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THE BRAUCH SCHOLARSHIP

Overview
Each academic year, Palmer Seminary awards to entering students a number of Brauch Scholarships, which cover forty percent the cost of tuition at Palmer. The scholarship remains in effect through the student's entire academic career at Palmer Seminary so long as he or she is a full-time student (at least 16 units per academic year), maintains a G.P.A. of at least 3.3, and continues to meet the criteria for acceptance described below.

More About the Brauch Scholarship
The Brauch Scholarship may be applied toward any of the Seminary's masters degree programs, but it does not apply to tuition for the outside institution of any dual degree program.

This scholarship is named for New Testament scholar Manfred T. Brauch, former professor and former President of Palmer; and medical doctor Marjean Brauch, board member of Palmer's parent institution, Eastern University. On occasion during their time here, Brauch scholars have the opportunity to be mentored by those for whom the scholarship is named.

Requirements
To receive a Brauch Scholarship, students must meet the following criteria:

Academic Criterion:

  • A minimum of a "B+" (3.3) average for the most recent earned degree.

Personality Criteria:

  1. Is known to be a person of integrity.
  2. Demonstrates emotional maturity; has a clear sense of self in relation with others.
  3. Is growing as a disciple of Christ, evidenced by commitment to regular bible reading, prayer, and worship.
  4. Shows evidence of commitment to the embodiment of the Gospel's call for justice and compassion.

Community Criteria:

  1. Shows concern for others, in speech and action.
  2. Evidences commitment to personal spiritual and emotional growth in the context of the university community (campus life, chapel, small groups).
  3. Has been actively engaged in the life of a local church community.

In addition, Brauch scholars must embody good health practices, demonstrating responsible use of and care for her/his body.

To Apply
Those applying for a Brauch Scholarship must complete the regular application process for admission to the Seminary.

They must also complete the Scholarship Application Form and arrange for a letter of reference from an undergraduate professor to be sent to Palmer. Relevant forms may be obtained from the Seminary's admissions office, or they can be downloaded using the links below.

Reference Form (pdf)

Application Deadline/Notification Timetable
To receive highest consideration, all admissions and scholarship-related materials should arrive at Palmer's Admissions Office by August 1. If slots remain open, the Seminary will continue to consider Scholarship applications through the Spring semester acceptance period.

After an applicant has been accepted as a student at Palmer and all required materials have been received, the review process begins. This enables the Seminary to inform applicants of their status in a timely manner.

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SIDER AND WALLIS SCHOLARSHIPS

Overview
Each academic year, Palmer Seminary awards to entering students a number of Sider Scholarships and Wallis Scholarships. Sider and Wallis Scholarships cover half the cost of tuition at Palmer. The scholarship remains in effect through the student's entire academic career at Palmer so long as he or she is a full-time student (at least 16 units per academic year), maintains a G.P.A. of at least 3.3, and continues to meet the criteria for acceptance described below.

More About the Sider and Wallis Scholarships
The Sider and Wallis Scholarships may be applied toward any of the Seminary's masters degree programs, but they do not apply to tuition for the outside institution of any dual degree program.

The Sider Scholarship is named for Palmer professor and world renowned evangelical social activist Ron Sider. The Wallis Scholarship is named for Jim Wallis, founder of the Washington, D.C.-based Sojourners community and of Sojourners magazine.

Sider and Wallis Scholars will give 10 hours a week during the school year to supporting the activities of the Seminary's Sider Center on Ministry and Public Policy. Through their association with the Sider Center, these scholars will gain valuable experience in research, writing, and networking in holistic ministry and public policy, as well as a greater understanding of how to merge scholarship with popular writing and organizing for social action. In addition, Sider Scholars will be mentored by Professor Sider and others associated with the Sider Center.

Two of the Sider Scholars entering Palmer each year will be Sider Writing Scholars. These will be selected based on editorial/journalistic interest and ability. (Applicants may be asked to submit writing samples in addition to the Sider Scholarship application materials.) Sider Writing Scholars will support the Sider Center's editorial projects, including Prism magazine.

Requirements
To receive a Sider or Wallis Scholarship, students must meet the following criteria:

Academic Criterion:

  • A minimum of a "B+" (3.3) average for the most recent earned degree.

Personality Criteria:

  1. Is known to be a person of integrity.
  2. Demonstrates emotional maturity; has a clear sense of self in relation with others.
  3. Is growing as a disciple of Christ, evidenced by commitment to regular bible reading, prayer, and worship.
  4. Shows evidence of commitment to the embodiment of the Gospel's call for justice and compassion.

Community Criteria:

  1. Shows concern for others, in speech and action.
  2. Evidences commitment to personal spiritual and emotional growth in the context of the university community (campus life, chapel, small groups).
  3. Has been actively engaged in the life of a local church community.

To Apply
Those applying for a Sider or Wallis Scholarship must complete the regular application process for admission to the Seminary.

They must also complete the Scholarship Application Form and arrange for a letter of reference from an undergraduate professor to be sent to Palmer. Relevant forms may be obtained from the Seminary's admissions office, or they can be downloaded using the links below.

Reference Form (pdf)

Application Deadline/Notification Timetable
To receive highest consideration, all admissions and scholarship-related materials should arrive at Palmer's Admissions Office by August 1. If slots remain open, the Seminary will continue to consider Scholarship applications through the Spring semester acceptance period.

After an applicant has been accepted as a student at Palmer and all required materials have been received, the review process begins. This enables the Seminary to inform applicants of their status in a timely manner.

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THE AYRES/WILBERFORCE SCHOLARSHIP

Applicants for the Sider or Wallis Scholarships may also apply for a Wilberforce or Ayres scholarship, though a limited number are available to students. (There is a single application for both scholarships.) Each scholarship is worth $4,000 annually. Whereas Wallis and Sider scholars work 10 hours a week during the school year in the Sider Center on Ministry and Public Policy, Wilberforce and Ayres scholars work 15 hours a week.

Ayres/Wilberforce Scholarship Application (pdf)

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PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIPS

Each academic year, the Seminary awards three Presidential Scholarships to incoming students in the Master of Divinity program. This scholarship covers the entire cost of tuition for the first year. To be considered, students must have a cumulative G.P.A. of at least 3.5.

There is no separate application process for this scholarship. Presidential Scholars are chosen by the Seminary from the pool of qualified applicants. Those wishing to be considered are advised to apply early, as decisions are typically made in May of each year.

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BOWEN SCHOLARSHIPS

American Baptist students are eligible to receive scholarship assistance from the Bowen Charitable Trust. Preference is given to those who reside in the West Virginia region. Depending on the financial needs of applicants, these awards may cover housing, books, and fees in addition to tuition.

For more information, contact the Bowen Charitable Trust, c/o West Virginia Baptist Convention, P.O. Box 1019, Parkersburg, WV 26102. Phone: 304-422-6449.

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Accelerated Scholarship Program

We recognize that financial limitations sometimes prevent students from moving through a degree program as quickly as they would like. Palmer Seminary's Accelerated Scholarship Program (ASP) seeks to address this reality by providing scholarships in the form of reduced tuition for students who commit to completing their education in a specified period of time.

HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS
This scholarship program is possible because of the generosity of our donors. The amount of the scholarship award is based not on economic need or academic achievement. Rather it is tied to the time period during which a student commits to completing his or her degree. The amount of scholarship aid is reflected in the figures below, which compare regular tuition costs with tuition costs for ASP participants.

Master of Divinity (M.Div.) for 2014-2015

Regular Tuition 3 years $48,960 4 years $49,701 5 years $53,261
Scholarship Plan 3 years $35,500 
4 years $36,500 5 years $38,500

 

Master of Theological Studies (MTS) for 2014-2015

 

Regular Tuition 2 years $23,386 3 years $25,065 4 years $25,436
Scholarship Plan 2 years $17,500 3 years $18,500 4 years $19,500

 

Students who opt for this program pay a per-semester tuition fee based on the time period they have chosen to complete the program. The amount remains constant through the course of the program regardless of how many courses (including January and summer courses) students choose to take.  

Note: If for any reason a student is unable to complete the program within the chosen time frame, he or she may extend the time by paying a modest annual continuation fee. If an ASP student completes a degree program more quickly than the time period to which he or she committed, he or she will be required to meet all remaining financial obligations prior to graduating.

 

If an ASP student transfers out of the school, s/he is responsible to pay one additional payment beyond his/her final semester. Palmer transcripts will be withheld until the student account is paid in full.