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Affordable

S E MINARY E DUCAT I O N
AT GOR DO N-CO NWE L L
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Affordable
SEM I NARY ED U C AT ION

No, it’s not an oxymoron.

Getting through seminary with little or no debt is a realistic possibility. Last


year, nearly 50% of Gordon-Conwell graduates left with no educational debt
from their seminary studies.

The following profiles show how just a few of our students have made it work.
Names have been changed for privacy, but these stories are based on real people
who were asking the same questions you are: Is going to seminary a wise
financial decision? Is it worth taking on student loan debt? Will I be able to
work as a full-time student?

Through scholarships, fundraising, ingenuity and God’s miraculous provision,


these students have found a way to follow God’s calling to pursue a seminary
education. We hope their stories inspire you.

Let us know how we can help. Gordon-Conwell offers a wide variety of scholarship
opportunities. Contact admissions@gordonconwell.edu with any questions.

37+
scholarships

given to
80%
of full-time students
resulting in

50%
incurring NO educational debt
at Gordon-Conwell

*Examples given in this booklet generally pertain to domestic students. Your individual circumstances may differ
from these. Please consult the Financial Aid office to work through your needs and funding sources.
Real Numbers:
Student Profiles

FULL-TIME M.DIV., MARRIED, ON-CAMPUS

Expenses
$935/month (1-bedroom apartment on campus)
$610/month living expenses (utilities, groceries, internet, etc.)
$19,350/year Special Scholarship Tuition
$335/year Mentored Ministry fees ($185 orientation unit + $150 field unit)
$250/year student services fee ($125/semester in the fall and spring)
$150/year Semlink+ technology fee ($150/course)
$1,000/year books

$39,625/year total

Income
$7,500/year Gordon-Conwell Merit-Based Scholarship
$1,000/year Byington Scholar stipend
$1,500/year off-campus employment (10 hours/week, summer only)
$1,500/year spouse’s off-campus employment (4 hours/week)
$4,500 external (non-Gordon-Conwell) scholarship
$13,000/year fundraising
$10,850 savings and other sources

$39,850/year total

Based on 2016-17 rates


FULL-TIME M.DIV., SINGLE, ON-CAMPUS

Expenses
$1,250/semester on-campus housing (Retreat House, double)
$350/month food
$19,350/year Special Scholarship Tuition
$300/year Mentored Ministry fees (2 units/year – $150/unit)
$1,000/year Partnership Program fees
$250/year student services fee ($125/semester in the fall and spring)
$1,000/year books

$28,600/year total

Income
$19,350/year Partnership Program Scholarship
$1,500/year Pierce Fellowship
$600 for one semester as a Byington Scholar
$1,000/year Mentored Ministry stipend
$1,200/year Resident Life Coordinator stipend
$7,800 off-campus employment (15 hours/week)

$31,450/year total

FULL-TIME M.DIV./TH.M., SINGLE, ON-CAMPUS

Expenses
$1,710/year double dorm room in Grey Hall
$350/month food
$19,350/year Special Scholarship Tuition
$300/year Mentored Ministry fees (2 units/year – $150/unit)
$250/year student services fee ($125/semester in the fall and spring)
$5,134/year student health insurance (single)
$1,000/year books

$33,654/year total

Income
$5,250/year Graham Scholarship
$10,560/year on-campus employment (20 hours/week)
$18,300 summer job, savings and other sources

$34,110/year total
Based on 2016-17 rates
CONT’D

Real Numbers:
Student Profiles

FULL-TIME M.Div. / M.A. IN COUNSELING, SINGLE, ON-CAMPUS

Expenses
$720/month studio apartment on campus
$260/month living expenses (utilities, groceries, internet, etc.)
$19,350/year Special Scholarship Tuition
$250/year student services fee ($125/semester in the fall and spring)
$450/year Mentored Ministry fees ($150/field unit)
$1,000/year books

$32,810/year total

Income
$10,000/year Gordon-Conwell Merit-Based Scholarship
$9,000/year external (non-Gordon-Conwell) scholarship
$600/month on-campus employment (15-20 hours/week)
$300/month off-campus employment (5 hours/week)
$7,200/year savings and other sources

$37,000/year total

“I can only take 3 classes each semester, so January and summer classes are perfect
for my situation.”

Based on 2016-17 rates


FULL-TIME M.DIV., SINGLE, OFF-CAMPUS

Expenses
$720/month rent (shared house with roommates)
$500/month living expenses
$19,350/year Special Scholarship Tuition
$250/year student services fee ($125/semester in the fall and spring)
$450/year Mentored Ministry fees ($150/field unit)
$1,000/year books

$35,690/year total

Income
$15,000/year Gordon-Conwell Merit-Based Scholarship
$24,500/year external (non-Gordon-Conwell) scholarships

$39,500/year total

FULL-TIME M.DIV. & FULL-TIME M.A. (RELIGION) / M.A. IN


COUNSELING, MARRIED COUPLE, ON-CAMPUS

Expenses
$935/month 1-bedroom apartment in Graham Hall
$38,700/year Special Scholarship Tuition (couple)
$2,000/year Partnership Program fees (couple)
$300/year Mentored Ministry fees (2 units/year – $150/unit)
$650/year student services fee ($125/semester in the fall and spring, $50/summer
session)
$1,000/year books

$53,870/year total

Income
$38,700/year Partnership Program Scholarship (couple)
$5,100/year on-campus employment (10 hours/week – $10/hour)
$4,700/year on-campus employment (9 hours/week – $10/hour)
$1,200/year Byington Scholar
$6,600/year other sources

$56,300/year total
Based on 2016-17 rates
SCHOLARSHIP AMOUNT PER YEAR NUMBER AWARDED RENEWABLE

MINISTRY SCHOLARSHIPS UP TO

PARTNERSHIP Full Tuition unlimited Yes

COMPASS $5,500 unlimited Yes

GRAHAM $5,250 75 Yes

TRUSTEE $4,500 unlimited Yes

50% discount on
TEAM MINISTRY 4 Yes
spouse’s tuition

FELLOWSHIPS AND RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIPS

ISBCE SCHOLAR PROGRAM 50% tuition discount 5 Yes

PIERCE DISCIPLE BUILDING* $1,500 32 Yes

MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS

PRESIDENTIAL $10,000 1 Yes

DOUGLAS G. PRATT $20,000 2 Yes

MICHAEL HAYNES** $10,000 5 Yes

MULTICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT** $8,000 1 Yes

DAVID F. WELLS $7,500 3 Yes

J CHRISTY WILSON $7,500 3 Yes

TIMOTHY J. KELLER $7,500 3 Yes

MILITARY CHAPLAINCY $5,250 2 Yes

PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS $7,500 2 Yes

INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS

Full tuition + cost of living


PASTORS FOR AFRICA 1 Yes
financial assistance

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT Full tuition 2 Yes

BISHOP GLOBAL Full tuition 1 Yes

CENTRI HALL $10,000 2 Yes

GLOBAL CHURCH** $5,250 10 Yes

ARNOLD $2,000 10 No

OTHER

NEED-BASED AID Up to $300 per course unlimited Yes

ADVENT CHRISTIAN Half tuition unlimited Yes

* The Pierce Disciple Building scholarship is the only scholarship that can be combined with other institutional scholarships.
**Scholarship is actually per course . The amount listed here assumes 10 courses/year.
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA HOW TO APPLY DEADLINE AWARD DATE

Complete Partnership April 15 (FA)


Full-time; admitted to an eligible degree program rolling
application Sept. 30 (SP)

Full-time; admitted to an eligible degree program; alumnus/a Sign acceptance form and
rolling rolling
of Compass Youth Program submit $175 deposit

Sign acceptance form and


Full-time; admitted to an eligible degree program rolling rolling
submit $175 deposit

Sign acceptance form and


Full-time; admitted to an eligible degree program rolling rolling
submit $175 deposit

New, full-time couple; starting degree program at the same Complete FAFSA, GCTS fin aid
April 15 April 15-Sept 1
time and Team Ministry applications

Full-time; admitted*; commitment to the work of race relations Complete admission + online
February 15 rolling
& reconciliation or the study of the Black Christian Experience scholarship application

Complete admission + online


Full-time; admitted to an eligible degree program April 15 June 30
scholarship application

Complete admission + online


Full-time; admitted*; outstanding Christian leadership February 15 April 1
scholarship application

Full-time; admitted*; calling to pastoral ministry and capacity to lead a Complete admission + online
February 15 April 1
large congregation (Presbyterian or reformed tradition) scholarship application

Full-time; admitted*; an African-American student with a Complete admission + online


February 15 April 1
commitment to serving the Church scholarship application

Full-time; admitted*; an African-American and/or Latino Complete admission + online


February 15 April 1
student with a commitment to serving the Church scholarship application

Complete admission + online


Full-time; admitted*; 3.50 GPA February 15 April 1
scholarship application

Full-time; admitted*; desire to engage in missions as a full- Complete admission + online


February 15 April 1
time vocation scholarship application

Full-time; admitted to an eligible degree program; desire to Complete admission + online


February 15 April 1
engage in vocational pastoral ministry scholarship application

Full-time; admitted to an eligible degree program; enrolled in Complete admission + online


February 15 April 1
chaplain candidate program scholarship application

Full-time; admitted to the MACO degree program; undergrad Complete admission + online
February 15 April 1
degree in psychology or sociology scholarship application

Full-time; admitted to M.Div. degree program; originally born


Complete admission + online
in & currently resides in Africa; will return to minister in Africa December 5 February 1
scholarship application
upon graduation

Complete admission + online


Full-time; admitted*; non-U.S. citizen December 5 February 1
scholarship application
Full-time; admitted to M.Div. degree program; from outside North Complete admission + online
December 5 February 1
America and will minister outside North America upon graduation scholarship application

Full-time; admitted*; commitment to serving the Church in an Complete admission + online


December 5 February 1
Asian-Chinese context; will minister in Asia upon graduation scholarship application

Full-time; admitted to any degree program; non-U.S. citizen; Complete admission + online
December 5 February 1
commitment to serving the global Church scholarship applicationn

No application; awarded as need


Full-time; admitted*; non-U.S. citizen December 5 February 1
is identified

Complete FAFSA, submit GCTS


Full-time; admitted to an eligible degree program Open Open
financial aid application

Application through
Admitted to an eligible degree program Open Open
Advent Christian denomination
* Applicant must be admitted to an eligible degree program.
Real Stories:
How God Provided
for Our Students
PAUL, ARNOLD SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT

Paul was serving as an assistant pastor in England, but felt God’s call to come to
seminary. Gordon-Conwell awarded him the Arnold Scholarship for $2,000, but
as an international student, he was not eligible for most other financial aid.

When a former corporate executive at Paul’s church heard about his passion for
further studies, he volunteered to manage a fundraising campaign. The former
executive built Paul’s list of contacts to over 200 people, sending out letters and
meeting with potential supporters.

They raised $150,000 in three months.

Paul doesn’t know exactly who gives each month, but he communicates with
financial and prayer supporters on a regular basis.

“If you know someone who is an organizer, ask them to give two hours a month in
administrating gifts.”

CAMPU
LIZ, GRAHAM AND PIERCE SCHOLARSHIPS

Liz worked at a church prior to coming to Gordon-Conwell and was able to


save up enough for one year of her education costs. The support of her church,
as well as surprise financial gifts covered a second year. The rest has come from
scholarships.

She received the Graham and Pierce Scholarships, totaling $19,500 over the
course of three years. The Presbyterian Church (USA) Lydia Award for women
pursuing ordained ministry provided another $3,500.

“There is money in denominational scholarships, and they are looking for


evangelical candidates.”

Because she completed four Semlink courses before matriculating, and has
managed a full course load, Liz will be able to graduate with an M.Div. and a
Th.M. in three years. She has zero debt and did not have to find a part-time job.

When her car was totaled and she needed a new one, someone in her church
handed her $10,000. Random checks have come in the mail.

“God has known my need before I asked.”

Helpful Web Links


Scholarship Opportunities:
www.gordonconwell.edu/scholarships

Resources for Outside Funding:


www.gordonconwell.edu/outsidefunding
Gordon-Conwell
Scholarships

MINISTRY SCHOLARSHIPS

The Partnership Scholarship A full-tuition scholarship available to students who will be


trained in gathering the kind of community and prayer support that is so crucial during
and after the seminary years. 

Compass A $5,500/year scholarship for students who have participated in Gordon-


Conwell’s Compass Program, the seminary’s leadership development program for high
school students.

Billy Graham Scholarship A $5,250/year scholarship granted to the first 75 students who
commit to full-time study by returning an agreement form and scholarship deposit.

Trustee Grant A $4,500/year scholarship granted to students who commit to full-time


study by returning an agreement form and scholarship deposit but do not receive the
Graham Scholarship.

Team Ministry Grant A need-based scholarship granted to qualified married couples who
will be enrolling as full-time degree students. This scholarship allows for one spouse to
receive a 50% discount.

FELLOWSHIPS AND RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIPS

Institute for the Study of the Black Christian Experience Scholar Program A $9,675/
year scholarship granted to five students who demonstrate a commitment to the work of
race relations and reconciliation or the study of the Black Christian Experience.

The John and Lois Pierce Fellowship A $1,500/year tuition subsidy granted to select
incoming and returning students who demonstrate experience and ongoing commitment
to small group leadership, spiritual formation and disciple-building.
MERIT-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS

The Presidential Scholarship for Future Christian Leaders A $10,000/year scholarship


granted to one applicant who demonstrates exceptional promise for Christian leadership and
reflects the seminary’s commitment to “advance Christ’s Kingdom in every sphere of life” in
service to the Church.

Dr. Douglas G. Pratt Scholarship A $20,000/year scholarship granted to two applicants who
demonstrate a call to pastoral ministry in the local church, have the capacity to lead a large
congregation, and show exceptional promise as future pastors in the reformed or Presbyterian
traditions. The recipients will also be required to attend two weeks of intentional mentoring and
experiential learning at First Presbyterian Church of Bonita Springs, FL, during the month of
January.

Rev. Dr. Michael Haynes Scholarship A $10,000/year scholarship granted to up to five


African-American applicants who demonstrate a commitment to serving the Church.
Preference will be given to those in the M.Div. program or who are called to pastoral ministry.

Multicultural Development Scholarship An $8,000/year scholarship granted to one applicant


who is African-American and/or Latino and committed to serving the Church.

Dr. David F. Wells Scholarship for Teaching Ministry A $7,500/year scholarship granted
to up to three applicants who demonstrate exceptional promise for teaching ministry and
academic work upon graduation from Gordon-Conwell. 

Dr. J Christy Wilson Jr. Scholarship for Missions Ministry A $7,500/year scholarship
granted to up to three applicants who demonstrate
exceptional promise for missions service and express
a desire to engage full-time in international or local
missions, social justice ministry, urban or rural
ministry, or campus ministry.  Ministry Affiliates
Rev. Timothy J. Keller Scholarship for Pastoral
Ministry A $7,500/year scholarship granted to up Intervarsity
to three applicants who demonstrate exceptional Current full-time IV staff
promise for vocational pastoral ministry within the members can receive a tuition
local church upon graduation. discount of 40% per course.
Military Chaplaincy Scholarship A $5,250/year
scholarship granted to up to two applicants who are Young Life
enrolled in the chaplain candidate program during Current full-time Young Life
their time at Gordon-Conwell and express a desire
staff members in eligible degree
to serve the Church as a military chaplain upon
programs can receive a tuition
graduation.
discount of 40% per course and
Scholarship for Professional Counselors A are eligible for a discount on
$7,500/year scholarship granted to up to two on-campus housing rates.
applicants who demonstrate exceptional promise for
counseling ministry upon graduation from Gordon-
Pioneers
Conwell.  Appointed missionaries in
training, current field workers
and staff can receive a tuition
discount of 50% per course.
INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS

Pastors for Africa Scholarship Full tuition and financial assistance granted to one African
international applicant who is enrolled in the Master of Divinity degree and demonstrates
experience and commitment to small group leadership, spiritual formation, and disciple-
building. The recipient must come from Africa and agree to return to minister and spread
the Gospel in Africa and will agree to complete his/her studies at the seminary within a
three-year time period.

International Student Scholarship A full-tuition scholarship granted to up to two


applicants for full-time study who demonstrate exceptional promise in academic work and
for ministry in their home country upon graduation from Gordon-Conwell.

Bishop Global Scholarship A full-tuition scholarship granted to one applicant for full-time
study in the Master of Divinity program from outside of North America who is committed
to ministry outside of North America upon graduation. Recipients will demonstrate
exceptional promise in academic work and for ministry in their home country (or a
different country outside of North America). Only one student will receive the Bishop
Scholarship in a given academic year, so this scholarship may not be awarded annually.

CentriHall Scholarship A scholarship for up to $10,000 per year for three years of study
granted to a Chinese international student committed to return to serve in China after
completing their degree at the Seminary. The recipient will agree to return to China within
a three-year time period of the start of their degree.

Global Church Scholarship A $5,250/year scholarship granted to 10 international


applicants in any master’s program who demonstrate outstanding leadership potential for
serving the global Church.

Arnold Scholarship The $2,000/year scholarship granted to up to ten applicants from


countries in the Majority World for full-time study, beginning in the fall semester.
Recipients of the Arnold Scholarship are awarded $2,000 toward their first year of study.
Selection is focused on students with demonstrated financial need, strong character,
outstanding leadership qualities, and whose ministry experience demonstrates that they
are a “trainer of trainers.” This scholarship is not renewable.

Expenses to Consider:
$ Tuition & Fees H Housing
Books & Supplies Food & Other Living Expenses

+ Health Insurance Transportation


Financial Aid
Process

www.gordonconwell.edu/financial-aid

Admissions application deadline: rolling

Do you plan to apply for a scholarship?


Yes: Your admission application and scholarship application must be submitted
in full by the scholarship deadline.

Scholarship deadlines:
International: December 5
Merit: February 15
Ministry: See matrix
Fellowships and Research Scholarships: See matrix

Loans and Need-Based Aid:


May 1: Priority processing deadline for FAFSA and Gordon-Conwell

Financial Aid Application


July 15: Submit award acceptance statement

Do you plan to apply for housing?


Must be an accepted student and have paid $100 matriculation fee.
Priority deadline for Summer/Fall: March 15
Priority deadline for January/Spring: November 1