Institutional Grants and Scholarships

Domestic students

The school awards institutional grants primarily based on a scale of financial need. The scholarships range between 50 to 100% of tuition costs in each program of study provided financial need is determined. The average institutional financial grant received by students on financial aid amounts to 70% of tuition costs.

The school is following the federal definition of financial need, which is the positive difference between the overall nine months cost of attendance, minus the expected family contribution. The expected family contribution is a number generated by federal calculators based on income, assets, and cost of living and financial support of dependents. Most students qualify for a need based scholarship.

Part-time students are funded at the same level as full-time students; they receive institutional scholarships provided that they register for a minimum of 6 credit hours in each term. (There are two terms in the year.)

Additionally, EDS awards students with merit scholarships:

  • High academic performance is rewarded through the Louise Whittemore fund.
  • Two incoming MDiv and MATS students are awarded with full tuition scholarships based on academic excellence, renewable every year (see EDS Merit Scholarship).
  • Seven or eight of the best academically-performing, continuing students (as determined by the Academic Dean) are awarded merit scholarships during the year. Awards typically range between $3,000 to $6,000 per student every year.

The Bishop's Scholarship

The Bishop’s Scholarship is a new and innovative program designed to help students limit their student loan debt and to help sponsoring dioceses place EDS graduates in congregations where they are needed most.

The scholarship is available to Episcopalian MDiv candidates who are on the path to ordination. To be eligible for the Bishop’s Scholarship, the candidate’s sponsoring diocese must agree to hire the student full-time after his or her graduation for a period of five years.

The scholarship includes a financial award equal to 80% of full tuition while the student is in school, and up to a total of $25,000 of student loan forgiveness over five years after graduation.

The goal of the scholarship is to help students pay off educational debt quickly and assist sponsoring dioceses to choose and retain promising EDS graduates. For more information, please contact Hillary Kody, manager of admissions, at hkody@eds.edu, or Valerie Paterson, financial aid manager, at vpaterson@eds.edu.

Dioceses who need to discuss sponsoring a student for the Bishop’s Scholarship can contact William Judge, CFO, at wjudge@eds.edu or Katherine Ragsdale, president and dean, at kragsdale@eds.edu.

Absalom Jones Scholarship

The Absalom Jones Scholarship Fund was established at EDS to support African-Americans preparing for ministry in the Episcopal Church. To be considered, a person must be an African-American with US citizenship, a confirmed Episcopalian, either a current full-time MDiv student at EDS or an MDiv applicant who has been admitted to EDS as a full-time student, someone who has the demonstrated intention of preparing for ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church, and demonstrates financial need.

In the academic year 2013-14 EDS will award one full tuition scholarship. The scholarship will cover 70% of tuition costs in subsequent years until graduation. This application is due to the financial aid department by Friday, March 13, 2015. Absalom Jones Scholarship Application [PDF]

EDS Merit Scholarship

EDS is sponsoring 2 academic scholarships for entering MDiv and MATS full time students in June and Fall of every year. Interested applicants must have a documented high academic performance with an average GPA of 3.8 as shown on an undergraduate or graduate transcript.

EDS is encouraging incoming applicants who can demonstrate concerns about social issues. The Financial Aid Committee will read the application essay that is part of the documents requested for the admission to the school.

The scholarships will cover 100% of tuition costs in subsequent years until graduation provided that the scholarship recipient(s) maintains a 3.8 GPA average every year. 

This application is due to the school at the same time as your application materials. If you have already applied to the school, you can send this application separately. EDS Merit Scholarship Application [PDF]

Fellowship for Social Action

The Jonathan Myrick Daniels Fellowship was established in memory of Jonathan Daniels, a student at the Episcopal Theological School who was killed in Hayneville, Alabama, on August 20, 1965, while participating in civil rights work.

The Fellowship is awarded annually to one or more students in accredited seminaries of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada for involvement in areas of social concern. Awards do not exceed $8,000 per individual. Information on the fellowship is available from the financial aid office.

Fellowship for Graduate Study

Robbins Fellowships for Graduate Study are made available under the terms of a trust fund established by Howard Chandler Robbins, Class of 1903. Designed to give those ministering in the Church “an opportunity to learn some of the insights of psychiatry and related social sciences in order to be of help to troubled people,” these post­master’s level fellowships are given to students or graduates of the Virginia Theological Seminary, Union Theological Seminary, and Episcopal Divinity School. Awards typically range between $1,000 and $3,000 each, and are limited to two years. Applications are due by February 1 of each year.

Episcopal Asia America Ministry (EAM) Scholarship:

Asian Applicants for the DMin program may benefit from supplemental grants thanks to our newly funded project for theological education for Asian American students. The scholarship covers a minimum of $9,000 of the cost of attending during the program time.

Other restricted scholarship funds

  • The Lambda Scholarship for gay and lesbian students
  • The Hobson Scholarship for married men ($2,000 per year based on availability)
  • The Jessie May Metz Memorial for unmarried students preparing to become Episcopal priests
  • The Gayley Fund for married students
  • The Luther Tucker Fund for students from the diocese of Southern Ohio preferably, or any other students ($3,000 or more per student)
  • The Sadi Rena Connell Fund for students sponsored by All Saints Parish in Brookline, then from St Stephen's Episcopal Church, then to any student designate by the dean
  • The Marguerite Jacobs Fund for students nominated by the bishop of Albany
  • The Moses and Margaret King Scholarship for students coming from Shaker Heights, Ohio, then Cleveland, then southern California
  • The J Rawson Collins Scholarship Fund for minority or international students
  • The Alfred Jones Scholarship for African-American confirmed Episcopalian who started the ordination process
  • The Frederica Thompsett Scholarship for lay Episcopal leadership
  • The Blanche Uhl Scholarship for Episcopal students
  • The Louis Adams Whittemore Fund for continuing students demonstrating high academic standing

International Scholarship

Every year the school welcomes one or two international students who demonstrate exceptional leadership and concern for social issues and they are offered a fully funded scholarship including tuition and room. Look under the admission tab for details about the international students’ application checklist.