Church Work Scholarships & Grants
Workers are needed for the harvest. Through quality church work programs, Concordia University Irvine supports the formation of pastors, DCEs, DPMs, deaconesses, and teachers in the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). Starting for the 2016-17 academic year, that support will now include a substantial increase in institutional aid.
Christ College Church Vocations Scholarship
We are proud to offer up to 40 qualified new church work students a guarantee of $20,000 in institutional aid.* Institutional aid will be comprised of a variety of sources, such as academic, talent, etc. To qualify you must:
- Have been an active communicant member of an LCMS congregation for at least 1 year.
- Have an incoming GPA of 3.0 or higher.
- (Students with a lower GPA are still eligible for the Christ College Grant and other institutional aid.)
- Be committed to pursuing a specific LCMS church work program and to taking a call in an LCMS ministry at the completion of your program.
- Commit to involvement in campus spiritual life.
- Commit to regular attendance at a local LCMS church.
- Complete a Christ College Church Vocations Scholarship church work application.
- Submit 2 references (1 by an LCMS church worker).
- Complete an interview by church work faculty.
If you are one of the first 40 students to have been accepted to Concordia, have been qualified, and make your $500 deposit, you are guaranteed $20,000 in institutional aid. To begin your application or to ask any questions, please contact Carrie Donohoe, Christ College Program Coordinator, at [email protected] or (949) 214-3389.
*California students receiving Cal Grant funds are not eligible to receive aid beyond a student's financial need.
Christ College Grant
Intended for students who are members of an LCMS congregation, have a minimum GPA of 2.5 cumulative and GPA of 2.8 in certification course work, and plan to pursue a career in a church work profession (Education, Seminary, Deaconess, DCE, and Parish Music).
In addition to the financial aid offered through Concordia University, church work students are also eligible for the following scholarships and grants.
Available to all students based on the District's application criteria. Complete the District Aid application which requires your Pastor’s signature. Most Districts require additional forms and each district has a specific deadline. If you did not apply for District Aid last year, you may do so this year.
Home Congregation Grant
Any student, regardless of denomination, can request funds from their church. Complete this application so that these funds can be taken into consideration when finalizing your student bill. Have an “authorized” person from your church sign it and indicate the amount offered to you. The preferred authorized signature is from the treasurer or bookkeeper. There is no specific deadline, but submission is preferred prior to the start of the semester.
The Biermann Memorial Scholarship is open to all current members of LCMS congregations in the Missouri District who are attending any synodical Higher Education institution and working toward a degree that leads to a career in church work. Those who are in their vicarage or internship year are not eligible for scholarship funds for that academic year. Scholarship funds will be awarded each June for the following academic year.
Amounts range from $500 to over $1,000 (depending on the amount available and number of applicants)