Gateway Seminary continuously seeks information on creative graduate financial aid resources for students such as those offered through foundations, educational commissions, private trusts, community organizations, and more. These sources are often highly beneficial to non-Southern Baptist students who are not able to take advantage of scholarships specific to members of the Southern Baptist Convention. Hundreds of scholarship resources exist, but students must commit to the hard work of research, calling/writing and application processes. Hopefully, some of the resources following will offer a head start your search for tuition assistance. Many professional or corporate organizations specialize in scholarship searches. These organizations also offer great tips and services to the average student seeking financial help. You may also want to begin by checking out commercial sources at sites such as FindTuition.com.
Another excellent resource that more distinctly addresses seminary education is The Fund for Theological Education. This organization sponsors a specific financial aid research tool called FundFinder. FundFinder can act as an additional search engine for both private and public theological education scholarships. Many of the scholarship sources listed below can also be found on FundFinder.
Over the past several years, Gateway Seminary has come in contact with many such private and public organizations offering scholarships or low-interest student loans/grants. These are organized below into broad categories (State, Military, Denominational, Social/Fraternal, Ethnic/Nation and Miscellaneous). Blessings on your search!
State-Specific Scholarship Sources
Student Aid Foundation Loan: Low-cost loan for women from Georgia. Click here for more information.
Hawaii Community Foundation: Click here for more information.
Oregon Student Assistance Commission: Scholarship and loan information for Oregon residents. Click here for more information.
Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee: Click here for more information.
The Generosity Trust: Scholarships for students from the Chattanooga area. Click here for more information.
Julie O. Montgomery Memorial Scholarship Fund: Preference given to Texas residents. Write to Jerry Barger, Box 15025, San Antonio, TX 79105.
Julie Ann Jones Memorial Trust Scholarship: Washington County, Texas and surrounding counties. Deadline January 31st. Write to Julie Ann Jones Memorial Scholarship Trust, c/o Sally M. Jones, PO Box 382, Brenham, TX 77833.
The Bivins Foundation: Scholarship for residents of Texas Panhandle counties. Click here for more information.
West Virginia Baptist Education Association: Scholarships for members of West Virginia Baptist Convention churches. Click here for more information.
U.S. Air Force Reserve Chaplain Candidate Program: Scholarship resources for chaplain candidates. Click here for more information.
U.S. Army Chaplain Candidate Program: Scholarship resources for Army chaplain candidates. Click here for more information.
Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation: Scholarship resources for children of active or retired U.S. Marines or Navycorpsmen who served in Marine units. Visit https://www.mcsf.org/ for more information.
American Baptist USA
American Baptist Home Mission Societies: Scholarships for members of American Baptist USA churches. Click here for more information.
Northern Baptist Education Society: Scholarships for American Baptist church members from Maine, New Hampshire, or Vermont. Visit http://www.northernbaptisteducation.org/ for more information.
Ohio Baptist Education Society Scholarship: Scholarships for members of American Baptist churches in Ohio. Click here for more information.
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Disciples Home Mission: Scholarships for members of Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) churches. Click here for more information.
United Church of Christ
United Church of Christ: Scholarships for members of United Church of Christ churches. Click here for more information.
The Calvary Foundation: Click here for more information.
Harding Foundation - Preference to United Methodist Church members. Write to Harding Foundation, PO Box 130, Raymondville, TX 78580.
Laura Hofford Trust - Must be a male member of the United Methodist Church. Deadline is January 30th. Contact 212-870-3662 or write to Associate General Secretary, Mission Personnel Resources Program Department, 475 Riverside Drive, Room 1470, New York NY 100115.
Mount Olivet Foundation: Loans and grants; preference for individuals involved in the Mount Olivet Methodist Church community. Click here for more information.
The United Methodist Church General Board of Higher Education and Ministry: Scholarships and loans for members of a United Methodist church. Click here for more information.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation: Merit- and financial need-based scholarships. Click here for more information.
Alpha Tau Omega Foundation: J. Milton Richardson Theological Fellowship: Scholarships for members of Alpha Tau Omega. Click here for more information.
Order of the Eastern Star, California: Scholarships for members of the Grand Chapter of California Order of the Eastern Star. Click here for more information.
International Order of the King’s Daughters and Sons: Scholarship for students enrolled in a Master of Divinity program. Click here for more information.
The Scottish Rite of Freemasonry: Scholarships for individuals affiliated with a Masonic organization. Click here for more information.
American Indian Graduate Center: Scholarships for members of a federally recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska Native group with demonstrated financial need. Click here for more information.
Association of American Indian Affairs: Scholarships for members of federally recognized American Indian tribes. Click here for more information.
Global Mission Church Korean-American Scholarship - Deadline is June 30th. Contact or write to Global Mission Church, Scholarship Committee, 13421 Georgia Avenue, Silver Springs, MD 20906. Click here for more information.
Grace Foundation - Scholarships for students from Southeast Asia. Applications sent between September 1st and October 31st. Deadline January 31st. Write to the Grace Foundation, PO Box 924, Menlo Park CA 94025.
Korean American Scholarship Foundation: Scholarships for students with Korean heritage. Visit http://www.kasf.org/ for more information.
Japanese American United Church: Scholarship for students with Japanese ancestry. Visit http://www.jauc.org/haruyama/ for more information.
Swiss Benevolent Society of San Francisco: Scholarships for students of Swiss descent residing in Northern California. Click here for more information.
The American Association of University Women: Fellowships for women who are not permanent residents of the United States. Click here for more information.
Champions for Christ: Scholarships for students dedicated to full-time ministry service. Visit http://www.championsforchrist.us/ for more information.
Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church: Scholarship for students in their final year of a Master of Divinity program. Click here for more information.
The Fund for Theological Education: Fellowships and resources for students in doctoral programs. Click here for more information.
Harvesters Scholarship Foundation: Scholarships for students preparing for careers in missions. Visit http://www.harvestersscholarship.com/home.htm for more information.
Hazel Stone Memorial Scholarship - For Jewish/Messianic female students in bible college or seminary. Write to Hazel Stone Memorial Scholarship, c/o Jews for Jesus, 60 Haight St., San Francisco, CA 94102.
HomeInsurance.com Scholarship: Click here for more information.
Keefer Foundation - For students in preparation as religious teachers. Write to Keefer Foundation, 127 Keefer, Tomball, TX 77375.
Logos Bible Software Scholarship: Click here for more information.
Mensa Foundation: Click here for more information.
National Federation of the Blind: Scholarships for students who are legally blind. Click here for more information.
Vance H. Havner Scholarship Fund - Deadline June 1st. Write to The Vance H. Havner Scholarship Fund, Inc., PO Box 9946, Greensboro, NC 27429.