The Application Process
ALTS has a cooperative arrangement with Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne (CTSFW). Because CTSFW is accredited, ALTS students are eligible for a variety of grants, fellowships, and gift aid, as well as federal educational assistance. The terms of our agreement with CTSFW require ALTS students to apply for financial assistance through the CTSFW Financial Aid Office.
In order to be eligible either for gift aid or federal Stafford loans you must be enrolled at least half time in a term. Students in programs such as S.T.M., M.A. and Ph.D. are eligible for federal Stafford loans and Federal Work Study, but should contact the dean of their program for information about any grants, scholarships or graduate assistantships that may be available.
For additional information, please visit the CTSFW Financial Aid FAQ page.
NOTE: ALTS students should be aware that some of the scholarship resources available to LCMS students will not be available to TAALC students. This is expected, and is as it should be. Other scholarship resources that may be available are discussed below.
- Congregational Fellowship
- Ministry Fellowship
- Logos Bible Software
- Undergraduate Fellowship
- International Order of the King's Daughters & Sons
- Siebert Lutheran Foundation
- William A. Heath Educational Fund
- International Lutheran Deaf Association Scholarship
- Jack Kent Cooke Scholarships
- Justin Haruyama Ministerial Scholarship Fund
- Sequoyah Graduate Fellowships
- USA Funds Access to Education Scholarships
- W.B. Small Trust
Administered by the Fund for Theological Education (FTE).
Description: The Congregational Fellowship enables a congregation to provide significant financial aid for a student entering the first year of a Master of Divinity program. This matching grant program doubles a congregation's investment in the theological education of a young person whose call to ministry it has helped to cultivate. To be considered, a student must be nominated by a congregation.
Here is how the program works:
- The nominating congregation commits $2,000 - $5,000 toward the cost of the student's first year.
- FTE matches the congregation's commitment.
- FTE works with the student's seminary to secure additional financial aid.
The fellowship substantially reduces the cost of a student's first year in seminary, covering tuition and most living expenses. More importantly, it enables a congregation to provide a tangible expression of abundant support and confidence in a young person's calling as he or she takes a significant step toward becoming a minister. To apply, read and follow carefully the instructions on the organization’s web page: http://www.thefund.org/programs/congregations_fellowships.phtml.
NOTE: The application for this program is submitted jointly by the congregation and the student.
Administered by the Fund for Theological Education (FTE).
Description: For the outstanding student entering a Master of Divinity program, FTE's Ministry Fellows Program provides the support needed for a serious exploration of ministry over the summer following the first year of seminary. The program encourages initiative and independent learning opportunities not routinely included in the seminary curriculum. It provides a network of mentoring support and guidance during the first year of seminary, culminating in a summer project of the seminarian's own design - offering an early opportunity for creative preparation for ministry that is often not otherwise available so early in the journey. To apply, read and follow carefully the instructions on the organization’s Web page: http://www.thefund.org/programs/ministry_fellowships.phtml.
NOTE: This is not technically a scholarship, it funds a summer ministry program between the 1st and 2nd year of seminary.
1313 Commercial St., Bellingham WA 98225 | 800-878-4191
Description: Logos Bible Software is now accepting applications for its quarterly seminary tuition scholarship of $1,000.00. Web page: http://www.seminaryscholarship.com
Description: For gifted, self-aware, imaginative students considering going into the ministry, FTE's Undergraduate Fellows Program can provide both financial help and a nurturing network of support. How much difference does this make? A lot. Many students say the one-on-one mentoring, conferences and guidance they've received from program staff and other participants have inspired, informed and kept them going at critical times. This network of support helps them realize they aren't alone as they explore and respond to a special calling.
Criteria: To apply for this program, you must be a current sophomore or junior in an accredited undergraduate program at a North American college or university. You must be considering ministry as a career (although it isn't necessary to have decided.) You must have a GPA of at least 3.0. You must be a U.S. or Canadian citizen. For information and application materials, visit the organization’s Web page: http://www.thefund.org/programs/undergrads_fellowships.phtml.
Description: Interdenominational organization with a religious, educational and philanthropic program. Criteria: Full-time M.Div. students who are U.S. or Canadian citizens. 3.00 GPA. Don’t overlook this excellent potential resource. To apply, read and follow carefully the instructions on the organization’s Web page: http://iokds.org/scholarship.html.
Criteria: Members of congregations in the state of Wisconsin, including North Wisconsin District congregations located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. For information and application materials, visit http://www.siebertfoundation.org/announce.htm.
Bank of America
600 Cleveland Street
Clearwater, FL 33755
ELIGIBILITY: Male seminary students from the southeastern United States who are under 35 years of age and are studying for ministry or missionary activities. Graduates from a Southeastern US High School (AL, FL, GA, KY, LA, MD, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV)
DEADLINE: June 30
Charles J. Kotal
Scholarship Committee Chairman
13100 Melanie Lane #26
Westminster, CA 92683-8205
ELIGIBILITY: Students entering the deaf ministry upon graduation.
The Graduate Scholarships cover tuition, room, board, fees and books - up to $50,000 annually - for up to six years. The scholarships are among the most generous academic awards offered in the United States, and some are calling it the most sought after graduate scholarship among college graduates.
"Our objective is to help high achieving students who have financial need, whether they are attending a middle school in rural Kansas or Harvard Medical School," said Dr. Matthew J. Quinn, executive director of the Foundation. "The graduate scholarship recipients know hard work and sacrifice. These scholarships recognize their devotion to education, reward their efforts, and provide an incentive to continue excelling . . . and, we hope, to benefit society."
The exact amount and duration of the scholarships vary by student based on the cost of attendance and length of the graduate program as well as other scholarships or grants the student has received. The recipients (full list below) will pursue graduate study in wide ranging fields, including medicine, law, theology, education, painting, journalism, theater, business, architecture and other areas. The scholars include 14 in the fine and performing arts, reflecting the late Mr. Cooke's passion for the arts.
Students attending any accredited college or university in the United States were eligible to apply. Each institution could nominate up to two students. Candidates then underwent a rigorous assessment at two stages by independent panels of academic experts, including graduate school deans, admissions counselors, and faculty. The selection criteria included academic achievement and financial need as well as a will to succeed, leadership and community involvement.
The application deadline for the 2007 Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholarships is May 1. Undergraduates or recent alumni interested in applying should contact their faculty representative for details or visit the Foundation's website: www.jackkentcookefoundation.org.
Japanese American United Church
255 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10001
ELIGIBILITY: Full-time Japanese-American students enrolled in an accredited Protestant seminary in the United States preparing for a ministerial degree and intending to serve Japanese-American congregation in the USA.
DEADLINE: May 3
Association on American Indian Affairs, Inc.
Assistance is available to American Indian and Alaskan Natives who are pursuing a graduate degree. Applicants must be minimally 1/4 Indian blood from a federally recognized tribe and must be enrolled full-time in the M.Div. program.
DEADLINE: July 20
Indianapolis-based student loan guarantor USA Funds has announced scholarships to help low- to moderate-income students nationwide pursue higher education.
To qualify, students must come from households with an annual income of $35,000 or less. Full- and half-time undergraduate students, as well as full-time graduate and professional students, are eligible for the $1,500 scholarships. Recipients who maintain a grade-point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale may have their scholarship renewed annually until he or she receives a degree or certificate, or the total amount awarded reaches $6,000, whichever comes first.
"These scholarships will help academically qualified students overcome financial barriers that otherwise may have prevented them from attending college," said Henry L. Fernandez, USA Funds executive director, scholarships, outreach and philanthropy. "Consistent with USA Funds' nonprofit mission to enhance higher-education preparedness, access, and success, we are pleased to help these students pay for postsecondary education."
More information is available from the Access to Education Scholarships page: http://www.usafunds.org/planning/access_to_education_scholarship/index.htm.
Information for the next year’s program is posted in early October of each year.
2709 Fairlane Avenue
Waterloo, IA 50702
ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must have an Iowa family connection and be full-time students in the M.Div. program.
DEADLINE: May 1