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 to some students of exceptional promise preparing for distinctive ministries in The Episcopal Church, showing exceptional academic merit, enhancing diversity among the student body, or occasionally (as determined by the dean) to meet certain goals related to strategic initiatives that serve the School's mission. These grants are not based on an applicant's demonstrated financial need. Applicants who wish to be considered for a Chancellor’s Scholarship should include a letter with their financial aid application as outlined in the "Guidelines for Financial Aid."

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:

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 or contact 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.

How to apply for a grant:  Application forms are available from the office of the Grand Recorder of the Grand Commandery of each division or division chairman.

The address for the Office of the Grand Recorder of Grand Encampment may be found on the Knights Templar website and clicking on the "Education Foundation" tab. State Grand Recorders may be found by going to the posted list and looking under the state where the applicant resides.

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 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.

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 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:; or download an application and guidelines from


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:


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