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If you need a little help paying for college, your local church, synagogue, mosque, or monastery might be a good place to start. Charity is a major pillar for most religious traditions. So, too, is education. This is especially true of education that is guided by spiritual inquiry. If this is a force that guides your education, you may be a great candidate for a Religious Scholarship. Whatever your faith, there is likely a foundation, organization, or house of worship with a fund set aside to help advance both your studies and the higher calling that drives them.

This is true whether you are deeply involved in faith-based activities, are seeking to further a career in the ministry, or even if you are a secular student who is also a devoted member of a religious community or congregation.

As with most scholarships, the starting point of your search should be the college or university you plan to attend. If your intended school has a religious affiliation, there may be faith-based scholarships available. If you attend, or plan to attend, a secular institution, consider reaching out to departments specific to your area of interest. This may be a religious studies department, a theological seminary, or an on-campus ministry. Make contact with these departments to see which scholarships or grants might help you advance your education.

Once you've completed this step, consider the almost endless array of scholarships designed for students of faith, offered by faith-based organizations, or earmarked for students who intend to advance a career within their faith. Our goal is to provide a comprehensive look at possible scholarship opportunities, whether you affiliate with a Western religion such as Christianity, Catholicism or Judaism; an Eastern faith such as Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism or Buddhism; an ancient faith such as Zoroastrianism, Shintoism or Afrikaner; or a non-theological ideology such atheist, agnostic or Wiccan. Because religion is such a broad and personal subject, our database is not limited by these categories, but this should give you a sense of the spectrum represented.

Below are an array of religious scholarship opportunities from a broad cross-section of religious organizations, foundations, corporations, and private benefactors. In each case, we will provide you with a direct link to either an application or application instructions.>

As you proceed, note that deadlines pass and new opportunities emerge. If a deadline passed, revisit the linked site in a few weeks for updates and changes. And if you see anything out of place or are aware of scholarship opportunities we missed, let us know! And good luck in your search!

Buddhist Scholarships

Khyentse Foundation Buddhist Studies Scholarships


KF Buddhist Study Scholarships are one-time grants to support individuals who wish to study the Dharma. KF accepts applications from teachers, students, scholars, and translators, from all traditions, schools, and sects of Buddhism.

Khyentse Foundation Individual Practice Grants


KF Individual Practice Grants are one-time grants that support individuals who wish to practice Dharma on retreat, public teachings, or other practice environments. KF accepts applications from practitioners, and retreatants from all traditions, schools, and sects of Buddhism.

Khyentse Foundation Ashoka Grants


For requests that fall outside the criteria for Advanced Study Scholarships, KF Individual Practice Grants or other awards, the Khyentse Foundation has created a fund for special project grants. This program identifies and supports organizations and individuals working to increase Dharma activity around the world.

Christian Scholarships

American Baptist Financial Aid Program


The Office of Financial Aid for Studies, American Baptist Home Mission Societies, administers the American Baptist Financial Aid Program that supports college students, graduate students, and seminarians.

Ann Crawfoard Alexander Memorial Scholarship


The Ann Crawford Alexander family has established an annual scholarship in loving memory of Ann who passed away July 23, 2008, at the age of twenty-five after a lifelong battle against cystic fibrosis. The scholarship will be divided into two payments at the end of the first and second semesters at the school of the recipient’s choice.

Anna Schiller Scholarship


For a Rockford Christian High School graduating senior who demonstrates a strong commitment to improving the quality of life for people in their school, community, and/or world at large through their community service; demonstrates the same strong love that Anna exemplified through her life; and has a minimum GPA of 2.0.

ARFORA Undergraduate Scholarship for Women


The ARFORA Undergraduate Scholarship for Women is exclusively for female students who are members of a parish of The Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America. Students must be a voting member of a parish of The Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America, have successfully completed their first year in an accredited university or college and be registered/enrolled for the next academic year.

Associated Women for Pepperdine


The Associated Women for Pepperdine was established in 1958 and is the largest, most active women’s group supporting colleges and universities in Southern California. For over fifty years, members have been primary contributors to scholarships for Christian students and have forged a strong link between the University and the Churches of Christ across the country.

Baptist Theological Heritage Scholarship


In order to help combat the rising cost of theological education at the undergrad and graduate levels, HBITS is awarding 350 full tuition scholarships to students meeting the criteria herein listed.

Baptist Life Scholarships


Baptist Life Association is honored to award annual scholarships to full-time undergraduate and graduate students. All applicants must be insured with Baptist Life Association, or one of its affiliates, and have been covered on certificates or riders for at least two years prior to applying. Awards are based on academic achievement, financial need, and ambitions/goals.

Beta Sigma Psi Martin Luther Scholarship


The Martin Luther Scholarship is offered by the Beta Sigma Psi National Lutheran Fraternity. The scholarship winner will receive $2,000 toward tuition and fees at any accredited four-year college or university in the United States. Payment will be made directly to the student’s college or university. Scholarship finalists will be contacted for a phone interview with the scholarship committee.

Beta Sigma Psi University of Illinois Christian Leadership


The Christian Leadership Award winner will receive $1,500 as a scholarship towards tuition and fees at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. Runner-ups may be eligible for $500. Young men who wish to apply are under no obligation to join Beta Sigma Psi or be related to a member for consideration.

Bethesda Lutheran Communities Lutheran Student Scholastic & Service Scholarship


Bethesda Lutheran Communities offers two scholarships to Lutheran students pursuing undergraduate degrees in any area of service to people with developmental disabilities.

Bethesda Student Scholarships Scholarships for High School Seniors


Up to two scholarships will be awarded each year to Lutheran high school seniors pursuing a post-secondary degree in any academic area that will prepare them to serve and support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Bethesda Student Scholastic Scholarships for Seminarian Students


One scholarship is awarded each year to a Lutheran seminarian displaying interest in service to people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in a congregational setting.

Carl F.H. Henry Scholarship


This scholarship is available to master’s-level students who have an incoming GPA of 3.75 or higher and display potential to make a significant contribution in the evangelical community. Students must maintain a 3.5 GPA and enroll in at least ten residential hours each semester while at Trinity. The deadline is rolling, contact Trinity for more information.

Catholic Financial Life College Scholarship


Student must be a financial member of Catholic Financial Life for at least one continuous year prior to applying for the scholarship, which means he/she is the primary insured on a life insurance certificate or on a spousal rider, or an annuitant. The student must be twenty-three years of age or younger.

CCU Athletics Scholarship


The Athletics Scholarship is available to student-athletes in CCU’s College of Undergraduate Studies who are recommended for scholarship consideration by the CCU Athletics Department. Recipients must maintain satisfactory academic progress, unless otherwise noted by the Athletics Department. Scholarship amounts vary. Prospective student athletes should contact their specific coach for further details.

Central Awards for Ministry and Mission


These interest-based awards, including one for Ministry and Mission, are available to all incoming students wanting to continue their involvement at the college level as a major area or extra-curricular activity. If you are eligible for Scholar Days, schedule your Central Awards audition/interview on your Scholar Day visit.

Christian Ministries Dependent Grant


Roberts Wesleyan offers grants upon application to students with financial need who are legally dependent children of parents employed in full-time Christian service. This is a needs-based grant, also available to transfer students who meet the same criteria.

Church of the Brethren Nursing Scholarships


The Church of the Brethren awards a limited number of scholarships each year to individuals enrolled in a nursing program. Candidates for the scholarships must be enrolled in a LPN, RN, or nursing graduate program and be members of the Church of the Brethren. Scholarships are for RN and graduate nurse candidates LPN candidates. A preference is given to new applications.

College of Wooster Covenant Scholarships


Covenant Scholarships honor members of the Presbyterian Church (USA) who have demonstrated academic achievement and community involvement. Awards are made on the basis of a recommendation by the student’s minister or youth minister and academic achievement. Winners will receive $1,000 or $3,000 per year (in addition to a Dean’s Scholarship, if applicable).

Colorado Christian Scripture Memory Scholarships


Colorado Christian University’s Scripture Memory Scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate the ability to memorize a complete book of the Bible. The Scripture Memory Scholarship allows students to use their memories to reduce tuition costs, benefiting their faith and their finances at the same time.

Colorado Christian University Commendation Scholarship


For transfer students with fifteen or more post-high school college credits, the academic scholarships are based on the student’s cumulative GPA from all colleges attended. For transfer students with less than fifteen post-high school college credits, the scholarships are based on the student’s GPA from the last high school attended and on ACT or SAT II composite test scores.

Colorado Christian University Dean's Scholarship


CCU awards academic scholarships to new freshmen who meet specific academic requirements, and are guaranteed for up to eight semesters, as long as the student maintains satisfactory academic progress and is continuously enrolled in CCU’s College of Undergraduate Studies. Academic scholarships can be applied only to tuition charges for on-campus enrollment.

Colorado Christian University Distinction Scholarship


For transfer students with fifteen or more post-high school college credits, the academic scholarships are based on the student’s cumulative GPA from all colleges attended. For transfer students with less than fifteen post-high school college credits, the scholarships are based on the student’s GPA from the last high school attended and ACT or SAT II composite test scores.

Colorado Christian University First Generation Minority Scholarship


The First Generation Minority Student Scholarship is available for students enrolled in the College of Undergraduate Studies. This scholarship provides an opportunity for minority students whose parents did not attend college to complete a Christian college degree. CCU will support the students through a series of academic, personal, mentoring, and leadership development activities.

Colorado Christian University Grant


The CCU Grant is given to students with financial need. Eligibility and amount vary annually based on need as determined by federal methodology. A student must apply for federal aid to be considered for this award.

Colorado Christian University Honors Scholarship


CCU awards academic scholarships to new freshmen and transfer students who meet specific academic requirements, and are guaranteed for up to eight semesters, as long as the student maintains satisfactory academic progress and is continuously enrolled in CCU’s College of Undergraduate Studies. Academic scholarships can be applied only to tuition charges for on-campus enrollment

Colorado Christian University Legacy Scholarship


The Legacy Scholarship is designed to assist children and/or siblings of CCU alumni and current students to continue the CCU tradition.

Colorado Christian University Music/Theatre Scholarships


Scholarships are available to those who wish to major or minor in music or theatre, and to those highly qualified non-majors who participate in select ensembles or theatre.

Colorado Christian University Partners in Christian Education Scholarship


Partners in Christian Education (PICE) is a partnership between Colorado Christian University and select Christian high schools nationwide. The PICE scholarship is available for new freshman and transfer students who currently attend one of the partnering Christian high schools. The annual award is renewable up to eight semesters.

Colorado Christian University Partners in Spiritual Formation Scholarship


Partners in Spiritual Formation (PISF) is an initiative between Colorado Christian University and select organizations, churches, and parachurch ministries nationwide. The PISF scholarship is available for new freshman and transfer students who are current members of these organizations or youth groups. The annual award is renewable up to eight semesters at CCU’s College of Undergraduate Studies.

Colorado Christian University President's Scholarship


CCU awards academic scholarships to new freshmen who meet specific academic requirements, and are guaranteed for up to eight semesters, as long as the student maintains satisfactory academic progress and is continuously enrolled in CCU’s College of Undergraduate Studies. Academic scholarships can be applied only to tuition charges for on-campus enrollment.

Colorado Christian University Trustees' Scholarship


CCU awards academic scholarships to new freshmen who meet specific academic requirements, and are guaranteed for up to eight semesters, as long as the student maintains satisfactory academic progress (SAP) and is continuously enrolled in CCU’s College of Undergraduate Studies. Academic scholarships can be applied only to tuition charges for on-campus enrollment.

David Pohl Scholarship


This scholarship was established by the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations upon Rev. Pohl’s retirement as Unitarian Universalist Association Director of Ministry in 1993. It supports the intellectual, spiritual, and professional development of individuals studying for Unitarian Universalist ministry.

DeSales University Catholic Schools Grants


Awards are offered to graduates of Catholic high schools who are entering DeSales in the Fall. Graduates of Catholic Home Schooling agencies do not qualify for the Catholic Schools Grant.

DeSales University Tuition Incentive Program


DeSales offers several scholarship opportunities for our students. The Tuition Incentive Program is for graduates of Allentown Diocesan schools and Oblate high schools who are entering DeSales in the upcoming fall semester.

Disciples Leadership Program


This top-tier, competitive scholarship is awarded to first-time freshmen based on leadership, academic excellence, and the commitment to explore during college a life of faith-based servant leadership. Seminary-bound students are encouraged to apply, but all qualified Disciples of Christ students with exceptional leadership and service will be equally considered.

Dora Maclellan Brown Seminary Scholarship


Dora Maclellan Brown established a fund that would be expressly geared to Christian evangelism and the training of foot soldiers for God’s front lines. Applicants must be from the greater Chattanooga area, be theologically and biblically conservative, and have a testimony of faith and evidence of call to ministry.

Dr. and Mrs. William J. Yonker Scholarship


The Yonker Fund, originally established to award prizes for student papers in the area of Jewish evangelism, now grants annual scholarships for Calvin students who intend to pursue a career in Christian ministry or missions.

Dr. James Earl Massey Leadership Scholarship


The Dr. James Earl Massey Scholarship recognizes students who have achieved academic success and demonstrated a strong commitment to leadership and bridging cultural divides in their home communities. It is designed to expand diversity within the student leadership team at Anderson University.

Earlham College Quaker Fellows Scholarship


Quaker Fellows echoes Earlham’s core values. Utilizing Quaker faith and practice, the program engages the whole person and prepares students to be agents of change in the world. Quaker Fellows includes three formation cores: spirituality, community, and leadership development.

ECF Fellowship Partners Program


Since 1964, the Episcopal Church Foundation has supported over 200 scholars and ministry leaders throughout the Episcopal Church, fostering innovation in theological formation and ministerial leadership in challenging times. The Fellows who are selected have a significant track record of going on to share their knowledge, experience, and best practices with the wider Church.

Excellence in Character Scholarship


Under the County Excellence In Character Scholarship Award program, one $500 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior attending a high school in Tarrant County, Texas. Seeking graduating seniors with a strong record of service in the community in non-school sponsored activities and participation in extracurricular school activities.

Eureka College Leadership Engagement Awards


Eureka College promotes excellence in learning, service and leadership. The Engagement Awards are available to help promote these attributes, recognizing that opportunities for growth in these areas happen outside the classroom as well as inside it.

FTE Fellowships for Doctoral Students of African Descent


FTE offers financial support for doctoral students who have completed the coursework stage of their Ph.D. or ThD program in religion, theological studies, or biblical studies.

FTE Fellowships for Latino/a, Asian and First Nations Doctoral Students


FTE offers financial support for doctoral students who have completed the coursework stage of their Ph.D. or ThD program in religion, theological studies, or biblical studies.

George Fox Biblical Studies Scholarship Competition


Academic scholarships are available to incoming first-year college students and college transfers. Each student can participate in one academic competition and should reflect the student’s academic interest. The Competitive Academic Scholarship is automatically renewable.

Gordon and Eleanor Spykman Memorial Scholarship


The scholarship encourages students to explore the implications of Jesus Christ's claim on every square inch of creation, in all spheres of life.

Heidelberg University UCC Grant


To qualify a student must attend Heidelberg University and be a member of the United Church of Christ. A letter of recommendation is required from the church minister. The award is renewable for four years. This award is open to both first-time freshmen and transfer students.

Helga Henry Scholarship


This award will be granted to outstanding master’s-level women who desire to pursue a theological or graduate education. New students are recommended by the Admissions staff based on exceptional leadership potential. Students who apply for financial aid qualify for the award. The deadline is rolling.

Hoeks Family Scholarship


This scholarship was established in gratitude for Calvin College's blessings to Dr. Henry J. Hoeks and to his family. Everett Hoeks died in an airplane crash in 1968 while serving as a Calvin Seminary intern in Hawaii. Everett's brother, Henry J. Hoeks, served Calvin College for 25 years as professor and academic administrator.

Houghton College Wesleyan Scholarships


Wesleyan Grant: For students who regularly attend church within The Wesleyan Church. Wesleyan PK/MK Grants: Based on financial need, dependents of a full-time ordained minister within The Wesleyan Church or a Global Partners missionary may receive at least half-tuition in grants and scholarships. The ultimate amount awarded depends on financial need. Willard J. Houghton Ministerial Scholarship: Available to students who are preparing for the pastorate within The Wesleyan Church. To be eligible, a student must register with his/her local District Board of Ministerial Development.

The Ingeborg Haseltine Scholarship Funds


The grantee’s estate established a permanent scholarship fund to support the education of women pursuing a career in the ministry of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Applicants must be enrolled at least half-time in a Master of Divinity degree program leading to fellowship as a Unitarian Universalist minister.

Interfaith Spirituality Scholarship


The purpose of this scholarship is to support deserving individuals who have demonstrated an interest in and are prepared to integrate interfaith understanding into their ministry and have a commitment to guiding others on their own spiritual path. Applicants must be enrolled at least half-time in a Masters of Divinity program leading to fellowship as a Unitarian Universalist minister.

Jacobsen Scholarship Fund


Florence S. and Ted C. Jacobsen have spent a lifetime serving in their church, community, and family. Resources from their hard work now benefits students who will honor their legacy of service through their own diligent service and commitment to scholarship.

The John A. Buehrens Ministerial Scholarships


To recognize and honor the work of past Unitarian Universalist Association president John A. Buehrens, the UUA has established a permanent fund to support the intellectual, spiritual, and professional development of future Unitarian Universalist ministers studying at the Starr King School for the Ministry. One scholarship is for an incoming first year student, and the other is for a student entering the second or third year of study who is also in candidate status.

John and Florence Goll Scholarship


This scholarship is awarded to students who are members of or have connections to the First Congregational Church in Saginaw, Michigan, and who demonstrate financial need.

John W. McDevitt (Fourth Degree) Scholarships


The Knights of Columbus awards approximately 36 John W. McDevitt (Fourth Degree) Scholarships annually. An applicant must be a US student entering their freshman year of undergraduate study at a Catholic college or Catholic university in the United States, and a member in good standing of the Knights of Columbus or the wife, widow, son or daughter of such a member or deceased member.

Joseph Sumner Smith Scholarship


Funds are available for Unitarian Universalist students attending Harvard University. While there is no restriction on the course of studies the student may elect to pursue, nor any restrictions on choice of career, students interested in pursuing the ministry after graduation are especially urged to apply. Grants range from $250 to $1,000 per year.

Leonard M. Perryman Communications Scholarship for Racial Ethnic Minority Students


This scholarship is open to undergraduate studies of religion, journalism, or communications. The scholarship assists a United Methodist undergraduate who intends to pursue a career in religious journalism through study at an accredited US college or university.

Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholarship Program


The Foundation’s scholarship program awards annual grants for the education of deserving female students with financial need at more than 200 accredited educational institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

Loyola University Catholic Heritage Award


Chicago Catholic Heritage Award is made to new freshmen graduating from Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Diocese of Joliet. This award is awarded for four consecutive years of full-time enrollment and is restricted to tuition.

Loyola University Cristo Rey Scholars Program


Students attending Cristo Rey Network schools around the country are invited to apply to join the next class of Cristo Rey Scholars at Loyola University Chicago. Starting the summer before entering Loyola, Cristo Rey Scholars engage in a dynamic program to enrich their academic, social, spiritual, community, and professional experiences in college.

Loyola University Jesuit Heritage Award


The Jesuit Heritage Award is made to new freshmen graduating from Jesuit high schools who are member schools of the Jesuit Secondary Education Association in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada, the Cristo Rey Network high schools, or the Jesuit high school in Chicago. This award is restricted to tuition and is renewable for four consecutive years of tuition.

Loyola University Zolp Scholarship


This endowed scholarship is available to pay toward tuition to any Catholic student by the last name of Zolp who attends Loyola University Chicago. A copy of a birth certificate and a baptismal or confirmation certificate confirming the last name of Zolp must be filed with the Office of Student Financial Assistance.

The Lucille K. and Jerome P. Gallon Scholarship Fund


This fund was created to support promising candidates for Unitarian Universalist ministry. This scholarship is to individuals who have demonstrated strong preaching skills during their path to ministry.

The Martha and Robert Atherton Ministerial Scholarship


Established in 1997, this scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance to promising ministerial students in their 2nd or 3rd year of seminary who have already proven their capabilities. This scholarship is awarded to individuals who respect hard work as a foundation of a full life and appreciate the freedom, political system, and philosophical underpinnings of our country.

Mary E. Bivins Scholarships


The purpose of the Mary E. Bivins Foundation Religious Scholarship Program is to educate ministers to preach the Christian religion. Scholarships are provided for an upper-level undergraduate or graduate education leading to a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a field that prepares the student to preach the Christian religion.

Michmerhuizen Family Scholarship


This scholarship was established in honor of Llewellyn and Catherine Michmerhuizen as a tribute to their strong and faithful commitment to Christian education.

National Association of the Church of God Scholarship


This is a full-tuition award renewable for four years. Applications for the National Association of the Church of God Leadership Scholarship will be accepted on a rolling basis with top priority given to early applicants. Students not selected for the award will be considered for the Dr. James Earl Massey Leadership Scholarship.

National Presbyterian College Scholarship


The National Presbyterian College Scholarship program was created with the Presbyterian Church USA’s related colleges and universities in the 1950’s to assist Presbyterian students attending Presbyterian-related schools. Between 25 and 35 students will be selected for the award.

Oklahoma Christian University New Student Biblical Studies Scholarship


Oklahoma Christian University applicants interested in becoming Bible majors are encouraged to apply for College of Biblical Studies endowed scholarship awards.

The Olympia Brown and Max Kapp Award


This award is made to a ministerial student who, in addition to meeting the requirements for general financial aid, chooses to submit as part of their general financial application a paper, sermon, or another special project on some aspect of Universalism.

Otto M. Stanfield Law Scholarship


The scholarship is funded by a trust created for Unitarian Universalists studying the fields of art and law. The Otto M. Stanfield Law Scholarship is available to Unitarian Universalist students entering or attending law school at the graduate level. Pre-law or political science majors are not eligible.

Pepperdine Christian Leadership Award


The Christian Leadership Award is for students who are members of a congregation traditionally associated with the Churches of Christ. To be considered for the award, Church of Christ applicants must submit a letter of recommendation from a church leader (minister, elder, youth minister, etc.) of the Church of Christ congregation of which they are a member.

Presbyterian Church (USA) Samuel Robinson Scholarships


The Samuel Robinson Award seeks to stimulate interest in the Westminster Shorter Catechism by challenging Presbyterian Church (USA) members who are juniors or seniors in college and attending a Presbyterian-related college or university to memorize and recite the catechism from memory.

Presbyterian Student Opportunity Scholarship


Serves Presbyterian Church (USA) college students by providing need-based aid for sophomores, juniors and seniors who are full-time, first degree students attending accredited institutions in the United States. Preference in this program is extended to racial ethnic students in order to promote diversity. Applicants will explore who God created them to be in a series of essay questions intended for students to explore with mentors and peers.

Presbyterian Church (USA) Native American Supplemental Grant


The Native American Supplemental Grant is for Native American and Alaska natives pursuing full-time post-secondary education who have been awarded the Presbyterian Study Grant and have remaining need.

The President William G. Sinkford Scholarship


The Unitarian Universalist Association honors former president Rev. Sinkford with this scholarship, awarded to promising and passionate students preparing for Unitarian Universalist ministry who identify as people of color, Latino/a, Hispanic, and multi-racial.

Principia College Arthur F. Schulz Jr. Alumni Scholarship


Children and grandchildren of Principia alumni are eligible for this four-year scholarship sponsored by the Principia Alumni Association. Valued at $4,500 each year, the Schulz Scholarship is awarded to both first-time freshmen and transfer students.

Principia College Dean's Scholarship


This is a four-year scholarship valued at 1/4 of tuition each year, awarded to both first-time freshmen and transfer students. To apply, you must have a cumulative high school grade point average of at least 3.6 in solid academic courses, and, for transfer students, a cumulative college GPA from all colleges attended of 3.3.

Principia College Presidential Scholarships


This is a four-year scholarship valued at 1/2 of tuition each year, awarded to first-time freshmen in the fall or winter quarter.

Principia College Trustee Scholarship


This is a full-tuition scholarship applicable to the entire academic year. This scholarship is awarded to a select number of first-time freshmen each fall. To apply, you must have a cumulative GPA of 3.9 or better (based on Principia’s evaluation) in solid academic courses.

The Rev. Chuck and Nancy Thomas Scholarship


This scholarship honors individual Unitarian Universalists like Chuck and Nancy Thomas by valuing a history of service and leadership as critical elements of a call toward professional theological training. Each year it supports a student in the first year of seminary or in preparatory academic work.

Rev. Robert E. And Gladys G. Ernst Scholarship


The scholarship is awarded to current ABC/ordained pastors of American Baptist Churches in Ohio who are pursuing post-graduate ministry degrees such as Master’s or Ph.D. of Divinity either at accredited institutions or through a college/seminary extension program.

Rev. William D. Aldridge, Sr., Scholarship


The Rev. Aldridge was named pastor of Christ Community Church in 1954, making him one of the longest-serving pastors in Saginaw County. To honor him, this scholarship is awarded to a high school senior with a minmum 2.0 GPA pursuing full-time undergraduate studies or vocational certification. Applicant, parent or legal guardian must be a current member of Christ Community Church of Saginaw, Michigan.

The Roy H. Pollack Scholarship


This scholarship supports second or third-year students who have strong academic records and are a promising candidate for the Unitarian Universalist ministry.

Ruth K. Jacobs Memorial Scholarship


Choristers Guild was founded in Los Angeles by the late Ms. Jacobs with the goal of developing Christian character in boys and girls through the medium of the church Children’s Choir. The scholarship fund provides financial aid to full-time students preparing for church music ministry.

Selma McKrill Brown Scholarship


This scholarship benefits worthy students from Kosciusko County, Indiana, at the time of high school graduation. Applicant must be an active member of a church (must include a letter of recommendation from a pastor).

Stoody-West Graduate Fellowship


Dr. Ralph Stoody and Dr. Arthur West were leaders in public relations and information services in The United Methodist Church. The grant is awarded to assist a United Methodist student who intends on pursuing a career in religious journalism.

The Susan M. Jackson Ministerial Scholars Fund


Susan M. Jackson’s children honor her commitment and dedication to Unitarian Universalism with this scholarship, awarded to recipients who share with the wider world their enthusiasm about Unitarian Universalist ideas and conclusions, drawn from their faith, which influence their lives.

TEDS Chaplaincy Scholarship


Students must be approved as a chaplain candidate in the Armed Services or National Guard and accepted into the Masters of Divinity program at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. This scholarship cannot be combined with any other Trinity Scholarships.

TEDS Dean's Scholarship


Eligibility for this scholarship is based on a 3.2 minimum GPA from the transcript of the most recently completed degree (new students) or upon review of Trinity International University cumulative GPA after completion of at least 20 credits (returning students). This scholarship is for master’s level students. Those who apply for financial aid are automatically considered for this award.

TEDS Leadership Scholarship


These scholarships will be awarded to master’s-level students with evidence of outstanding leadership potential in the evangelical community. New students are recommended by the Admissions staff based on previous leadership experience. Students who apply for financial aid qualify.

TEDS Mosaic Ministries Scholarship


This scholarship is available to new master’s program students the Deerfield campus who are committed to the gospel ministry of reconciliation, have an incoming GPA of 3.0, and a willingness to participate in Mosaic Ministries during their time at Trinity.

TEDS Ph.D. G. Walter Hansen Fellowship


The G. Walter Hansen Fellowship supports three Ph.D. students whose vocational interests and academic research focus on yielding more faithful and effective strategies for biblical-theological ministry, creating a global culture of collaboration among evangelical ministers of the Word.

TEDS Ph.D. Merit Scholarship


The Ph.D. Merit Scholarships are awarded by the Ph.D. and admissions committees for the Educational Studies and Intercultural Studies departments, and for the four Theological Studies departments (including Old Testament, New Testament, systematic theology, and church history) at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

TEDS Ph.D. Program Scholarship


The Ph.D. Program Scholarship is awarded to one recipient per Ph.D. program (theological studies, educational studies, and intercultural studies), selected by the Ph.D. and admissions committees. Awards are based on full-time credits. Applicants are automatically considered during the TEDS admissions process.

TEDS Ph.D. Waybright Leadership Scholarship


The Ph.D. Waybright Leadership Scholarship is awarded to one Educational Studies Ph.D. student, one Intercultural Studies Ph.D. student, and four Theological Studies Ph.D. students selected by the Ph.D. and admissions committees. Applicants are automatically considered during the TEDS admissions process. Scholarships are renewable up to four years.

TEDS Ruud Scholarship


This scholarship is available to master’s-level students who have an incoming GPA of 3.5 or higher and display strategic leadership potential. Students must maintain a 3.25 GPA and enroll in at least 10 residential hours each semester while at Trinity. Deadline is rolling, and students who apply for financial aid are automatically considered for the award.

The Christian Missionary Scholarship Foundation


Applicants must be children of missionaries currently on or recently returned from the mission field who have made significant financial sacrifices to serve the Lord.

The David Eaton Scholarship


This scholarship affirms Rev. David Hilliard Eaton’s vision of a community dedicated to strengthening hope, justice and balance, and creating an anti-racist, multi-cultural religious organization and country. It is available to students enrolled full-time or at least half time in a Master of Divinity degree program leading to fellowship as a Unitarian Universalist minister. Candidate status is required. Applicants for financial aid are automatically considered for scholarships. Priority is given those grantees that have demonstrated outstanding ministerial ability, secondarily to students with the greatest financial need, especially persons of color.

The Donald K . Evans Memorial Theological Scholarship Fund


This fund was established by the Ohio-Meadville District, Unitarian Universalist, and is awarded to members or former members of congregations within the Ohio-Meadville District (Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Southwest New York State) who are preparing for the Unitarian Universalist ministry.

The Good Shepherd Scholarship


The Episcopal Campus Ministry at Purdue University will offer one scholarship to a qualified Episcopalian first-year student enrolling at Purdue in the upcoming fall semester. A successful candidate should be able to demonstrate a passion and dedication to the full and free Christian faith embodied in the Anglican tradition. She or he should also be able to demonstrate a financial need.

Twin Tiers Youth for Christ Scholarship


The goals of the Twin Tiers Youth For Christ Scholarship program include recognizing young adults for their development as committed Christians and motivating them to continue to develop as followers of Christ. The name of the program is in appreciation of the positive impact of YFC.

United Methodist GBHEM Doctorate Level Scholarships


GBHEM Scholarships administers scholarship programs with one general application. Criteria for each scholarship program varies.

United Methodist GBHEM General Scholarships


GBHEM Scholarships administers scholarship programs with one general application. Criteria for each scholarship program varies.

United Methodist GBHEM Ministry as a Career Scholarships


GBHEM Scholarships administers scholarship programs with one general application. Criteria for each scholarship program varies.

Valparaiso University Allen Scholarship


The Allen Scholarship is for students who are preparing for professional church vocations. The award amount varies, based on financial need. Students must complete the undergraduate admission application and Allen Application by the deadline to be considered. Applicants need letters of recommendation from a teacher/counselor and a pastor.

Valparaiso University Ament-Benner Scholarship


The Ament–Brenner Scholarship is for members of a Lutheran congregation in the greater St. Louis area. Applicants must be preparing for a career in the healthcare field (e.g., nursing, physical or occupational therapy, pre-med, etc.). Amount varies, based on financial need.

Valparaiso University Award for Excellence


Award candidates are nominated in their junior year of high school by their Lutheran high school principal. Nominations are based on academic success and leadership skills.

Valparaiso University Ed Voelz Endowed Scholarship


The Ed Voelz Endowed Scholarship is offered to graduates of St. Peter’s Lutheran School in Columbus, Indiana. Students must complete undergraduate admission application to be considered for this scholarship.

Valparaiso University Lutheran Leadership Award


Leadership awards are for Lutheran students who are actively engaged in leadership roles in their districts, synods, or Lutheran high schools. Candidates must be high school seniors nominated by leaders within a Lutheran denomination.

Valparaiso University Martin Luther Award


Open to dependent daughters and sons of full-time, professional, rostered Lutheran Church workers. Incoming freshmen and transfer students are eligible.

Von Ogden Vogt Scholarship


This scholarship was established to honor The Rev. Dr. Von Ogden Vogt and his dedication and commitment to Unitarian Universalism. Scholarships are given to support the intellectual, spiritual, and professional development of future Unitarian Universalist ministers who are attending Meadville Lombard Theological School.

William Woods University Disciples of Christ Grant


The award is open to children of ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) ministers with good standing to the church. Full-time enrollment is required. The candidate must apply for admission and be admitted to the university and submit official documentation from the clergy confirming the parent is ordained.

Wilmington College Quaker Award


The Quaker Award is available for available to first-time freshmen students entering in the next fall semester and spring semester at Wilmington College in Ohio. Recipients must be full-time students on the main campus. Scholarships and awards are reviewed annually and renewed for the term of the award providing the student is in academic good standing and maintains eligibility requirements.

Women in Ministry Scholarship


Thia fund was established to encourage excellence in women’s pastoral, chaplaincy, and religious education ministries in the belief that the fulfillment of the Gospel commission of Jesus Christ requires the spiritual gifts of both men and women in ministry.

Young Christian Leaders Scholarship


Funded to support the next generation of dedicated, Christian professionals who will use their talents to impact their families, communities, and the world, YCL is for the empowerment of students who have shown dedication, character, promise, determination and a desire to apply those qualities to their God-given calling.

Young Life Scholarship


Full-time, traditional undergraduate students who are active members in Young Life are eligible for a scholarship for their first year (transfer students not eligible). Any active member of Young Life who enrolls and completes the Young Life Leadership Training Course, and after completion of the class, holds a leadership position either through Young Life or on Roberts Wesleyan College's campus in Rochester, New York, will receive additional funding each year after their freshmen year. This can be renewable each year for up to three academic years after freshmen year.

Hindu Scholarships

SVS (Balaji) Temple of Greater Chicago


SVS (Balaji) Temple developed a scholarship fund to help provide a valuable and needed program to its devotees and their families. The scholarship is awarded to first year students who are enrolled full time at accredited undergraduate programs.

The Hindu Temple Educational Scholarship Program


The purpose of this program is to strengthen the growth of the Hindu Temple community by giving scholarship to deserving graduating senior students from the Hindu Temple membership families. The scholarship amount can be used in any accredited college/community college of Higher learning institute in the US.

Jewish Scholarships

David and Maryla Korn Family Scholarship Fund for the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School and/or Jewish Primary Day School


This scholarship is awarded once a year. Applications are sent directly to the school. Please contact your school counselor to apply. Decisions are based primarily on financial need.

Experiential Education and Jewish Cultural Arts Tuition Support Fund


GW’s Program in Experiential Education & Jewish Cultural Arts, the only master’s program of its kind in the United States, offers an intensive thirteen-month, cross-disciplinary curriculum combining coursework in Jewish cultural arts, experiential education, and museum education.

FEREP Graduate Scholarship Program


The Federation Executive Recruitment & Education Program Graduate Scholarship is awarded to talented individuals who have excelled in their previous endeavors and are dedicated to working in the Jewish community.

JCS Newhoff Scholarship for a Jewish Student with a Diagnosed Learning Disability


JCS offers several scholarships for Jewish high school seniors from the Baltimore Metro Area planning to attend an accredited US college or university. This scholarship is available for a student with a documented, diagnosed learning disability.

JCS Scholarship for Jewish Students from Single-Parent Homes


JCS offers several scholarships for Jewish high school seniors from the Baltimore Metro Area planning to attend an accredited US college or university. This scholarship is available for several students from single-parent homes.

Jewish Community Foundation Scholarships


The Jewish Community Foundation offers financial assistance to Jewish students for college and graduate school education, including tuition, fees, room, and board.

Jewish Family and Children's Services Scholarship


Fulfilling our educational and vocational goals is one of life’s most empowering and impactful objectives. JFCS annually help hundreds of Jewish students achieve these goals by providing them with loans and grants.

Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh Central Scholarship


The Central Scholarship and Loan Referral Service of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh coordinates the efforts of a group of organizations, agencies, and scholarship endowment funds that provide scholarships to local Jewish students enrolled in an accredited institution of higher education.

Jewish United Fund Merit Scholarship Program


This annual merit scholarships goes to high school, college and graduate students to age 23 who demonstrate significant leadership skills. The purpose of these scholarships is to encourage the development of Jewish identity, nourish greater commitment to Israel and the Chicago Jewish community, and to recognize future leaders.

JUF College Student/Young Adult Scholarship Program


The Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation and Joseph A. Hochberg Scholarship Fund provide need-based scholarships for college students and young adults (up to 28 years old) to participate in an approved Israel Experience program. The purpose of these scholarships is to encourage the development of Jewish identity and to nourish greater commitment to Israel and the Chicago Jewish community.

JUF Israel Experience High School Scholarship Program


The Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation and the Naftali Steinfeld Memorial Scholarship Fund offer scholarships based on financial need for high school students participating in approved Israel Experience programs. The purpose of the Israel Experience High School Scholarship Program is to develop Jewish identity and nourish greater understanding and commitment to Israel and to the Chicago Jewish Community.

JVS Chicago Scholarship Program


Educational scholarship funds are available for Jewish college students. More than $500,000 each year is available for full-time students, predominantly those legally domiciled in the metropolitan Chicago area, who are identified as having promise for significant contributions in their chosen careers.

JVS Scholarship Program - Los Angeles


The JVS Scholarship Program provides qualified Jewish students whose primary residence is in Los Angeles with need-based financial aid, in the belief that education represents the first step to career success.

Morris J. and Betty Kaplun Foundation Essay Context


The Foundation seeks to encourage young people to treasure Jewish heritage, reflect on Jewish values, and better understand Jewish contributions to civilization and culture. To this effort, the Foundation sponsors an annual essay contest open to both junior high and high school students.

Sara and Max Goldsammler Scholarship Fund


After emerging out of the ashes of the Holocaust, the Goldsammlers dedicated their lives to empowering the next generation of young adults. In their honor, OU Alumni sponsors a scholarship to go toward college tuition for any high school senior or current Jewish college student for the next school year. Any Jewish student can apply.

Muslim Scholarships

Aziz Jamaluddin Scholarship


Given his strong belief to have a generation of educated Muslims to speak out and communicate the true meaning of Islam in all types of media, the Jamaluddin family arranged for a scholarship fund to be established to support five students each year throughout their education in the fields of Journalism and Political Science.

ISF National Scholarships


The Islamic Scholarship Fund is a non-profit 501(c)(3) entity founded in 2009 whose mission is to address the under-representation of American Muslims in the fields and occupations that influence public opinion and make public policy.

Atheist Scholarships

American Athiests Chinn Scholarships


American Atheists is proud to award two Chinn Scholarships for LGBT Atheist Activism. These scholarships recognize activism in the area of LGBT equality. You do not have to be a member of the LGBT community to receive this scholarship; allies are encouraged to apply.

American Atheists O'Hair Award


The American Atheists awards a $1,000 O’Hair Scholarship to an atheist student attending college or university. The award is given every year at the American Atheists National Convention. The Student Activist Scholarship program was founded by Life Members Barbara J. Baldock, Dr. Phillip Butler, Lillian B. Ramsden, Rice O’Dell, and Irving Yablon.

FFRF Student Scholarship Essay Contests


The Freedom From Religion Foundation notes sixteen college-bound high school seniors won this year’s essay competition. FFRF has offered essay competitions to college students since 1979, high school students since 1994, and graduate students since 2010.

Freedom From Religion Foundation Catherine Fahringer Memorial Award


This award is available to high school youth who live in the US; identify as atheist, agnostic, humanist and/or secular; and are accepted into two- or four-year colleges.

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