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

Active participants in one of the voluntary service programs named below who have a baccalaureate degree and have not yet been admitted to AMBS are eligible for a 75-percent tuition discount!  

For PULSE or Shalom Project VS workers:

  • Cost for a three-credit-hour course = $435 (normal rate: $1,560)
  • Cost for a two-credit-hour course = $290 (normal rate: $1,040)

For Mennonite Voluntary Service workers (includes reimbursement from Mennonite Mission Network):

  • Cost for a three-credit-hour course = $185 (normal rate: $1,560)
  • Cost for a two-credit-hour course = $115 (normal rate: $1,040)

Take a course as a way to learn with your housemates or on your own!

Available courses for Semester One 2018–19

For course descriptions, see the one-course options page.

  • Christian Attitudes Toward War, Peace, and Revolution (David Cramer, PhD: three credit hours) 
  • Christian Theology 1 (Jamie Pitts, PhD: three credit hours)
  • Spiritual Practices: Prayer and Scripture (Rachel Miller Jacobs, DMin: two credit hours)

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

  • Faith Formation and Spirituality: Family Spirituality (Rachel Miller Jacobs, DMin: two credit hours)
Hybrid courses are done mostly online but require on-campus attendance Aug. 20–25, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

See our on-campus course options if you live within driving distance. 

Registration and more info

Semester One runs from Aug. 6 to Dec. 14, 2018, for hybrid courses and from Sept. 4 to Dec. 14 for online courses. 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)