Religious organizations are notorious for their charity and community involvement, catering to those in need. Most people have attended at least one church-sponsored event such as carnivals, concerts, benefit dinners, raffles, etc. A number of junior high and high school students go to religious classes, volunteer with children, participate in youth groups, sing in choirs, attend services, or even go to a faith-based high school. In turn, religious scholarships help individuals of varying religious beliefs pay for school.
Winning Religious Scholarships
Religious scholarships reward students who are actively involved with faith-related activities, pursuing religious-affiliated careers or ministry work, or even those who simply belong to that church. If you are active in your church community or strong in your religious faith, there are religious scholarships for you. Providing scholarship opportunities and financial aid are ideal ways for churches and religious organizations to show their commitment to helping its members go to college. Religious organizations sponsor a variety of national, regional, and local scholarships. Below are links to the most common religious scholarships in our database. For a complete list of scholarships that match your faith, conduct a free college scholarship search here on Scholarships.com and indicate your religion in your profile. There are even scholarships for those who consider themselves atheist, agnostic, or non-religious. If you know of a religious scholarship that is not in our database, let us know. We constantly update our database to help students of all faiths find money for college.
The American Atheists awards a $1,000 O'Hair Scholarship to an atheist student attending college or university. The award is given every year at the American Atheists National Convention. The Student Activist Scholarship program was founded by Life Members Barbara J. Baldock, Dr. Phillip Butler, Lillian B. Ramsden, Rice O'Dell and Irving Yablon.
The scholarship can be used by a current college [...] More
To be eligible for the Anna Schiller Memorial Scholarship, you must be a Rockford Christian High School graduating senior who demonstrates a strong commitment to improving the quality of life for people in their school, community and/or world at large through their community service and demonstrates the same strong love for others that Anna exemplified through her life. Minimum GPA of 2.0/4.0 is [...] More
Bethesda Lutheran Communities offers two scholarships to Lutheran students pursuing undergraduate degrees in any area of service to people with developmental disabilities.
Eligibility/Requirements: Be an active, communicant member of a Lutheran congregation. Be a freshmen, sophomore, or junior at an accredited college/university. Have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Have a career objective in the field of [...] More
This scholarship is available to master’s-level students who have an incoming GPA of 3.75 or higher and display potential to make a significant contribution in the evangelical community. Students must maintain a 3.5 GPA and enroll in at least 10 residential hours each semester while at Trinity. The deadline is rolling, contact Trinity for more information. Students who apply for financial aid and [...] More
Colorado Christian University's Scripture Memory Scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate the ability to memorize a complete book of the Bible. The Scripture Memory Scholarship allows students to use their memories to reduce tuition costs - benefiting their faith and their finances at the same time. Students can choose whichever translation they wish, or multiple translations. [...] More
CCU awards academic scholarships to new freshmen who meet specific academic requirements and are guaranteed for up to eight semesters as long as the student maintains satisfactory academic progress (SAP) and is continuously enrolled in CCU's College of Undergraduate Studies. Academic scholarships can be applied only to tuition charges for on-campus enrollment. Applicants must have a inimum 3.4 [...] More
The CCU Grant is given to students with financial need. Eligibility and amount vary annually based on need as determined by federal methodology. A student must apply for federal aid to be considered for this award. The CCU Grant is available for students enrolled in the College of Undergraduate Studies. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More
The Legacy Scholarship is designed to assist children and/or siblings of CCU alumni and current students to continue the CCU tradition. Applicants must be the child of a graduate of CCU or a CCU heritage institution; or the child of a currently enrolled CCU student; or the sibling of a graduate of CCU or a CCU heritage institution; or the sibling of a currently enrolled CCU student. The Legacy [...] More
Partners in Christian Education (PICE) is a partnership between Colorado Christian University and select Christian high schools nationwide. The PICE scholarship is available for new freshman and transfer students who currently attend one of the partnering Christian high schools. The annual award is renewable up to eight semesters. Students must apply and be accepted to CCU's Undergraduate School [...] More
CCU awards academic scholarships to new freshmen who meet specific academic requirements and are guaranteed for up to eight semesters as long as the student maintains satisfactory academic progress (SAP) and is continuously enrolled in CCU's College of Undergraduate Studies. Academic scholarships can be applied only to tuition charges for on-campus enrollment.
Scholarships are available to those who wish to major or minor in music or theatre, and to those highly qualified non-majors who participate in select ensembles or theatre. To be considered for a School of Music Scholarship award, you must have a minimum 2.0 GPA, be enrolled as a full-time student and demonstrate a high level of musical ability/talent and have developing musical theatre skills. A [...] More
CCU awards academic scholarships to new freshmen who meet specific academic requirements and are guaranteed for up to eight semesters as long as the student maintains satisfactory academic progress (SAP) and is continuously enrolled in CCU's College of Undergraduate Studies. Academic scholarships can be applied only to tuition charges for on-campus enrollment. In order to qualify for the [...] More
This scholarship was established by the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations (UUA) upon Rev. Pohl's retirement as Unitarian Universalist Association Director of Ministry in 1993. It supports the intellectual, spiritual, and professional development of individuals studying for Unitarian Universalist (UU) ministry. Priority is given those grantees that have demonstrated outstanding [...] More
Awards are offered to graduates of Catholic high schools who are entering DeSales University in the Fall. Graduates of Catholic Home Schooling agencies do not qualify for the Catholic Schools Grant. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More
This top-tier, competitive scholarship is awarded to first-time freshmen based on leadership, academic excellence, and the commitment to explore during college a life of faith-based servant leadership. DLP Fellows receive full tuition plus two on-site mentorships ($6,000 total combined, travel-related expenses) exploring service anywhere in the world. DOC students discerning a call to ordained [...] More
Quaker Fellows echoes Earlham's core values. Utilizing Quaker faith and practice, the program engages the whole person and prepares students to be agents of change in the world. Quaker Fellows includes three formation cores: spirituality, community, and leadership development. The program is designed for young adults who are serious about serving as leaders in their communities, developing tools [...] More
Since 1964 the Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF) has supported over 200 scholars and ministry leaders throughout the Episcopal Church, fostering innovation in the theological formation and ministerial leadership in challenging times. The Fellows who are selected have a significant track record of going on to share their knowledge, experience, and best practices with the wider Church in [...] More
George Washington's Program in Experiential Education & Jewish Cultural Arts (EE/JCA), the only master's program of its kind in the United States, offers an intensive 13-month, cross-disciplinary curriculum combining coursework in Jewish cultural arts, experiential education, and museum education. Graduates will be prepared for careers in Jewish museums and arts institutions, community centers, [...] More
The FFRF Student Scholarship Essay Contests are open to all high school seniors who graduate in spring and will be attending a North American college or university in the fall. Fill out the application and submit your essay no later than midnight, June 1st. Winners will be announced in July. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More
The First In The Family Freedom From Religion Foundation Catherine Fahringer Memorial award is available to high school youth who live in the U.S. who identify as atheist, agnostic, humanist and/or secular, and are accepted into two or four-year colleges. Preference is given to students of color (Black/African American, Latino(a), Asian/Pacific Islander, Native American) who are (or have been) in [...] More
To qualify a student must attend Heidelberg University and be a member of the United Church of Christ. A letter of recommendation is required from the church minister. The award is renewable for four years. This award is open to both first-time freshmen and transfer students. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More
The purpose of this scholarship is to support deserving individuals who have demonstrated an interest in and are prepared to integrate interfaith understanding into their ministry and have a commitment to guiding others on their own spiritual path. Applicants must be enrolled at least half-time in a Masters of Divinity program leading to fellowship as a Unitarian Universalist (UU) ministery. For [...] More
Iowa United Methodist Foundation offers thousands of dollars in scholarships and grants every year to students who demonstrate academic and community excellence and have maintained a faithful membership with the United Methodist Church. Applicants for this scholarship must intend to attend a United Methodist college. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More
Iowa United Methodist Foundation offers thousands of dollars in scholarships and grants every year to students who demonstrate academic and community excellence and have maintained a faithful membership with the United Methodist Church. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More
Since 1964, the Italian Catholic Federation has awarded over $2,000,000.00 in scholarships to more than 6,000 high school students, of the Catholic faith, attending college. Applications are received from students in public as well as Catholic high schools in California, Arizona, Nevada, and Illinois.
Applicants must be Roman Catholic and of Italian Descent. Live within the Roman Catholic [...] More
Since 1964, the Italian Catholic Federation has awarded over $2,000,000.00 in scholarships to more than 6,000 high school students, of the Catholic faith, attending college.
Applicants must be Roman Catholic and of Italian Descent who live within the Roman Catholic Dioceses of Arizona, California, Illinois and Nevada, only where Branches of the Federation are established (applicants of [...] More
JCS offers several scholarships for Jewish high school seniors from the Baltimore Metro Area planning to attend an accredited U.S. college or university. There is a scholarship available for a student with a documented diagnosed learning disability. The scholarships are competitive. Recipients are chosen based upon several criteria, including academic performance, financial need, community and [...] More
JCS offers several scholarships for Jewish high school seniors from the Baltimore Metro Area planning to attend an accredited U.S. college or university. There is a scholarship available for a student with a documented diagnosed learning disability and several scholarships available for students from single-parent homes. The scholarships are competitive. Recipients are chosen based on several [...] More
Fulfilling our educational and vocational goals is one of life's most empowering and impactful objectives. At JFCS, we annually help hundreds of Jewish students achieve these goals by providing them with loans and grants. In order to apply, you must be Jewish and have been a legal and permanent resident of Sonoma, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, or northern Santa Clara counties for at least two [...] More
The Jewish United Fund offers a number of annual merit scholarships to high school, college and graduate students to age 23 who demonstrate significant leadership skills. Applicants must be enrolled in grade 10, 11 or 12 or must be no older than 23 years old and enrolled in a college or graduate program and must reside or attend school in metropolitan Chicago. Students must have also applied to [...] More
The Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation and the Naftali Steinfeld Memorial Scholarship Fund offer scholarships based on financial need for high school students participating in approved Israel Experience programs. The purpose of the Israel Experience High School Scholarship Program is to develop Jewish identity and nourish greater understanding and commitment to Israel and to the Chicago Jewish [...] More
The Khyentse Foundation has developed the KF Translation Studies Scholarship to support students in advanced degree programs in translation studies and Buddhist philosophy with the expressed purpose of training the translators of the future. Students must be currently enrolled in a program of translation studies or Buddhist philosophy and are on track to become translators or are currently [...] More
The Leonard M. Perryman Communications Scholarship for Racial Ethnic Minority Students awards a scholarship for undergraduate studies of religion, journalism, or communications. The scholarship assists a United Methodist undergraduate who intends to pursue a career in religious journalism through study at an accredited U.S. college or university. Applicants must be a United Methodist ethnic [...] More
The Catholic Heritage Award, (awarded for four years of consecutive, full-time enrollment) is made to new freshmen graduating from a Catholic high school within the Archdiocese of Chicago or the Diocese of Joliet. This award is restricted to tuition. Students graduating from a Jesuit high school in Chicago will be awarded the Jesuit Heritage Award instead. For more information or to apply, please [...] More
Students attending Cristo Rey Network schools around the country are invited to apply to join the next class of Cristo Rey Scholars at Loyola University Chicago. Starting the summer before entering Loyola, Cristo Rey Scholars engage in a dynamic program to enrich their academic, social, spiritual, community, and professional experiences in college.
In order to be eligible for the scholarship [...] More
The Wm. Zolp Scholarship is an endowed scholarship available to pay toward tuition to any Catholic student by the last name of Zolp who attends Loyola University Chicago. A copy of a birth certificate and a baptismal or confirmation certificate confirming the last name of Zolp and that the applicant is Catholic must be filed with the Financial Aid Office. Prospective candidates must be admitted [...] More
The Marguerite Young Endowment Fund was established to provide assistance for students pursuing theology. 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. Applicants must pursue a degree or studies in Theology and be enrolled full-time in a [...] More
The Morris J. and Betty Kaplun Foundation seeks to encourage young people to treasure our Jewish heritage, reflect on our Jewish values, and better understand our contribution to civilization and culture. To this effort, the Foundation sponsors an annual essay contest open to both junior high and high school students. The Foundation also issues grants to a wide variety of educational, scientific [...] More
Oklahoma Christian awards more than $19 million in institutional scholarships and grants every year. Generous donors make it possible for Oklahoma Christian to offer a variety of scholarships for new and returning students majoring in preaching, Bible, ministry, vocational ministry and more.
For more information, visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More
The Student Opportunity Scholarship program serves Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) college students by providing need-based aid for sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are full-time, first-degree students attending accredited institutions in the United States. Student Opportunity Scholarship applicants will explore who God created them to be in a series of essay questions intended for students to [...] More
The purpose of the 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 considers all news and journalism forms, including electronic and broadcast media, as well [...] More
Students must be approved as a Chaplain Candidate in the Armed Services or National Guard and accepted into the Masters of Divinity program at TEDS. This scholarship cannot be combined with any other Trinity Scholarships. Students must provide a signed statement from the recruiter/commissioned officer certifying that the student is a chaplain candidate, including date the candidate was [...] More
Eligibility for this scholarship is based on a 3.2 minimum GPA from the transcript of the most recently completed degree (new students) or upon review of TIU cumulative GPA after completion of at least 20 credits (returning students). This scholarship is for masters level students. Those who apply for financial aid are automatically considered for this award. The deadline is rolling, and the [...] More
These scholarships will be awarded to master’s-level students with evidence of outstanding leadership potential in the evangelical community. New students are recommended by the Admissions staff based on previous leadership experience. Students who apply for financial aid qualify. The deadline is rolling and the award is renewable. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship [...] More
This scholarship is available to master’s-level students who have an incoming GPA of 3.5 or higher and display strategic leadership potential. Students must maintain a 3.25 GPA and enroll in at least 10 residential hours each semester while at Trinity. Deadline is rolling, and students who apply for financial aid are automatically considered for the award. The scholarship is renewable. For more [...] More
The OBES exists to provide financial Assistance in the way of scholarships to prepare American Baptist Professional Ministers for tomorrow. The Rev. Robert E. And Gladys Ernst Scholarship awarded to current ABC/Ordained pastors of American Baptist Churches in Ohio who are pursuing post-graduate ministry degrees such as Master's or Ph.D of Divinity either at accredited institutions or through a [...] More
Ingeborg Haseltine made a gift from her estate to establish a permanent scholarship fund to support the education of women pursuing a career in the ministry of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Applicants must be enrolled at least half-time in a Masters of Divinity degree program leading to fellowship as a Unitarian Universalist (UU) minister. Priority is given those grantees that have [...] More
John A. Buehrens, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) from 1993-2001, has made enormous contributions to the life of this institution and to the Unitarian Universalist movement as a whole. To recognize and honor his work, the UUA has established a permanent fund to support the intellectual, spiritual, and professional development of future Unitarian Universalist ministers [...] More
The Lucille K. and Jerome P. Gallon Scholarship was created to support promising candidates for Unitarian Universalist ministry. This scholarship is to individuals who have demonstrated strong preaching skills during their path to ministry. The funds are available to students enrolled at least half-time in a Masters of Divinity degree program leading to fellowship as a Unitarian Universalist [...] More
The Olympia Brown and Max Kapp Award is made to a ministerial student who, in addition to meeting the requirements for general financial aid, chooses to submit as part of their general financial application a paper, sermon, or another special project on some aspect of Universalism. Entries are evaluated by an outside reader. Applicants must be enrolled at least half-time in a Masters of Divinity [...] More
The Unitarian Universalist Association established the President William G. Sinkford Fund in 2008, during the last year of Rev. Sinkford's UUA Presidency. To honor his legacy in the years to come, the Sinkford Fund will further Rev. Sinkford's visions by providing scholarships for promising and passionate students preparing for Unitarian Universalist ministry. Applicants must be ministerial [...] More
This scholarship serves Unitarian Universalism, and individual Unitarian Universalists like Chuck and Nancy Thomas, by valuing a history of service and leadership as critical elements of a call toward professional theological training. Each year it supports a student in the first year of seminary or in preparatory academic work. Scholars qualify for the award by demonstrating their outstanding [...] More
The Roy H. Pollack Scholarship was created in 1998 to support second or third-year students who have strong academic records and are a promising candidate for the Unitarian Universalist ministry. Applicants must be enrolled at least half-time in a Masters of Divinity program leading to fellowship as a Unitarian Universalist (UU) minister. For more information or to apply, please visit the [...] More
Susan M. Jackson's children established this fund on Ms. Jackson's 85th birthday to honor her commitment and dedication to Unitarian Universalism. This scholarship is awarded to recipients who share with the wider world their enthusiasm about Unitarian Universalist (UU) ideas and conclusions, drawn from their faith, which influence their lives. Applicants must be enrolled at least half-time in a [...] More
GBHEM Scholarships administers scholarship programs with one general application. Criteria for each scholarship program varies. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or DACA person and be an active member of The United Methodist Church for at least one year. Applicants must have a masters degree and be enrolled in a doctoral program for ministry. A minimum 2.5 GPA is also [...] More
GBHEM Scholarships administers scholarship programs with one general application. Criteria for each scholarship program varies.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or DACA status students and must be an active full member of The United Methodist Church for at least 1 year (International applicants must be active full members for at least 3 years. Other Methodist [...] More
The Ament-Brenner Scholarship is for members of a Lutheran congregation in the greater St. Louis area. Applicants must be preparing for a career in the healthcare field (e.g., nursing, physical or occupational therapy, pre-med etc.). Scholarship amounts vary, based on financial need. Applicants must complete the undergraduate admission application and file the FAFSA by the deadline. For more [...] More
Award candidates are nominated in their junior year of high school by their Lutheran high school principal. Nominations are based on academic success and leadership skills. Recipients are notified with the offer of admission. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More
The Ed Voelz Endowed Scholarship is offered to graduates of St. Peter's Lutheran School in Columbus, IN. Students must complete undergraduate admission application to be considered for this award. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More
Leadership awards are for Lutheran students who are actively engaged in leadership roles in their districts, synods, or Lutheran high schools. Candidates must be high school seniors nominated by leaders within a Lutheran denomination. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More
This scholarship was established in 2001 by Walter and Carolyn Vogt to honor Walter's father The Rev. Dr. Von Ogden Vogt and his dedication and commitment to Unitarian Universalism. Scholarships are given to support the intellectual, spiritual, and professional development of future Unitarian Universalist ministers who are attending Meadville Lombard Theological School. For more information or to [...] More
The award is open to children of ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) ministers with good standing to the church. Full-time enrollment is required. The candidate must apply for admission and be admitted to the university and submit official documentation from the clergy confirming the parent is ordained. This award is for one year. Students can apply for renewal. [...] More
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's engineering school will soon be called the "Grainger College of Engineering" after receiving another $100 million gift from The Grainger Foundation. The Grainger donation is the largest amount ever gifted to a public university to rename a college. [...]
Thirteen parents and one coach charged in the "Operation Varsity Blues" college cheating scandal will plead guilty in accordance with plea agreements. While elite parents implicated in the admissions scandal cheated to help their children get into college, there is a growing concern about how students, in general, may be cheating their way through college; specifically by buying ghostwritten essays online. [...]
Why not have schools auction off college seats to the highest bidder? The question was posed by a senior vice president at the Harvard Management Company on his public LinkedIn page amid the recent national college admissions cheating scandal. According to Michael Cappucci, it is simply "an honest question." He goes on to ask, "Why do we have a system where wealthy parents have to make shady payments to even more shady intermediaries to get their kids into college?" The post, which has since been removed but still drew much online anger was authored by Cappucci who is "not a top official" at the company; many people still presumed Harvard is connected to his idea, according to Inside Higher Ed, but Harvard was quick to distance itself from the LinkedIn post. [...]