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.

Fifty $5,000 external scholarships

The CM CARES Foundation, a Church Mutual Insurance Company Foundation, believes that supporting today’s vibrant and dedicated religious scholars will help ensure strong faith-based communities tomorrow. The CM CARES Religious Scholars program was created to support graduate-level students who are pursuing advanced degrees and are committed to ministry as a career.

For the third year in a row, CM CARES will award up to $250,000 in scholarships to deserving graduate-level religious scholars. Each scholarship winner will receive a $5,000 award that may be used to pay for tuition, fees, books or other costs of attending school during the 2019–20 academic year. Students of all faiths are encouraged to apply.

To be eligible for this scholarship, a student must:

  • Be enrolled full time or part time in a graduate or doctorate degree program in theology, ministry or another religious field of study at an accredited theological seminary, college or university for the 2019–20 academic year.
  • Maintain a GPA 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.
  • Demonstrate personal impact through education, work experience and volunteerism.

Each scholarship is a one-time, non-renewable award. Applications must be submitted on or before April 15, 2019, and winners will be announced in June. 

To learn more or apply, see churchmutual.com/cmcares-scholars.  

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.

Note: In the past, very few applications from ministry students have been received. Since AMBS is the only seminary in Elkhart County, the foundation should be inundated with applications from AMBS students! You are encouraged to apply.

For additional information and/or to apply for this ministry scholarship visit their website (InspiringGood.org). Download an informational flyer

The Nancy E. Roach Memorial Scholarship for Seminary Students is now open for applications!

Transform Network is honored to be partnering with the Ruth E. Roach Memorial Scholarship Fund to identify recipients of a new scholarship honoring the memory of Nancy E. Roach, who was a devout woman of faith who believed Christianity could make the world a better place.

The Nancy E. Roach Memorial Scholarship for Seminary Students is dedicated to awarding a seminarian tuition support for excellence and innovation in social justice ministry and theological reflection. This scholarship award is given to the most exemplary essay that addresses the following questions:

  • How can the Christian faith be a catalyst for social change?
  • How can faith communities be engaged in social justice?
  • What is your personal aspiration for bringing the realms of Christianity and social justice closer together?
  • What is your theological basis for this aspiration?
  • How will you put this into action?

The winning essay will be publicized widely through Transform Network’s progressive Christian partners and media. The $4,000 to $6,000 financial award for this scholarship is a one-time award.

Learn more about the application qualifications and process and apply online now! The deadline is April 1.

Seminary Overview

The Scholarship for Anabaptist Service Workers offers $2,000 one-time first-year scholarships for alumni of service programs whostudy at Mennonite Church USA-affiliated seminaries and graduate schools in the U.S. (Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Bethel College, Bluffton University, Eastern Mennonite University, Goshen College and Hesston College. Other Anabaptist/Mennonite-affiliated schools can be considered if requested.)

It also offers larger and renewable scholarships, particularly for seminary students.

Scholarship for Anabaptist Service Workers Eligibility Requirements

Eligible recipients must have:

  1. Completed a full year of service (or a year of service with only excused interruptions, approved by program staff) through a Mennonite service program within the prior three years. Programs include Journey International, Mennonite Voluntary Service, Service Adventure, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) SALT, MCC SEED, Shalom Project, and PULSE.
  2. Applied, been accepted at, and prepared to begin a full course of seminary or graduate study at one of the Mennonite Church USA-affiliated institutions of study in the U.S. Brief training programs, such as Eastern Mennonite University’s STAR trauma resilience training, may be eligible for a partial scholarship (contact [email protected] with questions).
  3. Not studied at the same program the previous year. The scholarship is available to students who are beginning a program or transitioning to a new school from the approved list.
  4. Submitted a three-paragraph application to [email protected], which should include one paragraph about who the applicant is; one paragraph about the applicant’s service experience, how it went, and how it shaped life goals; and one paragraph about the applicant’s aspirations for their program (and, of course, choice of school).


After receiving applications and confirming service participation, the committee will inform the chosen school of the incoming scholarship. All applications will be accepted as long as funds last. Then, in the summer, the committee will confirm with the school and recipient the intention to attend. With confirmation, $2,000 will be mailed in a check from Mennonite Education Agency, designated toward the recipient’s tuition at the selected institution.

For students in seminary, the application will begin a longer process of conversation. Students who aspire to seminary study may be eligible for a larger and potentially renewable scholarship, depending on the student’s interests and needs. The Scholarship for Anabaptist Service Workers committee is open to conversation.

Contact [email protected] with questions and applications.