External scholarship options

Organizations outside of AMBS also make funds available for theological education. The following organizations have invited us to share this information with students. (Note: AMBS does not administer these scholarships and is not involved in the discernment process; applications and inquiries must be made directly to the sponsoring organizations.)
Please contact Daniel Grimes, AMBS Director of Enrollment and Financial Aid, if you have any questions about how these scholarships interface with AMBS scholarships and need-based financial aid.

CM CARES, a Church Mutual Insurance Company Foundation, has established a scholarship program consisting of 50 scholarships of $5,000 each to assist students pursuing an advanced degree in religious studies at an accredited theological seminary, college or university of higher learning. Religious students of all denominations are encouraged to apply.

In order to be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be enrolled in a full-time, advanced degree religious studies program at an accredited theological seminary, college or university of higher learning, for the entire 2018-19 academic year.
  • Demonstrate personal impact throughout education, work experiences and volunteerism.
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent.
  • Be committed to entering the practice of full-time ministry in the United States following completion of studies, including leading a denominational congregation, or worship group, or serving in religious leadership at a house of worship.

Applications must be submitted on or before April 14, 2018.

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of scholastic performance in undergraduate/graduate programs, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience, letter of recommendation and essay. Financial need will not be considered.

Additional information

The Community Foundation of Elkhart County annually offers several scholarships of up to $3,000 for adults. The Jane Fryer McConaughy Memorial Scholarship is open to any adult residing in or attending college (including graduate students) in Indiana pursuing a major in ministry, missionary or education. Both full and part-time students are eligible to apply. The application deadline is March 1.

Download an informational flyer
Visit the CFEC website

Recognizing the importance of studying ways to develop and maintain peace at home, in the community and in the world, the Richard C. Hess Peace Studies Scholarship provides a $1,000 scholarship for tuition and fees for a student majoring in peace studies.

This is an external scholarship administered by the Plymouth Congregational Church of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Students interested in applying for this scholarship should contact the church directly at (260) 423-9424 for additional information. The AMBS Admissions and Financial Aid Office also has a copy of the application form and guidelines.

In addition to the application form, applicants will also need to submit an essay/narrative (maximum 500 words) describing their interest in peace studies and how they plan to use their education. Applications are due April 15, 2018.

The Swiss Mennonite Cultural and Historical Association (SMCHA) is again offering educational grants to individuals preparing for full-time Christian service, Mennonite ministry, Mennonite voluntary service or other related careers. The maximum grant available is $1,000 for full-time ministerial students, with lesser amounts for part-time ministerial students, Mennonite voluntary service participants and college students. The grants are for the 2018–19 school year. The application deadline is May 30, 2018.

Criteria for applying:  

  1. Applicants must have membership in one of the six Swiss-Volhynian churches in Kansas or two in South Dakota, or be of Swiss-Volhynian descent.  
  2. Applicants must be enrolled in or accepted at a Mennonite seminary, or in a Mennonite voluntary service program or in a career-related program at a Mennonite college. Those attending a Mennonite seminary will be given preference.

Applicants may submit a letter of application to:

  • Swiss Mennonite Selection Committee
    c/o Roger Juhnke
    328 Lakeshore Dr.
    Newton, KS 67114

or to

  • Kerwin Graber
    44065 278th St.
    Freeman, SD 57029

A letter of recommendation from the applicant's pastor or congregation should be included.

For further information, contact Roger Juhnke at 316-283-0452 or [email protected], or Kerwin Graber at 605-660-3382, [email protected], or consult our website at www.swissmennonite.org.