Like any other field of academic study, theology offers a wide range of discipline-specific scholarships to outstanding students. Each theology scholarship has its own requirements and specific criteria for eligibility. While the award amounts vary, it is entirely possible you can find a great theology scholarship that meets your needs. It is also worth bearing in mind that many colleges and universities offer internal scholarships as well, in addition to national and international scholarship opportunities. Check out this list of 25 awesome scholarships in theology and see if you can find one that’s right for you.
1. Mark B. Holzman Scholarship
This scholarship is only open to Delaware residents taking graduate-level courses in dentistry, law, medicine or theology. Unlike many scholarships, the Mark B. Holzman Scholarship does not currently have a website for application. Applications are processed through snail-mail only, and the annual application deadline is June 1st.
Mark B. Holzman Scholarship Trust
c/o Wilmington Trust Company
Att: Personal Trust and Private Banking
3 South DuPont Highway
Georgetown, DE 19947-2802
2. Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship Fund
This scholarship is restricted to high school students graduating from high schools in King, Pierce or Snohomish County in Washington State and who intend to pursue higher education in the state of Washington. Applications are only available through students’ high schools, and the students’ high schools must nominate them for receipt of the scholarship. The annual deadline is March 1st, and the annual award is $2,000 which is renewable for up to four years.
3. Ohio Baptist Education Society Scholarship
This scholarship is only available to college juniors and seniors who are going into full-time missions or ministerial positions, are permanent residents of the state of Ohio, and are members of an American Baptist Church based in Ohio. Scholarships are awarded annually, with an April 1st deadline for application and awards announced in July.
4. Lilly Scholarships in Religion for Journalists
This scholarship is available to full-time journalists and editors working in the US and Canada who are attending a seminary, parochial institution or college or university with divinity or seminary courses offered. The list of restrictions and qualifications is highly detailed, but the $5,000 payout makes this well worth considering. It is worth noting that work in secular media does not disqualify an applicant for this scholarship.
5. Charlotte W. Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship
The Charlotte W. Newcombe Fellowship is for students who have entered the writing stage of their doctoral dissertation with a focus on humanities, ethics or religion. Each candidate’s dissertation is expected to significantly advance the academic study of ethics or religion. Candidates for the Newcombe Fellowship may not have been previously awarded any similar fellowship and must be actively working toward the completion of their dissertations.
6. Thomas G. Labrecque Smart Start Scholarship Program
This scholarship, administered by J.P. Morgan, offers students from New York City full tuition less any financial aid at selected colleges, internship opportunities, and much more! All applicants must be in the top 15% of their class with a minimum combined SAT of 1000 or ACT of 21 and present personal and academic recommendations at the time of application. Financial need and academic performance along with personal character traits are considered qualifying factors for eligibility.
7. Stoody-West Graduate Fellowship
This scholarship is intended for postgraduate United Methodist Church students who intend to move on to full-time work in print or electronic media such as radio or television and who demonstrate high moral character and commitment to the Church and excellence in their chosen field. The award for this scholarship is $6,000.
8. Presbyterian Church-U.S.A. Student Opportunity Scholarships
This scholarship aids students who have passed their freshman year of college and who are members in good standing of the Presbyterian Church. The awards range up to $2,000, and the submissions packet is in two parts with Part 1 due on May 15th and Part 2 due on June 15th.
9. Muktabodha Indological Research Institute Fellowships
This scholarship is intended for graduate students with an active interest in Indian schools of thought and religion such as Hindu Tantra and Kashmir Shaivism. Awards and available scholarship and fellowship options vary.
10. Marguerite Young Endowment Fund
This endowment is designed for students of theology at an accredited university, seminary or theological school who are pursuing Christian ministry as a final career goal.
11. Jewish Community Center (JCC) North American Graduate Scholarship
This graduate-level scholarship helps students with an interest in working within the Jewish community as part of a local Jewish Community Center. Awards range up to a maximum of $10,000 for one- or two-year programs.
12. Dora Maclellan Brown Seminary Scholarship
This scholarship is for students from the Chattanooga, Tennessee area who maintain Biblical and theological conservatism and who intend to make ministry or missionary work their post-collegiate career. This scholarship was inactive for the 2014 year, but does plan to offer awards for the Spring 2015 and Fall 2015 college sessions.
13. 21st Century Scholarships for Pastoral Leadership
The 21st Century Scholarships for Pastoral Leadership offer full tuition to qualified applicants. Nominations are made by clergy, congregation leaders or synod representatives, with final decisions made by a committee consisting of church leaders and faculty at Wartburg College. This scholarship is intended for seminary or theological studies students.
14. Disciples Home Missions
The Disciples Home Missions scholarship is open to graduate students who are members in good standing of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the US and Canada. Ethnic and racial derivation may change the requirements for application, but demonstrated financial need and letters of recommendation from educators and clergy are required from all applicants.
15. Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE)
FTE offers a range of undergraduate and graduate scholarships for the exploration and continuing study of theology and ministry. Preference is given to students who have attended FTE discernment retreats and summits, and who are sponsored by a mentoring organization with whom they will work closely throughout the term of the scholarship or grant to fulfill the objectives and requirements of their award.
16. Allan Jerome Burry Scholarship
This undergraduate scholarship is designed for United Methodist Church member students who are actively engaged in youth or chaplaincy programs at their institutions. Preference is given to students seeking to enter the ministry as a vocation. This is a one-year award, but candidates may be nominated multiple times.
17. Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts Scholarship
This scholarship assists United Methodist Church member students who are actively pursuing a career in sacred music with their studies. Amounts vary but generally average $1,000. Examples of people who may use this include choristers, musicians, and choral soloists.
18. Juliette M. Atherton Scholarship – Seminary Studies
Children of Protestant ministers residing in Hawaii or students wishing to work toward a Protestant ministry in Hawaii are eligible for this scholarship. During 2013-2014, the total awards paid out for this scholarship reached over $130,000.
19. Rosalie Bentzinger Scholarship
The Rosalie Bentzinger Scholarship is intended for doctoral students in Christian Education who are active members of the United Methodist Church and have been accepted to a doctorate program. This scholarship is paid in the form of a $5,000 award to assist with tuition-related expenses.
20. UCC Seminarian Scholarships
There are a number of scholarships available through the United Church of Christ, each with its own requirements and qualifiers. These scholarships help students from undergraduate through doctoral studies and range in amounts from $400 up. Preference is given to students of theology who intend to undertake ministry after graduation.
21. John Sarrin Scholarship
The John Sarrin Scholarship is administered by the United Society of Friends Women, and is limited to members of the Quaker Church who are and remain in good standing with the tenets of the Quaker faith.
22. Mary E. Bivins Religious Scholarship Program
The Mary E. Bivins Scholarship offers an award of $2,500 per semester for undergraduates and $3,500 per semester for graduate students studying divinity. Preference and precedence are given to those students working with an eye toward pulpit-based ministry. This scholarship is available annually.
23. A. Elwood Sanner Scholarship
This scholarship is restricted to freshmen through seniors who are studying or intend to study philosophy or theology at Northwest Nazarene University in Idaho. The application deadline is January 31st.
24. Audria Mae Blount Bowman Scholarship
The Audria Mae Blount Bowman Scholarship is available to students attending any campus of King University as a ministerial student or Christian worker. One student is chosen for a $400 award to assist with tuition-related expenses.
25. Eastern Star Training Awards Scholarship
This scholarship offers $1,000 awards to recipients undertaking religious training at an accredited university and who are members or relatives of members of the Order of the Eastern Star or their satellite and sister organizations. Applications are processed and voted upon at the chapter level for nomination and endorsement. Applicants may receive this scholarship no more than twice.