Outside Funding Opportunities

Religious-Tradition-Specific Funding Opportunities

Scholarships are listed alphabetically by the name of the sponsoring organization. Unless otherwise noted, please submit applications for funding directly to the sponsoring organization.

Fund for Nurturing Unitarian Universalist Scholarship

The Panel on Theological Education of the Unitarian Universalist Association is receiving applications for grants up to $25,000 from Unitarian Universalist scholars who are committed to strengthening the UU movement through research and publication, excellence in teaching, and educational leadership.

John Haynes Holmes Memorial Fellowships (Unitarian Universalist)

John Haynes Holmes Memorial Fellowships (of up to $2500) are awarded yearly to seminary students aspiring to the Unitarian Universalist parish or religious education ministry by a committee of the Community Church of New York. To obtain application materials, contact the Community Church of New York, 40 East 35th Street, New York, New York 10016. Phone: 212.683.4988; email: info@ccny.org.

John Haynes Holmes Memorial Fund

The John Haynes Holmes Memorial Fund Committee provides annual fellowships for Unitarian Universalist undergraduate or graduate students enrolled full-time and/or part-time at a postsecondary institution. Students must be preparing for careers in teaching or ministry in the denomination. Awards typically range from $500.00 to $2,500.00. The memorial fund honors Dr.

Justin Haruyama Ministerial Scholarship

The Justin Haruyama Ministerial Scholarship was established in memory of the Rev. Justin Haruyama of the Japanese America United Church (JAUC). The mission of the Haruyama Scholarship is to support Japanese or Japanese-American students who are in the master of divinity program or other ministerial preparation programs and are considering becoming ordained pastors or missionaries to serve Japanese or Japanese-American churches. For details, please visit the JAUC website.

Northern Baptist Education Society

The Northern Baptist Education Society is seeking American Baptist students who are enrolled in a master of divinity program or similar program preparing them for full-time Christian ministry. Students interested in applying for the scholarship should pick up the application form from Julie Field in the HDS Office of Financial Aid. Students must have a letter of support/endorsement from their home church on file with the society.

The Adrienne M. and Charles Shelby Rooks Fellowship for Racial and Ethnic Theological Students: Doctoral Studies

The Rooks Scholarship is available annually to members of the United Church of Christ who are African American, Hispanic American, Asian American, Native American Indian or Pacific Islander and are pursuing a PhD, ThD, or EdD. For more information on scholarship requirements and deadlines, please visit the United Church of Christ Website.

The Adrienne M. and Charles Shelby Rooks Fellowship for Racial and Ethnic Theological Students: Master of Divinity Degree

The Rooks Scholarship is available annually to members of the United Church of Christ who are African American, Hispanic American, Asian American, Native American Indian, or Pacific Islander. For more information on scholarship requirements and deadlines, please visit the United Church of Christ Website.

The Cannon Endowment Scholarship Fund for Military Chaplains

The Cannon Endowment Scholarship Fund for Seminarians Pursuing Military Chaplaincy was established in 1992 through a gift from Dr. Clinton Cannon, an army retiree and lay member of the Washington North Idaho Conference of the United Church of Christ.

The Cannon Scholarship provides financial assistance to seminarians who are preparing to become military chaplains. For more information on scholarship requirements and deadlines, please visit the United Church of Christ Website.

The Harold Wilke Scholarship

The Harold Wilke Scholarship, established in 1981 by the Board of World Ministries, predecessor body to Wider Church Ministries, honors the life and ministry of the Rev. Dr. Harold Wilke, a devoted minister, disability advocate, and pioneer. Annual scholarships are available to assist gifted persons with disabilities and/or those directly involved in ministry to persons with disabilities. For more information on scholarship requirements and deadlines, please visit the United Church of Christ Website.

The Rev. Dr. Hector E. Lopex Scholarship for Latina and Latino UCC Seminarians

The Rev. Dr. Hector E. Lopez Scholarship for Latina and Latino UCC Seminarians prepares Latinas and Latinos to be future ministers, educated in the socially and theologically progressive seminaries of the UCC, who will return to lead vital congregations and minister to Latino constituencies, multicultural communities, and the whole church. For more information on scholarship requirements and deadlines, please visit the United Church of Christ Website.

W. B. Small Trust

The W. B. Small Trust scholarship is offered to a full-time Christian student working on a master of divinity degree at an accredited seminary who has a strong Iowa connection and a goal of ordained ministry. The scholarship is $2,500 per year (renewable up to a three-year total) and is awarded on both merit and financial need. If you are interested in applying, please visit the Office of Financial Aid to pick up a copy of the application. For further information contact Joan M. Youngblut at joblut@mchsi.com.

William R. Johnson Scholarship

In 1999, the predecessor body to Local Church Ministries, The Board for Homeland Ministries, created a scholarship for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender United Church of Christ seminarians in honor of William R. Johnson, the first openly gay man ordained in the United Church of Christ. The scholarship was established as a concrete way of affirming the long-standing conviction of the United Church of Christ that sexual orientation should not be a barrier to ordination.

World Council of Churches

The World Council of Churches provides scholarship assistance to study abroad for candidates recommended by churches and church-related organizations. Applicants should have a college degree as well as several years of work experience. Nominated candidates must commit to returning to their home country upon completion of study to take up the task for which the training was requested. Scholarships are normally provided for periods between three months and two years.