Scholarship and Community

The Pirsig Fellowship provides you the opportunity to earn a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree with little or no educational debt. The program features a generous scholarship throughout the entire degree program, diverse community of students who are learning together in preparation for ministry and rich learning experience inside and outside of the classroom.

Named in honor of Julius H. and Barbara J. Pirsig, the Pirsig Fellowship is intended to support seminarians in their preparation for pastoral ministry, chaplaincy, urban ministry or missions. Julius and Barbara developed a heart for seminary students when they heard two Grand Rapids Theological Seminary students faithfully preach the Word of God while visiting their church.

Fellowship Benefits

The Pirsig Fellowship is open to new and transfer seminary students. Pirsig fellows are men and women from diverse contexts who feel a calling to serve the church in a variety of ways—pastoral ministry, discipleship, spiritual formation, chaplaincy, urban ministry and missions. Recipients of the award share these characteristics:

  • A growing love for Jesus Christ, demonstration of Christ-like character, compassion for people and love for the local and global church;
  • A commitment to helping others know Him and His Word, showing gifting for ministry leadership;
  • Demonstrated academic performance and a commitment to completing the Master of Divinity program;
  • And an eagerness to give of their gifts and talents in service to the kingdom, demonstrating openness to relational spiritual formation.

Each Pirsig fellow, in addition to receiving substantial financial resources, benefits from the support of an intentional learning community and formative extracurricular opportunities.

Tuition Assistance

Pirsig fellows receive a 50% tuition scholarship toward the cost of their entire M.Div. program. The scholarship provides a way for fellows to earn an M.Div. degree with little or no educational debt. As a condition of the scholarship, Pirsig fellows are expected to maintain a cumulative 3.0 G.P.A. and complete the M.Div. degree program in five years or less.

Intentional Community

Pirsig fellows complete their degree program over a period of four to five years with a cohort of other students; the cohort structure allows for robust community to form among fellows, which is a valuable asset for ministry formation. Fellows enter the program with their cohort, take many classes together and have numerous shared experiences along the way. In addition, fellows meet annually with Darrell Yoder, director of the Pirsig Fellowship, to assess individual progress toward completion of the program.

Formative Extracurriculars

Pirsig fellows participate in extracurricular program enhancements aimed at spiritual formation. The enhancement structure seeks to provide opportunities for ministry formation during the seminary experience in an intentional way. Enhancements include small group discipleship events, formation retreats, workshops and more.

Learn More

If you are considering the Pirsig Fellowship or have questions about the application process, we want to talk with you! Email Darrell Yoder, director of the Pirsig Fellowship, to set up a time to talk or meet.

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