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ABHMS scholarships for students

American Baptist Home Mission Societies Scholarships for Students

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
  • Enrollment at an accredited four year college/university or graduate program in the United States or Puerto Rico.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75
  • Reside in United States or Puerto Rico

Note: Specialized scholarships may have more criteria.

The ABHMS Scholarship Application Window is open January 15-April 30 each year for the coming academic year.

Scholarship amounts, which vary, are paid directly to the school for credit toward the recipient’s tuition. Provided they maintain eligibility requirements, recipients may re-apply for scholarships in the following academic year. Recipients may receive scholarship funds for no more than 4 years for undergraduates and no more than 3 years for graduates/seminarians/Ph.D. These scholarships may not be combined with other funding provided by ABHMS.

Undergraduate Scholarships

ABHMS Undergraduate Scholarship

For American Baptist students enrolled at accredited colleges and universities.

  • Requirements:
    • Reference completed by pastor of the church
    • Maintain minimum GPA of 2.75
Spanish American Baptist Seminary Scholarship Fund

Grants $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:
    • One endorsement form must be completed by the pastor of the church. A second endorsement form must be completed by regional or denominational leader.
    • The applicant must demonstrate the need for scholarship assistance to cover educational and related personal expenses, and have 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 BA or BS degree and a M.Div., D.Min., and PhD or other first seminary degree from an accredited seminary.

Master’s Level (non-seminarian) Scholarships

Ellen Cushing Scholarship

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

Individual Seminarian Grants

Grants up to $750 for seminary or theological school

  • Requirements:
    • Enrolled at least two-thirds time (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
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 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
    • Enrolled at ABCUSA-related seminary that will award the degree.
International Baptist Seminary Scholarship Fund

Grants $500-$3,000 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.
    • 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 course of study should lead to a degree or certification appropriate to or required by the chosen Christian ministry, M.A., M.T.S., M.Div, or other seminary degree from an accredited seminary. We also offer financial assistance to D.Min and PhD candidates.
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 ABHMS Scholarship Program Office for additional information at 800.ABC.3USA, x2067.

Doctoral Level 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.
  • Applicants must have completed at least one year of their doctoral studies.
  • Min. candidates are ineligible for this grant.
International Baptist Seminary Scholarship Fund

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.
    • 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 and 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. We do not offer scholarships for international students.

When will I be notified if I received a scholarship?

Recipients will be notified of their award in mid-July.

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.

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?

Ms. Carolyn Majeed, Scholarships Assistant, 1-800-222-3872 x2067
[email protected]

Rev. Sarah Strosahl-Kagi, Program Director, 1-800-222-3872 x2462
[email protected]

How can you extend this financial aid ministry?

How can you extend this financial aid 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
P.O. Box 851
Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851

For information about bequests and charitable annuities, please contact the American Baptist Foundation at 800.ABC.3USA, x2393. A region foundation representative will be pleased to discuss options with you.