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Are There Any Lutheran Scholarships?

If you identify as a Lutheran, it may help you qualify for a range of Lutheran scholarships. Lutheran scholarships offset the cost of a college degree or seminary school. They are available through private donors as well as colleges and universities.

Some awards assist Lutheran students who want to pursue a career in a church vocation (E.g. ordained minister). While other scholarships are for students in diverse academic fields of study.

To be eligible for a Lutheran scholarship, you will need to meet the provider’s criteria. Often this means showing you are an active member of your church and faith.

As such, you can expect to provide at least one reference from your pastor. You may also need proof of enrollment in an accredited college program and a statement of your goals.

For this, you may need to write a brief essay that responds to prompted questions. For instance, if you get a scholarship, how will it help you service your Lutheran community?

Most providers want to support students who plan to give back. So, you may need to show how you want to lead and plan to promote Lutheran ideals.

Colleges that offer Lutheran affiliated scholarships also look at two other factors. One is your grade point average (GPA). The second is your financial need, based on information from your FAFSA. Valparaiso University offers the Lutheran Leadership Scholarship. The scholarship is available for Lutheran students who are actively engaged in leadership roles in their districts, synods, or Lutheran high schools. The scholarship will pay full tuition for each academic year.

Why Should Lutheran Students Apply for Scholarships?

At last count, there were about 7 million Lutherans in America. Some are members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Others are part of another sect, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. 

Lutherans are Christians and as such, believe in Jesus Christ as the savior. But they also differ from traditional Christians in some beliefs and rituals.

For example, Lutherans do not need the intervention of priests to seek God’s grace or forgiveness. And, administer the sacrament to people of all ages.

These differences may create a host of scholarship opportunities exclusive to Lutheran students. As a result, there may be less competition for funds. Since a scholarship is not a loan, you do not need to repay the money. So, if you plan to continue to nurture your Lutheran heritage after school, are a vital form of financial aid.

List of Lutheran Scholarships

Check out our list of Lutheran scholarships below. We have 422 awards worth $15M.

Lutheran Leadership Scholarship

The Lutheran Leadership Scholarship is available for Lutheran students who are actively engaged in leadership roles in their districts, synods, or Lutheran high schools.

Total: $50000

Awards: 2

Deadline: January 15

ECLA Funds For Leaders Full Tuition Scholarships

Fund for Leaders Direct Full-Tuition scholarships are awarded to students in their first year of seminary and, as long as students remain eligible, funding is guaranteed for the duration of required seminary coursework.

Total: $18000

Awards: 50

Deadline: February 01

ECLA Funds for Leaders Federal Chaplaincy Scholarships

The Federal Chaplaincy Ministries of the ELCA seeks out, supports, nurtures and sends exemplary pastors and seminary students to serve as federal chaplains or chaplain candidates for the U.S. military, Veterans Affairs hospitals and federal correctional institutions.

Total: $6000

Awards: 20

Deadline: February 14

Scholarships for Lutheran Laywomen

Scholarships for Lutheran Laywomen provide assistance to Lutheran women studying for a career other than ordained ministry. Award amounts vary and are based on donations for the current period. To be eligible for a scholarship, you must be an active member of WECLA.

Total: $10000

Awards: 10

Deadline: February 15

Herbert W. and Corinne Chilstrom Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide assistance to Lutheran women who are second-career students entering their final year at an ELCA seminary.

Total: $1000

Awards: 10

Deadline: February 15

ECLA Funds for Leaders Mission Developer / Redeveloper Scholarships

The ELCA Fund for Leaders Mission Developer/Redeveloper Scholarship is for students who are fulltime rising middlers, seniors or TEEM candidates at an ELCA seminary, who are identified and nominated by their seminary and by ELCA Domestic Mission as mission developer/redeveloper candidates.

Total: $10000

Awards: 10

Deadline: March 13

Lutheran Student Scholastic and Service Scholarship

The Lutheran Student Scholastic and Service Scholarship is available for junior and senior students who are pursuing undergraduate degrees in any academic area that will prepare them to serve and support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Total: $3000

Awards: 5

Deadline: May 15

Bethesda Lutheran Communities Seminarian Scholarship

The Bethesda Lutheran Communities Seminarian scholarship application is open to all eligible seminary/post-graduate students. Students going on to their internship/vicarage year do not qualify.

Total: $3000

Awards: 5

Deadline: May 15

ECLA Synod and Congregation Scholarships

The ELCA Fund for Leaders Synod or Congregation Scholarship is offered to ELCA seminary students by synods and congregations that have established a scholarship endowment fund through Fund for Leaders. Students must be first nominated by a synod or congregation with a fund in order to apply.

Total: $50000

Awards: 260

Deadline: June 05

John-Elizabeth Blaho Miller Fund

The John-Elizabeth Blaho Miller Fund Scholarship is available for recipients from Hungary and of Hungarian lineage and plan to attend a seminary to prepare for the Lutheran ministry. Other criteria include financial need and a completed application

Total: $30000

Awards: 20

Deadline: June 30

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