Essential information for Lutheran Ordained Ministry scholarship
Essential information for ordained ministry scholarship
The purpose of this scholarship is to provide assistance to Lutheran women who are second-career students entering their final year at an ELCA seminary.
- This scholarship was established in 1996 to honor the first bishop of the ELCA, Bishop Herbert W. Chilstrom, and his wife, the Rev. Corinne Chilstrom.
- It was intentionally begun during the 25th anniversary year of the ordination of women in the predecessor ELCA bodies.
- The average award has been $1,000.
ELIGIBILITY AND GUIDELINES
The applicant must:
- be a citizen of the United States of America.
- hold membership in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
- have experienced an interruption in education of at least five years since college graduation.
- be endorsed by her synodical candidacy committee.
- be preparing for ordained ministry in the ELCA.
Additional Scholarship Committee Considerations
- Involvement in Women of the ELCA
- Women of the ELCA must be notified in writing of any change in education plans.
- Scholarship funds must be used within the academic year awarded.
- Scholarship funds must be returned if the educational program is canceled, or if it is terminated by the recipient’s personal decision.
- If requested, recipient will be interviewed for Women of the ELCA print and/or electronic media.
Application Process Time Line
- The final date for all application materials to be postmarked and mailed to Women of the ELCA. There are no exceptions.
- The scholarship applications are processed.
- The Scholarship committee meets and makes it’s awards.
- All recipients will receive written notification of the decisions of the scholarship committee.
- The first scholarship check will be processed—payable to the recipient’s institution.
- The average award is $1,000.
- Women of the ELCA reserves the right to not award scholarships in any given year.