Regional Church aid for Canadians
The following entities offer various forms of financial assistance to students who are pursuing seminary studies. We encourage students to explore the possibilities for support for which they might be eligible.
Note: AMBS offers matching grants for contributions made by congregations and regional churches of Mennonite Church Canada; see the Church Partnership Form on the Forms webpage. When Canadian students pay tuition and receive financial aid for tuition, Canadian dollars are at par with U.S. dollars.
Mennonite Church Canada
Mennonite Church Alberta
Mennonite Church Alberta bursaries are available to AMBS students who are from Mennonite Church Alberta congregations.
More info: See "Tuition Assistance Bursary Application" at www.mennonitechurch.ab.ca/resources/congregation-resources. Applications aare due by July 31 each year.
Contact: [email protected]
Mennonite Church British Columbia
The MCBC Pastors' Bursary is specifically for students who are serving in a pastoral role in a congregation of MCBC at the time of their studies.
Contact: [email protected]
Mennonite Church Eastern Canada
MCEC funds are available for seminary students from MCEC congregations. This scholarship is administered through AMBS Admissions and Financial Aid.
Contact: Teresa Thompson Sherrill
See also: ambs.edu/admissions/mennonite-church-eastern-canada-scholarship
Mennonite Church Manitoba
Abram G. Neufeld Scholarship Fund: This fund is for people with Manitoba connections preparing for pastoral or missionary training.
Contact: Stephanie Wenger, Administrative Assistant: [email protected]
Johann Funk Memorial Fund: These are no-interest loans for students pursuing ministry training — up to $1,500 per year to a maximum of $3,000.
Contact: Ken Warkentin, Executive Director: [email protected]
Jake and Dorothy Pauls Fund: This bursary provides financial assistance to persons who are currently serving in a congregational ministry setting and who wish to do further study or continuing education at a post-secondary Mennonite institution.
Contact: Rick Neufeld, Director of Leadership Ministry: [email protected]
Mennonite Church Saskatchewan
Contact: Kirsten Hamm-Epp, Regional Church Minister, [email protected]
See also: mcsask.ca/pastoral-congregational-resources/
Jacob Andres Achievement Scholarship
Education was a passion for Jacob Andres, a long-time teacher at Rosthern Junior College in Rosthern, Saskatchewan. He especially longed to promote and encourage students to pursue church-based education. To further this cause he established an endowment fund to provide scholarships for students from the four western provinces of Canada, including British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
Guidelines for selection of scholarship recipients:
- The student is entering the second or subsequent year of studies.
- The student considers one of the four western provinces of Canada his or her home.
- The student, in the opinion of the school’s Scholarship and Bursary Committee or equivalent group, meets the following criteria outlined by Jacob Andres prior to his death: 50 percent academic excellence; 50 percent positive Christian character or service (financial need may be a deciding factor).
- The scholarship may be given to the same student in more than one consecutive year.