International Student Scholarship (on campus)

In order to make theological/ministerial education accessible for more leaders and emerging leaders in the Mennonite/Anabaptist tradition, a separate scholarship award process has been established for international (non-U.S. and non-Canadian) students who are studying full time on the AMBS campus in Elkhart, Indiana. International students will be compared to their international peers in determining award recipients.

The International Student Scholarship is intended to encourage and support outstanding international students with gifts for ministry as they prepare to serve the global church. The scholarship, which can be up to full tuition, is awarded on an annual basis to an international student (non-U.S. or non-Canadian) who is a member of a Mennonite World Conference congregation or a related Anabaptist group.

Funding for the International Student Scholarship comes in part from the Virgil and 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. 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.


  • The award will be given to a student beginning his or 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.
  • Application deadline: March 1

Criteria for award recipients

  1. Recipients will be from outside of the U.S. or Canada and be members in good standing of a congregation affiliated with Mennonite World Conference or a 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 or 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.


By the deadline, applicants must submit:

  1. A completed application for admission with all supporting materials, including transcript(s), references, an admission essay, and documentation of certification of funds.
  2. A completed 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 their present and future ministry

AMBS will select the recipient of this award by March 31 and inform the student via e-mail. The recipient must accept his or her award in writing by April 15 to confirm enrollment for Semester One.


  1. The award recipient will be enrolled as a full-time student (nine hours or more per semester plus one Intensive Term course).
  2. Students in the MDiv program are eligible for an award for three consecutive years. Students in an MA 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 life standards
    • Supporting and participating in enrollment and recruitment activities and initiatives
    • Actively participating in campus activities
    • Assuming leadership responsibilities on the AMBS campus
  4. Recipients will not be eligible for AMBS need-based financial aid, including AMBS matching grants, in addition to an award of 51 percent or greater.

Apply for a scholarship

Access the Scholarship Application online.

If you are interested in learning more about these scholarships, call the AMBS Admissions and Financial Aid Office at (800) 964-2627.