July 15 and Oct. 15
  • Seminary or graduate student
  • Studying theology, philosophy, religion, economics or related fields
  • Academic work that shows outstanding potential
  • Must demonstrate the potential to advance understanding in the relationship between theology and the principles of the free and virtuous society
  • www.acton.org/program/student_awards/calihan-academic-fellowship

Champions for Christ Scholarship

Church Mutual Cares Scholarship

Amount $5,000

Dora Maclellan Brown Ministry Scholarship

Ella B. Pelz Pastoral Endowment Fund

  • Deadline-March 1
  • M.Div or RAR student
  • Second-year or later student
  • Must demonstrate a strict, active commitment to traditional confessional Lutheran doctrine, as drawn from the Holy Bible by the Lutheran Confessions as contained in the Book of Concord and the historic Lutheran liturgy
  • Download application here

Gil and Blondie Vogt Scholarship

  • Deadline-April 15
  • Resident of Nebraska
  • Member of an LCMS church
  • Desire educational training to pursue an LCMS related vocation
  • Attending a seminary associated with the LCMS
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Apply by mail to:
    King of Kings Lutheran church
    Attn: Vogt Scholarship Committee Chairperson
    11615 “I” Street
    Omaha, NE 68137

Grade Potential Tutoring Scholarship

Amount $1,000

Hilda E. Bretzlaff Foundation

  • Deadline-May 15
  • Full time M.Div, RAR or Deaconess (residential) student
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Students must be moral, conservative and ambitious and must be a credit to America
  • Available in the Financial Aid Office after April 1

Indiana District LWML Scholarship

  • Deadline-March 15
  • Communicant member of a congregation in the Indiana District
  • Attending an LCMS college or university with approved enrollment
  • http://www.lwmlindiana.org/

Julie Ann Jones Memorial Theological Scholarship

  • Deadline-Jan. 31 and Aug. 31
  • Enrolled in theological related education
  • Students from Washington County, Texas, or surrounding counties are encouraged to apply
  • Applications can be requested by mail:
  • Sally M. Jones
    P.O. Box 382
    Brenham, TX 77834

Juliette M. Atherton Scholarship – Seminary Studies

Justin Haruyama Ministerial Scholarship Fund

  • Deadline-May 29
  • Full time student attending an accredited Protestant seminary in the United States
  • Japanese ancestry
  • Preparing for a ministerial degree intending to serve a Japanese-American congregation
  • www.jauc.org/haruyama/

Kansas District LLL and LWML Scholarships

Ludwig and Lizette Fincke Endowment Fund

Amount: TBD

  • Deadline-September 15
  • Members of Zion Lutheran Church in Belleville, Ill. will be given priority
  • M.Div. students with 3.5 GPA or above
  • Strong academic background in exegetical, historical and systematic theology
  • Applicant shall be unequivocally committed to and subscribe in writing to, orthodox, biblical confessional doctrines of the LCMS and shall not subscribe to the ordination of homosexuals or women to the pastoral ministry
  • Applicant shall submit either a paper of 20 pages previously prepared for a seminary class or prepare a manuscript on an issue of contemporary interest to the church
  • Essays will be submitted to the financial aid office

Mary E. Bivins Foundation Ministry Scholarship

  • Deadline-January 31
  • Amount $3,500 per semester
  • Resident of one of the northernmost counties of the Texas panhandle
  • United States citizen
  • Intending to serve as a public pastor upon graduation
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or graduate GPA of 3.0
  • Must enroll in and pass nine credit hours each semester
  • www.bivinsfoundations.org/scholarships

Missouri District LLL Scholarship

Missouri District LWML Scholarship

  • Deadline-April 15
  • Communicant member of an LCMS congregation in the state of Missouri one year prior to application
  • Working towards a degree that leads to a career in church work
  • Enrolled full time at an LCMS college or university
  • http://www.missourilwml.org

Munderloh Ministerial Scholarship Foundation

Amount: $3,000

  • Deadline-June 15
  • Full time M.Div or RAR (residential) student
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Applications must be returned to the Financial Aid Office
  • www.munderloh.org/applications.html

Myron J. Walker Scholarship

Nebraska South District LWML Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

  • Deadline-June 1
  • Resident of the Nebraska South District
  • Enrolled full time at an LCMS college or university
  • Must plan to be in full time professional service for the church upon completion of studies
  • Selection based on academic achievement, leadership, church involvement and financial need
  • lwmlnesouth.homestead.com/donations.html

Opal Dancey Memorial Foundation

Pamela Ann Prevallet Hymn Writing Competition

Amount: $1,000 – $3,000

  • Deadline-August 1
  • Pursuing a Master of Divinity degree
  • Students must have completed vicarage
  • Students must submit an original hymn text to be used in ministry
  • Hymn must have multiple stanzas and be rooted in biblical teaching
  • Entries should be submitted to the Financial Aid office

Our Savior Lutheran Church Seminary Scholarship

Richard E. Herman Emerging Leader Award

Amount: $4,000

  • Deadline-August 1
  • Any student between the ages of 18 and 35
  • Professional or volunteer efforts are challenging the systems that perpetuate poverty
  • Effective leadership
  • www.wheatridge.org/emergingleader

Siebert Lutheran Foundation

St. John’s College Alumni Association

The Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church of North Minneapolis Scholarship

  • April 30
  • Amount: $8,000
  • Member of a congregation of the Minnesota South District
  • Pursuing a career in professional or lay ministry
  • Full-time student
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • www.infaithfound.org/newsgrants/scholarships

The International Order of King’s Daughters and Sons

  • Deadline-April 1
  • Full time student M.Div student
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Application can be requested at: studentministrydirector.kds@gmail.com. Requests must state how you were made aware of the scholarship and institution’s name.

The Kosciuszko Foundation Scholarship

Amount: $1,000 – $7,000

  • Deadline-January 5
  • United States citizen or permanent resident of Polish descent
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Full time student in any Graduate program
  • www.thekf.org/kf/scholarships/about/

The Rev. David V. and Judith Dissen Excellence in the Study of the Lutheran Confessions Scholarship Fund

  • Deadline-May 15
  • M.Div and RAR student
  • Second year or later student
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5
  • Demonstrate a “quia” subscription to the Lutheran Confessions
  • Confess that Holy Scripture is the “norma Normans” of our Christian doctrine, faith and life, and that the Holy Scriptures are indeed inspired, inerrant and infallible
  • Download Here

The Rev. Dr. Eric W. Gritsch Memorial Fund

  • Deadline-October 1
  • M.Div and Graduate Students
  • Must write 700-1000 word essay on varying topics
  • Three awards given ($750, $500 and $250)
  • www.ericwgritsch.org

Tulare County Lutheran Scholarship Program

  • Deadline-April 30
  • Current or former resident of Tulare County, Calif.
  • Enrolled in an accredited graduate school
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and maintain a GPA of 3.0 in graduate school
  • www.infaithfound.org

Trinity Lutheran Foundation Scholarship

W. B. Small Trust

  • Deadline-May 15
  • M.Div student
  • Full time student
  • Attending an accredited seminary
  • Must have lived or currently live in Iowa
  • Click here to apply online

Wampner-Hoffmyer Scholarship

  • Deadline-June 1
  • Resident of the Indiana District of LCMS three years prior to application
  • Enrolled in an educational program to become a Pastor
  • Download Application Here

William J. Wolf Memorial Scholarship Fund

WomenLead Scholarship

  • Amount $3,000
  • Deadline April 30
  • Female student attending the Seminary
  • Must be eager to lead through action, innovative vision and faith-inspired passion
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Demonstrate active Christian faith and practice
  • Be involved in civic engagement, social change and service, and demonstrate a history of involvement
  • https://www.infaithfound.org/newsgrants/scholarships

Wyoming District LWML Scholarship

Scholarship Search

There are many websites that allow students to search for scholarships for which they may be eligible. We encourage students to spend some time searching and applying for outside scholarships in order to reduce student loan debt.