There are many religions people align themselves with and for the most dedicated followers, life after college doesn’t mean a swanky corner office and unlimited expense accounts: It means becoming part of the faith they were raised in or educating others about it. But how does one gain the necessary knowledge to do so? By majoring in religion or theology.
Whether your goal is to become a priest, rabbi, teacher, activist or writer, a deep understanding of your chosen religion is vital in landing the position you desire. Expect to take a fair amount of history, anthropology, philosophy and writing-intensive courses in addition to your major classes and consider the possibility of studying abroad or accepting an internship or research fellowship to further immerse yourself in your studies. Funding your education, however, can become quite expensive and the best way to graduate with a limited amount of student loans (and the possibility of future debt) is to apply for religion and theology scholarships and grants to pay for school.
Scholarships.com lists numerous faith-based scholarship awards – Baptist, Buddhist, Catholic, Christian, Episcopalian, Hindu, Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist, Muslim, Pagan/Wiccan and Presbyterian – but many universities like Fuller Theological Seminary and the Claremont School of Theology offer their own religion and theology scholarships. For additional scholarship opportunities, conduct a free scholarship search today!
Mark B. Holzman Scholarship
June 01, Annually
Applicants for the Mark B. Holzman Scholarship must be a Delaware resident and enrolled in a graduate-level program in either dentistry, medicine, religion or law.
For more information and to request an application, please contact:
Mark B. Holzman Scholarship Trust
c/o Wilmington Trust Company
Att: Personal Trust and Private Banking
3 South DuPont Highway
Georgetown, DE 19947-2802 [...] More
Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship Fund
March 01, Annually
Applicants for the Nellie Martin Carman Scholarships must:
- Be a graduating senior from a public high school in the county of King, Pierce or Snohomish in the state of Washington in the year of appointment
- Be a United States citizen
- Plan to attend a college in the state of Washington on a full-time basis
Application forms are only available through the high schools in the counties [...] More
Charlotte W. Newcombe Dissertation Fellowships
November 15, Annually
Applicants must be candidates for Ph.D. or Th.D. degrees in doctoral programs at graduate schools in the United States. Candidates with D. Min., law and other professional degrees are not eligible.
These awards are made to Ph.D candidates who are in the writing stage of the dissertation. Usually, this means that fieldwork or other research is complete and writing has begun by the time of the [...] More
Ohio Baptist Education Society Scholarship
Available to seminary and college Jrs. & Srs. going into full time ministry or missions. Applicant must be resident of Oho(permanent)and member of an American Baptist Church of [...] More
Lilly Scholarships in Religion for Journalists
January 01, Annually
Journalists interested in taking college courses in religion or spirituality may apply for a scholarship program offered by the Religion Newswriters Association.
Journalists will receive scholarships for up to $5,000 each to study religion at any accredited college, university or seminary. Scholarships cover expenses including tuition, registration fees and books. Scholarships are funded by a [...] More
Dora Maclellan Brown Seminary Scholarship
February 15, Annually
Scholarships given to Christian men and woman from the greater Chattanooga area who are theologically and biblically conservative, and are seeking a Masters of Divinity or Masters of Theology degree at a theological seminary approved by The Foundation.
The Scholarship Committee's preference is for candidates for the pulpit ministry, although applications for other ministry training will be [...] More
Thomas G. Labrecque Smart Start Scholarship Program
January 18, Annually
Students are selected to participate in our Smart Start Scholarship Program, providing full tuition (less financial aid) scholarship and four years of paid internships with JPMorgan Chase.
Eligibility Requirements: High school seniors graduating in the spring who are New York City residents attending New York City public, private or parochial schools, accepted to one of the participating New [...] More
Bache Renshaw Fellowship
January 16, Annually
The ISI Bache Renshaw Fellowship awards each recipient $12,000 toward doctoral study in education that will influence the discipline with the ideas, values, and institutions that are fundamental to America’s Western tradition.
Successful candidates will intend to pursue doctoral study so that they may teach future teachers, shape and influence curricula, and contribute to the larger dialogue on [...] More
Jewish Community Center (JCC) North American Graduate Scholarship
February 01, Annually
The JCCs of North America Graduate Education Scholarship Program is designed to deepen and enhance the professional knowledge of current and future JCC professionals. Incorporating classroom study, internships, networking opportunities, professional development conferences and seminars, JCC Association Graduate Scholars are on the fast track to become effective and successful JCC [...] More
Marguerite Young Endowment Fund
March 31, Annually
The Marguerite Young Endowment Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation was created to provide assistance to seminary students. Marguerite Young was a sincere Christian woman who was a faithful member of her church and an unwavering supporter of theological education for the training of faithful Christian ministers. This scholarship was set up at her request and the selection process is handled by some [...] More
Muktabodha Indological Research Institute Fellowships
The Muktabodha Indological Research Institute has been actively encouraging the development of the next generation of scholars of the Hindu Tantra in India and the West through fellowship grants and scholarships. Recognizing that students play a key role in defining the next generation of scholarship, Muktabodha offers two levels of scholarships.
Graduate Scholarship Program in India: This [...] More
Presbyterian Church-U.S.A. Student Opportunity Scholarships
June 01, Annually
The Presbyterian Church-U.S.A. Student Opportunity Scholarships serves Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) college students in select majors (Education, Health Service/Science, Religious Studies, Sacred Music, Social Service/Science) by providing aid for the expenses of their third and fourth years of an undergraduate program. Preference in this program is extended to racial ethnic students in order to [...] More
Stoody-West Graduate Fellowship
March 15, Annually
The purpose of the Stoody-West Fellowship is to enhance the recipient's professional competence and thereby help to perpetuate the standards exemplified by Ralph Stoody and Arthur West. Religious journalism is interpreted to include news writing for secular press, church press and for church institutions. The committee will consider appropriate news and journalism forms, including electronic and [...] More