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Grants and Scholarships

Grants and Scholarships

Need Based

Western Seminary Grant

Grants will be based primarily on financial need and will depend in large part on the amount of money available and the need of the applicant. Grants are awarded for a single term. Students must re-apply for grants every semester. All degree programs are eligible. 

In order to qualify, students must:

  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Have an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) less than $6000 as determined by the FAFSA

President's Pathway Scholarship

The President's Pathway Scholarship recognizes a student's leadership in ministry and seeks to provide access for students with significant need. President's Pathway grants may range from 21–100 percent of tuition, based on the application. This is a renewable grant; recipients must reapply every semester.

In order to qualify, students must:

  • Be newly admitted to one of the following programs: Master of Divinity, MA in Counseling, MA in Marital and Family Therapy, MA (Biblical and Theological Studies), MA in Ministry and Leadership, MA in Global Leadership, Master of Theology, Doctor of Intercultural Studies, or Doctor of Education.
  • Serve in a ministry leadership role (may be paid or unpaid)
  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Have an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) less than $1000 as determined by the FAFSA and show significant financial need.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.33
  • Be in good academic standing (may not have been on an Academic Warning or Probation) while in attendance at Western
  • Be in good financial standing (no delinquent payments) while in attendance at Western

Partnerships

CB Church/Ministry Grant

Students who are staff members of CB churches or CB ministries may be eligible for a grant of 10–20 percent of tuition costs. Contact the Financial Aid Office for details and eligibility. Grants are awarded for a single term. Students must re-apply for grants every semester. 

Partnership Grant

Thanks to the strong partnership between Western Seminary and the organizations and churches listed below, eligible staff/volunteers  may be eligible for a partnership grant. Grants are awarded for a single term. Students must re-apply for grants every semester. In order to apply, fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), and the Partnership Grant application and Need-Based Grant application.

Important Enrollment Requirement:eligibility criteria and discount percentage varies by partnership

The following is a list of participating churches and organizations:

Parachurch

Local Church Partnerships

Named Scholarships

These named scholarships are non-renewable, and in most cases cannot be combined with other grants and scholarships from Western Seminary. Please review their eligibility requirements below before proceeding to the application.

Cornerstone Church Scholarship

The Cornerstone Scholarship provides six $5,000 awards to full-time, incoming students, covering 50% of tuition until the funds are exhausted. Residential students are preferred, but a student from any campus may qualify. Awarding decision is based on need, merit, and ministry calling.

In order to qualify, students must:

  • Be enrolled full time (8 credits per semester)
  • Be an incoming student
  • Be planning to serve (or already serving) in under-represented/under-served communities, non-traditional ministries, or mental health ministries

In order to be considered, students must:

If awarded, students must:

  • Write a thank you letter to the donor, providing information about their studies, ministry, and impact of funds
  • Maintain full-time enrollment
  • Remain a student in good standing

Bessie V. Hodson Memorial Scholarship

 The Hodson Scholarship provides one $5,400 award to a residential student at the Portland campus, covering 50% of tuition until the funds are exhausted.

In order to qualify, students must:

  • Be committed to entering some form of ministry upon graduation
  • Be supporting a dependent child or children
  • Be a residential student at the Portland Campus

In order to be considered, students must:

If awarded, students must:

  • Write a thank you letter to the donor, providing information about their studies, ministry, and impact of funds
  • Remain a student in good standing

Jim Kalleberg Memorial Scholarship

The Kalleberg Scholarship provides scholarships for incoming MDIV students. 

In order to qualify, students must:

  • Be enrolled in the MDIV program
  • Be an incoming student

In order to be considered, students must:

If awarded, students must:

  • Write a thank you letter to the donor, providing information about their studies, ministry, and impact of funds
  • Remain a student in good standing

Don and Pat Pitman Scholarship

The Pitman Scholarship provides one award of $8,000, or two awards, divided at the discretion of the Financial Aid Committee, generally covering 50% of tuition until the funds are exhausted. The scholarship is available to students in the final year of their studies. 

In order to qualify, students must:

  • Be in the final year of their studies
  • Be married, and have a spouse working to put the other through school
  • Be committed to serving in pastoral ministry or overseas missions upon graduation

In order to be considered, students must:

If awarded, students must:

  • Write a thank you letter to the donor, providing information about their studies, ministry, and impact of funds
  • Remain a student in good standing

Alumni Scholarships

Alumni Scholarship 

Graduates of a Western Seminary masters program are eligible for a 20 percent tuition scholarship for their doctoral program at Western Seminary. Scholarships are awarded for a single term. Students must re-apply every semester. 

Alumni Audit Opportunity

Degree graduates of Western Seminary are invited to audit one course per year at no charge. Degree graduates include those who have completed a full master's or doctoral degree program.

Other

Visit Scholarship

The Visit Scholarship is valued at the dollar amount of one credit of master's-level tuition. See this page for more details.

International Student Scholarships

Most International Students are not eligible for other institutional grants or scholarships, and should complete the form below.

Learning Together Program (LTP)

If you are a spouse of a currently enrolled student in a Master’s or Doctoral Degree program, you will qualify for The Learning Together Program. Spouses are invited to register for one on campus course per semester at the regular audit rate of $120 per audit hour. The spouse of a full-time (8+ credits) degree student will receive a 75% scholarship. The spouse of a half-time (4-7 credits) degree student will receive a 50% scholarship. The spouse of a degree student taking 3-1 credits will not be eligible. 

The Learning Together Program cannot be combined with the Advanced Studies Certificate Program or Partners in Ministry Programs. Please note: The LTP does not include online or coaching courses.

To register:

  1. Set up an S.I.S. account for enrollment and registration.
  2. The waivers and tuition adjustments for participating in Learning Together are applied through Financial Aid. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to notify Financial Aid that you have registered. Please include the degree student’s name in the email.