Christian Scholarships for College and Graduate School

Introduction to Christian Scholarships

Scholarships for college and graduate school come in all shapes and sizes imaginable. One of the tips I always tell students when they are first starting their scholarship search is to identify all of the pieces of who they are that make them unique. Once you've done this, you can start to search for scholarships that fall into each individual category.

There are thousands of scholarships out there that focus on student's religious views, faith, and practices. As Christianity is the world's largest religion, with over 2 billion followers, it is no surprise that many of those scholarships are for Christian students.

Some Christian scholarships are general in nature, while others are more specifically geared towards smaller branches of Christianity, such as Protestants, Catholics, and Eastern Orthodox.

If you're a Christian student who is currently (or about to be) pursuing a college or graduate education, keep reading for a list of 15 great Christian scholarship opportunities.

The List: Christian Scholarships for College & Grad School

  • Amount: $1,500

    Deadline: May 31

    Details:

    -No essay or minimum GPA required

    -Open to all high school students

  • Amount: $1,500

    Deadline: May 31

    Details:

    -No essay or minimum GPA required

    -Open to all high school students

  • Amount: $2,500

    Deadline: May 31

    Details:

    -Open to high school students interested in or planning on attending a Christian college or university 

    -This is a no-essay scholarship!

  • Amount: $1,000

    Deadline: March 31

    Details:

    -Open to college and graduate school students

    -Must be a member of Christian Community Credit Union and have a checking account

  • Amount: $1,000

    Deadline: July 1

    Details:

    -Open to US citizens who are enrolled in or planning to attend a Christian college or university 

    -Must be a participant in volunteer or community work

  • Amount: Varies

    Deadline: May 28

    Details:

    -Open to high school seniors and current undergraduate students

    -Minimum 3.0 GPA

  • Amount: $12,000

    Deadline: November 1

    Details:

    -Open to Christian students attending graduate school at top universities 

    -Open to international students!

  • Amount: Varies

    Deadline: April 15

    Details:

    -Must be a communicant member of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

    -Must normally be working toward a degree in a college, university, or seminary which is fully accredited by its regional accrediting association

  • Amount: $1,000

    Deadline: Rolling

    Details:

    -Open to high school seniors and current college students

    -Minimum 3.0 GPA

    -Must be a permanent resident of New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut, but can attend school anywhere in the US

    -Must be an active member of your local church

  • Amount: $5,000

    Deadline: N/A

    Details:

    -Open to Chinese students who are high school seniors or current college students

    -Must be either first-generation in the US or an international student

    -Active involvement in the Christian faith for the last two years

    -Must have demonstrated financial need

    -Minimum 3.0 GPA

  • Amount: Up to $4,000

    Deadline: Varies

    Details:

    -Open to students living in a county or area with a Dollars for Scholars affiliate program - see the application page for details

  • Amount: $1,000

    Deadline: Varies

    Details:

    -Open to students planning to go into full-time Christian ministry

  • Amount: Up to $3,000

    Deadline: March 15

    Details:

    -Open to United Methodist Church members who are is Hispanic, Asian, Native American, or Pacific Islander descent

    -Min GPA 2.85

    PS - the United Methodist Church offers over four dozen scholarships for UMC members coming from various backgrounds and ethnicities. Click here to see the whole list of scholarships.

  • Amount: Up to $4,000

    Deadline: March 1

    Details:

    -Leadership Development Scholarships help to support United Church of Christ undergraduate students, future seminary professors, African-American laywomen, and gifted persons with disabilities, among others.

    -Each scholarship has its own unique eligibility guidelines - click the link to learn more about each and apply

  • Amount: Varies

    Deadline: Varies

    Details:

    -Scholarships are awarded to women attending over 200 accredited US colleges and universities across the following states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia

    -Main areas of study: nursing, medicine, allied health

  • Amount: Up to $11,000 (renewable, too!)

    Deadline: February 10

    Details:

    -Open to students who are legal residents of the US, and more specifically, the state of Texas

    -Preference is given to applicants who are Christian and regularly attend Church

    -Must be enrolled either full-time as an undergraduate student or full or part-time as a graduate student

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