Applications

Applications

Please note that with the exception of the Cannon Scholarship below, all scholarships are restricted to United Church of Christ students.

The Cannon Endowment Scholarship for Seminarians Pursuing Military Chaplaincy

The Cannon Endowment Scholarship Fund for Military Chaplains 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.

The following eligibility criteria apply:

  • Holds church membership in a United Church of Christ (UCC); Christian Church Disciples of Christ (DOC); United Methodist, or Presbyterian, USA congregation
  • Attends an ATS accredited seminary towards a course of study leading to ordained ministry
  • Is a Member In Discernment of a UCC association or conference (or appropriate denominational agency if from one of the other participating faith communities) at time of application
  • Maintains a "B" or better GPA

CANNON ENDOWMENT Application Packet


Application Deadline: April 1


GARRETT TRUST FUND

Guidelines and Procedures for Application

The Garrett Trust Fund was established in 1946 to provide scholarship assistance for seminarians.  The trust is held by the Local Church Ministries and administered by the Parish Life and Leadership Ministry Team.


I.     Eligibility

A.    Member of a local church of the United Church of Christ

B.    Full-time Master of Divinity student, enrolled at an ATS accredited seminary or theological school

C.    "Member in Discernment" of an association/conference of the United Church of Christ

D.    Demonstrated need for emergency financial assistance

E.    Demonstrated academic ability (official transcript from registrar office)

F.    Recommendation from Committee on Ministry "Member in Discernment" Committee chair

G.    Signed Garrett Trust Statement of Faith


II.    Procedures

A.     Applications are available through-out the year to UCC seminarians pursuing a Master of Divinity degree toward authorization.

B.     Applications must be completed, signed and submitted to the student’s Association/Conference Committee on Ministry for certification of emergency need committee recommendation.

C.    Completed applications are submitted to tolydenp@ucc.org.

D.    An official transcript submitted by the registrar must be received for application process to be complete.

E.    Scholarship Awards are issued to the student’s seminary to be applied to tuition and tuition related expenses only.

F.    Scholarship is not renewable.

Garrett Trust Application


Application Deadline:  April 1.

 


The REV. DR. HECTOR E. LOPEZ SCHOLARSHIP for Latina and Latino UCC Seminarians

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

The following eligibility criteria apply:

•    Enrolled in one of the six UCC Seminaries toward a Master of Divinity degree
•    Holds church membership in a United Church of Christ congregation
•    Is a "member in discernment" of a conference or association Committee on Ministry and seeks authorized ministry in a United Church of Christ setting
•    Maintains a "B" or better GPA

Hector E.Lopez Scholarship Application


Application Deadline: March 1

 


The Make A Difference Educational Support Award
Each year association committees on ministry are invited to nominate their "Members in Discernment" to be considered for a Make a Difference Educational Support.  Awards are applied to recipients’ tuition and tuition-related expenses (i.e., books, fees, room and board or other educational expenses).  Nomination forms are made available to your Association/Conference Committee on Ministry.  Please contact your committee if you would like to be considered.

The following eligibility criteria apply:
•    Holds church membership in a United Church of Christ congregation
•    Enrolled in a Master of Divinity program at an ATS accredited seminary or theological school
•    Is a "Member in Discernment" of a conference/association Committee on Ministry
•    Seeks authorized ministry in a United Church of Christ setting
•    Maintains a "B" or better GPA


Deadline for receiving Committee on Ministry nomination forms:  March 20th

 



The Make A Difference Doctoral Studies Award

The Make A Difference Doctoral Studies Award is given annually to members of the United Church of Christ who are engaged in a PhD program in preparation for teaching ministry at a seminary, theological school or college.

The following eligibility criteria apply:

•    Holds church members in a United Church of Christ congregation
•    Attends a PhD program at an ATS accredited seminary or theological school
•    Holds UCC authorization for ministry or is a "Member in Discernment" of a UCC association or conference committee on Ministry.
•    Maintains a "B" or better GPA

Make A Difference Doctoral Award Application


Application Deadline: March 20



 

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.

The Following eligibility criteria apply:
•    Holds membership in a United Church of Christ congregation
•    Enrolled in an ATS accredited seminary or theological school Leading to a PH.D., Th.D., or Ed.D., in a field related to religions studies
•    Demonstrates active involvement in a United Church of Christ setting
•    Maintains a "B" or better GPA

Rooks Doctoral first time and renewal Application

Application Deadline: March 1

 


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.

The Following eligibility criteria apply:
•    Holds membership in a United Church of Christ congregation
•    Attends an  ATS accredited seminary or theological school toward a Master of Divinity degree
•    Is a "Member in Discernment" of a conference or association Committee on Ministry and seeks authorized ministry in a United Church of Christ setting
•    Maintains a "B" or better GPA

Rooks MDiv first time and renewal Application

Application Deadline: March 1

 



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. To qualify for this scholarship, students must be open about their sexual orientation, enrolled in an ATS accredited seminary, and have proof of both local membership in a United Church of Christ church and of In Care status. First-time applicants must exhibit exceptional academic ability typically demonstrated by a 3.0 GPA or better while in seminary. Specific written recommendations are also required. The scholarship is available to second and third year students. Scholarship awards typically will be in the $2,500 range.

William R. Johnson Application

Application Deadline: April 1



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. 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.

Download application

Contact Info

Pat Lyden
Associate Director for Grants Administration
700 Prospect Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115
216-736-2166
lydenp@ucc.org