Theological Education Grants

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Theological Education Grants
Theological education grants can be a helpful gift to students. (Cash image by Greg Carpenter from

Educational grants are monetary gifts given to students who meet certain qualifications and who apply for the funding. Some of these educational grants are only available to students who are fulfilling theological degrees, or who are pursuing theological research projects. However even students who are doing one or both of these things will still need to meet the specific prerequisites of the grants they apply to, as each grant is different.

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HELM grants

The Higher Education and Leadership Ministeries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) offers grants to ministerial students who need aid. These grants are up to £1,950 per student, and the funds are meant to help the student in extra-curricular activities or to help fund a personal research project. Students who apply must be members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a student at an ATS-certified school, a second-year student in a Masters of Divinity program and the student must also be under the care of a regional commission on ministry. These grants may only be applied for and received once.

Higher Education & Leadership Ministries 11477 Olde Cabin Road, Suite 310 St. Louis, MO 63141 314-991-3000

Lily Theological Research Grants

The Lily Theological Research Grant Program was first begun in 1996, and though it was altered in 2001 and 2008, it is still providing grants to help enhance the capacity and skill of faculty at ATS credited universities. For theological scholars who need assistance in funding their own, personal research projects, the Lily grant program offers grants up to £7,800 per individual.

The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools. 10 Summit Park Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15275-1110

New Church Ministry Grants

The New Church Ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) offers grants to pastors to provide them continuing theological and biblical education. These grants are for new church pastors in the amount of £520. These grants are similar to college scholarships, and they may be spent on tuition, school expenses, or necessary lodging while the pastor is attending school. A letter of justification must accompany the application to show how a pastor believes this particular educational experience will enhance the experience of his congregation.

New Church Ministry P.O. Box 7030 Indianapolis, IN 46207-7030 800-274-1883

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