Ministries

Financial aid for students

The 2017-2018 scholarship application season is now open.
Scholarship requests are due April 30 with completed applications due to the Office of Financial Aid for Studies by May 31.

The Office of Financial Aid for Studies, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS), administers the American Baptist Financial Aid Program that supports college students, graduate students and seminarians.

Scholarship Program Frequently Asked Questions

If you still have questions, please contact:
Office of Financial Aid for Studies
Phone: 800.ABC.3USA, x2067
Fax: 610.768.2470

Undergraduate scholarships

To be considered for an undergraduate scholarship, students must meet these requirements:

  • • Hold active membership in an American Baptist church for at least one year before applying for aid.
  • • Fulltime enrollment in an accredited institution in the United States or Puerto Rico in the fall of the application year.
  • • U.S. citizenship or classification as a permanent resident.
  • • Maintain a grade point average of 2.75

Scholarship amounts, which vary, are paid directly to the school for credit toward the recipient’s tuition. Scholarships are renewable when the recipient maintains a minimum grade point average of 2.75. These scholarships may not be combined with other funding provided by ABHMS.

Graduate study scholarships

To be considered for a graduate studies scholarship, students must meet these requirements:

  • • Hold active membership in an American Baptist church for at least one year before applying for aid.
  • • Enrollment at an accredited institution in the United States or Puerto Rico.
  • • U.S. citizenship or classification as a permanent resident.

 Doctoral Grant (Ph.D. candidates only)

To be considered for a one-time doctoral grant of up to $3,000, Ph.D. candidates must have completed at least one year of their doctoral studies. Applicants must plan to teach at the college or seminary level, in a field of study directly related to preparing American Baptist ministerial leaders. D.Min. candidates are ineligible for this grant.

Ellen Cushing Scholarship (female graduate students only)

The alumni of Cushing College provide scholarships to female graduate students preparing for a human services career in the secular world. M.Div. and D.Min. students are ineligible.

Seminarian scholarships

To be considered for a seminarian scholarship, students must meet these requirements:

  • • Hold active membership in an American Baptist church for at least one year before applying for aid.
  • • Enrollment at an accredited institution in the United States or Puerto Rico.
  • • U.S. citizenship or classification as a permanent resident.

 Individual seminarian grants

Students attending seminary or theological school may apply for a grant of up to $750. Seminarians must be enrolled at least two-thirds time in one of the following first professional degree programs: M.Div., M.C.E., M.A.C.E. or M.R.E. (D.Min. students are ineligible.)

Seminarian Support Program (SSP)

This program is designed for American Baptist seminarians attending an ABCUSA-related seminary or theological school. Pledges of support from local churches or ABCUSA organizations will be matched up to $1,000 per academic year for designated students. Recipients must be enrolled at least two-thirds time in one of the following degree programs: M.Div., M.C.E., M.A.C.E. or M.R.E. (D.Min. students are ineligible.) Recipients must be resident students of the ABCUSA-related seminary that will award the degree. Applications for this program are available from the seminary. All pledges should be sent directly to the seminary by Aug. 1.

Daniel E. Weiss Fund for Excellence

This scholarship may pay up to $3,000 for the first year of seminary. It is designed to identify gifted college junior or senior students who do not plan to undertake theological studies but possess gifts and skills for ministry. Pastors, campus ministers and college faculty may nominate an American Baptist student who displays commitment to the Gospel and church life, is growing as a disciple of Christ, shows maturity and integrity of character and demonstrates outstanding academic ability. Nominations will be accepted until Nov. 1 for the following academic year. The number of scholarships awarded depends on the number of nominees and the amount of available funds.

Asian American Grant

Seminarians can gain ministerial experience by working in a church during the summer. Grants of $500 are provided by the financial aid program and matched by the employing church. Interested seminarians should contact their pastor. Church pastors may call the Office of Financial Aid for Studies for additional information at 800.ABC.3USA, x2067.