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Merit Scholarship Application - Seminary Students

Merit Scholarship Application - Seminary Students

There is no deadline for new Kairos students. Applications for students entering the Kairos program mid-year will be accepted and reviewed as they are received.

Scholarships are awarded each year to seminary students showing exceptional promise or achievement in preparation for ordained ministry in the United Methodist Church. In previous years, nearly $100,000 has been available for distribution. Scholarship amounts are dependent upon the number of applicants and funds available. Priority is given to applicants pursuing a Master of Divinity degree. Applications are due by April 1st and applicants are notifed of decisions in May.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must be certified candidates for ministry in the United Methodist Church at the time scholarships are distributed.
  • Applicants must be enrolled or intend to enroll during the coming academic year in a seminary accredited by the United Methodist Church University Senate or in Kairos University.
  • Applicants must intend to serve in the Dakotas Annual Conference for a minimum of five (5) years following receipt of this scholarship.

Preference will be given to candidates who have an established connection to the Dakotas Conference or who can demonstrate the intent to establish such a connection.

Application Instructions: All materials must be submitted at the same time.

  • Complete and submit the application along with the following uploaded documents:

  • Letter of reference from someone familiar with your character and your call to ministry
  • Second letter of reference from someone familiar with your academic performance as a college student or seminarian
  • Official transcript of most recent semester grades
  • Updated resume
  • Be available in the event the committee wishes to interview finalists.

Essays: Upload the following essays to this form:

First time applicants:

What would it mean for you to be ordained as a United Methodist elder/deacon? Please describe your understanding of ordained ministry in the United Methodist Church in terms of your past and/or current ministry in the church. (Limit your answer to 250 words.)

How will your gifts and skills for ministry help you succeed in your role in the church in the future? (Limit your answer to 500 words.)

For students pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree: Why are you desiring to pursue a doctor of ministry degree? How might this pursuit help to clarify your call to ministry and where God is leading you next?

Returning applicants:

How has your call to ministry continued to be clarified through your seminary journey?

Discuss how you've established and plan to continue a connection with leaders in the Dakotas Annual Conference and others in ministry during this time.

By signing this application, the scholarship candidate certifies that he or she meets the eligibility requirements of this scholarship as outlined above. Furthermore, he or she gives permission to the scholarship committee or its representative to receive and evaluate information regarding the candidates qualifications.


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