Voluntary Service (VS) scholarships and tuition discount

Thank you for having given of your time and energy to participate in a voluntary service program! As a way of affirming your decision and also making theological education accessible for more leaders and emerging leaders in the church, AMBS is partnering with Christian Voluntary Service programs to offer scholarships to former VSers and a tuition discount to current VSers.

VS scholarship guidelines

  1. Who is eligible? Former VS participants in an approved VS program who completed the program in good standing. Any VS program that has an agreement in place with AMBS is an approved program.
  2. A scholarship in the amount of $1,500 will be provided to the former VS participant if he or she enrolls in a program of study and/or for-credit course.
  3. Enrollment must occur within five years of the completion of the student’s VS assignment.
  4. The scholarship funds can only be applied toward AMBS tuition and can only be disbursed during one academic year. However, if a former VSer is enrolled in an academic program of study, the scholarship is renewable if he or she maintains full-time student status.
    Note: The MDiv program is designed to be completed in three years, and MA programs are designed to be completed in two years. Students are eligible to receive the scholarship award based on the number of years required to complete their specific program of study.
  5. If a student takes an AMBS course while serving in the VS program, he or she will only be eligible for the scholarship for a future course if he or she received a C or higher in the course.

To apply, check the “Voluntary Service” box on your Scholarship Application, and the Financial Aid Office will verify your participation in the program. There is no application deadline.

VS tuition discount

AMBS offers a 75-percent tuition discount to active participants in the voluntary service programs named below. It’s our way of saying Thanks for volunteering! and Come try seminary! This discount is available to VSers who have a baccalaureate degree and have not yet been admitted to AMBS. Students will need to purchase their course textbooks.

Available online courses in Semester One (Sept. 1 - Dec. 11, 2020):

  • Spiritual Practices: Prayer and Scripture (2 credit hours)
    Asynchronous online course in which you complete weekly assignments on your own schedule
  • Spiritual Practices: Somatic Spiritual Practices in the Time of COVID (1 credit hour)
    Thursdays, Sept. 10 – Oct. 23, 6:30–8:30 p.m. ET via videoconference

See course descriptions.

Available online courses in Semester Two (Jan. 5 – April 30, 2021):

  • Anabaptist Approaches to Scripture (3 credit hours)
  • Christian Theology 2 (prerequisite required) (3 credit hours)
  • Global Anabaptist-Mennonite History and Theology (3 credit hours)
  • God's Shalom and the Church's Witness (3 credit hours)
  • Christian Worship: Theory and Practice (3 credit hours)
  • Proclaiming the Faith (3 credit hours)
  • Spiritual Practices: Money (1 credit hour)

Our professors use Google Hangouts, conversation threads, YouTube lectures and more to bring a community atmosphere to online courses.

For Mennonite Voluntary Service workers (includes reimbursement from Mennonite Mission Network: download an informational flyer) (2020–21 academic year):

  • Cost for a four-credit-hour course = $360 (normal rate: $2,200)
  • Cost for a three-credit-hour course = $207.50 (normal rate: $1,650)
  • Cost for a two-credit-hour course = $130 (normal rate: $1,100)
  • Cost for a one-credit-hour course = $52.50 (normal rate: $550)

For PULSE or Shalom Project VS workers (2020–21 academic year):

  • Cost for a four-credit-hour course = $610 (normal rate: $2,200)
  • Cost for a three-credit-hour course = $457.50 (normal rate: $1,650)
  • Cost for a two-credit-hour course = $305 (normal rate: $1,100)
  • Cost for a one-credit-hour course = $152.50 (normal rate: $550)

This is an amazing value. Take a course as a way to learn with your housemates or on your own!

Registration and more info

For course descriptions and information on instructors, see our Upcoming courses page. You’re expected to spend 10–12 hours each week on a three-credit-hour course. The credit you earn can be applied toward a degree at AMBS or transferred elsewhere. We hope you’ll take advantage of this opportunity!

Image: Above, Tucson MVSer Karina Kreider took an AMBS course in 2016. (Photo provided)