Vancouver School of Theology

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Student

VST Scholarships

Entering Scholarship Application Deadline: March 15th

VST Scholarships Application


Application Form

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, 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 curiosity, 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 ISP) will be the body to decide who the recipients will be.

Each Scholarship will be offered annually, subject to 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

Qualifications

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

Benefit: $2,500.00 CAD

Promise for Public or Pastoral Leadership Scholarship

Qualifications

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

Qualifications

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

Qualifications

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 ISP M.Div program, and this recipient will be chosen by the Indigenous Studies 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 ISP 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

Qualifications

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.

Chancellors’ Scholarship

Qualifications

Applications are not invited for this scholarship, however, recipients will be determined at the May meeting of the Faculty Student Review Committee.  Our goal is that it will encourage students to fuller-time engagement in their studies.  The award is to be used to pay tuition.  Any balance remaining at the end of the degree program will be paid to the recipient.

To qualify to receive a Chancellor’s Scholarship, the recipient needs to be:

(1) a student who is in a degree program that aims at congregational ministry and who will be entering their final year of study in the fall;

(2) a student with at least a B+ average in courses in which a grade is assigned and;

(3) a student who shows promise for ministry, in the opinion of faculty and their relevant judiciary.

Benefit: Each year, two Chancellor’s scholarships of $7,000.00 dollars will be awarded to students entering their final year of studies at Vancouver School of Theology.