Lutheran Ordained Ministry

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

Recipient Commitment

  • 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

February 1

Women of the ELCA begins accepting scholarship applications online. Link to materials becomes available on this day.

April 1

All applications must be submitted online on or before this date.

June 1

Scholarship recipients are notified.

Please Note

  • The average award is $1,000.
  • Women of the ELCA reserves the right to not award scholarships in any given year.


link available february 1