UCC Scholarships and Grants

  • Scholarships & Grants in the United Church of Christ
  • Ministry Education Scholarships

    Members in Discernment may apply for the Brown Endowment Scholarship and ONE other UCC Ministry Education Scholarship per year.
    To qualify for a United Church of Christ Ministry Education Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria unless otherwise stated:

    • Membership in a UCC congregation for at least one year at time of application;
    • Enrollment in an ATS accredited seminary towards a course of study leading to ordained ministry;
    • Member-in-discernment of an Association or Conference at time of application;
    • At least a “B” average maintained;
    • Agrees to serve in the UCC or a partner church on completion of seminary;
    • Demonstrates leadership ability through participation in local church, Association, Conference, or academic environment.
  • Program Grants

    Program Grants fund the work of the church.
    The Genesis Fund -The Genesis Fund, established in 1996 from funds raised through the Make a Difference Campaign, provides seed money for faith-based projects that are innovative or experimental, represent a new initiative in Christian mission, or that may be deemed controversial. Funds are available for domestic and international projects.
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Fund – The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Fund provides annual funding to UCC-related AMA schools. Applications are not accepted.
    New and Renewing Church Fund – Deadline for 2015 was September 25, 2015.
    Neighbors in Need – Neighbors in Need grants are awarded to churches and organizations. These grants fund projects whose work ranges from direct service to community organizing and advocacy to address systemic injustice. Funding is provided through donations to the Neighbors in Need offering. To ensure that your application receives full consideration, we encourage you to review the NIN guidelines to ensure that your project/program aligns with the mission of Justice and Witness Ministries. For questions, please contact nin@ucc.org. Click on the grant title to download a grant application.
    The Daniel Hand Fund – The Daniel Hand Fund provides annual scholarship aid to UCC related AMA institutions that educate persons of African descent. Daniel Hand Report and  Daniel Hand Report Non-Academic
    The Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Program  – (given by The Lilly Endowment, not the UCC) UCC congregations are invited to apply for grants up to $50,000 to underwrite a renewal program for their pastor, with $15,000 of those funds to help cover costs for ministerial supply while the pastor is away. The Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs at Christian Theological Seminary represent the Endowment’s continued investment in renewing the health and vitality of American Christian congregations. There is no cost to the congregations or the pastors to apply. Learn more >>

  • Leadership Development Scholarships

    Leadership Development Scholarships help to support United Church of Christ undergraduate students, future seminary professors, African-American laywomen, and gifted persons with disabilities, among others.

    The Avery Arthington Fund provides $400-$4,000 in scholarship aid to Africans who are members of our partner churches studying towards an undergraduate degree in a UCC-related college or university in the United States. Students must commit to return to homeland countries after graduation.
    The Make a Difference! Doctoral Studies Awards are given annually to members of the United Church of Christ who are engaged in a doctoral studies program that would prepare them to be considered for a teaching position at a seminary of the United Church of Christ.
    The Valerie Russell Scholarship Fund was established in 1997 in honor of Valerie Russell who served as the Executive Director of the Office for Church in Society in the national setting of the United Church of Christ. Valerie served in this role from January 15, 1992 until her death on February 23, 1997.
    United Church of Christ Undergraduate Scholarship provides annual scholarship assistance to UCC members entering their sophomore, junior and/or senior year of an accredited four-year college in the United States. Awards range from $500 – $1,500.
    The Harold Wilke Scholarship, established in 1981 by the Board of World Ministries, predecessor body to Wider Church Ministries, honors the life and ministry of the Rev. Dr. Wilke, a devoted minister, disability advocate and pioneer. Annual scholarships are available to assist gifted persons with disabilities and/or those directly involved in service to persons with disabilities further their education or training. Applicants may be from the United States or other countries. Dr. Wilke was noted for his unique role in delivering the blessing at the White House signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26, 1990. Following the signing, President George H.W. Bush passed the signing pen to Rev. Wilke, who accepted it with his foot, because he was born without arms. Harold Wilke focused on his own abilities rather than on his disability. His exemplary ministry within the UCC and the world forged a path for leaders with disabilities to emerge. Applicant shall be a person with a disability or a person that ministers to those with disabilities. Applicant shall exhibit considerable potential for leadership and have supporting letters so testifying.
    Studying or training shall be in an area related culturally to the home country of the applicant.
    UCC Related Institutions Providing Scholarships for UCC Students

    Colleges and Universities
    Ask the Admissions Office for details.

    Academies
    The residential and day campus secondary schools related to the United Church of Christ offer some financial aid. Ask the Admissions Office for details.

  • Global Ministry Scholarships

    Global Ministry Scholarships support individuals within a United Church of Christ overseas partner church or international seminary. Application inquiries should be directed to the appropriate Global Ministries Area Executive.

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