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Theological Education Scholarship Fund for Racial-Ethnic Students

Purpose

This scholarship fund supports racial-ethnic students pursuing ministry. Gifts given to this fund date back to the early 1800’s. Prioritizing thoughtful and theologically trained leaders was the vision for furthering faith communities throughout the denomination.  

This same spirit continues to drive this scholarship fund today. To prioritize thought leaders of the Reformed Church in America, we believe we must continue providing funds toward advancing the leadership skills through theological seminary studies. If you are a racial-ethnic leader interested in pursuing theological training, this scholarship is for you. As a recipient of the scholarship fund, our expectation is that you will continue to lead, empower, and equip disciples of Christ for the Kingdom of God in the world today. 

Scholarships will be granted to full ($2,000) and part-time students ($1,000) attending one of the RCA’s two theological institutions: New Brunswick Theological Seminary (NBTS) or Western Theological Seminary (WTS). Part-time and full-time status are defined by each theological agency. Applications to other seminaries may be considered, but RCA institutions and partnerships will be preferred. 

A scholarship may be awarded to the same student multiple times during their course of study if they meet the criteria, reapply for the scholarship, and are selected. Leaders who meet the criteria below are strongly encouraged to apply.

The application deadline for the 2022-23 academic year is June 30, 2022.

Requirements for application

Applicants must:

  • Be enrolled and in good standing at NBTS, WTS, or other appropriate theological institution with full- or part-time status
  • Pursuing a degree in a seminary degree program including: Seminary Certificate, M.Div., D.Div., M.A., D.Min., or M.T.S. 
  • Maintain strong connection to any of the following: RCA church, classis, council, and/or region 
  • Intend to serve Christ in ministry and mission; this will be the most important factor in the decision, though it will be understood in the broadest sense. 
  • Complete the following application process and submit no later than June 30, 2022

Applications must include:

  • The application form, which includes verification of church and academic standing as outlined in the “Requirements for application” section.
  • The student’s transcript from current institution (or resume/CV if first year)
  • A brief essay describing the student’s call to ministry and higher learning (one page maximum, may include statement of faith, vision for ministry, dreams, goals, and motivation for attending seminary or equivalent program)
  • Name and contact information of one reference who can speak to the student’s spiritual development and academic promise (please include full name, position or title, relationship to the applicant, street address, email, and phone number)

Apply for a scholarship

Applications are closed

Contributions to the Theological Education Scholarship Fund for Racial-Ethnic Students may be sent to:

RCA
4500 60th St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
Attn.: Theological Education Scholarship Fund for Racial-Ethnic Students 

For more information contact Alina Coipel at acoipel@rca.org.

Application process

  • Deadline for applications for the 2022-23 academic year is June 30, 2022.
  • Recipients will be notified by September 30.
  • The scholarship funds ($2,000 for full-time or $1,000 for part-time) will be sent directly to the theological agency where the recipient is enrolled and must be used for coursework in that agency.

Applications will be reviewed by a team of RCA leaders. The theological agencies may be consulted regarding the final candidates. Decisions will be based on a student’s fulfillment of all the requirements and their robust, compelling vision for ministry. The intention of the student to serve Christ in ministry is the most important consideration in the team’s decision.