MDiv Connect Student Scholarship

  • Purpose: To increase accessibility to graduate-level Anabaptist theological and leadership education for students of diverse traditions, ethnicities and racial identities
  • Recipient: Awarded annually to a limited number of students beginning the Master of Divinity Connect program (at a distance)
  • Amount: 75 percent of tuition
  • Application deadline:  March 15

Other scholarship information

  • Scholarship type: Merit-based
  • Duration: Six years (stated length of MDiv Connect program) (provided the recipient meets certain conditions each year)
  • Recipient’s program: Master of Divinity Connect
  • Recipient’s location of study: From a distance
  • Recipient’s enrollment status: At pace (11 credits the first year; 12 credits in subsequent years)
  • Recipient’s permanent residence: U.S. or Canada
  • Recipient’s church affiliation: Applicant must be a member in good standing of a congregation that is affiliated with Mennonite World Conference or a related Anabaptist group 

Criteria for award recipients

  1. Recipients will be from the U.S. or Canada and be members in good standing of a congregation that is 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 3.5 from all undergraduate work, based on information gained from transcripts and references.
    • History of and/or a commitment to enter into active ministry upon completion of the MDiv degree.
    • Strong leadership potential for serving the 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.

Procedures to apply for AMBS merit-based scholarships

Applicants must submit the following by March 15 for the upcoming academic year: 

  1. A completed application for admission with all supporting materials, including transcript(s), references and admissions essay.
  2. Completed Financial Aid and Scholarship applications.
  3. A 1,200–1,800-word essay that includes:
    • demonstrated leadership potential for ministry
    • description of the applicant’s past, present and future service/ministry
    • how an education at AMBS will enrich the applicant’s present and future ministry

The AMBS Scholarship Selection Committee will select the recipient(s) of this award by March 31 and inform the student(s) via e-mail. Recipients must accept their award in writing to confirm enrollment for Semester One.

Understandings for merit-based scholarship award recipients

  1. Eligibility from year to year will be based on satisfactory progress toward the completion of the degree, including:
    • maintaining a minimum 3.5 GPA
    • maintaining continuous enrollment in the MDiv Connect program by taking at least 12 credit hours each academic year (the minimum enrollment required to stay at intended pace in the program)
    • supporting and participating in enrollment and recruitment activities and initiatives, as requested by the AMBS Admissions Team
    • supporting and adhering to AMBS community standards
  2. Recipients will not be eligible for ministry scholarships or AMBS need-based financial aid, including AMBS matching grants, in addition to the MDiv Connect Student Scholarship.