Seminary Grants & Scholarships

George Fox Evangelical Seminary(GFES) 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. Check with your enrollment counselor for more information. All students in need of financial aid are encouraged to apply.

GFES Seminary Scholarships

Several scholarship/grant programs are available for eligible students. Unless otherwise specified, students must be enrolled full time with 8 hours or more for each semester to receive a scholarship or grant.  Students may apply for these scholarships via the Seminary Scholarship Application.

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, preferrably NWYM.
The GFES 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.

Eligibility for all of the above scholarships is limited to tuition only. If a student's enrollment status changes, the amount of the scholarship may be decreased accordingly. A student may not be on academic probation more than one semester to maintain eligibility. Awards are limited to the amount of funds available and to seminary courses taken for credit only, not audit courses or off-campus courses and seminars.

GFES Seminary Grants

GFES Seminary Grants are awarded annually. These grants are based full-time enrollment and GPA. Be sure to check the details related to each grant. Students may apply for these grants via the Seminary Scholarship Application.

Seminary Multiethnic Scholarships are awarded to current and prospective students who are U.S. citizens and ethnic minorities. These scholarships are based on need.
Seminary Grants are available to all students whose federal financial aid form (FAFSA) determines need and who have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA. Also, the federal financial aid form results must be received by the Financial Aid Office by May 1. All new entering seminary students will be considered on need only, but the cumulative GPA must also be maintained with at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA to continue receiving the Seminary Grant.
Seminary International Student Awards may be awarded to international students. Students must maintain at least 8 hours per semester and may receive 20 percent of any credits over 8 hours. It is the student's responsibility to let the Financial Aid Office know if taking more than 8 hours. All international students must apply for admission by May 1 of each year in order to receive the International Grant.

Possible Seminary Student Employment Opportunities:

Some seminary student employment opportunities may be available 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 make application 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 of George Fox University. 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.

External Scholarship Information

External scholarships are a good resource for financial aid. There are many scholarship opportunities for students from sources outside George Fox Evangelical 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.

A few external scholarship search options can be found at the following links:

IMPORTANT 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 MyGFU.  

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