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Pirsig Fellowship

Named after Julius H. and Barbara J. Pirsig, the Pirsig Fellowship exists to support seminarians in their preparation for pastoral ministry, chaplaincy, urban ministry or missions. By combining a cohort-based learning style with financial support, the Pirsig Fellowship equips future leaders to minister and share God’s word with clarity and integrity. Master of Divinity (M.Div.) students can participate in the Pirsig Fellowship.

Pirsig fellows share 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.

Application

Master of Divinity students who demonstrate financial need and good academic standing may apply for the Pirsig Fellowship. This opportunity is open to both new and transfer students.

Program Benefits

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Tuition Assistance

Members of the Pirsig Fellowship receive a 50% tuition scholarship toward the cost of their entire M.Div. program. Pirsig fellows are expected to receive a 3.0 G.P.A. or higher and complete their degree in less than five years.

02

Intentional Community

Pirsig fellows learn alongside each other in a cohort-based learning setting. This creates a thriving environment of meaningful communication, connection and community as each student strives toward their ministry goals.

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Formative Extracurriculars

Pirsig fellows participate in a number of extracurriculars throughout their time at GRTS. These are meant to enrich each student’s spiritual and ministry formation, all while engaging with one another and with the greater community. These extracurriculars include spiritual formation retreats, small group and more.

When I listened to God’s calling, I realized I was capable of more than I thought.

Keoni Hughes (’17)

Application Process

Applying for the Pirsig Fellowship is a relational process. Whenever possible, Darrell Yoder, director of the Pirsig Fellowship, meets with each applicant one-on-one for lunch or coffee. This relational connection is valuable because it helps us get to know you, discern your fit for the cohort and explain the goals, approach and expectations of the program.

It is recommended that you start the application process early in order to allow plenty of time for the seminary admissions process.

Step 1: Complete Application Paperwork

Pirsig Fellows must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum 3.0/4.0 G.P.A.; students in the final year of their bachelor’s degree program are also encouraged to apply.

Grand Rapids Theological Seminary Application

Seminary Scholarship Application

Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Pirsig Fellowship Application

Ministry Leader Reference (two references required)

Spouse Statement of Support (if applicable)

The application deadline for the Fall 2021 cohort is March 1, 2021.

Step 2: Program Interview

The second step in the Pirsig Fellowship application process is an interview with the Pirsig Fellowship Committee. In order to be considered for the interview, you must complete all prior steps in the application process and be accepted into the Master of Divinity program.

Fall 2021 Pirsig Fellowship Cohort

We will hold two groups of interviews for qualified and approved candidates. Each candidate will be interviewed once depending on when they apply and are accepted into the MDiv program. These interviews will be held on the following dates:

December 7-11, 2020 – For approved candidates who complete all application documents AND are accepted into the MDiv program by December 1, 2020.

March 15-19, 2021 – For all other approved candidates.

Please note that whenever possible we seek to hold interviews in-person and on-campus. However, we will follow whatever restrictions are in place related to the COVID-19 pandemic. If necessary, interviews may also be held virtually.

Step 3: Notification of Program Admission Decision

Applicants will receive an email or phone call from the program director either way. When choosing fellows and awarding scholarships, we take the following information into consideration.

  • Diversity: GRTS desires to be a diverse and reconciling community. Therefore, priority will be given to building diversity into all cohorts. Candidates who believe they will contribute to that commitment are encouraged to apply.
  • Age: The early years of one’s career are pivotal for developing a long-term ministry. Therefore, priority will be given to applicants 35 years and younger. Recent college graduates are encouraged to apply.
  • Financial Need: GRTS recognizes the high financial cost of education, especially for those who cannot expect to make an increased income in ministry. Therefore, priority will be given to those with limited financial resources.

Darrell Yoder

Hours

MON - FRI: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
SAT & SUN: Closed

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Undergraduate

At Cornerstone University, you’ll get the full college experience with a Christ-centered worldview. Learn more about the undergraduate experience below.

Adult

Persevere in what you know you’re capable of. Our programs for adults provide a creative approach to learning anchored in Christ-centered virtues as you follow your unwavering purpose.

Graduate

Go further as an influencer in your work and community. Our graduate programs prepare you to open new doors as you reach your God-given potential.

Seminary

At Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, we’re dedicated to learning, serving and leading through rigorous scholarship and a humble approach to Scripture.