ABHMS scholarships for students

ABHMS Undergraduate Scholarships

For American Baptist students enrolled full time at accredited colleges and universities.

To be considered for any ABHMS scholarship, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold active membership in an American Baptist church;
  • Be enrolled full time at an accredited four-year college/university or graduate program in the United States or Puerto Rico;
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75;
  • Reside in United States or Puerto Rico; and
  • Provide a reference completed by the pastor of the church.

The ABHMS 2022 Application Season is now open. Please click here to fill out this form to determine your eligibility and request an application.

Note: Specialized scholarships may have more criteria.

ABHMS Undergraduate Scholarships

ABHMS Undergraduate Scholarship

For American Baptist students enrolled full time at accredited colleges and universities.

To be considered for any American Baptist Home Mission Societies Scholarship, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold active membership in an American Baptist church;
  • Be enrolled full-time at an accredited four-year college/university or graduate program in the United States or Puerto Rico;
  • Maintain minimum GPA of 2.75;
  • Reside in United States or Puerto Rico; and
  • Provide a reference completed by the pastor of the church.

Note: Specialized scholarships may have more criteria.

Spanish-American Baptist Seminary Scholarships (SABS)

Grants of $500-$3,000 for American Baptist students of Hispanic origin and presently serving or will be serving in a church with American Baptist Churches USA, or with its recognized institutions.

Requirements:

  • Endorsement forms:
    • Completed by the pastor of the church and
    • Completed by regional or denominational leader.
  • The applicant must demonstrate:
    • The need for scholarship assistance to cover educational and related personal expenses and
    • The intent and possibility for completion of the course of study.
  •  The course of study must be pursued at an accredited institution listed in the Higher Education Directory or the Membership List of the Association of Theological Schools,unless otherwise approved by the Board.
  • The student must be committed to pursuing studies leading to the B.A. or B.S. degree and continuing his or her education to complete one of the following degrees:
    • M.Div.;
    • D.Min.;
    • Ph.D.; or
    • Other first seminary degree from an accredited seminary.

 

 

 

     

    Master’s Degree Scholarship (non-seminarian) 

    Ellen Cushing Scholarship

    The alumni of Cushing College provide scholarships to female graduate students preparing for a human services career in the secular world.

    This is a non-seminarian scholarship.

    Note: M.Div. and D.Min. students are ineligible.

    Seminarian Master’s Degree Scholarships

    Seminarian Master's Degree Scholarship

    Requirements:

    • Be enrolled in at least nine (9) credits 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);
    • Hold active membership in an American Baptist church;
    • Be enrolled at an accredited institution in the United States or Puerto Rico; and
    • Maintain a GPA of 2.75.
    Seminarian Support Program (SSP)

    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. Applications for this program are available from the seminary. All pledges should be sent directly to the seminary by Aug. 1.

    Requirements:

    • Enrolled at least nine (9) credits 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);
    • Hold active membership in an American Baptist church;
    • Enrolled at an accredited institution in the United States or Puerto Rico;
    • Maintain GPA of 2.75; and
    • Enrolled at ABCUSA-related seminary that will award the degree.
    International Baptist Seminary Scholarship

    A one-time grant of $1,000 is available for American Baptist students whose first language is not English and who are preparing for ministry in the United States or Puerto Rico.

    Application Requirements:

    • Two endorsements for the potential of this ministry. Acceptable recommenders include an American Baptist pastor, area minister, denominational leader, and/or institution personnel and
    • Enrollment in accredited D.Min. or Ph.D. program in the United States or Puerto Rico.

      The applicant must demonstrate:

      • The need for scholarship assistance to cover educational and related personal expenses and
      • Demonstrated progress toward the course of study.

      The course of study must meet the following requirements:

      • An accredited institution listed in the Higher Education Directory or the Membership List of the Association of Theological Schools, unless otherwise approved by the Board and
      • Lead to a degree or certification appropriate to or required by the chosen Christian ministry (M.A., M.T.S., M.Div., D.Min., Ph.D.) or other seminary degree.
        Asian American Grant

        Seminarians can gain ministerial experience by working in a church during the summer. Grants of $500 are provided by the scholarships program and matched by the employing church. Interested seminarians should contact their pastor. Church pastors may call the ABHMS Scholarship Program Office for additional information at 888.79.ABHMS (888.792.2467), x2067.

        Academic Doctoral Scholarships

        ABHMS Academic Doctorate Grant

        Applicants must plan to teach at the college or seminary level, in a field of study directly related to preparing American Baptist ministerial leaders.

        Eligibility:

        • Applicants must have completed at least one year of their doctoral studies, maintaining a 3.0 GPA.

        Note: Ph.D. students only (D. Min. candidates are ineligible for this grant.).

        Application requirements:

        • Successful candidates must demonstrate prior or current experience teaching in the classroom;
        • Dissertation topic summary, not to exceed one page;
        • Letter of recommendation from academic advisor or committee chair; and
        • Letter of recommendation from church leadership.
          International Baptist Seminary Scholarship Fund

          A one-time grant of $1,000 for American Baptist students whose first language is other than English and who are preparing for ministry in the United States.

          • Requirements:
            • Two endorsements for the potential of this ministry must be supplied by an American Baptist pastor, area minister, and/or denominational leader, and/or institution personnel;
            • The applicant must demonstrate the need for IBS scholarship assistance to cover educational and related personal expenses, and have the intent and possibility for completion of the course of study; and
            • Enrollment in accredited D.Min. or Ph.D. program in the United States and Puerto Rico.
          D.Min. Continuing Education Grant

          American Baptist Ministerial Leaders registered in the Professional Registry may apply for a Continuing Education Grant to be used for D.Min. studies.

          Frequently Asked Questions

          Who is eligible to apply for an ABHMS scholarship?

          American Baptist students who reside in the United States or Puerto Rico who are enrolled at an accredited four-year college/university or graduate program in the United States or Puerto Rico with a minimum GPA of 2.75.

          Note: We do not offer scholarships for international students.

          When will I be notified if I received a scholarship?

          Annual scholarship recipients will be notified of their award by email in mind-July. Please check your inbox, junk, spam and trash folders before contacting us about the status of your application.

          Three times per year, our fellowship and grant recipients will be notified of their award. More information can be found under the “Scholarships” and “Grants” tab of our website.

          How is the money disbursed?

          Scholarship funds are sent directly to your school for disbursement to your account. If you transfer schools or graduate early, it is your responsibility to notify the ABHMS Scholarships Program. Failure to notify the Scholarships Program of such changes may result in loss of scholarship. Funds are typically disbursed in mid-August for the fall semester and mid-February for the spring semester.

          How often can I receive an ABHMS scholarship?

          Undergraduate students may receive scholarship funds for no more than four years. Graduate students may receive scholarship funds for no more than three years.

          Who can I contact for assistance?

          Please contact our scholarship office at 610.768.2067 or [email protected]. Emails will receive the fastest response, as our dedicated team is readily available online to assist you!

           

          How can I extend this scholarship ministry?

          ABHMS invites individuals, churches and organizations to contribute to the principal of the American Baptist Scholarship Fund, which provides the major source of income for the American Baptist Home Mission Societies Scholarship Program. Gifts, made payable to the American Baptist Scholarship Fund, can be made online or mailed to:

          Scholarships Program
          American Baptist Home Mission Societies
          1075 First Ave.
          King of Prussia, PA 19406

          For information about bequests and charitable annuities, please contact the American Baptist Foundation (toll-free) at 1.833.888.0538. A region foundation representative will be pleased to discuss options with you.