Leadership Development Grant

Type of Award: Full-tuition grant (need and merit-based)

Eligibility requirements: Entering (first year) promising M.Div. students who:

  • Have demonstrated leadership in an urban church from a historically non-reformed tradition
  • Are supportive of the reformed faith
  • Intend to pursue full-time pastoral ministry

Academic merit will be a weighted aspect of the award.

Award period: from awarding year through completion of MDiv program (Recipients must reapply each academic year to verify eligibility.)

Award requirements:

  • Maintain full-time status and minimum GPA of 2.5 throughout award period.
  • Awarded students are required to write two (2) Thank you/Progress letters to the Scholarship/Grant Committee during the academic year of award, one due November 1 and the other due April 1. Click HERE to review the standard format for these letters.

  1. Follow the step-by-step instructions for US/Canadian Scholarship and Grant Applicants.
  2. Specify on the application that you are applying for the Leadership Development Grant.
  3. Write an essay of no longer than two pages (single spaced, 12 point font, Times New Roman, one inch margins) stating:
    • Your reasons for choosing a reformed seminary generally and Westminster in particular 
    • What reformed thinkers or ministers have contributed most to your understanding of theology and ministry
    • Your vision for future ministry
    • Description of how your current ministry aligns with your vision for future ministry
    • Include your name, phone number, street and email addresses with the essay
  4. Two signed letters of reference on letterhead, one from your pastor and one from another church leader or spiritual mentor (letters must be sealed)
  5. Submit all application materials mentioned above to the Financial Aid Office.
  6. Be available for possible interview (live/phone) with Scholarship/Grant Committee upon request.

Submission deadline: April 15th (or until grant is awarded)

You will be notified by mail whether or not you have been awarded the grant.