Scholarship Opportunities

Apollos Scholarship from the Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation.

Requirements: 1) member of a PCUSA congregation; 2) under care of a Presbytery as an Inquirer or Candidate; 3) enrolled as a full-time student in the M.Div degree program at a PCUSA Seminary; 4) individual who possesses qualities of excellence for ministry.

Applications are due: April 15, 2015. Scholarship is $1,500 – $3,000 per semester for up to three years of study. For more information, visit their website:

The Barber Scholarship

The Barber Education Trust was established in 1975 in memory of Edwin J. Barber for the purpose of assisting with the cost of tuition and fees for people seeking education in ministry. There is a minimum grant amount of $500 to each recipient.

Preference to applicants who are United Methodist, though all students may apply. Contact the Barber Scholarship Committee for the application: Applications are due May 31st.

William H. Higgins Scholarship

During his lifetime, William H. Higgins gave financial assistance to many students at McCormick Theological Seminary.  At the time of his death, he left a bequest to continue his support of those preparing for professional leadership in the church. This bequest is called the Higgins Scholarship Fund and has been administered by a committee accountable to the Presbytery of Chicago since 1960.

Must be a full or half-time student. Seminary or Ph.D. level with special consideration being given to M.Div. students preparing for the parish ministry.  Priority is given to second year students and beyond.

Grants of up to $5,000 (and at least $2,000) will be made, based on financial need, vocational fitness, plan of study and ecclesiastical connection.

Please note:  Preference will be given to students of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and students under the care of Chicago Presbytery. A small portion of the money will be available for International students studying at McCormick Seminary.

All of those considering applying for a Higgins Scholarship are encouraged to read the Scholarship Guidelines. These guidelines are carefully observed. The Scholarship Guidelines and Application Form are listed on the Chicago Presbytery website: The completed application is due by March 31, 2015.

Please direct all questions to the Higgins Scholarship Coordinator, Presbytery of Chicago, 815 W. Van Buren St, Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60607.


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