Grants & Scholarships

For Seminary Programs

Portland Seminary offers several financial assistance programs for its degree-seeking students. Loans are a primary source of financial aid for seminary study. A limited number of grants and scholarships are available in some programs.

Questions? Check with your enrollment counselor for more information. All students in need of financial aid are encouraged to apply.


Several scholarship/grant programs are available for eligible students. Unless otherwise specified, the following applies:

  • Students must be enrolled full time with six hours or more for each semester to receive a scholarship or grant.
  • Seminary students carrying fewer than eight semester hours per semester may be eligible for scholarship/grant funds, provided they meet the criteria specific to their particular degree program.

How to Apply

Visit our online scholarship application to apply for donor-funded scholarships for the upcoming academic year. The application includes a series of questions and two personal statement essays to be answered, completed and submitted.

Your application is then matched against the criteria for over a dozen scholarships and added to the scholarship(s) list your criteria matches. Once matched, the Scholarship Committees review all applications and essays to choose the most qualified recipients, using the donor's requested criteria.


The following scholarships and grants are available for Portland Seminary students.

  • The Brose Scholarship is awarded to a MA or MDIV student. Preference: (1) Asian descent, (2) minority, (3) International student.
  • The Julius Clifton Bruner Scholarship Fund was established by Iris J. Bruner in memory of her husband for graduate theological education.
  • The Clapp Scholarship is awarded to master of divinity students.
  • The Delamarter Scholarship is awarded to a Free Methodist student interested in evangelism.
  • The Farmer Family Scholarship is awarded to Friends Center students pursuing ministry degrees, preferably NWYM.
  • The Ministry to Underserved Populations is awarded to students who have completed 16 credit hours, are in good standing, and work in Oregon or SW Washington serving unique underserved people groups.
  • The Hawks Ministerial Scholarship is awarded to WA, OR, ID students in final 2 years of preparation for pastoral, missions or teaching ministry.
  • The Ketterling-Schlenker Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to assist students demonstrating financial need. Preference is given to students from North Dakota, Montana, or the Midwest.
  • The Clara and Harlan Macy Memorial Scholarship was established by family members to help seminary students going into pastoral ministry.
  • The Chuan Cheng Morrisey Missions Memorial Scholarship Fund is awarded to students preparing for cross-cultural ministry (preferably with Chinese) or to Chinese students preparing for cross-cultural ministry to non-Chinese.
  • The H.W. and Wilma Ogden Scholarship is awarded to Free Methodist students in the ministry program at the seminary.
  • The Ost Scholarship is awarded to MDIV students anticipating full time ministry or missions work.
  • The Richard Parker Scholarship was established by Jeannette Parker in memory of her husband. It is awarded to students in the master of divinity, master of arts in Christian ministries, or master of arts in theological studies programs. Students must maintain a GPA of 3.35. Funds are intended for thesis research.
  • The Perisho Scholarship: Any full time seminary student may apply.
  • The John and Emma Pike Scholarship is awarded to master of divinity students committed to full-time pastoral ministry upon graduation.
  • Earnings from the Arthur T. Shelton Scholarship Fund are awarded to students coming from the states of Oregon and Washington.
  • The Strong Scholarship: Any full time seminary student may apply.
  • Earnings from the Lydia C. Sundberg Memorial Fund are awarded to international students who will return to their homeland, or students planning to enter missionary service.
  • The Glenn and Allee Yoder Memorial Scholarship was established in 1993 by their family for the educational advancement of Christian students. Any full time seminary student may apply.

Employment Opportunities

Some employment opportunities may be available to seminary students each academic year. Interested students are encouraged to contact the seminary directly to inquire about these and any other possibilities for employment.

Seminary Research Scholars and Teaching Assistants

Several seminary students are selected each year to serve as research scholars and teaching assistants for full-time faculty. Prospective research scholars and teaching assistants should apply for the position with the endorsement of the faculty member by May 1 prior to the academic year.

Qualifications for the position are considered. An applicant must be a registered student. Though not required, a research scholar is typically in her/his second or third year of study. Research scholars and teaching assistants are considered student employment positions. Remuneration will be at the established university student employment rates.

Seminary Student Employment

Several seminary students are selected each year for campus employment assignments at the Portland Center. These positions vary throughout the year depending on the staffing needs. Both financial need and qualifications for the position are considered.

Applications are available from the Portland Center admissions office. A campus employment student must be a registered student. Remuneration will be at the established university student employment rates.

Finding Outside Scholarships

External scholarships are a good resource for financial aid, and there are several scholarship opportunities for students from sources outside Portland Seminary.

If a student is associated with a denomination, they are encouraged to inquire with their denomination about possible scholarship or grant opportunities. In addition, students can locate scholarships through online searches. Students should never pay a fee in order to apply for a scholarship.

Two external free scholarship search options are and You can also visit our Scholarship Resource Center for information on finding outside aid to help pay for school.

Note: If a student secures an external scholarship/grant of any kind, the student must report that scholarship/grant to the financial aid office through their MyGeorgeFox portal.