International Student Scholarship

In order to make theological/ministerial education accessible for more leaders and emerging leaders in the Mennonite/Anabaptist tradition and other Christian traditions, a separate scholarship award process has been established for international (non U.S. and Canadian) students. International students will be compared to their international peers in determining award recipients.

The AMBS International Student Scholarship award is a full-tuition scholarship intended to encourage and support outstanding international students with gifts for ministry as they prepare to serve the church in their home country.  The International Student Scholarship will be awarded on an annual basis, and the other full tuition scholarships (Next Generation and Church Leadership awards) will be designated for North American (U.S. and Canadian) students.

Funding for the International Student Scholarship will come in part from the Virgil & Louise Claassen Endowment for International Students, the Ester Hodel Scholarship, the Ella Mae Lehman Memorial Scholarship for International Women, and the Louis L. Miller Scholarship. Special scholarships providing grants of up to 75 percent of tuition will be awarded to other international students meeting the award criteria as funds are available.

Guidelines

  • The award will be given to a student beginning his/her first year of study at AMBS in a Master’s program, providing a full-tuition grant for up to three years for a Master of Divinity degree and up to two and a half years for a Master of Arts degree.
  • The application deadline is Feb. 15.

Criteria for award recipient

  1. Recipients will be from outside North America and be members in good standing of a Mennonite church in Mennonite World Conference or related Anabaptist group.
  2. The decision to grant an award will be based on four factors:
    • Previous academic performance, including a minimum GPA of at least 2.75 from all undergraduate work, based on information gained from transcripts and references.
    • A commitment to enter into active ministry in his/her homeland following graduation.
    • Strong leadership potential for serving the local church, based on information gained from references and from a required essay on the applicant’s past, present, and future service/ministry.
    • Personal character and emotional health, based on information gained from references.

Procedure

By the deadline, applicants must submit:

  1. A completed application for admission with all supporting materials, including transcript(s), references, admission essay, and certification of funds documentation.
  2. A completed financial aid and scholarship application.
  3. A three- to five-page essay that includes:
    • leadership potential for serving the local church
    • past, present, and future service/ministry
    • how an education at AMBS will enrich your present and future ministry
  4. AMBS will select the recipient of this award by March 31 and inform the student via e-mail.
  5. The recipient must accept his/her award in writing by April 15 to confirm enrollment for the fall semester.

Understandings

  1. The award recipient will be enrolled as a full-time student (nine hours or more per semester plus one short-term course during Interterm and/or the summer).
  2. Students in the M.Div. program are eligible for an award for three consecutive years. Students in an M.A. program are eligible for an award for two and a half consecutive years. No extensions of an award are possible.
  3. Eligibility from year to year will be based on satisfactory progress toward the completion of the degree, including:
    • maintaining a minimum 2.75 GPA
    • continuing as a full-time student
    • supporting and adhering to AMBS community standards
  4. Recipients will not be eligible for need-based AMBS grants, including AMBS matching grants, in addition to the full tuition award.