Vancouver School of Theology

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Entering Scholarships and External Bursaries

Entering Scholarship Application Deadline: March 15th

VST Scholarships Application

Student Forms

Eligibility, Performance, and Conduct

In order to maintain the scholarship, the student must show evidence of satisfactory academic progress. Students disciplined under VST’s policy regarding inappropriate behaviour may be at risk of losing their scholarship. All scholarship recipients will be reviewed by the Faculty/Student Review Committee (FSRC) in January and May of each year. For more information on the FSRC, academic performance and student conduct policies, see the Supplementary Calendar/Student Handbook.

Application Procedures

Applicants who would like to be considered for a scholarship are required to submit a Scholarship Application Form (available on the VST Financial Aid webpage), along with a 300-500 word statement describing their qualifications for the scholarship(s), their goals for their studies at VST, and their vision for their public and pastoral leadership after graduation. Good candidates for the scholarships possess authentic faith, imagination, vision, maturity, capacity for critical thinking, a keen sense of curiousity, and good communication skills. Applicants agree that should they be granted a scholarship for studies at VST, that all or part of their statement may be published, along with their photograph, on the VST website and/or other VST publicationsWhere appropriate, an applicant may request an oral interview in lieu of a written submission. The Admissions committee (of either VST or the NMDP) will be the body to designate recipients, through the Registrar.

Each Scholarship will be offered annually, pending the availability of funds. Recipients are responsible for all student fees, living expenses, textbooks and incidental fees, and thus will need to raise considerable additional support for their program at VST.

VST Scholarships

Relocation Scholarship


Awarded on the basis of financial need, relocation costs and residential expenses.

Benefit: $2,500.00 CAD

Promise for Public or Pastoral Leadership Scholarship


Awarded on the basis of demonstrated leadership, a promise of future ministry (lay, ordained or alternative), and given regardless of financial need.

Benefit: Full-tuition for a student’s entering year (up to a maximum of 30 credit hours).  A student’s first academic year runs from May – April, and begins with Summer Term.

Part-time option: Students who will not be studying full-time in their entering year at VST may elect to receive a total of $6000 in tuition credits to be applied against their account over the course of up to 3 consecutive years of part-time study.

Academic Promise Scholarship


Awarded on the basis of past academic achievement and demonstrated potential for academic studies at VST, and given regardless of financial need.

Benefit: Full-tuition for a student’s entering year (up to a maximum of 30 credit hours).  A student’s first academic year runs from May – April, and begins with Summer Term.

Part-time option: Students who will not be studying full-time in their entering year at VST may elect to receive a total of $6000 in tuition credits to be applied against their account over the course of up to 3 consecutive years of part-time study.

Indigenous Student Scholarship


Awarded on the basis of demonstrated leadership potential, demonstrated academic potential, demonstrated financial need, and demonstrated Indigenous heritage and affiliation. Recipients will also demonstrate a firm commitment to use studies at VST for ministry and/or leadership that benefits his/her community. Priority is given to Indigenous Peoples of Canada and the United States. At least one of the two available Indigenous Scholarships will be reserved for a student in the NMP M.Div program, and this recipient will be chosen by the Native Ministries Program Committee.

Benefit: Tuition fees for a minimum of one full-time year of study (maximum 30 credit hours). May be renewable up to a maximum of 5 years of study.

For recipients in the NMP M.Div (extension) program: This scholarship will be made available to students in the M.Div (extension) program only after the successful completion of a minimum of 3 courses.

International Student Scholarship


Awarded on the basis of demonstrated leadership potential, demonstrated academic potential, and demonstrated financial need. Recipients will have citizenship in a country that is economically less advantaged. Recipients will demonstrate a firm commitment to use studies at VST to the benefit of his/her country of origin.

Benefit: Tuition fees for the maximum number of credit hours required in the degree program in which the student has been admitted, or the first 5 years of study, whichever comes first.

Other Scholarships + Bursaries

Alliston Foundation, St. John’s United Church

The Alliston Foundation supports, among other things, students studying in theological training centres recognized by the United Church of Canada. The fund is administered by members of the congregation of St. John’s United Churches, Alliston, ON.

All applications must be received by May 1st of each year, for distribution in June.

See for more information and application forms.

Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund

Since 1981 the Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund (MMMF), a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit, public charity, has awarded scholarships to outstanding women from developing countries, who are completing degrees at US/Canadian universities and are committed to improving the wellbeing of women and children in developing countries. Individual MMMF Scholarships are between $12,000-$15,000 and must be used during the 2011-2012 academic year. The MMMF administers the program with support from volunteers affiliated with the World Bank and the World Bank Family Network (WBFN).

Scholarship Eligibility Criteria
Eligibility criteria are also available on the MMMF website:

She must:

  • Have a record of service to women and children and a commitment to improve the lives of women and children in developing countries.
  • Be enrolled (in residence) at an accredited U.S. or Canadian educational institution for the academic year 2010-2011, intend to be enrolled for the 2011-2012 academic year, and use the grant toward the completion of her degree.
  • Be a national of a lower or middle income country, as designated by MMMF Country Eligibility List.
  • Not be a U.S. or Canadian citizen, permanent U.S. resident or Canadian Landed Immigrant.
  • Intend to return to her country (or other developing country) within two years of receiving the MMMF grant.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Be at least 25 years of age by December 31, 2010 (born before December 31, 1985).
  • Not be related to a World Bank Group staff member or their spouse.

The required online MMMF Scholarship application for 2011-2012 will be available at our website in September 2010. The application deadline will be posted on our website in September 2010.

For complete information about the MMMF, scholarship eligibility, online application instructions and deadlines please visit our website: For questions about MMMF Scholarships please email us: [email protected]

Anniversary Bursary Fund at Eglinton St. George’s United Church

The Anniversary Bursary Fund at Eglinton St. George’s United Church in Toronto awards bursaries to candidates for ministry in the United Church of Canada who are registered in a campus-based Master of Divinity programme of a United Church Theological School. Individual awards of $1,000 may be granted after careful consideration by the Anniversary Bursary Committee. The decision will take account of the financial need of the candidate, their academic achievement and statement of faith.

Application Forms may be obtained from the ESG website, The information will be found under Finance and Stewardship. The deadline for submission each year is October 15. The money is disbursed the end of November.

Knights Templar Educational Foundation

The Knights Templar Educational Foundation, the first program of its kind, was organized in 1922. Since then, more than $32 million dollars has been loaned to students to complete their last two years of college. This financial assistance is given without regard to race, colour, creed, age or Masonic affiliation.

In recent years, some Grand Commanderies have also been offering Scholarship Grants to students who are members of Masonic-related Youth Groups.

Eastern Star

Training awards for religious leadership. Eligibility will be determined entirely by the ESTARL committee in each Grand Jurisdiction and each Chapter Under the Jurisdiction of the General Grand Chapter. Recipients for Awards may be chosen as each Jurisdiction’s rules apply.

All applications must be accompanied by:

  • Letter of reference from the Minister of the church the applicant attends.
  • Letter of reference from the head of the department in which the applicant is majoring, or the Principal of the High School from which the applicant is graduating, or if changing careers, from latest employer.
  • Letter of reference from a personal friend – not a relative.
  • A short personal resume of applicants’ interests, activities, Educational and Occupational goals.
  • A current picture of applicant or applicant and family may be included.

Renewal forms for previous Awardees must be accompanied by:

  • Academic record from school if available.
  • Letter of reference from the head of the department in which the applicant is majoring.
  • A short personal resume of applicants’ interests, activities, Educational and Occupational goals.

Deadline: Applications are to be in the hands of the sponsoring Chapter by February 28th.

St. Stephen’s Broadway Foundation Inc.
  • Applicants must be members of The United Church of Canada. We regret the need to limit Bursaries to students from Manitoba, Northwestern Ontario and Saskatchewan.
  • Applicants must be in, or accepted for entry to, a full time recognized program of study within the United Church of Canada.
  • Applicants must complete the Bursary application form in its entirety. Failure to do so will disqualify the application.
  • First time applicants must include a letter from their program of study confirming enrolment and a letter from their congregation confirming membership in and support of the applicant by that congregation.

An application form for a grant or bursary is available from:

Secretary Treasurer

The St. Stephen’s Broadway Foundation Inc.
396 Broadway Ave. at Kennedy St.
Winnipeg, MB R3C 0V6.

Deadline: The bursary application deadline is May 15th. Applicants will be notified by July 30th. Bursaries will be mailed in September.

Royal Canadian Legion

The Command level bursary program has been cancelled effective 2004. Branches and Auxiliaries will continue to provide within their own communities. Students should check with the local Legion Branch in their community. Individual Branches will determine the eligibility requirements for their bursaries.

Email or visit

Karen Stinson Bursary Trust Fund

Established to celebrate the life of former parish worker Karen Stinson, who was stricken with an aneurysm and died on August 13, 1990 at the age of 32 years.

Although the Board will make necessary judgments in all cases, the following criteria will apply to awards:

  • Applicants must be enrolled in full-time or part-time post-secondary studies.
  • Awards will be based upon the following equal criteria: Academic achievement; Christian activities; participation in community; preparation for a career in the field of social services, education, ordained ministry, or related church vocation; financial need.

The amount of the award may range from $400 – $600, based upon funds available from the interest on the endowment, which will continue to grow as contributions increase. The award will be made on an annual basis, and recipients are eligible to re-apply in subsequent years.

[email protected]

The Ivor Norris Bursary

The Ordinariate of the Canadian Forces has sponsored the Ivor Norris Bursary for over twenty-five years. This bursary is awarded to theological students who have had, or have some connection with the Canadian Forces. With the reorganization of Church house the total administration of this bursary program comes under the purview of the Ordinariate itself.

Awarded to applicants (annually) who have a personal connection to the Canadian Forces through personal military service (past or present), being married to or the child of someone with past or current service. Must be sponsored by a Bishop for ordination within the Anglican Church of Canada and enrolled in full time theological studies.

John Fletcher, Lieutenant Colonel
Canon of the Ordinariate

Unitarian Universalist Association

An anti-racist, anti-oppressive and multicultural religious faith.

Limited scholarship funding available for students of colour in their first year who are planning to seek ministerial fellowship with the UUA.

Rev. David A. Pettee
[email protected]

Martin Moser Society for Theological Studies

The applicant must be a lay man or woman of any Christian denomination who is enrolled in an ATS accredited theological school in Canada;

Is pursuing a graduate or undergraduate degree in theology or theological studies in preparation for non-ordained ministries in the Canadian Church.

For more information, [email protected]

Lillian Forsyth Scholarship for Church Music

May be used for summer study programs, regular diploma or degree courses, or private tuition. Award amount up to $2,000.00.

Candidates should be active church musicians who have completed their basic musical training.
Committee will also consider an application from someone who would benefit form this scholarship but who is not a practicing musician, such as a member of the clergy.

Fax 1-613-238-4775
[email protected]

: February 28th.


P.E.O. International

P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund – established in 1949 to provide scholarships for international women students to pursue graduate study in the United States and Canada.

P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education – established in 1973 to provide need based grants to women in the United States and Canada whose education has been interrupted and who find it necessary to return to school to support themselves and/or their families.

For Information about these grants and other funding possibilities through the P.E.O Sisterhood,

Linda Lee Henriksen
[email protected]

McGeachy Senior Scholarship

Looking for proposals that identify and study questions seen to be important to the life and faith of the church in our time.

The McGeachy senior scholar is expected to express the prophetic vision of the church and to interpret Christ’s call to justice and peace in our pluralistic world. She or he will combine reflection and research with practical action, and communicate the results of this work in a form accessible to the wider church.

The scholarship is intended to free a person to use a major block of time for concentrated effort on a project of enduring value to the Church. It is hoped that the award will enhance the life work of the McGeachy scholar at a creative moment in her or his development, and thus yield continuing benefit to the individual and to the community.

Open to anyone from any church or country, but the proposal must indicate how the project will address the concerns of the United Church of Canada.

  • Previous awards have ranged from $10,000 to $50,000.
  • Request for Prospectus which gives further details needed by all applicants.

Deadline: March 31st. Announcement of recipient is to be made sometime in June.

Program Assistant
to the McGeachy Senior Scholarship Committee
Fax 1-416-232-6004
[email protected]

Georgia Harkness Scholarship

Eligible to a full time student who must be enrolled in the fall semester.

The eligible candidate will be a woman over 35 who has received a bachelor of arts or equivalent degree, is enrolled full-time in a University Senate approved school of theology in the Master of Divinity degree program and who is a CERTIFIED CANDIDATE for ordained ministry as an elder in the United Methodist Church. She must be a certified candidate by May to be eligible for this award. If a student’s district committee will be meeting after our application deadline of March 1st, she should have the committee chairperson indicate on their required reference letter the date the student is expected to receive candidacy status.
The program grants a $5,000 award to those who are chosen as Georgia Harkness Scholars. All United Methodist women students who meet the guidelines are equally considered for this award.
All United Methodist women students who meet the guidelines are equally considered for this award. They are looking for women who exhibit the qualities of Georgia Harkness: scholarship, spirituality and social justice.

Shirley Broome
Program Manager
[email protected]

: March 1st


Website In “Search UBC” type “bursaries” to obtain lists of bursaries available through UBC.

The Anglican Foundation of Canada

The Anglican General Bursary Trust–is for theological students studying toward ordination who will be attending a theological college in Canada (bursaries are not given for undergraduate ). It is funded from the Oonah Bishop Fund, the Jean Grant Foundation, Anglican General Bursary Fund and designated bequests from the Woods, Owen, Paterson and the Bishop Marsh funds.

The Anglican Graduate Award Trust is for advanced theological study at the post-graduate level with a view to a teaching and research career in a Canadian Anglican Theological school. Applicants are required to have already completed a university degree (B.A. or equivalent) and a professional degree (M.Div. or equivalent) and be ordained in the Anglican Church of Canada. Bursaries are not given for Doctor of Ministry degrees. Applicants should have at least four years professional experience in ordained ministry in a parish.

The Catholic Apostolic Universal Trust Fund – also designates funds each year to each of the above trusts.

Committee meets in early May and the deadline for receiving application s at the Anglican Foundation office is April 22 each year. Applicants are advised of the results in June and the funds are sent in September to the student at the theological college. To receive an application form, please contact the Anglican Foundation office:

June Moyle
Executive Assistant
1-416-924-9199 ext 253
1-416-924-8672 (fax)
[email protected]

Rev. Canon John Erb
Executive Director
1-416-924-9199 ext 234
1-416-924-8672 (fax)
[email protected]

The Fund for Theological Education

Congregational Fellowships provide substantial aid to first-year seminarians 35 years of age or younger through partnerships between FTE and individual congregations. Students must be nominated by their congregations.

Ministry Fellowships provide financial support to enhance the formation of ministerial leadership for second-year seminarians. For full-time students 35 years of age or younger in Master of Divinity programs at institutions accredited by the Association of Theological Schools. Students must be nominated by the dean or president of their seminary.

Fellowships Plus provides information about financial resources for theological students beyond those offered by FTE and individual theological institutions. Sources of financial assistance in Fellowships Plus can be searched alphabetically, by keyword, and by specific categories. They include aid offered by various church denominations as well as particular resources for women, racial ethnic minorities, undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, postdoctoral, and international students. The resources have been verified with the organization or individual offering the aid. However, details can change, and persons seeking financial aid should keep this is mind when contacting any of these sources.

For more details and applications:

The BC Paraplegic Foundation

Bursaries are available to students who have a physical disability. Bursaries are awarded on merit, with preference given to individuals with a disability. Recipients must be Canadian citizens or Landed immigrants, residents of BC and must be attending/planning to attend a post-secondary educational institution in BC. Applicants who do not plan to attend facilities in BC must submit an explanatory letter. Under exceptional circumstances, the BCPF Bursary Committee may approve an award to a student in an out of Province or a non-Canadian educational facility.

Deadline: May 31st.

BCPF Bursary Committee
780 S.W. Marine Drive
Vancouver, BC V6P 5Y7

Application form and information also available at VST Financial Aid Office (room 103).

Centennial Bursary Fund

In 1990, St. George’s United Church established the Centennial Bursary Fund on the occasion of its 100th anniversary. Bursaries starting at $700 per award are granted primarily to candidates for the ministry to assist in completing their educational qualifications for ordination and pastoral ministry.

Individual awards, which are granted after careful consideration at the discretion of the Committee, are based upon financial needs of the candidates, their ability and promise.

To qualify for assistance, applicants must be either:

  1. Candidates or inquirers for ministry in the United Church of Canada, who are registered in a campus based ordination program at a United Church Theological School.
  2. An ordained minister in the United Church of Canada who is in the active process of post-graduate theological studies.

Bursary application form is available in Room 264, Financial Aid Office, which require candidate completion along with letters of recommendation from the Principal of the College and one other member of the faculty.

Deadline: applications should be submitted by October 31.

Centennial Bursary Committee
Eglinton St. George’s United Church
35 Lytton Blvd.
Toronto, ON M4R 1L2

ATLA (American Theological Library Association)

The Publications Committee of the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) invites applications from bibliographers and indexers in the fields of religious studies/theology for the 2005 grant-in-aid award of up to $1,500. The ATLA Bibliography Grant is given annually by the ATLA Publications Committee to one or more bibliographers or indexers to aid in the development of a work that provides access to a significant body of literature within the fields of theological and/or religious studies. The scope, subject matter, length, and format are broadly conceived, with the intent of encouraging bibliographical essays or annotated bibliographies, especially by persons undertaking their first major project in this area. This grant is open to applicants inside and outside of ATLA.

ATLA reserves the right of first refusal for all projects receiving grants.

The application deadline is January 15.

The recipient of this grant will be selected by the Publications Committee. Applicants will be notified of the decision of the Publications Committee by March 1st. The funding granted will be distributed to the recipient within two weeks of the Committee’s decision.

Applications should contain the following:

  1. Date, applicant’s name, address, telephone number, current position, professional experience and educational background;
  2. A description of the project in not more than two typewritten pages including title, purpose, scope, size, format, organization and methodology, an anticipated date of completion, a proposed expense budget (listing other anticipated sources of financial assistance), and proposed plan for publication/presentation/distribution;
  3. Two letters of reference, one from a person acquainted with the applicant’s general bibliographical competence, the other from a person acquainted with the applicant’s specific project.

Inquiries, applications and letters of reference should be referred to:

Jonathon West
Editor of Member Publications
American Theological Library Association
250 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60606-5889

1-312-454_5505 (fax)
[email protected]

Deadline: January 15th

Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA)

The mandate of CHHA is to encourage awareness of hearing loss and to advocate self-help for hard of hearing or deafened people. Its aim is to achieve full hearing accessibility in Canadian society. The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association Foundation (CHHAF) was established to create a perpetual financial legacy to support the activities of CHHA, and create specific initiatives for hard of hearing or deafened persons in Canada. The Algar family wishes to continue to support the work of their parents, particularly their father Frank Algar, who was a strong advocate of the rights of hard of hearing people and had great faith in young people.

The purpose of the Scholarship Program is to offer financial assistance and recognition to hard of hearing and deafened students registered in a full time program at a recognized Canadian college or university, in any area of study, with the ultimate goal of obtaining a diploma or degree. Again this year two awards of $1,000 will be granted.

Applicants are requested to read the criteria for eligibility (available in #103 – Financial Aid Office) and to provide all the information required. The selection of award recipients will be made by the Scholarship Committee. The decisions of the Committee are final. Please note: only one application needs to be completed to apply for both scholarships.

Please ensure that all necessary documentation is completed, signed, and that all supporting material is enclosed (copies are acceptable as applications will not be returned). All applications must be received by January 31st. Late, unsigned or incomplete applications will not be considered nor will applications be accepted by e-mail or fax. Please mail your completed application to:

Canadian Hard of Hearing Association Scholarship Program
2435 Holly Lane, Suite 205
Ottawa, ON K1V 7P2

1-613-526-4718 (fax)
1-613-526-2692 (TTY)
[email protected]

Deadline: January 31st.

The Prayer Book Society of Canada

A limited number of bursaries of up to $1,000 for Anglican students engaged in religious studies who value the Book of Common Prayer, use it in their daily prayer life, and wish to support its continuing use in the Anglican Church of Canada. Students in the ordination stream are particularly encouraged to apply.

Students wishing to be considered for one of these bursaries should submit a copy of their curriculum vitae and the names, addresses and phone numbers of two references, together with a covering letter explaining their interest in this bursary and in the Book of Common Prayer to:

Dr. Diana Verseghy
PBSC Bursaries Committee
12 Sherbourne Drive
Maple, ON L6A 1G8
[email protected]

Deadline: November 18th

Successful applicants will be notified of their awards by the end of December.

US Veteran’s Benefits

Programs are approved for those who wish to attend and receive benefits under the Veterans Readjustment Benefits Act of 1966, Post-Vietnam Era Veterans Educational Assistance Program, the Veteran’s Educational Act of 1984, Chapter 1606 (formerly 106), Reservists’ Education Bill, Chapter 30, Veterans Administration (VA) Education Bill of 1986, and dependents qualified for VA Educational Benefits.

Office of the Registrar
MSC 105, 700 University Blvd
Kingsville, TX 78363-8202
1-361-593-2195 (fax)

Kinsmen Bursary Program

In memory of Hal Rogers, founder of the Kinsmen & Kinette Clubs of Canada, who passed away in September 1994 at the age of 95, the Kinsmen of Langley, Kinsmen Club of Aldergrove and Kinette Club of Langley are proud to support the Kinsmen and Kinettes Bursaries, a program of the Hal Rogers Endowment Fund, whose mandate is to promote, encourage and sponsor educational programs and activities.

Throughout his life, Hal Rogers believed in the value of education. His leadership in the furtherance of education for young people was recognized by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation, which named him the first recipient of the coveted Lamp of Learning Award in 1950.

Through the fund, financial assistance is available for students in their quest for higher learning at a recognized university, community college, technical institute and other schools for advanced education. The fund will award $1,000 bursaries to successful applicants.

Applicants must be in the process of graduating from high school, OR be currently registered at a post-secondary institution. Information and application packages for the fund are available in secondary schools, colleges, and universities across the country. The criteria with which applicants will be evaluated are contained in the application package. Application deadline is February 1st.

Successful applicants are chosen by a national board of trustees and are based on the individual’s community and school involvement, knowledge of the Kin association, and need for financial support in order to pursue further education. Successful applicants are selected each spring for the upcoming school year.

Information and application packages about the Kinsmen & Kinettes Bursaries will be available on the website , in local secondary schools, as well as Canadian colleges and universities in early fall. Information can also be obtained by contacting the local Kinsmen Club.

Further information: 1-604-240-7775

Deadline: February 1st

The W.L. Mackenzie King Memorial Scholarships

The Mackenzie King Scholarships were established as an independent trust under the will of the late Rt. Hon. William Mackenzie King (1874-1950).

Two classes of Mackenzie King Scholarship are available to graduates of Canadian universities: the Open Scholarship and the Traveling Scholarship. Both are to support graduate study.

The Open Scholarship is available to graduates of Canadian universities who pursue graduate study in any discipline, in Canada or elsewhere. One Open Scholarship is awarded each year. Recently scholarships of $8,500 but it is subject to change.

The Traveling Scholarship is available to graduates of Canadian universities who pursue graduate study in the United States or the United Kingdom in the areas of international relations or industrial relations. Recently four scholarships of $10,500 each have been awarded annually, but is subject to change.

A scholarship is available from the Mackenzie King Scholarship Trust for a graduate of Harvard University to pursue graduate studies at a Canadian university. Further information about this scholarship is available from Harvard University, to which application must be made.

Information about applying for the awards, criteria for applicants, and downloadable applications forms as well as contact information available at

Deadline: Applications must be received at your home university by February 1st.

The Beatty Ryckman Trust

Established to encourage studies in the field of pastoral psychology. Funding awards will be offered to clergy or lay persons. Awards may be used towards lectures, workshops, courses or programs of study; are given annually, and are offered according to financial need. The intention of the Trust is to assist Christian ministers who have a strong interest in “knowing themselves better”. Please write:

The Beatty Ryckman Trust
1805-1400 Dixie Rd.
Mississauga ON L5E 3E1

Deadline: April 20th

Scholarship for Study at Ecole Biblique

The Board of the Canadian Friends of the Ecole Blblique (CFEB) has established a scholarship to encourage Canadians to study and to do research at the Ecole Biblique in Jerusalem.

Applicants must be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant. If no qualified candidates from Canada are available, the monies in a given year may go to a candidate from a third world country who is recommended by the Academic Director of the Ecole Blblique.

Applicants must apply independently to the Ecole Biblique (see and must have been accepted by the Ecole Biblique into a program of study or to conduct research by the time that the award is granted.

Applicants must demonstrate financial need. It is intended that this scholarship will supplement other sources of income. A scholarship will normally be awarded in the range of $2,000 to $7,000, depending on need. It can be renewed.
Special consideration will be given to women and to individuals who would not have other sources of support available to them. Members of religious communities, diocesan clergy and lay students are eligible.

Monies will be paid directly to the Ecole Biblique for payment of fees, tuition and board and room. CFEB does not give money directly to applicants.

Application Procedure:
Applications, in French or in English, are to be sent to the President of the Canadian Friends of Ecole Biblique. Candidates should submit:

  1. A curriculum vitae (Please include SIN number since this is needed for reporting to Revenue Canada).
  2. A detailed statement of their proposed program of study or research at the Ecole Biblique.
  3. Two letters of reference from professors familiar with their current work.
  4. A statement of financial need.

A committee of three members of the Board of CFEB will review all the applications, and make recommendations to the Board. The Board will forward its recommendations to the Director of the Ecole Biblique who will make the award.

Deadline: February 28th. Decisions will be made by April 1st.

Applications are to be sent to:

Dr. G. Couturier, President of CFEB
Professor Emeritus
Faculty of Theology
University of Montreal
POB 6128, Succursale Centre-ville
Montreal, PQ H3C 3J7

Queries can be directed to:

Dr. William Klassen
#12, 545 Laurelwood Drive
Waterloo, ON N2V 2R4
[email protected]

The Leonard Foundation Financial Assistance Program

The Leonard Foundation scholarships are awarded to students enrolled or enrolling in a post secondary institution that is a member of the association of Colleges and Universities in Canada and is open to all without restriction save and except an academic standard. An applicant must be a Canadian citizen or a landed immigrant.

Students must be enrolled in their first undergraduate program as a full-time student. A student is considered to be full-time if he/she has enrolled for a program’s full year credit. Only students pursuing a B.Ed or M.Div are eligible for continuing support.

All applicants will be considered but preference will be given to daughters or sons of ordained clergy, licensed elementary or secondary school teachers, Canadian military personnel, graduates of a Canadian Military College, members of the Engineering Institute of Canada and members of the Mining and Metallurgical Institute of Canada. Preference is also given to those who have previously received an award from The Leonard Foundation.

The value of the award is usually $1,000.00 for those who do not need to set up a second residence to attend university and $1,500.00 for those who do. These amounts may vary according to the final decisions of the General Committee. Approximately 140 awards are made annually.

Successful applicants are expected to obtain employment during free time to help defray the costs of their education. In addition, they must participate regularly in athletic, fitness or military activities. Personal qualities showing a potential for leadership are also a requirement.

Colonel Reuben Wells Leonard wanted this financial assistance to go to individuals who, without it, would not be able to obtain a degree. For that reason, a true financial need must be demonstrated. Those still living with their families and whose gross total annual income, including “in kind” benefits exceeds $45,000.00, are not likely to be accepted. Those applicants who have permanently resided outside of the family home for an extended period will be required to supply detailed financial information. It is recognized that some of this information is somewhat personal; however, to fulfill the requirements of the donor, it is required. If you do not wish to divulge this information, the General Committee will not be able to make a reasoned decision.

To apply, print an Application Form from this site by downloading and installing the Adobe Reader, the icon for which is on the Home Page. Please use a paper clip or one staple to keep the four leaves together.

Your Form should not only be completed in its entirety but must also be clearly legible, especially name and address, otherwise, mail will not reach you.

On this Web site, you will find a list of Nominators. Your Application Form can be forwarded for consideration only through a Nominator. Select one nearest you and call for an appointment. This must be done before March 15. The earlier, the better.

If you do not fulfill these criteria, please do not apply.

If further information is required, you may contact the Honorary Secretary by email.

Eglinton St. George’s Centennial Bursaries

To qualify, applicants must be either:

Candidates or inquirers for ministry in the United Church of Canada, who are registered in a campus-based ordination program at a United Church Theological School.

An ordained minister in The United Church of Canada who is in the active process of postgraduate theological studies.

Individual awards are granted after careful consideration at the discretion of the Committee and are based upon financial needs of the candidates, their ability and promise. Bursary applications are available in the VST Financial Aid Office, Room 103. Deadline: September 30.

The United Methodist Church Grants and Awards

Racial/Ethnic History Research Grant – Awarded for research in the history and heritage of ethnic groups in the American United Methodist tradition. Grants totaling $1,000 may be given.

Deadline: December 31 of each year; recipients are announced by May 1 of the next year.

The Jesse Lee Prize – Awarded once every four years to a serious, book-length monograph in Methodist history. The General Commission will assist in arranging for the publication of the winning manuscript and provide up to $2,000 for that purpose.

Deadline: July 1, 2019

John Harrison Ness Memorial Award – An annual award of $500 (first prize) and $300 (second prize) may be given to M.Div. students who submit the best papers on some aspect of United Methodist history.

Deadline: February 1 of each year

Women in United Methodist History Research Grant – Provides seed money for research projects relating specifically to the history of women in the United Methodist Church or its antecedents. One grant of $1000 or two grants of $500 each may be awarded each year.

Deadline: December 31 of each year; grant recipients are notified by May 1 of the next year.

Women in United Methodist History Writing Award – One award of $200 may be given each year for an original manuscript, not longer than twenty pages, on the history of women in The United Methodist Church or its antecedents.

Deadline: May 1 of each year; the winner is announced in September of that year.

United Methodist History for Children and Youth Curriculum Grant – Grants totaling $1,000 will be available each year to seminary students studying Christian Education.

Deadline: December 31 of each year; recipients are announced by May 1 of the next year.

John Harrison Ness Memorial Award – Annual awards of $500 and $300 are available to students enrolled in M.Div studies.  A paper on some aspect of United Methodist history is required.

Deadline: February 1 of each year.

The World is My Parish United Methodist History Research Grant – Grants totaling $1,000 to enable the collection of written and oral history and encourage research regarding the development of The United Methodist church.

Deadline: December 31 of each year; grant recipients are notified by May 1 of the next year.

TheCenter for the EUB Heritage  Audrie E. Reber Memorial Award – An annual award of $700 will be given for the best paper on some aspect of the Evangelical United Brethren Church history, theology or church life.

Deadline:  April 1 of each year; recipients are announced by May 1

For further information, contact:
General Commission on Archives and History
PO Box 127
Madison, NJ 7940 USA

The World Alliance of Reformed Churches Scholarship (WARC)

WARC Website

Application Forms shall be requested between June 1 and September 30 each year. If you are an ordained minister, or are training for the ministry, in a WARC member church, and require additional information concerning the WARC scholarship program, contact:

Ms Sally Redondo
Administrative Assistant
Department of Theology
World Alliance of Reformed Churches
PO Box 2100
Route de Ferney 150
CH-1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland


Canadian Unitarian Council/Percy Simpson Bailey Bursaries

To assist Canadian Unitarians with expenses incurred annually while studying for the ministry in their second and subsequent years. In your application, you must include, along with one copy of the attached application form and financial disclosure statements:

  1. A letter indicating your interest in and involvement with Unitarian (Universalism).
  2. A brief biographical sketch.
  3. Mail a certified copy of all your post-secondary transcripts.
  4. If you have been accepted by the UUA’s Ministry and Professional Leadership (MAPL) office into Candidacy Status, provide a letter from the department confirming this fact.
  5. A letter of recommendation from the governing body of your local congregation, minister or resident professional.
  6. A letter from a faculty advisor attesting to your progress to date with your ministerial studies.
  7. A completed financial disclosure statement.

If you are applying for a second or subsequent bursary, a new application form and a new set of financial disclosure statements must be submitted. You must also arrange for an updated transcript to be sent to us along with another faculty advisor “progress report.” The maximum number of years to receive a bursary is three.

The Theological Education Funds Committee will review applications. The CUC board at its May meeting will then consider the committee’s recommendations.

The completed application form, financial statements, and all supporting materials should be sent to

Chair, Theological Education Fund
Canadian Unitarian Council
018-1179A King Street West
Toronto, ON M6K 3C5
1-416-489-9010 (fax)

Deadline: March 3

Please also send by email either with the application information or indicating that it has been sent by postal mail or fax to the Toronto Office. Successful candidates will receive a partial funding of their educational expenses. The total amounts available for this purpose may vary from year to year.