School of Theology and Ministry
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Scholarship Opportunities

    1. Annual & Endowed Scholarships
    2. Christifideles
    3. Out-of-State Scholarship
    4. Leaders of Multicultural Faith Communities Scholarship
    5. Justice in Ministry Scholarship
    6. Early Career Pastor's Scholarship
    7. Member of Roman Catholic Religious Order Scholarship
    8. Bossey Scholarship
    9. Disciples Seminary Foundation Scholarship
    10. Ryle Foundation Scholarship
    11. Carpenter Scholarship
    12. Yellow Ribbon Program for Military / Veteran Students
    13. Graduate Assistantship (Non-Work Study Student Employment)

    Questions? Contact Beth Smith, Financial Aid Coordinator Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry 206.296.5338, smithb8@seattleu.edu.
     

    1. Annual & Endowed Scholarships

    Description

    Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry offers annual and endowed scholarships from the great generosity of friends and donors that believe strongly in the mission and vision of the School and the value of an education specifically at Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry.

    The scholarship committee reviews applications in April of each year and awards scholarships to those students that meet the scholarship criteria. Scholarships will be entered onto student accounts the last two weeks of May with scholarship award letters mailed out to students in the third week of May.

    Criteria

    The criteria and amount of scholarship awards varies. There is a single application process for any and all of these scholarships. See the below "tips for writing your narrative" to assist you in naming components that may help you meet these scholarships' criteria.

    To Apply

    To apply for these scholarships a student must complete a Criteria-based Tuition Aid Grant Application (CBTAA), a Declaration of Credits Form, and a FAFSA by April 1st (continuing students) or upon admittance (new students). Note: A copy of the first page of your previous years IRS 1040 tax form (indicating your adjusted gross income and obliterating your social security numbers) and a narrative must be submitted with your CBTAA.

    Tips for Writing Your Narrative

    When writing your narrative, explain why you are requesting a financial scholarship. Please highlight your leadership, volunteer, ministerial and/or other professional experience, including your denominational and/or religious group and any affiliations, leadership roles and volunteer experiences specifically related to your denomination and/or religious group affiliation. Please explain the circumstances of financial aid need.

    Abbreviated List of Annual & Endowed Scholarships:

    Scholarship Preference to students pursuing a curriculum in
    Loren Arnett Scholarship Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
    The Blume Family Scholarship Catholic Lay Ministry
    Alma and Gil Centioli Scholarship Catholic Lay Ministry
    Peter S. Chirico Scholarship Catholic Lay Ministry
    Fr. James Eblen Scholarship Catholic Lay Ministry in baptismal giftedness
    Catherine Mowry LaCugna Scholarship Catholic Lay Ministry
    Jean & Bernard Haldane Scholarship Episcopal Ministry
    Chet Herald Jr. Memorial Scholarship All denominations, financial aid
    Rev. Leon Hopper Scholarship Unitarian Universalist, ecumenical or interfaith service
    Loretta Jancoski Scholarship Catholic, academic standing, service to church
    William F. LeRoux, S.J. Scholarship Catholic Lay Ministry
    Rev. Bill Malcomson Scholarship American Baptist, academic standing, service to church
    Don & Lynnea Mayer Scholarship United Church of Christ
    Rev. Jack & Dr. Glynn Olive Scholarship Interfaith, interrligious dialogue interest
    Judith Pickard Scholarship Episcopal or Protestant, non Master of Divinity degree
    Fr. Mike Raschko Scholarship Catholic Lay Ministry
    John F. & Julia P. Shaw Scholarship Presbyterian, Masters of Divinity degree
    Leo Stanford Scholarship Catholic Lay Ministry
    Degree-based Scholarships Preference to students pursuing a curriculum in
    Sr. Katherine Dyckman, SNJM, Scholarship MAin Transforming Spirituality degree
    Eugene Kidder Scholarship MA in Relationship & Pastoral Therapy degree
    MA in Transformational Leadership Scholarship MA in Transformational Leadership degree

    2. Christifideles (Archdiocese of Seattle)

    Description

    The Archdiocese of Seattle offers financial aid for based on financial need students enrolled in their Christifideles program, a combination of graduate education and Archdiocesan formation for certification as a Lay Ecclesial Minister in the local church. The program is offered in collaboration with Seattle University.

    Criteria

    Requirements and expectations for graduation with a MAPS degree at Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry (STM) and requirements and expectations from the Archdiocese that show a demonstrated history and capacity to serve as a Lay Ecclesial Minister in the local Church, and additional formation as a Lay Ecclesial Minister (LEM) working in the Archdiocese of Seattle

    To Apply

    For complete Archdiocesan Christifideles application materials please go to their website at: http://www.seattlearchdiocese.org/cff/LEM/Christifidelis/default.aspx , and/or contact the Director of Lay Ecclesial Ministry at patm@seattlearch.org. Applications are due no later than February 15.

    To qualify for this scholarship and any others offered through the School, you must also complete the Criteria-based Tuition Aid Grant Application (CBTAA).

    3. Out-of-State Scholarship

    Description

    Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry offers a one-year, 70% scholarship for newly admitted students that move to Washington from out-of-state specifically to attend the school.

    We recognize that students relocating from out-of-state have additional expenses and considerations upon confirming admission. This scholarship only applies to the first year of degree program admittance. Following the first year, students are encouraged to re-apply for other scholarship options within the School of Theology and Ministry and other financial aid resources, as applicable.

    Criteria

    The Out-of-State Scholarship applies for one-year, only for first-year, newly admitted students in a graduate degree program that are relocating from another state domestically to Washington state for Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry. The scholarship is not applicable for international students, or students enrolled in the Doctor of Ministry program or professional certificate programs. A minimum of six credits are required per quarter, for the duration of the academic year to which the scholarship is applied. Please see below "tips for writing your narrative" to assist you in naming components that may help you meet scholarship criteria.

    To Apply

    To apply for this scholarship, a student must complete a Criteria-based Tuition Aid Grant Application (CBTAA), a Declaration of Credits Form, and a FAFSA upon admittance (newly accepted students). Note: A copy of the first page of your previous years IRS 1040 tax form (indicating your adjusted gross income and obliterating your social security numbers) and a narrative must be submitted with your CBTAA.

    Tips for Writing Your Narrative

    When writing your narrative, explain that you are requesting an Out-of-State Scholarship. Please highlight your leadership, volunteer, ministerial and/or other professional experience, including your denominational and/or religious group and any affiliations, leadership roles and volunteer experiences specifically related to your denomination and/or religious group affiliation. Please explain the circumstances of financial aid need.


    4. Leaders of Multicultural Faith Communities' Scholarship

    Description

    Scholarships for Leaders of Multicultural Faith Communities are awarded for up to $1,900 per quarter (based on 6 credits) or $7,600 per year for two years. Seattle University has created these special scholarships to recognize outstanding candidates for graduate study who are members of under-represented populations.

    Criteria

    Recipients will be selected from those individuals who meet specific eligibility requirements, demonstrate leadership in their ministry, and are unable to complete the program without financial support. The under-represented populations targeted for funding are African-Americans, Native-Americans, Hispanics, and Asian/Pacific Islanders.

    To Apply

    Please complete the Leaders of Multicultural Faith Communities Application as well as a Criteria-based Tuition Aid Grant Application (CBTAA), a Declaration of Credits Form, and a FAFSA by April 1st (continuing students) or upon admittance (new students). Note: A copy of the first page of your previous years IRS 1040 tax form (indicating your adjusted gross income and obliterating your social security numbers) and a narrative must be submitted with your CBTAA.

    5. Justice in Ministry Scholarship

    Description

    For students who have a clear call to pastoral care for those in need who may be hindered in developing their ministry by financial need beyond their means, even after receiving the ordinarily available scholarship aid. As a matter of justice in ministerial development, the purpose of this scholarship is to provide subsequent levels of scholarship support for students whose ministry is clearly needed in the world, to help alleviate insurmountable debt incurred through theological education.

    This scholarship is intended to support the education of those with a particular sense of call and emerging skills in spiritual and pastoral ministry, as indicated by their development in the Ministerial and Theological Integration (MTI) sequence. While it is not the expectation that the student have fully developed skills by the end of the MTI sequence, the student's capacity for this type of ministry should be evident.

    Criteria

    For students pursuing a Protestant or Episcopalian curriculum toward a Masters Degree at the School of Theology and Ministry with preference to those pursuing a Masters of Divinity yet open to those who may not be seeking ordination as well (whether MDiv degree or other Masters). This is to be awarded to those with a particular emphasis on spiritual and pastoral ministry. It is to be awarded after completion of MTI and upon recommendation from both the MTI faculty and field supervisors. After this criterion has been met, the award is to be given to the student with the most need within this group.

    To Apply

    Click here to download the Justice in Ministry Scholarship application as well as a Criteria-based Tuition Aid Grant Application (CBTAA), a Declaration of Credits Form, and a FAFSA by April 1st (continuing students) or upon admittance (new students). Note: A copy of the first page of your previous years IRS 1040 tax form (indicating your adjusted gross income and obliterating your social security numbers) and a narrative must be submitted with your CBTAA.

    6. Early Career Pastor's Scholarship

    Description

    Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry has been awarded a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. which includes scholarships for six early career pastors, with three to ten years of ministerial leadership, who are pursuing a Post-Master’s Certificate in Pastoral Leadership. The scholarship provides $8,500 for tuition and fees including the school's annual fee, matriculation, technology, and quarterly creation. These pastors will pursue studies that both deepen their skills for leadership and support their pursuit of collaborative leadership in the public square. This scholarship will be awarded to six students per year each year for five years, and begins with the first cohort from Summer Quarter 2014 through Spring Quarter 2015. This certificate may also lead to a Doctor of Ministry degree.

    Criteria

    Eligibility criteria includes students enrolled at Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry who are pursuing a Post Master’s Certificate in Pastoral Leadership. These students must also be early career pastors, with judiciary endorsement, who have completed from three to ten years of ministry. Only Pastoral Leadership students who meet the criteria are eligible for this scholarship from the Lilly Endowment, Inc.  funding. Those who elect to continue on to complete a Doctor of Ministry degree would apply for financial aid and non-Lilly Endowment, Inc. funded scholarships may be available based on eligibility and availability at the time.
     
    See the below "tips for writing your narrative" to assist you in naming components that may help you meet this scholarships' criteria.

    To Apply

    To apply for this scholarship a student must complete a Criteria-based Tuition Aid Grant Application (CBTAA), a Declaration of Credits Form, and a FAFSA by April 1st (continuing students) or upon admittance (new students). Note: A copy of the first page of your previous years IRS 1040 tax form (indicating your adjusted gross income and obliterating your social security numbers) and a narrative must be submitted with your CBTAA. Submit all information as listed on the forms- FAFSA to the US Govt and Criteria-Based Tuition Aid Grant App to Beth Smith.  The Declaration of Credits is completed at the time of interview if you are accepted into the program of study.

    Tips for Writing Your Narrative

    When writing your narrative, explain that you are requesting an Early Career Pastor’s Scholarship for the Post-Master’s Certificate in Pastoral Leadership. Please highlight your leadership, volunteer, ministerial and/or other professional experience. Please include your denominational and/or religious group and any affiliations, leadership roles and volunteer experiences specifically related to your denomination and/or religious group affiliation. You will also need to provide an extra recommendation from someone in your denominational system endorsing you as a recipient of this prestigious award.

    7. Member of Roman Catholic Religious Order Scholarship

    Description

    Tuition Reduction for Members of Roman Catholic Canonical Religious Communities or Roman Catholic Clergy is available to School of Theology and Ministry students who are members of Catholic religious organizations, if their financial need is greater than what is provided by their community.

    Students must submit a letter from a community official verifying the extent of their financial need.

    Criteria

    Be a member of a Roman Catholic Canonical Religious Communities or be Roman Catholic Clergy.

    To Apply

    If you would like to apply for this scholarship students must submit a letter from their religious community official verifying the extent of their financial need, as well as fill out this STM/ICTS Tuition Aid Grant Application Form.

    8. Bossey Scholarship

    Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry has been encouraged to send a student to the Bossey Institute of Ecumenics in Geneva, Switzerland for three months, resulting in a certificate of ecumenical studies from their institution.

    If you are interested please note that the deadline for application is November 30, 2014. The program itself begins a year later--running from September 2015 - January 2016.

    We are currently working with generous and committed donors to secure a full scholarship for this opportunity--a value to $15,000, including tuition, books, fees, room and board and round trip airfare. To find out if this is the right program for you, at the right time in your academic timeline, review the Bossey website and application http://www.oikoumene.org/en/activities/bossey/study-at-bossey/complementary-certificate-in-ecumenical-studies.html and speak with your academic advisor.

    9. Disciples Seminary Foundation Scholarship

    Description

    Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry has established a partnership with the Disciples Seminary Foundation (DSF) to combine their strengths to offer theological education for Masters of Divinity students within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ

    Criteria

    Disciple Seminary Foundation is dedicated to supporting students at various levels of theological education. Their students are individuals who are exploring a call to ministry or who are in the process of receiving advanced degrees in theological education at the Master of Arts, Master of Divinity, or Doctoral level.

    To Apply: For more information about the criteria and application process with DSF please follow this link: http://dsf.edu/students/index.html. Please Note: The Disciples Seminary Foundation Scholarship is distributed directly to the student, so there is no need to complete the School scholarship application materials unless you are applying for a School of Theology and Ministry scholarship as well.

    10. Ryle Foundation Scholarship

    Msgr. Ryle worked tirelessly to bring the voice of faith to the discussion of just and humane public policy in the state of Arizona. Community leaders from all parties appreciated and respected his work on behalf of the poor, the children, the elderly, and all those who have no voice.

    In order to continue his legacy, the Board of the Ryle Fund established the Ryle Scholar program to provide scholarships for graduate level study that will combine the moral and ethical tenets of one's faith with a commitment to peace and justice through work in the area of public policy. The explicit mission of the Ryle Fund is to stimulate dialogue and support projects that promote systemic change to improve the lives of the people of Arizona.

    To this end the Fund will educate and converse in an intellectual, scholarly way around public policy issues affecting the common good. The Fund will be a catalyst and convener of diverse audiences of leaders, future leaders and decision-makers.

    The finalist who is chosen will attend Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry which offers a Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership. This degree is customized for the person seeking to help lead the world to a place of greater justice and more abiding peace. The scholarship will pay for tuition, room, board, and books for the chosen student during the course of study, 18-24 months. After graduation the recipient will be required to work in Arizona for a minimum of two years in the area of public policy. For more information and the application please go to: http://www.rylefund.org/scholarship.htm  

    11. Carpenter Scholarship

    Description

    The E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation has generously donated three full scholarships to students from all faith traditions (Jewish, Christian, Muslim and others) who are interested in pursuing study in interreligious dialogue through the Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership program at the School of Theology and Ministry. The scholarship will be awarded as soon as possible so we encourage all who are interested to inquire.

    Criteria

    Applicants are required to be enrolled at Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry in the Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership Graduate Program.

    To Apply

    If you would like to apply for this scholarship and any others offered through the School, you must also complete the Criteria-based Tuition Aid Grant Application and apply and be accepted as a student in the School of Theology and Ministry. Also, submit a two-page essay with the first page being what he/she hopes to achieve in the program and the second page to address the challenges and opportunities for a student from another faith tradition pursuing an MATL from a Jesuit School of Theology and Ministry. Two letters of recommendation, one from the leader of his/her faith community and one from a well-respected leader in the interreligious community outside his/her faith community. Finally a written commitment of 10 hours per month, on average, to the community aspects of the school's interreligious dialogue program. Students receive email notifications as these positions become available. If you are a new student, email stm@seattleu.edu to inquire about any open positions.

    12. Yellow Ribbon Program for Military / Veteran Students

    Description

    Seattle University has signed a contract with the Veterans Administration to provide funding for 80 undergraduate and 30 graduate students through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

    Criteria

    Students are not eligible to receive a Yellow Ribbon Program spot until they are formally admitted to the university. If you have additional questions, please email va@seattleu.edu.

    To Apply

    Funding is awarded on a first come, first served basis. With any questions, information about available slots or waiting list options, please contact va@seattleu.edu.

    13. Graduate Assistantships (Non-Work Study Student Employment)

    Description

    Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry has several on and off-campus non-work-study jobs for which students can apply. These positions are advertised directly to all School of Theology and Ministry students by email, when they become available. The current hourly pay rate is $11.70 and all of the school's Graduate Assistants receive a 50% tuition scholarship.

    Criteria

    Applicants are required to be enrolled at Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry, taking at least three units of coursework.

    To Apply

    If you would like to apply for this scholarship and any others offered through the School, you must also complete the Criteria-based Tuition Aid Grant Application and apply and be accepted as a graduate assistant working in the School of Theology and Ministry. Students receive email notifications as these positions become available, and are welcome to apply for as many positions as are of interest. Only one application is needed, though it is recommended that applicants complete a unique cover letter for each position of interest--showcasing their interest in that particular role and relevant qualifications. If you are a new student, email stm@seattleu.edu to inquire about any open positions.

    Resource: Scholarships Binder

    As a service to students, we've compiled other scholarship opportunities in a binder that students can check out and look through. This compilation is by no means comprehensive, but is a resource. Students are encouraged to inquire with their employer and/or denominational group(s) for professional development moneys, tuition reimbursement or scholarship opportunities.

    To check out the binder

    Contact Beth Smith, Financial Aid Coordinator Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry 206.296.5338 | smithb8@seattleu.edu  

    Scholarship Implications of Adding / Dropping Credits

    Should your credit projections change after the pre-registration deadline of April 1st, changes must be submitted to Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry's Financial Aid Coordinator in writing 14 days before each quarter's classes begin.

    Tuition aid may not be available for credits added after the April 1st financial aid application deadline and aid is not transferable to subsequent quarters.

    Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry's financial aid budget is finite. The amount and percentage of aid each student receives is determined every spring for the subsequent academic year. It is directly proportionate to each student's credit load, and additions and decreases in credits affect the amount of aid available to other students of the School. When courses are dropped after the published add/drop dates, students receive only a portion of their tuition back. Likewise, the School is reimbursed only a portion of the aid extended to students who drop after the deadline. Ultimately, this too affects the amount available for others in need. It is important that each student plan his or her course load wisely, notifies the Financial Aid Coordinator in writing of any changes in the credit load, and observes all deadlines.

    Credit Changes:

    The amount of your tuition aid grant is based proportionately on the number of credits you projected you would be registering for on your Declaration of Credits form. If you increase or decrease your course load, your credits will not match what you have been given a scholarship for and your aid will not release. If you do not notify the School of Theology and Ministry Financial Aid Coordinator about your change of credits, you could forfeit some or all of your financial aid grant. There is no guarantee that there will be additional scholarship funding available from the pool for an increase in the number of credits that you might be taking so please plan accordingly.  Conversely, if you are reducing credits, the funds need to be reduced from your award and returned back to the pool so it is available for other students who are increasing their credits and have a financial need. Please make sure that you report any change in the number of credits you will be taking to the School Financial Aid Coordinator, Beth Smith, prior to the beginning of each quarter. Changes must be made in writing, by email, or by completing the necessary change of credits form in the School of Theology and Ministry office.

    Beth A. Smith
    Budget Manager & Financial Aid Coordinator
    Seattle University
    School of Theology & Ministry
    P.O. Box 222000
    901 12th Avenue,  Hunthausen #205
    Seattle, WA  98122-1090
    phone 206.296.5338 | confidential fax 206.296.6942 
    smithb8@seattleu.edu | seattleu.edu/stm

    Scholarship Appeal Process:

    In rare cases, a student in extreme or unexpected financial hardship may write a scholar appeal letter to the School of Theology and Ministry Scholarship Committee requesting a review of their scholarship award and asking for an increase.  The appeal should explain the reason(s) for why the increase is needed and what changes you will be making to become financially stable.  Please send the appeal to Beth Smith at the contact information listed above.  You will be notified of the Scholarship Committee’s decision within approximately two weeks of your request.