External Theological Scholarships
HBU School of Christian Thought
In addition to the internal HBU scholarships, we have accumulated this list of scholarships from external sources that you might be eligible for. We do not have connections with any of these groups and so we cannot answer any questions related to their details or requirements. If you find any new scholarships that we might list or learn any information that we should clarify here, please let us know.
|Irma Gesche Scholarship Award||This one-time award is given to high school students who have been selected based on their academic excellence, reference letters, potential for personal growth, the need for financial assistance, and the quality of the essay submitted based on the topic provided.
• Applicants must be current residents of the state of Texas
• Applicants must plan to attend any accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university
• Applicants must demonstrate financial need
|Julie Ann Jones Memorial Theological Scholarship||• Preference given to residents of Washington County, TX, but all Texans may apply
• Applicants should be studying in any field of ministry, including sacred music and theological research.
|George & Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation Scholarship||• High School Seniors after the start of their senior year.
• Houston area high school seniors who are U. S. citizens, and who attend schools or are home
schooled in the following eight counties: Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty,
Montgomery or Waller.
• Students who are citizens of the United States. Students with Permanent Resident status are not
• The Scholarships are awarded based on academics and financial need.
|The Irene S. Wischer Education Foundation||Applicants must be:
• Citizens of the United States
• Residents of Texas
• Of good character with preference given to applicants who are Christians and attend church regularly
• need for financial assistance, academic potential and ability
|Champions for Christ||Champions for Christ Foundation, Inc has been granting scholarships for over 27 years to students that are committed to going into full-time Christian service.|
|Hispanic Scholarship Fund- General College Scholarship||• Must be of Hispanic Heritage Minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for High School Students Minimum of 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for College and Graduate Students
• Plan to enroll Full-Time in an accredited not-for -profit 4 year university or graduate school during the FALL of scholarship cycle year
• U.S. Citizen, Permanent Legal Resident, DACA or Eligible Non-Citizen (as defined by FAFSA)
• Complete FAFSA
• Complete state Dream Act financial aid application (if applicable)
|Hurley Foundation Scholarship||• Must attend a university, a four-year college or a two-year college
• Must be a US Citizen
• Restricted to residents of Arkansas, Louisiana, or Texas
• Restricted to students studying in Texas
• Restricted to students studying Religion/Theology
• Restricted to specific religious affiliations: Protestant
|Memorial Baptist Church Foundation||Each year, the Foundation reviews applications from highly qualified seminary students who need financial assistance. The Foundation selects some of these students to receive scholarships from the Foundation’s resources. Scholarship Applications are accepted from February 15 through May 15.
Qualifications: Applicants shall be U.S. citizens, in training or ready to enter training for full-time Christian ministry with the intention of serving as a minister in a Baptist church. Applicants shall affirm a belief in the Baptist Faith and Message Statement of 1963.
|Hope Pierce Tartt Scholarship Fund||• Applicants must be a U.S. citizen and a resident of Harrison, Marion, Panola, Upshur, or Gregg county, Texas.
• Recipients must be enrolled full time.
|Irene S. Wischer Scholarship||• be a U.S. citizen
• be a legal resident of Texas for 12 consecutive months prior to completing the scholarship application
• be a person of good character. Per Mrs. Wischer’s instructions, preference will be given to “applicants who are Christians and attend church regularly.”
• demonstrate academic potential and ability
• demonstrate a need for financial assistance
|Glacer Family Charitable Foundation||The Glaser Family Charitable Foundation scholarship program seeks to identify and support students who combine academic promise with character and a commitment to their community. It is interested in assisting individuals to develop their talents, broaden their horizons, and fulfill their dreams through educational success. Preference is given to Fannin County residents.||September for the Spring,
February for Fall
|Smith County Baptist Ministers Scholarships||This scholarship is for children of ordained Baptist ministers serving congregations in Smith County, Texas, that are members of the Baptist General Convention of Texas. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be:
• graduating high school seniors or current college undergraduates from Smith County
• have achieved a minimum 2.5 GPA.
|San Antonio Area Foundation||Various scholarships are available, not all have residency requirements. Visit the website to determine eligibility||various|
|Montgomery County Community Foundation||Various scholarships are available through the Foundation, with different eligibility requirements.||various|
|Dallas Foundation||Various scholarships are available through the Foundation, with different eligibility requirements.||various|
|Community Foundation of Abilene||Various scholarships are available through the Foundation, with different eligibility requirements.||various|
|Coastal Bend Community Foundation||Various scholarships are available through the Foundation, with different eligibility requirements.||various|
|Clara Stewart Watson Foundation Scholarship Fund||• Upcoming graduate for a High School in Dallas or Tarrant County
• Apply during the spring semester of the year you graduate
• Rank in the top 5% of your class
• Be of good moral character
• Seriously intend to pursue and complete an academic or technical degree at a college or university in Texas
• Be in need of financial assistance
• File an application postmarked no later than April 15th
|Church Mutual Religious Scholars||• Be enrolled in a full-time, advanced degree (postsecondary) religious studies program at an accredited theological seminary, college or university of higher learning, for the entire 2017-18 academic year.
• Demonstrate personal impact throughout education, work experiences, and volunteerism.
• Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent.
• Be committed to entering the practice of full-time ministry in the United States following completion of studies, including leading a denominational congregation, or worship group, or serving in religious leadership at a house of worship.
|Mary E. Bivins Foundation||• Be a permanent resident of the northernmost twenty-six counties of the Texas Panhandle and a citizen of the United States of America
• Be an individual dedicated to seeking an undergraduate or graduate education leading to a bachelors or masters degree in a field that prepares the student to preach the Christian religion
• Be classified as a college junior or senior or a graduate student by the first semester for which the scholarship would be effective
|Baumberger Endowment Scholarship||Graduating seniors of an accredited (TEA) high school within Bexar County, Texas, who cannot attend college without financial assistance.||February 15|
|Austin Community Foundation||Various scholarships are available through the Foundation, with different eligibility requirements.||various|
|Charles C. Coffey Memorial Scholarship||The Coffey Scholarship is awarded for the Fall and Spring semesters to eligible seminary or divinity school students. We invite you to apply for this scholarship each Fall and Spring semester.||August 1 for Fall Semester
December 1 for Spring Semester
|Cooperative Baptist Fellowship- North Carolina||NC Divinity Students Studying at Non-Partner &/or Out-of-State Divinity Schools
(Recipients of CBF Global scholarships are not eligible for this scholarship;
Doctor of Ministry students are not eligible for this scholarship.)
|Francis Nathaniel Kennedy and Katheryn Padgett Kennedy Foundation||• Grants shall be made to assist students who are committed to and are preparing for full-time careers in Christian ministry and service. Special consideration will be given to those applications endeavoring to enter the field of missions.
• Applicant shall be considered first on the basis of need; taking into consideration any other financial recourses, including assistance from family.
• Applicants shall then be considered based on the following scholastic and geographic criteria: seminary or undergrad students who are residents of Laurens County, seminary or undergrad students who are residents of the State of South Carolina