Church Leadership Award
The Church Leadership Award is a scholarship program intended to encourage and support outstanding Mennonite students with gifts for ministry as they prepare to serve the church. This award provides a full-tuition grant to a new student beginning a master’s program. The recipient may receive this grant for two or three years by meeting certain conditions. Awards are available based upon the prior recipient's graduation. Application deadline is Feb. 15.
Werner K. Fransen Next Generation Scholarship
Earl & Florence Schlegel Next Generation Scholarship
The Next Generation Scholarships are intended to encourage and support outstanding Mennonite students with gifts in church leadership. Each year this scholarship provides a full-tuition grant and $4,000 for living expenses to a new student beginning the Master of Divinity program. The recipient may receive this scholarship for three years by meeting certain conditions. Recipients must live in campus housing to receive the $4,000 stipend. Awards are available based upon the prior recipient’s graduation. Application deadline is Feb. 15.
Special scholarships may be awarded each year to students who met eligibility requirements for and applied to receive either a Church Leadership Award or a Next Generation Scholarship but were not selected by the scholarship committee as a recipient of either. This award provides a grant of 60% of tuition to a beginning student in a master’s program. The recipient may receive this grant for two or three years by meeting certain conditions.
International Student Scholarship
International student scholarships may be awarded on an annual basis to international students (non-U.S. or non-Canadian) who meet eligibility requirements. The scholarships, which can be up to full tuition, are intended to encourage and support outstanding international students with gifts for ministry as they prepare to serve the church in their home countries.
The Anabaptist Scholarship will provide 50% of tuition to selected students who identify with the Anabaptist tradition, but who are not members of a Mennonite congregation. The deadline for applying is Feb. 15.
Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (MCEC) Scholarship
The MCEC scholarship is available for Canadian students who currently serve, or have a desire to serve, Mennonite Church Canada. Students from MCEC congregations are given preference. Each year, AMBS will select up to two award recipients who will each receive a scholarship of $2,500 per academic year. The deadline for applying is April 1.
United Methodist Student Scholarship
As an approved seminary of the United Methodist Church (UMC), AMBS educates UMC students to serve the church. In order to lower financial barriers, the United Methodist Student Scholarship program has been established specifically for UMC students. Each year, AMBS will select up to two award recipients who will each receive a scholarship of $3,000 per academic year. Preference will be granted to students advanced by UMC leadership. The deadline for applying is April 1.
Steiner Bivocational Scholarship
This scholarship assists people who are training for bivocational ministry or pastors who are combining congregational ministry with other employment. Up to full tuition may be covered for one student, or smaller grants may go to more than one student, depending on eligibility and demand. Full- or part-time students are welcome to apply. To apply, send a one-page essay describing plans for ministry and qualifications for the scholarship to admissions. The deadline to apply is April 1.
Multicultural scholarships are available annually for students (of any race) preparing to minister in a racial/ethnic context, who will contribute to the multicultural ethos of the church. Scholarships of varying amounts are given in addition to need-based AMBS grants each year. To apply, send a one-page essay describing plans for ministry and qualifications for the scholarship to admissions. The deadline to apply is April 1.
Lederach Preaching Scholarship
Lederach Preaching Scholarships are available annually for Mennonite students with a call to pastoral leadership who show promise in preaching. Scholarships of varying amounts are given in addition to need-based AMBS grants each year. To apply, send a one-page essay describing plans for ministry and qualifications for the scholarship to admissions. The deadline to apply is April 1.
Voluntary Service scholarships
In order to make theological education accessible for more leaders and emerging leader in Mennonite/Anabaptist and other Christian traditions, AMBS partners with Christian Voluntary Service (VS) programs to offer tuition discounts and scholarships ($1,500 per academic year) to current and former VSers.
Former participants in !Explore: A theological program for high school youth are eligible for a special scholarship. The amount of the scholarship varies, depending on the year the student participated in the program, and is typically between $1,000 and $2,000 per academic year. The scholarship must be used for graduate level studies and applies to tuition only. The funds may apply for one-course, part-time, or full-time for credit courses taken online or on campus and must be all be used within the same year. The funds are available up to 15 years after participation in the program. To apply, check the !Explore box on the financial aid application, and the financial aid office will verify your participation in the program.
Apply for an AMBS Scholarship
The scholarship application is a part of the online Financial Aid Application.
If you are interested in learning more about these scholarships, call the AMBS Admissions and Financial Aid Office at 1 (800) 964-2627.
Scholarship Fact Sheet
Download the Scholarship Fact Sheet with detailed information on our full and partial tuition offerings.