Leadership in Ministry Scholarship Programs
Overview of Leadership in Ministry Scholarships
Leadership in Ministry Scholarships are designed to support lay women and men who are seeking master's level degrees in theology and ministry and are committed to serving in a leadership position. The goal is to make theological education and formation accessible to those who demonstrate a capacity for leadership. These full-tuition scholarships are made available through generous grants and gifts made to CTU in support of lay education.
Eligibility for Leadership in Ministry Scholarships
The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations Scholarship
Helen V. Brach Foundation Scholarship
Arthur J. Schmitt Foundation Scholarship
Application for Leadership in Ministry Scholarships
In the selection process for the Leadership in Ministry Scholarships, consideration will be given to candidates who are able to demonstrate experiences that point to their capacity for leadership.
More specifically, to qualify for a Leadership in Ministry Scholarship, applicants must:
- Have earned a Bachelor’s degree with a G.P.A. of normally 3.0/4.0 or above.
- Have met all CTU admission requirements
- Be admitted to a Master's Degree program at CTU. Please have the completed Application for Admission submitted to the Admissions Office by February 19, 2016 in order to allow enough time to process application. Applicants must be admitted to CTU before they will be considered for scholarship. These tuition scholarships are designed to assist in bringing in new students to CTU.
- Complete the Leadership in Ministry Scholarship Program application and essays (see application PDF below)
- Submit one (1) additional letter of recommendation beyond the three required letters of recommendaton required for admittance to Catholic Theological Union.
- Submit additional information, if required.
Students pursuing the following master's level (36 semester hour) degrees are eligible to apply for any of the Leadership in Ministry Scholarships: Master of Arts in Theology, Master of Arts in Biblical Ministry, Hispanic Theology and Ministry, Intercultural Ministry, Justice Ministry, or Liturgical Ministry.
In addition to the degree programs above, the Helen V. Brach and Arthur J. Schmitt scholarships apply for those pursuing the Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies (48 credit hours) or the Master of Divinity (79 semester hours).
Descriptions of Leadership in Ministry Scholarships
There are two Arthur Vining Davis Foundations scholarships available for the 2016-2017 year. In addition to their academic studies, Arthur Vining Davis Scholars, regardless of the 36 semester hour degree chosen, will focus their attention on fostering and encouraging interreligious dialogue and understanding. Scholars will participate in the vibrant life of the CTU community by attending at least four (two per semester) lectures, seminars, and/or workshops offered throughout the year. Finally, each spring the scholars will submit a 500-750 word essay to the scholarship committee and the Directors of the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, reflecting on their coursework and events attended. Scholars will be asked to share what insights have been gained around interreligious dialogue as well as demonstrate ministerial leadership development. ** Annual awarding is dependent upon funding cycle.
The Helen V. Brach Foundation scholarship will be offered to 1-2 full or part-time students at CTU in 2016-17. Scholars will be expected to be actively engage in extracurricular activities that demonstrate ministerial leadership and will be encouraged to participate in the vibrant life of the CTU community by attending a wide array of lectures, workshops, seminars, etc. throughout the year. Each spring the scholars will submit a 500-750 word essay to the scholarship committee and the Directors of the Brach Foundation, reflecting on their coursework and ministerial leadership development. ** Annual awarding is dependent upon funding cycle.
Please click here to download the Brach Foundation application.
The Arthur J. Schmitt Foundation scholarship will be offered to 1-2 full or part-time students at CTU in 2016-17. Preference will be given to applicants with a history of professional or ministerial Christian service and leadership. Scholars will be expected to be actively engage in extracurricular activities that demonstrate ministerial leadership and will be encouraged to participate in the vibrant life of the CTU community by attending a wide array of lectures, workshops, seminars, etc. throughout the year. The scholar will be required to read the book Quest for Leadership and submit an essay which integrates the scholar's experience of ministry and the theme of the book. Each spring the scholars will submit a 500-750 word essay to the scholarship committee and the Directors of the Schmitt Foundation, reflecting on their coursework and ministerial leadership development. ** Annual awarding is dependent upon funding cycle.
Please click here to download the Schmitt Foundation Scholarship application.
Criteria for Leadership in Ministry Scholarships
- Though the intention is to provide ongoing scholarship support for the duration of a student's degree program, renewal of funding will be dependent upon meeting the criteria for each particular scholarship, and continued funding.
- Scholars must maintain a 3.0 grade point average in order to remain eligible for ongoing funding
- Scholars will actively participate in the Emmaus Lay Formation Program which includes two director meetings, two theological reflection sessions, two retreats each year, and ongoing spiritual direction.
- Scholars will be asked to participate as a volunteer in school activities and to attend periodic scholarship meetings throughout the school year which serve to support the scholars in their endeavors.
- Scholars will be asked to prepare a hand-written thank you note to their funder, and to attend a social with other scholars and funders each Fall.
- If the scholars so choose, they may serve as an intern for a program or professor at CTU in a particular area of concentration of interest.
- Scholars may, depending on their course of study, participate in Biblical Study and Travel Programs. (The scholarship does not cover travel costs, but covers tuition if taken as courses).
To apply, download a copy of the application, fill it out, and submit to the Recruitment Office. Scholarship applications are due March 7, 2016. Be advised, however, that applicants must be admitted to CTU before this date.
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Emailed submission (attachment): firstname.lastname@example.org
Faxed submission: 773.371.5452
Mailed submission: Director of Recruitment | Catholic Theological Union | 5401 S Cornell Ave | Chicago, IL 60615