Voluntary Service scholarships

Thank you for giving your time and energy to participate in a voluntary service program! AMBS has partnered with Christian Voluntary Service programs to offer scholarships to former VSers and a tuition discount to current VSers.

  • Purpose: To affirm people’s decision to participate in a voluntary service (VS) program and to make theological education accessible for more leaders and emerging leaders in the church
  • Recipient: Awarded to former participants in an approved VS program who completed the program in good standing
  • Amount: $1,500 to be applied toward graduate-level tuition (for a program of study or for-credit courses) 
  • Application deadline:  None

Other scholarship information

  • Scholarship type: Program
  • Duration: Enrollment must occur within five years of the completion of the student’s VS assignment; the funds 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 (for three years for a Master of Divinity or two years for a Master of Arts).
  • Recipient’s program: Master of Divinity Campus; Master of Divinity Connect; MA in Christian Formation; MA: Theology and Global Anabaptism; MA: Theology and Peace Studies; Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies; Guest students taking one course
  • Recipient’s location of study: On campus or from a distance
  • Recipient’s enrollment status: Full time or Part time
  • Recipient’s permanent residence: U.S., Canada or international
  • Recipient’s church affiliation: None specified
  • Note: 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 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.

Voluntary Service 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!”

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

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.

For Mennonite Voluntary Service workers (includes reimbursement from Mennonite Mission Network) (2021–22 academic year):

  • Cost for a four-credit-hour course = $370 (normal rate: $2,240)
  • Cost for a three-credit-hour course = $215 (normal rate: $1,680)
  • Cost for a two-credit-hour course = $135 (normal rate: $1,120)
  • Cost for a one-credit-hour course = $55 (normal rate: $560)

MVSers: Download a flyer with more information

For PULSE or Shalom Project VS workers (2021–22 academic year):

  • Cost for a four-credit-hour course = $620 (normal rate: $2,240)
  • Cost for a three-credit-hour course = $465 (normal rate: $1,680)
  • Cost for a two-credit-hour course = $310 (normal rate: $1,120)
  • Cost for a one-credit-hour course = $155 (normal rate: $560)

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!