Institutional Grants and Scholarships

Domestic students

Annual institutional scholarships are based on financial need and academic merit.

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 school is following the federal definition of financial need which is the positive difference between the overall 9 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.

Additionally EDS awards 2 full tuition scholarships for incoming students based on academic excellence, that is renewable (see merit scholarship section).

Continuing students can receive a merit scholarship during the year based on their academic performance.

Part-time students also receive institutional scholarships to help alleviate financial need as well as based on merit provided that they register to a minimum of 6 credits hours in each term. (There are 2 terms in the year.)

Applicants for the DMin program may benefit from supplemental grants thanks to our newly funded project for theological education for Asian American students.

A portion of the school’s monies for scholarship awards come from restricted gifts designed to uphold the diversity of the student body.

EDS rewards students’ projects promoting social justice in the memory of Jonathan Daniels. This scholarship is open to students of different schools.

EDS also rewards high academic performance through 2 full tuition costs scholarships for incoming students, renewable every year, and through the Louise Whittemore fund rewarding academically performing continuing students. These funds are listed below.

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 15, 2013. Absalom Jones Scholarship Application [PDF]

EDS Merit Scholarship:

EDS is sponsoring 2 academic scholarships for entering MDiv and MATS full time students in fall 2013. 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.

In the academic year 2013-14 EDS will award 2 full tuition scholarships. 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.

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
  • 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 students:

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.