Regent Awards

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis’ Regent Awards are designed to help future pastors overcome financial barriers and fulfill their call to ministry. The Regent Awards consist of eight separate grants available to students who demonstrate great potential, and represent varying amounts of aid, including two grants covering full tuition.

Regent grants will be awarded by the Seminary’s scholarship committee, and will be automatically renewed for one pre-vicarage year and one post-vicarage year.

Awards

Members of each incoming class in the Master of Divinity and Residential Alternate Route programs may be eligible for the following awards. Criteria for consideration of these awards include a superlative academic record, recommendations, faculty interviews and demonstrated church and community involvement.

The Martin Scharlemann and Robert Kolb Grants. Two grants will be awarded that include full tuition for up to 30 hours per academic year. Recipients also will receive a cash stipend of $4,500, paid monthly throughout the academic year. Recipients of this aid will not be eligible for other Seminary-based financial aid; however, external awards, grants and aid, including support from a home congregation or district, are permitted and will be credited to the student’s account without reducing the grant.

The Timothy and Titus and Barnabas Grants. Two grants will be awarded that include full tuition for up to 30 hours in an academic year. Recipients of this aid will not be eligible for other Seminary-based financial aid; however, external awards, grants and aid, including support from a home congregation or district, are permitted and will be credited to the student’s account without reducing the grant.

The Urban and Rural Grants. Two grants will be awarded to candidates who competed for, but were not awarded, the previously described Regent grants. Recipients will receive an additional 25 percent discount on the published tuition rate for up to 15 credit hours per academic term of the regular academic year.

The Sword of the Spirit Grants. Two grants will be awarded to candidates who competed for, but were not awarded, the previously described Regent grants. Recipients will receive $1,000 per academic year.

Other Financial Aid Opportunities

Scholarships

We encourage students to apply to independent foundations that support ministerial and theological education through the distribution of grants and scholarships.

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Student Loans

Post-baccalaureate students are eligible for unsubsidized loans only. The federal direct unsubsidized loan program is not need based and provides loans based on the student’s total cost of attendance and anticipated financial assistance.

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Presidential Awards

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis’ Presidential Awards provide financial aid opportunity for incoming students who graduate from the colleges and universities of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (CUS) or Valparaiso University (VU), and who have who have applied to a program in Ministerial Formation at Concordia Seminary.

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District Support

To apply for district support, visit the CUS website. 

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