CTS Scholarships

As part of our commitment to make your seminary education affordable, CTS has two scholarship programs for new students: Impact Scholarships and Named Merit Scholarships. All incoming students are considered for these merit-based awards as part of the admissions process. 

Current Master of Divinity students are also eligible to participate in our Saltsburg Second Chance Scholarship program.  

Here are some details you need to know about CTS Scholarships:

  • You are considered for scholarships only at the time of the initial admission to your first degree program (except for the Saltsburg Second Chance Scholarship). 
  • The number of scholarships is limited, and recipients are selected on a competitive basis. 
  • To receive a scholarship, you may not: be in default on a federal loan(s); owe a repayment(s) on a federal grant; or have a past due balance with CTS. 
  • All of our scholarships require you to be enrolled in 12 credit hours a semester. There are two exceptions to this rule. First, if a hardship arises, you may apply to the Director of Financial Aid for approval to take fewer than 12 credit hours for one semester and still receive scholarship support. Second, if you receive an Impact Scholarship as a part-time student, you only have to enroll in 6 credit hours per semester. 
  • Scholarships and stipends are awarded for 6 consecutive semesters (4 semesters for an MTS degree) unless otherwise noted in the scholarship description.
  • Scholarships pay CTS tuition charges. They do not pay for fees (technology fee, student association fee, counseling practicum fees, CPE hospital fee, etc.). Scholarship stipends may be used to pay fees.
  • Your CTS scholarship will not pay for any coursework that you take at another institution.  

Impact Scholarships

Presidential Impact Scholarships
  • Full tuition
  • All degree programs
  • Criteria:  
    • Minimum GPA of 3.3 on previous coursework
    • Demonstrated impact in ministry and notable promise for future ministry as evaluated through records, references and interviews with CTS staff
  • Must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.3.

Impact Scholarships for Full-Time Students
  • 40% to 90% tuition
  • All degree programs
  • Criteria:  
    • Minimum GPA of 2.75 on previous coursework
    • Demonstrated impact in ministry and notable promise for future ministry as evaluated through records, references and interviews with CTS staff
  • Must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75.


Impact Scholarships for Part-Time Students

  • Full tuition for 6 credit hours per semester
  • All degree programs
  • Criteria:
    • Minimum GPA of 3.3 or above on previous coursework
    • Demonstrated impact in ministry and notable promise for future ministry as evaluated through records, references and interview with CTS staff
    • Employed in a vocation that supports and informs your ministry
  • Must maintain vocational employment (annual documentation required) and a minimum GPA of 3.3.


Thomas J. & Virginia Liggett DOC/UCC Impact Scholarships

  • 40% to 90% tuition
  • For MDiv students only
  • Criteria:
    • Minimum GPA of 2.75 on previous coursework
    • Active membership in Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) or United Church of Christ at the time of admission to CTS as attested to by letter of support from minister of congregation of membership (pastor must be listed in the yearbook) and letter of recommendation from egional/Conference Minister of the student’s region/conference
    • Demonstrated impact in ministry and notable promise for future ministry as evaluated through records, references and interviews with CTS staff
  • Must maintain minimum GPA of 2.75.

Named Merit Scholarship Program

Clementine Miller Tangeman Scholarships

  • Full tuition and $5,000 annual stipend
  • For MDiv students only
  • Criteria:
    • GPA of 3.5 on previous coursework
    • Outstanding promise for Christian leadership as evaluated through records, references and interviews with CTS staff
  • Must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.3


Grover L. & Annabel S. Hartman Endowed Scholarships

  • Full tuition and $4,000 annual stipend
  • For MDiv students only
  • Criteria:
    • GPA of 3.5 on previous coursework
    • Outstanding promise for Christian leadership as evaluated through records, references, and interviews with CTS staff
    • Demonstrated passion for communicating the gospel of Jesus Christ, as proclaimed and witnessed to in the Scriptures
  • Must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.3.

 

Olberta Noble Scholarships   

  • Full tuition and $3,000 annual stipend 
  • For MDiv students only
  • Criteria:
    • GPA of 3.5 on previous coursework
    • Outstanding promise for Christian leadership as evaluated through records, references and interviews with CTS staff
    • Member of Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) or United Church of Christ, as confirmed by letter of recommendation from pastor
  • Must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.3.

 
W. Brooks & Wanda Y. Fortune Scholarships    

  • Full tuition and $2,000 annual stipend
  • For MDiv students only
  • Criteria:
    • GPA of 3.5 on previous coursework
    • Outstanding promise for ministry as evaluated through records, references and interviews with CTS staff
  • Must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.3.

 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarships  

  • Full tuition
  • All degree programs
  • Criteria:
    • Racial minority (U.S. citizen or resident alien)
    • GPA of 3.0 on previous coursework
    • Outstanding promise for ministry as evaluated through records, references and interviews with CTS staff
  • Must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.

 

Daughters & Sons of Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Ministers Scholarships 

  • Full Tuition
  • All degree programs
  • Criteria:
    • Daughter or son of ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) minister serving in or retired from one of the church’s manifestations
    • Outstanding promise for ministry as evaluated through records and references
  • Must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5.


Second Chance Scholarship Program

Saltsburg Second Chance Scholarships

  • Full tuition for one year (may be renewed for a second year)
  • For students pursuing MDiv and MDiv dual degrees
  • Criteria
    • Full-time student who has completed at least 30 hours of coursework toward his or her MDiv degree
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher
    • Did not receive a named merit scholarship when he or she entered CTS.