Questions? Contact Beth Smith, Financial Aid Coordinator
Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry
Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry offers annual and endowed scholarships from the great generosity of friends and donors that believe strongly in the mission and vision of the School and the value of an education specifically at Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry.
The scholarship committee reviews applications in April of each year and awards scholarships to those students that meet the scholarship criteria. Scholarships will be entered onto student accounts the last two weeks of May with scholarship award letters mailed out to students in the third week of May.
The criteria and amount of scholarship awards varies. There is a single application process for any and all of these scholarships. See the below "tips for writing your narrative" to assist you in naming components that may help you meet these scholarships' criteria.
To apply for these scholarships a student must complete a Criteria-based Tuition Aid Grant Application (CBTAA), a Declaration of Credits Form, and a FAFSA by April 1st (continuing students) or upon admittance (new students). Note: A copy of the first page of your previous years IRS 1040 tax form (indicating your adjusted gross income and obliterating your social security numbers) and a narrative must be submitted with your CBTAA.
When writing your narrative, explain why you are requesting a financial scholarship. Please highlight your leadership, volunteer, ministerial and/or other professional experience, including your denominational and/or religious group and any affiliations, leadership roles and volunteer experiences specifically related to your denomination and/or religious group affiliation. Please explain the circumstances of financial aid need.
The Archdiocese of Seattle offers financial aid for based on financial need students enrolled in their Christifideles program, a combination of graduate education and Archdiocesan formation for certification as a Lay Ecclesial Minister in the local church. The program is offered in collaboration with Seattle University.
Requirements and expectations for graduation with a MAPS degree at Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry (STM) and requirements and expectations from the Archdiocese that show a demonstrated history and capacity to serve as a Lay Ecclesial Minister in the local Church, and additional formation as a Lay Ecclesial Minister (LEM) working in the Archdiocese of Seattle
For complete Archdiocesan Christifideles application materials please go to their website at: http://www.seattlearchdiocese.org/cff/LEM/Christifidelis/default.aspx , and/or contact the Director of Lay Ecclesial Ministry at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are due no later than February 15.
To qualify for this scholarship and any others offered through the School, you must also complete the Criteria Based Aid Application.
Scholarships for Leaders of Multicultural Faith Communities are awarded for up to $1,900 per quarter (based on 6 credits) or $7,600 per year for two years. Seattle University has created these special scholarships to recognize outstanding candidates for graduate study who are members of under-represented populations.
Recipients will be selected from those individuals who meet specific eligibility requirements, demonstrate leadership in their ministry, and are unable to complete the program without financial support. The under-represented populations targeted for funding are African-Americans, Native-Americans, Hispanics, and Asian/Pacific Islanders.
Please complete the Leaders of Multicultural Faith Communities Application as well as a Criteria-based Tuition Aid Grant Application (CBTAA), a Declaration of Credits Form, and a FAFSA by April 1st (continuing students) or upon admittance (new students). Note: A copy of the first page of your previous years IRS 1040 tax form (indicating your adjusted gross income and obliterating your social security numbers) and a narrative must be submitted with your CBTAA.
students who have a clear call to pastoral care for those in need who
may be hindered in developing their ministry by financial need beyond
their means, even after receiving the ordinarily available scholarship
aid. As a matter of justice in ministerial development, the purpose of
this scholarship is to provide subsequent levels of scholarship support
for students whose ministry is clearly needed in the world, to help
alleviate insurmountable debt incurred through theological education.
scholarship is intended to support the education of those with a
particular sense of call and emerging skills in spiritual and pastoral
ministry, as indicated by their development in the Ministerial and
Theological Integration (MTI) sequence. While it is not the expectation
that the student have fully developed skills by the end of the MTI
sequence, the student's capacity for this type of ministry should be
pursuing a Protestant or Episcopalian curriculum toward a Masters Degree
at the School of Theology and Ministry with preference to those
pursuing a Masters of Divinity yet open to those who may not be seeking
ordination as well (whether MDiv degree or other Masters). This is to be
awarded to those with a particular emphasis on spiritual and pastoral
ministry. It is to be awarded after completion of MTI and upon
recommendation from both the MTI faculty and field supervisors. After
this criterion has been met, the award is to be given to the student
with the most need within this group.
Click here to download the Justice in Ministry Scholarship application as well as a Criteria-based Tuition Aid Grant Application (CBTAA), a Declaration of Credits Form, and a FAFSA by April 1st (continuing students) or upon admittance (new students). Note:
A copy of the first page of your previous years IRS 1040 tax form
(indicating your adjusted gross income and obliterating your social
security numbers) and a narrative must be submitted with your CBTAA.
Tuition Reduction for Members of Roman Catholic Canonical Religious Communities or Roman Catholic Clergy is available to STM students who are members of Catholic religious organizations, if their financial need is greater than what is provided by their community.
Students must submit a letter from a community official verifying the extent of their financial need.
Be a member of a Roman Catholic Canonical Religious Communities or be Roman Catholic Clergy.
If you would like to apply for this scholarship students must submit a letter from their religious community official verifying the extent of their financial need, as well as fill out this STM/ICTS Tuition Aid Grant Application Form.
Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry has been encouraged to send a student to the Bossey Institute of Ecumenics in Geneva, Switzerland for 9 months, resulting in a certificate of ecumenical studies from their institution.
If you are interested please note that the deadline for application is November 30. The program itself begins a year later-- running from September 2014 - April 2015.
Generous donors have made a $15,000 full scholarship available for this opportunity which includes tuition, books, fees, room and board and round trip airfare. To find out if this is the right program for you, at the right time in your academic timeline, review the Bossey website and application http://www.oikoumene.org/en/activities/bossey/study-at-bossey/complementary-certificate-in-ecumenical-studies.html and then talk with your academic advisor.
Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry has established a partnership with the Disciples Seminary Foundation (DSF) to combine their strengths to offer theological education for Masters of Divinity students within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ
Disciple Seminary Foundation is dedicated to supporting students at various levels of theological education. Their students are individuals who are exploring a call to ministry or who are in the process of receiving advanced degrees in theological education at the Master of Arts, Master of Divinity, or Doctoral level.
For more information about the criteria and application process with DSF please follow this link: http://dsf.edu/students/index.html Note: The Disciples Seminary Foundation Scholarship is distributed directly to the student, so there is no need to complete the School scholarship application materials unless you are applying for a School of Theology and Ministry scholarship as well.
Msgr. Ryle worked tirelessly to bring the voice of faith to the discussion of just and humane public policy in the state of Arizona. Community leaders from all parties appreciated and respected his work on behalf of the poor, the children, the elderly, and all those who have no voice.
In order to continue his legacy, the Board of the Ryle Fund established the Ryle Scholar program to provide scholarships for graduate level study that will combine the moral and ethical tenets of one's faith with a commitment to peace and justice through work in the area of public policy. The explicit mission of the Ryle Fund is to stimulate dialogue and support projects that promote systemic change to improve the lives of the people of Arizona.
To this end the Fund will educate and converse in an intellectual, scholarly way around public policy issues affecting the common good. The Fund will be a catalyst and convener of diverse audiences of leaders, future leaders and decision-makers.
The finalist who is chosen will attend Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry which offers a Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership. This degree is customized for the person seeking to help lead the world to a place of greater justice and more abiding peace. The scholarship will pay for tuition, room, board, and books for the chosen student during the course of study, 18-24 months. After graduation the recipient will be required to work in Arizona for a minimum of two years in the area of public policy. For more information and the application please go to: http://www.rylefund.org/scholarship.htm
The E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation has generously donated three full scholarships to students from all faith traditions (Jewish, Christian, Muslim and others) who are interested in pursuing study in interreligious dialogue through the Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership program at the School of Theology and Ministry. The scholarship will be awarded as soon as possible so we encourage all who are interested to inquire.
Applicants are required to be enrolled at Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry in the Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership Graduate Program.
If you would like to apply for this scholarship and any others offered through the School, you must also complete the Criteria Based Aid Application and apply and be accepted as a student in the School of Theology and Ministry. Also, submit a two-page essay with the first page being what he/she hopes to achieve in the program and the second page to address the challenges and opportunities for a student from another faith tradition pursuing an MATL from a Jesuit School of Theology and Ministry. Two letters of recommendation, one from the leader of his/her faith community and one from a well-respected leader in the interreligious community outside his/her faith community. Finally a written commitment of 10 hours per month, on average, to the community aspects of the STM interreligious dialogue program. Students receive email notifications as these positions become available. If you are a new student, email email@example.com to inquire about any open positions.
Seattle University has signed a contract with the Veterans Administration to provide funding for 80 undergraduate and 30 graduate students through the Yellow Ribbon Program.
Students are not eligible to receive a Yellow Ribbon Program spot until they are formally admitted to the university. If you have additional questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funding is awarded on a first come, first served basis. Please contact Aubree Pham, School Certifying Official in the Office of Student Financial Services for information about available slots or waiting list options.
Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry has several on and off-campus non-work-study jobs for which students can apply. These positions are advertised directly to all STM students by email, when they become available. The current hourly pay rate is $11.70 and all STM Graduate Assistants receive a 50% tuition scholarship.
Applicants are required to be enrolled at Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry, taking at least three units of coursework.
If you would like to apply for this scholarship and any others offered through the School, you must also complete the Criteria Based Aid Application and apply and be accepted as a student working in the School of Theology and Ministry. Students receive email notifications as these positions become available. If you are a new student, email email@example.com to inquire about any open positions.
As a service to students, we've compiled other scholarship opportunities in a binder that students can check out and look through. This compilation is by no means comprehensive, but is a resource. Students are encouraged to inquire with their employer and/or denominational group(s) for professional development moneys, tuition reimbursement or scholarship opportunities.
Contact Beth Smith, Financial Aid Coordinator
Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry
206.296.5338 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Should your credit projections change after the pre-registration deadline of April 1st, changes must be submitted to Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry's Financial Aid Coordinator in writing 14 days before each quarter's classes begin.
Tuition aid may not be available for credits added after the April 1st financial aid application deadline and aid is not transferable to subsequent quarters.
Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry's financial aid budget is finite. The amount and percentage of aid each student receives is determined every spring for the subsequent academic year. It is directly proportionate to each student's credit load, and additions and decreases in credits affect the amount of aid available to other students of the School. When courses are dropped after the published add/drop dates, students receive only a portion of their tuition back. Likewise, the School is reimbursed only a portion of the aid extended to students who drop after the deadline. Ultimately, this too affects the amount available for others in need. It is important that each student plan his or her course load wisely, notifies the Financial Aid Coordinator in writing of any changes in the credit load, and observes all deadlines.
The amount of your tuition aid grant is based proportionately on the number of credits you projected you would be registering for on your Declaration of Credits form. If you increase or decrease your course load, your credits will not match what you have been given a scholarship for and your aid will not release. If you do not notify the School of Theology and Ministry (STM) Financial Aid Coordinator about your change of credits, you could forfeit some or all of your financial aid grant. There is no guarantee that there will be additional scholarship funding available from the pool for an increase in the number of credits that you might be taking so please plan accordingly. Conversely, if you are reducing credits, the funds need to be reduced from your award and returned back to the pool so it is available for other students who are increasing their credits and have a financial need. Please make sure that you report any change in the number of credits you will be taking to the School Financial Aid Coordinator, Beth Smith, prior to the beginning of each quarter. Changes must be made in writing, by email, or by completing the necessary change of credits form in the School of Theology and Ministry office.
Beth A. SmithBudget Manager & Financial Aid CoordinatorSeattle UniversitySchool of Theology & MinistryP.O. Box 222000901 12th Avenue, Hunthausen #205Seattle, WA 98122-1090phone 206.296.5338 | confidential fax 206.296.6942 email@example.com | seattleu.edu/stm
In rare cases, a student in extreme or unexpected financial hardship may write a scholar appeal letter to the School of Theology and Ministry Scholarship Committee requesting a review of their scholarship award and asking for an increase. The appeal should explain the reason(s) for why the increase is needed and what changes you will be making to become financially stable. Please send the appeal to Beth Smith at the contact information listed above. You will be notified of the Scholarship Committee’s decision within approximately two weeks of your request.