United Church of Christ

Ministry Education Scholarships

Re-imagine the Gifts of GodMinistry Education Scholarships are available to those preparing for ministry in the United Church of Christ and for continuing education for ministers.

Members in Discernment may apply for the Brown Endowment Scholarship and ONE other UCC Ministry Education Scholarship per year.

The Brown Endowment is now administered at United Church Funds by:
Rev. Nelson Murphy
nelson.murphy@ucfunds.org
(877) 806-4989
http://ucfunds.org/the-brown-endowment/
Please do NOT contact the United Church of Christ for information about the Brown Endowment Scholarship or Continuing Education grants. Thank you.

To qualify for a United Church of Christ Ministry Education Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria unless otherwise stated:

  • Membership in a UCC congregation for at least one year at time of application;
  • Enrollment in an ATS accredited seminary towards a course of study leading to ordained ministry;
  • Member-in-discernment of an Association or Conference at time of application;
  • At least a "B" average maintained; (With the exception of The Rev. Virginia Kreyer Scholarship where a lower GPA will be accepted)
  • Agrees to serve in the UCC or a partner church on completion of seminary;
  • Demonstrates leadership ability through participation in local church, Association, Conference, or academic environment.

Important dates to remember:
All online Scholarship application forms open on December 1 each year and close on March 1 of the following year at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time.
The online application form for The Genesis Fund, a program grant, opens on December 1 each year and closes on March 15 of the following year at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time.

The Helen and Richard Brown Endowment for Pastoral Scholarships

The Brown Endowment is now administered at United Church Funds by:
Rev. Nelson Murphy
nelson.murphy@ucfunds.org
(877) 806-4989
http://ucfunds.org/the-brown-endowment/
Please do NOT contact the United Church of Christ for information about the Brown Endowment Scholarship or Continuing Education grants. Thank you.

The Helen and Richard Brown Endowment for Pastoral Scholarships derives from a generous gift received in the 1990s, designated to support pastoral ministry in the United Church of Christ. Since its inception, the gift of $5 million has provided over $250,000 annually to UCC Conferences, seminaries and global partners, providing individual scholarships for seminarians and sponsorships for continuing education events.

Most Brown Scholars will be enrolled in or accepted to seminary. However, MIDs who are enrolled in or accepted to a regional theological education program which leads to authorized ministry in the UCC are also encouraged to apply.

Requirements
1. A member in good standing in a local UCC congregation.
2. A Member in Discernment (MID) of a regional UCC Association.
3. Enrolled in or accepted to an accredited ATS seminary, or enrolled in or accepted to a regional theological education program which leads to authorized ministry in the UCC.
4. A 3.0 GPA in your most recently completed academic work.
5. Intention to seek a call to serve as a pastor of a local UCC church.
6. Documented financial need.

Applications, along with supporting materials, must be submitted by March 1. Supporting documents include letters of reference, academic transcripts and all of the other required documents that may take some time to obtain — so do not procrastinate! After March 1, no further Brown Scholarship applications or supporting materials will be accepted until the new application period opens in the following year. Awards made will be sent directly to each Scholar's educational institution in August for the academic year beginning in the Fall.

To apply for a Brown Endowment Continuing Education (CE) Grant — for events and activities aimed at assisting groups of Authorized Ministers to become more proficient in their ministry — applying UCC-related institutions, agencies and local churches should prepare a grant request proposal following these guidelines.

Want to find out more about The Brown Endowment? Click here to download a brochure and learn more about eligibility requirements.

http://www.ucc.org/brown_endowment

The Cannon Endowment Scholarship

The Cannon Endowment Scholarship was established in 1992 through a gift from Dr. Clinton Cannon. An army retiree and UCC lay member of the Washington-North Idaho Conference; Dr. Cannon appreciated the ministry of chaplains during his career and wanted to ensure the future availability of chaplains to serve military personnel and their families. The Cannon Endowment provides scholarship assistance to seminarians planning to become military chaplains. Applicants must meet the general requirements, or the equivalent, if they are from other faith communities. Seminarians who are of the following faith communities may apply: United Church of Christ, Christian Church Disciples of Christ, Presbyterian U.S.A. and United Methodist.

http://www.ucc.org/cannon_endowment

The Rev. Dr. Joseph Henry Evans Designated Fund for African-American Pastoral Scholarships

The Evans Scholarship fund for African-American seminary students was established in 2009 by United Black Christians, in covenant with the UCC's Local Church Ministries. In addition to the standard requirements, applicants must be a justice advocates who have proven leadership through a history of service in the church and in the world.

http://www.ucc.org/evans_fund

Rev. Dr. Joseph Henry Evans Scholarship Brochure
Rev. Dr. Joseph Henry Evans Scholarship Video

The William R. Johnson Scholarship Fund

In 1999, the predecessor body to Local Church Ministries, The Board for Homeland Ministries, created a scholarship for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender UCC 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 church's long-standing conviction that sexual orientation or gender identity should not be a barrier to ordination.

Recipients must be open about their sexual orientation or gender identity and be Members in Discernment. The scholarship is available to students who have completed their first year of seminary.

http://www.ucc.org/johnson_fund

Rev. Virginia Kreyer Endowed Scholarship for Theological Education

Rev. Virginia Kreyer Endowed Scholarship for Theological Education: for Persons with Disabilities Called to Authorized Ministry

Created in 2010 by the UCC’s Disabilities Ministries, the Rev. Virginia Kreyer Scholarship is a board-designated fund for persons with disabilities called to authorized ministry. This scholarship fund will help defray the cost of tuition, assistive devices, specialized software, hardware, specialized services, specialized assistants, transportation, and adapted vehicles.

Virginia Kreyer Endowed Scholarship Fund Brochure

http://www.ucc.org/kreyer_scholarship

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

The Lopez Scholarship is intended to prepare Latinas and Latinos future ministers, educated in the socially and theologically progressive seminaries of the UCC, who will return to lead vital congregations, minister to Latino constituencies, multicultural communities and the whole church, equipped to proclaim the liberating Gospel message of salvation, full-inclusion, justice and peace. This scholarship is named in honor of The Reverend Dr. Héctor Edmundo López, a laborer in the journey for racial justice. Dr. López is the first Latino ordained in the UCC and the first Latino UCC Conference Minister.

The Hispanic population has experienced enormous growth in the past few decades. Mainline Protestant denominations have been unable to effectively meet the pastoral challenge this growth represents. The UCC, one of the most prophetic and socially progressive Christian denominations in the USA, took action to meet this challenge through its Council for Hispanic Ministries with the establishment of The Reverend Dr. Héctor E. López