The School of Theology. Sewanee: The University of the South

Scholarships, Grants, and Loans

These scholarships are available through The School of Theology:

Chancellor's Scholarships

The School of Theology annually awards a small number of Chancellor’s Scholarships. These are grants above and beyond an applicant’s demonstrated financial need to some students of exceptional promise preparing for distinctive ministries in the Episcopal Church. Applicants who wish to be considered for a Chancellor’s Scholarship should include a letter with their financial aid application, describing their plans for ministry and mission, and indicating their qualifications. Recipients are selected prior to entering seminary. Chancellor’s Scholarship recipients will continue to receive their award for the normal period of the degree program if their performance is deemed adequate by the faculty.

William A. Griffin Holy Land Theological Scholarship

This scholarship was established as a memorial by his wife, Anne Griffin, and daughter, Shore Griffin. William A. Griffin taught Old Testament at The School of Theology from 1959 until his untimely death in 1988. Recipients are selected to participate in a summer study abroad program conducted in the Holy Land. Griffin believed that travel and study in the Holy Land should be a part of every seminarian's experience to give a sense of authenticity in Biblical studies that is hard to come by otherwise.

Other possible sources for scholarships and grants:

DuBose Scholarship

DuBose Scholarships are based on need. You must be at least 32 years old by May 1; be a postulant or candidate for Holy Orders in the Episcopal Church; and be enrolled in an approved seminary to be considered for a scholarship. Click here for application and instructions. Deadline for submitting an application is April 30.

Evangelical Education Society

The Evangelical Education Society of the Episcopal Church makes Evangelism for the 21st Century grants of up to $5,000 for special initiatives to Episcopalians at ATS-accredited schools. For further information, visit their Web site at www.ees1862.org or contact office@ees1862.org. Note: This is a grant for actual ministry initiatives, not for tuition, books, or living expenses at school.

Fund for Theological Education, Inc.
  • The Benjamin E. Mays Fellowships for Ministry are for black North American persons who are at least graduating seniors from a college or university, official candidates for ministerial ordination within their communion, and are either enrolled in a theological school or are prepared to enroll in the autumn following receipt of an award.
  • Fellowships for Hispanic Americans Preparing for Christian Ministries are for Hispanics who at the time of nomination are citizens of the United States, at least juniors in an accredited college or university, and are either enrolled in a theological school or prepared to enroll in the autumn following receipt of an award. 
Knights Templar Educational Foundation

Awards have been granted from time to time to seminarians from Georgia as an expression of the interest and high regard of Masons for young people who devote their lives to the service of God and humanity. These awards are made only on the nomination of the dean upon request of the Knights Templar Educational Foundation. Application forms are available from the office of the Grand Recorder of the Grand Commandery of each Division or Division Chairman.

Order of the Daughters of the King

This grant is for female applicants seeking training in any recognized church-related college, seminary, or training school in the United States or abroad. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and have at least two years of college education or its equivalent. For more information, visit their Web site at www.dok-national.org/Forms.htm. To apply, write to Attention: Master Fund Chair, 101 Weatherstone Dr., Suite 870, Woodstock, GA 30188.

Order of the Eastern Star Religious Leadership Scholarships

These scholarships aid students preparing for the ministry or for any form of religious leadership. Applicants should write to the Grand Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star in their home state. Address of state chapter can be obtained from any local chapter.

William–Rhodes Scholarship

This scholarship is for seminarians from the Diocese of Atlanta and available to new and continuing students. For more information visit their Web site at www.emmanuelathens.org/main_menu_items/6_ministries/all_groups/wr_screen.html. Apply through Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 498 Prince Ave., Athens, GA, 30601.

Roothbert Fund, Inc.

Qualified students from high school to postgraduate levels who can satisfy fairly high scholastic requirements and who are considering teaching as their vocation are eligible for this grant. For more information, visit their Web site at www.roothbertfund.org. Interview required with the New York–based committee. Address: The Roothbert Fund, Inc., 475 Riverside Dr., Room 252, New York, NY 10115.

Society for the Increase of the Ministry (SIM)

Since 1857, SIM has been awarding grants and scholarships to postulants and candidates attending seminary in preparation for ordination in the Episcopal Church. Application forms may be obtained from SIM, 120 Sigourney Street, Hartford, CT 06105; email: info@simministry.org; or download an application and guidelines from www.simministry.org.

Loans

Knights Templar

Loans are made by one of 50 state divisions. For address of a given state's educational foundation, contact Charles R. Neumann, 5097 N. Elston Ave., Suite 101, Chicago, IL 60630.

Honorable and Mrs. Nelson P. Sanford Endowment Fund

This is a revolving emergency loan fund available for the training of Episcopal priests available only once in a seminary career in the amount of $1,000.  Apply through the Office of Financial Aid.

Hattie M. Strong Foundation

Loans are made to American students with no restriction as to race, sex, or religion, who are within two years of their final degree from college or graduate school with a maximum of $4,000 to any one student over a period of two years, without interest. Address: 1620 Eye St., NW, Suite 700, Washington, D.C. 20006, or email: hmsf@hmstrongfoundation.org.

Miscellaneous

Here is a more extensive list of outside grants and scholarships compiled from student research.