How to Qualify
We are pleased to be able to provide institutional grants and scholarships to 3/4 of students that apply. The average student at GRTS receives 15-30% the cost of tuition as a scholarship or grant. You will qualify for financial aid by registering for more than five credits per semester and completing the two forms below:
- Seminary Scholarship Application: This short-essay application applies you for all of our institutional scholarships, which are distributed based on merit, career objectives, and financial need. (See full list below.) New and current students must complete this form in order to qualify for financial aid. Current students must complete this form each year.
- FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Cornerstone University's school code is 002266. Please put this code in step 6 of the FAFSA.
When to Apply
In order to receive financial aid, current students must submit both of the above applications by March 31 each year. You must be in good academic standing and registered for at least five credits.
New students must receive acceptance for admission to GRTS to be eligible for institutional and external scholarships and grants. You may submit financial aid applications any time before the start of the semester. However, you will only be eligible for maximum financial aid options if your application is submitted by the following deadlines:
- Students starting in the fall and all Returning Students: March 31
- Students starting in the spring: Nov. 1
More questions? Contact GRTS Admissions at 800.697.1133.
Grand Rapids Theological Seminary Grant
The seminary provides a limited amount of financial assistance to qualified new and returning students through the Grand Rapids Theological Seminary Grant. This grant is awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need and enrollment status. In-residence study and at least half-time enrollment (five hours per semester) are required. Applicants must submit the Seminary Scholarship Application and the FAFSA for consideration.
- Paul A. Beals Missions Scholarship
Students who demonstrate commitment to cross-cultural ministry through their degree program selection and concentration are eligible for the Paul A. Beals Missions Scholarship. New students must have achieved a minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA, and continuing student must possess a minimum 3.24 GPA. The faculty recommends candidates for the scholarship annually.
- Joe Crawford Scholarship
The Joe Crawford Scholarship supports students who demonstrate excellent promise for church-related ministry or church-related mission. Candidates must have completed at least 20 hours of course work at GRTS with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. Financial need is not a requirement but a consideration in the selection process. The faculty recommends candidates for the scholarship.
- Clarence and Pauline Doane Scholarship
Degree-seeking students who have demonstrated excellent promise for mission or pastoral ministry are eligible for the Clarence and Pauline Doane Scholarship. Returning students must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA. Students who are members of churches in fellowship with the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches have priority for this scholarship. The faculty recommends candidates for the scholarship annually.
- David Eifert Scholarship
The David Eifert Scholarship honors the memory of David Eifert, who died while enrolled at GRTS. The Ministry Division faculty awards this scholarship to candidates who demonstrate promise for ministry and academic achievement.
- Esther Gilbertson Scholarship
Continuing students who are preparing for vocational ministry and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA may achieve the Esther Gilbertson Scholarship. Candidates must submit the Seminary Scholarship Application for consideration.
- Global Impact Scholarship
The Global Impact Scholarship is for full-time students who are academic scholars, demonstrate financial need and enroll in degree programs that direct them toward full-time ministry or international mission. New and returning students must have achieved a minimum 3.0 GPA in their most recent studies and enroll in at least 6 credit hours each semester. Candidates must also submit an essay with the Seminary Scholarship Application.
- James Murray Grier Academic Scholarship
The James Murray Grier Academic Scholarship assists students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement through a minimum 3.7 GPA at the undergraduate level for new students and at the graduate level for returning students. The faculty recommends candidates for the scholarship annually.
- Gerald O. and Henrietta A. Jennex Scholarship
Students who demonstrate great promise for professional pastoral ministry through gifts and commitment are eligible for the Gerald O. and Henrietta A. Jennex Scholarship. Returning students who demonstrate a pattern of ministry involvement, a minimum 2.8 GPA and financial need may receive this scholarship for a maximum of two years. The Ministry Division faculty makes recommendations for this scholarship.
- Gunn Memorial Scholarship
The Gunn Memorial Scholarship was created by a generous gift from Jim Gunn in honor of his grandparents Reverend Dr. John R. and Mrs. Nellie Gunn. Dr. Gunn was a well regarded pastor, author and scholar whom with his beloved wife Nellie, served the Lord faithfully throughout their lifetime. Rev. Dr. Gunn pastor'd for several years until for health reasons at age 43 began writing a column for Ft. Wayne's The Journal Gazette that inspired readers for 36 years. Nellie shared John's love for writing authoring articles for the Atlanta Constitution Journal before moving to Ft. Wayne. The Gunn Scholarship is awarded to a full time M-Div student with a similar passion to share the gospel through the spoken and written word.
- David and Coila Kennedy Scholarship
Students who are seeking the Master of Divinity degree and preparing for ministry may receive the David and Coila Kennedy Scholarship. Returning students must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA, and financial need is a consideration. The faculty recommends candidates for the scholarship annually.
- Kern Scholarship
The Kern Scholarship provides a substantial tuition scholarship for a select group of qualified Master of Divinity Students who aspire to senior pastoral ministry or church planting ministry in the United States. Specific qualification requirements can be found on the Kern Scholars page.
- Macy Mission Scholarship
The Macy Mission Scholarship provides for students who are from a missionary family or plan to pursue full-time mission work, show satisfactory academic progress toward a degree and demonstrate financial need. Applicants must submit the Seminary Scholarship Application for consideration.
- Woodrow McCaleb Leadership Scholarship
The Woodrow McCaleb Leadership Scholarship supports new and returning students who demonstrate strong ministry leadership qualities and excellent promise for church-related ministry or church-related missions. Financial need is a consideration but not a requirement. The director of admissions recommends candidates for the scholarship.
- McKinney Family Scholarship
The McKinney Family Scholarship is awarded to assist GRTS students in fulfilling their goal of a Christian education. Recipients will be selected through the scholarship application process.
- Nienhuis Family Scholarship for Pastoral Ministry
Students who demonstrate excellent promise for pastoral ministry are eligible for the Nienhuis Family Scholarship for Pastoral Ministry. Candidates must have completed 32 credit hours with a minimum 3.0 GPA at GRTS. Applicants must submit the Seminary Scholarship Application for consideration.
- Pirsig Fellowship
The Pirsig Fellowship provides an opportunity for men and women who are called to pastoral ministry or missionary service to earn a Master of Divinity degree with little or no educational debt. The program features a generous scholarship throughout the entire degree program, a community of students who are learning together in preparation for ministry, and a rich learning experience inside and outside of the classroom. Click here for more information on the program, eligibility and how to apply.
- The Samaritan Endowed Scholarship
The Samaritan Scholarship was created in honor of Brian Jackson's 35 years of service to Cornerstone University. It is awarded to students enrolled at GRTS based on merit and financial need. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA and demonstrate financial need.
- George Samuelson Scholarship
Students who demonstrate excellent promise for church-related ministry or church-related mission may receive the George Samuelson Scholarship. Candidates must have completed at least 20 credit hours at GRTS with a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Financial need is not a requirement but a consideration. The Ministry Division faculty makes recommendations for this scholarship.
- Sugden Seminary Scholarship
The Sugden Seminary Scholarship assists returning students who demonstrate excellent promise for professional pastoral ministry through a commitment to God’s Word and unique skill in biblical communication. Financial need is not a requirement but a consideration. The Ministry Division faculty makes recommendations.
- Dallas Thompson Scholarship
Single students who are making satisfactory progress toward a degree and demonstrate financial need are eligible for the Dallas Thompson Scholarship. Applicants must submit the Seminary Scholarship Application for consideration.
- Timothy Scholarship
The Timothy Scholarship is primarily for the education of European pastors. It also extends to international students in general when funds are available. Candidates must have plans for church-related ministry and demonstrate the necessary gifts for ministry. Financial need is a consideration. The director of admissions presents recommendations for this scholarship.
- Wielhouwer Scholarship
Students who maintain active involvement in ministry while attending seminary are eligible for the Wielhouwer Scholarship. Students seeking vocational pastoral or chaplaincy ministry will receive special consideration. The Ministry Division faculty makes recommendations annually.