At the crossroads of theological formation, service, and scholarship

The Margaret Fell Scholars Program

The School of Theology is pleased to be the recipient of a substantial grant from the Kern Family Foundation in support of our students who are considering a variety of careers in Christian ministry and pursuing a degree in theology.

The grant provides students with mentorship, excellent teaching, scholarship money, and an accelerated path toward a BA from George Fox University and an MA from Portland Seminary in five to six years. Normally, students pursuing both a BA and an MA might take seven years, or longer, to achieve both degrees.

Students in the program, named the "Margaret Fell Scholars Program," after early Quaker visionary Margaret Fell, finish the BA degree in one of our theology disciplines in the normal time frame (four years, or possibly three if they bring in credits). They will then receive a substantial credit reduction and take a direct path to receive the MA degree from the seminary in three semesters.

The accelerated path toward both degrees alone potentially saves students tens of thousands of dollars, and the scholarship money awarded to all of our Fell Scholars comes in addition to whatever other scholarship money or financial aid they receive.

Students considering careers in Christian ministry, chaplaincy, teaching, and service to the church are ideal candidates for the program. The scholarship support frees our students during summers to take on internships and serve in youth ministries, and the mentorship provided by our faculty ensures that our students feel supported at every level − spiritually, academically and personally.

For more information on our School of Theology and our theology degree, see our homepage. For information on our faculty, see the list of professors. More on Portland Seminary's MA degree in ministry is available here

We are currently accepting students into the Margaret Fell Scholars Program! Students who wish to apply should contact the program director, Dr. Sunggu Yang (, for more details and an application form. 

Fell Scholars Event (Oct. 4th, 2019)

Photos from a Fell Scholars outing to hit some golf balls at Top Golf,
then around the fire for Chipotle and conversations afterward


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