Scholarships and Grants
The School of Divinity provides aid in the form of scholarships and grants and has partnered with various external ministry organizations and churches to help provide aid to divinity students. Listed are various forms of aid which may be available for the prospective divinity student at Gardner-Webb University.
Scholarships and Grants Offered by Gardner-Webb University
Christian Service Organization Scholarship
The CSO Scholarship Fund was created so private donors could partner together with students training to enter the ministry field. Applicants must enroll in the School of Divinity, must register for nine (9) or more semester hours, complete the Student Aid Profile, and must meet certain financial need criteria to qualify. Awards may vary and will be given by the credit hour for eligible applicants.
GWU Theological Grant
The GWU Theological Grant is a form of assistance through Gardner-Webb University to aid seminarians enrolled at the School of Divinity. Applicants must complete the Student Aid Profile, must register for nine (9) or more semester hours, and meet certain financial need criteria to qualify. Awards may vary and will be given by the credit hour for eligible applicants.
Scholarships and Grants Offered by Partner Institutions
C.B. Keesee Educational Fund, Inc.
This educational fund provides assistance to seminarians who are residents of NC, SC, or VA and are members of a Baptist church in one of those states.
Master of Divinity Students:
Eligible applicants must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours of classes for part-time grants and 9 credit hours of classes for full-time grants. Applicants are expected to plan to enter full-time Baptist ministry or religious work in the Baptist denomination. Full-time grants may be awarded up to $5,900/yr and part-time grants up to $3,375/yr. Applications must be submitted by April 1 of each year for a full year of funding. Applications for spring only funding must be submitted by October 1 of each year.
Doctor of Ministry Students:
Eligible applicants must be Baptist engaged in the Baptist ministry. Grants will be need-based, which will require applicants to apply annually and to complete a budget sheet. Awards will be in the amount of $2,500 per year for a maximum of three years. Applications must be submitted by May 1 of each year for a full year of funding. Applications for spring only funding must be submitted by November 1 of each year.
For more information, visit www.cbkeesee.com.
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (National)
This scholarship is sponsored by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and provides assistance for Baptist students who are members of a CBF affiliated church and adhere to CBF principles and the moderate Baptist movement. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need, commitment to serve in Baptist life in keeping with the mission statement of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, and potential success in theological education and ministry. Students must be enrolled full-time. Award amounts are $2,000/semester and up to $1,000 for traveling expenses associated with required travel the student must make to the CBF National General Assembly.
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (State Affiliation)
Scholarships may be available through individual state CBF offices requiring students to be members of a CBF affiliated church and adhere to CBF principles and the moderate Baptist movement. Applicants must demonstrate potential leadership for CBF churches and will be required to attend their state’s general assembly. Students must be enrolled full-time. The following states provide scholarship assistance through their CBF office: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Award amounts will vary.
- Alabama - www.alabamacbf.org
- Florida - www.floridacbf.org
- Georgia - www.cbfga.org
- Kentucky - www.kybf.org
- North Carolina - www.cbfnc.org
- South Carolina - www.cbfofsc.org
- Tennessee - www.tncbf.org
Baptist Women in Ministry Scholarship - North Carolina
The Baptist Women in Ministry Scholarship is awarded one time per year to a Baptist woman enrolled in the School of Divinity preparing for vocational Christian ministry. Candidates must demonstrate leadership ability in church/community and a desire to serve in a Baptist context. Awards may be up to $1,000 per year. This scholarship is determined by the faculty and staff of the School of Divinity. For more information, contact the School of Divinity Admissions Office.
Baptist Women in Ministry Scholarship - Georgia
The Sara Owen Etheridge Scholarship program through the BWIM of Georgia is awarded annually to a Baptist woman who has been a resident of the state of Georgia or attends a Georgia theological institute and has completed at least 30 hours of seminary education at the Masters or Doctoral level. With regards to the School of Divinity at GWU and its location in North Carolina, this would make eligible any enrolled female M.Div. student who has accumulated at least 30 hours of seminary work and is a resident of Georgia. The award amount is up to $1,500 per academic year and applications are due in March. If your residency still remains in Georgia and you qualify based on the requirements, please contact the School of Divinity Office of Admissions.
Edna R. Harris Memorial Scholarship
The Edna R. Harris Memorial Scholarship is available to women who have completed a Bachelor’s level of formal education and who are or will be enrolled in an accredited seminary/divinity school. Applicants must be NC residents, active members of an NC Baptist Church, demonstrate financial need, a clear call to the ministry, preferably missions, and maintain a 3.0 GPA. Applications must be submitted by March 1.
Baptist Foundation of SC Scholarship
The Baptist Foundation of South Carolina holds several endowments from which scholarships are paid. Scholarships are for SC students and Gardner-Webb School of Divinity students from SC may apply. The Foundation receives applications and then matches the applicant to the scholarship to which it most closely qualifies. The scholarship committee establishes a standard award amount each year based on the amount of monies available and the number of qualifying applications received. Scholarships are paid in the summer. The application deadline for each year is April 30. Applications must be received or postmarked by April 30 to be eligible for the coming academic year. For more information, contact the School of Divinity Office of Admissions.
American Baptist Home Mission Societies Scholarship
The Office of Financial Aid for Studies of the American Baptist Home Mission Societies provides scholarship programs for members of churches related to American Baptist Churches USA. Students who are members of American Baptist Churches USA congregations and who are enrolled in a seminary or divinity school that is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools may apply for a scholarship. Applications for the 2012-2013 academic year will be available beginning January 23, 2012. Applications must be submitted by May 31, 2012. For more information, please visit www.nationalministries.org/education/financial_aid/index.cfm or call ABHM at 800.ABC.3USA, ext. 2067.
William G. and Margaret B. Frasier Scholarship Fund
The trust fund was established to provide scholarships for students who are residents of North Carolina and are studying in the Baptist Ministry. Applicants must be studying in the Baptist Ministry, be residents of North Carolina, demonstrate financial need, and plan on attending an accredited theological seminary. More information can be obtained online at www.csascholars.com. Award amounts will vary.
Blackwell Memorial Fund Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to assist worthy students who feel called, and who are going, into their life career of ministering at the Baptist Church or churches within North Carolina. First priority will be given to persons who are members of FBC Winston-Salem, NC; Second priority to persons who are residents of Forsyth County, NC or members of a church in Forsyth County, NC; Third priority to all other persons who are residents of NC and members of NC Baptist Churches. Application deadline is May 15. For more information, contact the School of Divinity Office of Admissions or contact First Baptist Church c/o Blackwell Memorial Fund 501 W. Fifth Street Winston-Salem, NC 27101; (336) 722-2558.
Risden P. Reece Scholarship
This scholarship fund is designed for students who are enrolled in graduate theological education, demonstrate academic achievement, financial need, high personal character and leadership. Interested applicants may apply online at www.csascholars.com by January 21, 2015.
The Daniel R. Hoover Scholarship
Students who are pursuing ministerial studies in any accredited college or university located in North Carolina may apply. The deadline is January 21, 2015. Interested applicants may apply online at www.csascholars.org.
Craig Holbrook Parham Scholarship
This scholarship fund of the First Baptist Church of Greenwood, SC, was established to provide scholarship assistance to students pursuing degrees from accredited theological seminaries for full-time Christian service. The grants usually amount to $500 to $1,000 per recipient. The application deadline is April 30. For more information, contact the School of Divinity Office of Admissions; or contact First Baptist Church by phone (864) 229-5557; by mail First Baptist Church, 722 Grace St., Greenwood, SC 29649; or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donald Ray Watson Christian Scholarship
Goshen Baptist Church has established this scholarship fund to assist those students who are studying towards vocational Christian ministry. Awards usually range from $1,000 – $2,000 per semester. First preference will be given to Baptist students from Brunswick County, NC, and second preference to NC students. For more information, contact Goshen Baptist Church by email email@example.com; by phone (910) 371-6899; by mail Goshen Baptist Church, 4124 Mt. Misery Rd. NE, Leland, NC 28451.
Charles C. Coffey Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established in memory of the late Dr. Charles C. Coffey who served as pastor of FBC Kannapolis, NC. Students who are currently enrolled or preparing to attend seminary or divinity school may be eligible to apply for this scholarship each fall and spring semester. The application deadline for fall funding is August 1 of each year. The application deadline for spring funding is December 1 of each year. For more information, visit www.firstbaptistkannapolis.com or contact the School of Divinity Office of Admissions.
North Carolina International Missionary Fellowship Scholarship
This scholarship provides funds for seminarians who will serve as international missionaries. Students who have an affiliation with a North Carolina Baptist church, are recommended by at least one North Carolina Baptist church, and who demonstrate financial need may apply for the North Carolina International Missionary Fellowship Scholarship. Recipients of the scholarship are required to serve on the mission field for a minimum of two years following graduation from divinity school. Failure to meet this requirement will result in repayment of the scholarship. For more information, please contact the School of Divinity Office of Admissions.
Bullard Family Fund Scholarship
Students residing in North Carolina who are preparing for full-time Christian ministry and are members or their parent(s) are members of a church associated with the NC Baptist State Convention, may be eligible for a scholarship from the Bullard Family Fund. Scholarship amounts will vary and students must apply for this scholarship by January 15 of each year. For more information, visit www.ncbaptistfoundation.org or contact the School of Divinity Office of Admissions.
Luther H. Butler Student Loan Fund
This fund can provide loans to students attending the School of Divinity at Gardner-Webb University. Students can receive up to $12,000 per school year with payments being deferred until after graduation. For more information, visit www.ncbaptistfoundation.org or contact the School of Divinity Office of Admissions.
Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV)
The BGAV offers Ministerial Educational Fund scholarships for ministerial students from cooperating churches of the BGAV who need aid in financing their graduate education in preparation for vocational ministry. The awards are for full-time or part-time students studying at an accredited divinity school or seminary. Awards may be up to $5000 per year. The deadline to apply for the Ministerial Educational Fund Scholarship is April 1. To learn more, visit http://www.vbmb.org/scholarships/.
Virginia Baptist Foundation Scholarship
The Virginia Baptist Foundation provides merit and need-based scholarships to deserving Virginia Baptist students. Students must be full-time, active members of a cooperating Baptist General Association of Virginia church, and maintain a 2.5 GPA. Applications must be submitted by April 1. For more information, visit www.vbfinc.org or contact the School of Divinity Office of Admissions.
Harvesters' Scholarship Foundation
Harvesters’ Scholarship Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides financial relief for Christian evangelical seminary students who are preparing to serve on the mission field. Master of Divinity students who are enrolled full-time in a divinity school or seminary that is accredited by The Association of Theological Schools, who intend to serve as missionaries after graduation, who have a GPA of 3.0 or better in their theological studies, and who demonstrate financial need may apply for scholarship assistance. Applications will be available for the 2012-2013 academic year in February. Applications must be submitted by May 31, 2012. For more information, visit www.harvestersscholarship.com or email HarvestersScholarship@hotmail.com.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Founded in 1975, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund has awarded over $300 million in scholarships over the past 35 years and has supported a broad range of outreach and education programs to help students and their families navigate collegiate life, from gaining admission and securing financial aid to finding employment after graduation. Scholarship funding is available to students who have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale, are U.S. citizens or are legal permanent residents with valid permanent resident cards or passports stamped I-551, are pursuing their first graduate degree, have completed the Free Applications for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and are enrolled or planned to be enrolled as full-time graduate students in a regionally accredited institution. For additional information about individual scholarships and deadlines, please visit www.hsf.net.
The International Order of the King's Daughters and Sons Student Ministry Scholarships
The International Order of the King’s Daughters and Sons is an interdenominational Christian service organization, which provides scholarships to ministerial students. These scholarships are for full-time graduate students who are citizens of the U.S. or Canada and are studying for a Master of Divinity degree, preferably with the purpose of becoming ministers of an organized congregation. Applicants must have a 3.0 G.P.A. or better for all graduate and undergraduate work and must attend a school or seminary accredited by the Association of Theological Schools. Awards may be up to $1000 per academic year and are for tuition only. Application forms may be requested from January 1, 2012 – March 31, 2012, and applications must be submitted by April 30, 2012. For more information and/or to receive a scholarship, please visit www.oikds.org and/or call the organization at 1-716-357-4951.
John Gyles Education Awards
John Gyles Education Awards are available each year to students in both Canada and the United States. They are the result of a private, benevolent endeavor established in 1990. One $500 scholarship will be offered in 2012. Full-time graduate students who have a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale may apply. Applications must be submitted by no later than June 1, 2012. For more information, please visit www.johngyleseducationcenter.com.
Marguerite Young Endowment Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation
Marguerite Young was a sincere Christian woman who was a faithful member of her church and an unwavering supporter of theological education for the training of faithful Christian ministers. The Marguerite Young Endowment Fund provides scholarship assistance to seminarians who are pursuing the Master of Divinity degree at a seminary/divinity school that is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools, who are committed to vocational Christian ministry, and who are academically successful (minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale is required). Applications must be submitted by March 31, 2012. For more information and to obtain an application, please visit http://www.pittsburghfoundation.org/node/1659.
MCA Chaplain Candidate Scholarship Program
The Military Chaplains Association provides the MCA Chaplain Candidate Scholarship to seminarians who are preparing to serve as military chaplains. Full-time students who are pursuing the Master of Divinity degree at a seminary/divinity that is affiliated with the Association of Theological Schools, who have received ecclesiastical endorsement of their call to military chaplaincy, and who have been appointed as “Chaplain Candidates” in one of the Armed Services may apply. For more information, please visit www.mca-usa.org/scholarships/.
District of Columbia (D.C.) Baptist Convention Scholarship
The DCBC Foundation will consider scholarship requests from students who are or at the time of enrollment in seminary were active members of a cooperative DCBC church. Students must show financial need, be enrolled full-time, study towards their first graduate degree, be preparing for full-time ministry, and maintain a 2.75 GPA. Applications for fall scholarships must be received by May 1 and spring scholarship applications must be received by September 1. Summer scholarships are not available. For more information, visit www.dcbaptist.org or contact the School of Divinity Office of Admissions.
The Adrienne M. and Charles Shelby Rooks Fellowship for Racial and Ethnic Theological Students
The Adrienne M. and Charles Shelby Rooks Fellowship for Racial and Ethnic Theological Students was established to support the seminary education of members of the United Church of Christ from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in the tradition who are committed to serving the United Church of Christ and who are enrolled in a school of theology accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. Grants are made to both full-time and part-time students and range from $500 to $5000 annually. Grants may be renewed. Applications must be submitted by March 1 for the following academic year. For more information, please contact The Adrienne M. and Charles Shelby Rooks Fellowship at 216-736-3865; 866-822-8224, ext. 3848.
The Cannon Endowment Scholarship
The Cannon Endowment Scholarship provides scholarship assistance to seminarians planning to become military chaplains. Applicants must meet the general requirements, or the equivalent, if they are from other faith communities. Seminarians who are of the following faith communities may apply: United Church of Christ, Christian Church Disciples of Christ, Presbyterian U.S.A., and United Methodist. Scholarships are awarded on an annual basis and typically will be in the $2,500 range. For more information, please contact the Parish Life and Leadership Ministry Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 216-736-3839.
The Fund for Theological Education (FTE)
The Fund for Theological Education offers financial aid and a network of support for Master of Divinity students preparing for pastoral leadership. Congregational, Volunteer, and Ministry Fellowships may be available to eligible applicants. Students who wish to apply should visit www.TheFund.org to learn more about the application and selection process. Awards will vary depending on the type of fellowship.
- Congregational Fellowships provide substantial aid to first-year seminarians 35 years of age or younger through partnerships between FTE and individual congregations. Students must be nominated by their congregations. FTE matches dollar for dollar the congregation's $2,000-$5,000 contribution to the Fellow's first-year costs. Congregational Fellows also attend the FTE Conference on Excellence in Ministry. The deadline for application to this program is April 1.
- VEV Fellowships provide financial help and mentoring support for recent college graduates who have participated in one of 11 national faith-based volunteer programs partnering with FTE in its Volunteers Exploring Vocation initiative, and who are entering a Master of Divinity program. Candidates are recommended by supervisors in their respective VEV programs. Selected volunteers receive a $2,500 stipend for first-year tuition and living expenses and attend the FTE Conference on Excellence in Ministry. The deadline for application to this program is April 1.
- Ministry Fellowships provide financial support to enhance the formation of ministerial leadership for second-year seminarians. Students must be full-time students 35 years of age or younger in Master of Divinity programs at institutions accredited by the Association of Theological Schools. Students must be nominated by the dean or president of their seminary. FTE awards a $10,000 stipend for educational and living expenses and to fund a self-designed ministry project. Ministry Fellows participate in a Congregational Leadership Intensive and attend the FTE Conference on Excellence in Ministry. The deadline for application to this program is March 1.
Logos Bible Software is accepting applications for its quarterly seminary scholarship. Logos will award one applicant a $1,000 tuition scholarship and a copy of Scholar’s Library Logos Software. To apply, simply click the “Apply Now” button at www.seminaryscholarship.com. You will be asked to watch a brief video demonstrating Logos Bible Software and then directed to the application page. The entire application process will take less than 15 minutes.
Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Association Theological Education Scholarship Fund in memory of the Reverend Doctor Samuel Anderson Raper
The Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Association Theological Education Scholarship Fund in memory of the Reverend Doctor Samuel Anderson Raper provides financial assistance to full-time and part-time African-American students who are enrolled in the Master of Divinity degree at the School of Divinity. Degree-seeking students who meet the following criteria may be considered for the scholarship:
- The student must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- The student must be a member of a participating church of the Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Association.
- The student must be a member of a participating church of the Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Association for at least one year.
Applications must be submitted by April 1, 2013. Applications may be requested from the Office of Admissions.
Students may apply for Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans. Students may apply for Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans. The FAFSA must be completed to determine a student’s eligibility for federal loans and must be renewed each academic year. Stafford loans have a fixed interest rate and are deferred as long as the student is enrolled at least half-time. Half-time status for a Divinity student is at least 4 ½ hours per semester (fall, spring, and/or summer). Visit www.fafsa.gov to complete the FAFSA. Gardner-Webb University’s School Code is 002929. More information about the loan process can be accessed from the Financial Planning Website.