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

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Scholarships and Grants

At Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, we want to see each student succeed and achieve their ministry goals. To help make this a reality, scholarships and grants at GRTS are accessible to students based on both merit and need, and some are specific to degree program and demographic.

To qualify for a scholarship or grant, you must fill out the Seminary Scholarship Application and file the FAFSA.  Current students must submit both of these each year to be considered for federal and institutional aid.

The full list of institutional scholarships and grants can be found below.

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 a 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 G.P.A., and a continuing student must possess a minimum 3.24 G.P.A. 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 G.P.A. 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 G.P.A. 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 G.P.A. 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 G.P.A in their most recent studies and enroll in at least six 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 G.P.A 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 G.P.A 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 served as a pastor 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 G.P.A., and financial need is a consideration. The faculty recommends candidates for the scholarship annually.

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. Applicants must submit the Seminary Scholarship Application for consideration.

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 G.P.A. 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.

Samaritan 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 G.P.A. 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 G.P.A. 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.

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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 or explore campus with a virtual tour.

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.

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