AMBS Church Leadership and Next Generation Awards (Full Tuition)

Church Leadership Award

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 prior recipient’s graduation.

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 a $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 $4,000 stipend. Awards are available based upon the prior recipient’s graduation.

Criteria for Award Recipients

Recipients will be Mennonites who are members in good standing of a congregation in Mennonite Church Canada, Mennonite Church USA or a related Mennonite group. The decision to award a grant will be based on four factors:

  1. Previous academic performance, based on information gained from transcripts and references including a minimum GPA of 3.5.
  2. Leadership potential and demonstrated skills, based on information gained from references.
  3. Theological discernment, based on a five- to ten-page paper written on the subject of “The Church.”
  4. Personal character and emotional health, based on information gained from references.

Recipients will be new students who have not been previously enrolled in AMBS courses.

Procedures to Apply for AMBS Full-tuition Scholarships

Applicants must submit the following by February 15 for the upcoming academic year:

  1. A completed application for admission with all supporting materials, including transcript(s) and references.
  2. A completed application for financial aid, including FAFSA submission (if U.S. citizen or permanent resident).
  3. A five- to ten-page paper on the subject of “The Church”.

In addition, candidates for the Next Generation Scholarship may be interviewed.

Understandings for Full-tuition Award Recipients

  1. Recipients will be enrolled as full-time students (full-time is defined as nine credit hours or more per semester plus one course during Interterm or the summer).
  2. Students in the MDiv program are eligible to receive the award for three (3) years. Students in an MA program are eligible to receive the award for two (2) years. Note: To finish a degree in the allotted timeframe a student must complete 27-30 credit hours per year, which generally consists of 12 hours per semester plus a course during Interterm and another course in the summer.
  3. Eligibility from year to year will be based on satisfactory progress toward the completion of the degree, including:
    • Maintaining a 3.0 GPA
    • Continuing as a full-time student
    • Supporting and adhering to AMBS community life standards
    • Assuming leadership responsibilities on the AMBS campus
    • Recipients of the Next Generation Scholarship are required to live in AMBS campus housing in order to receive the additional $4,000/year.
  4. Recipients will be eligible to apply for other AMBS scholarships. Priority for other scholarships will generally be provided to students receiving 50% or less in tuition assistance. Churches can also provide assistance, but they will not be eligible to receive church matching grants.

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.