Charlotte Partnership Program FAQs
• How do I apply for the Partnership Scholarship?
• When are the application due dates for the Partnership Scholarship?
• Who are the Partners?
• How much does the Partnership Program scholarship award?
• Am I able to combine the Partnership Scholarship with other scholarships?
• What are the admission criteria for this program?
• What are the primary benefits that I will receive from this program?
• How does the money given by my support team get to me?
• What if my supporting team gives money in excess of the scholarship amount?
• Am I guaranteed to receive the scholarship for the duration of my study?
• Will Gordon-Conwell be contacting the people listed on my potential sponsor list?
• I am a current GCTS student - am I eligible to apply?
• Can I apply for spring semester acceptance?
• I am an international student, can I apply?
• I am considering a dual degree major. Can I be in the Partnership Program?
• What degree programs are applicable?
• When do I renew my scholarship?
• Can I take as many classes as I want?
• Do I have to have my donors committed by the time I apply?
• What if my church is unable to financially support me?
• How many classes do I have to take for the program to be financially beneficial?
Charlotte Partnership Program Answers
Q: How do I apply for the Partnership Scholarship?
A: Students who have been admitted to Gordon-Conwell at the South Hamilton campus for a Masters Degree program, (excluding Master of Theology (Th.M.) and Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degrees), can apply for the Partnership Program by completing the application forms.
• Fall semester due date: April 15
• Spring semester due date: September 30
• Summer semester due date: January 10
All application materials, including letters of recommendation if applicable, must be received by these times to be eligible. The forms required are:
• The application, including written responses
• A list of potential sponsors
• Three (3) letters of recommendation - required for current GCTS students only
A: Partners are individuals you know that will become members of your "supporting team". They can be family, friends, members of your small group or church members. As part of the application, you will provide the names of individuals and a sending church that will be willing to support you through prayer and financial support throughout your seminary education.
Q: Am I able to combine the Partnership Scholarship with other scholarships?
A: As a general rule, most Gordon-Conwell scholarships are not "combinable" with other Gordon-Conwell scholarships. However, accepted students may augment this scholarship through student loans and/or other non-institutional (non-GCTS) scholarships. For more information about these opportunities, contact our Financial Aid Office by sending an email. The only scholarship that is combinable with the Partnership Program is the Pierce Scholarship.
A: Primary criteria for selection will be:
• Commitment to the local church
• Academic excellence
• Strong sense of calling
• Proven leadership in ministry
• All Master degree programs can apply, excluding Master of Counseling (MACO), Master of Theology (Th.M.) and Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)
• U.S. citizen or green card holder
Q: What are the primary benefits that I will receive from this program?
A: Scholarship recipients will receive:
• An emphasis on learning biblical principles of stewardship. These are lessons which will continue to bear fruit long after you've left seminary.
• Continuing opportunities to strengthen ties with sending church, family and friends
• A full-tuition, renewable scholarship
• Focused Mentored Ministry training in stewardship
• Practical ministry skills and experience
• Practical fundraising training
• Participating in spiritual and discipleship mentoring and training events
A: All financial support garnered by Partnership scholars is placed into the Partnership Program Scholarship Fund. Rather than receiving direct support from donors, scholars are given a full-tuition scholarship for their participation in the Partnership Program. This enables donors to give on a tax-deductible basis, and Partnership recipients to receive aid in the form of an academic scholarship. Gordon-Conwell reserves the right to administer these funds as appropriate and provides other institutional resources. The "qualified scholarships" provided in the Partnership Program have been approved by the Internal Revenue Service through a private letter ruling.
A: Our hope is that all program participants will seek to build support from their team beyond the minimum guidelines, as they seek to build and maintain enthusiastic ministry networks. Regardless of how much money is given by supporters, program participants will receive a full-tuition scholarship towards tuition, in addition to the other value-added program elements that focus on personal development in the areas of calling, stewardship, and discipleship.
A: The Partnership Program is designed so that those scholars that are selected will be able to participate for the duration of their academic program. All Partnership recipients will receive personal guidance and evaluation from the Partnership Program Director, which will include a semi-annual assessment for renewal. Those program recipients that have demonstrated sincere effort and success in the various elements of the program can expect to be approved for scholarship renewal. You must renew the scholarship each year in writing.
A: No, this is for application purposes only. This exercise is meant for you to start thinking about who you would like to invite to participate in the Partnership Program with you.
A: Yes, the Partnership Program is available to current GCTS students as well. The scholarship amount awarded for current students will be based on the scholarship amount offered during your first on-campus enrollment year. Please note you must have a minimum of 1.5 to 2 years remaining in your studies, as you must fulfill all of the Partnership Program educational components.
A: Yes, any student, both new and current, is welcome to apply for spring acceptance, with the exception of the Master of Theology (Th.M.) and Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree programs.
A: Unfortunately the Partnership Program Scholarship is available to U.S. citizens and greencard holders only. For additional information concerning international students, please click here.
A: Yes, dual degree programs can be in the Partnership Program.
A: All Master level degree programs, excluding Master of Theology (Th.M.) and Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) can apply. If you are a current GCTS Partnership Program student in good standing, you are able to continue in the Partnership Program for your Th.M. degree.
A: Yes, you can take as many courses as you would like.
A: No. We do not expect you to obtain support before you apply. On the Partnership Program application, we ask you to provide a list of potential partners whom you would consider asking for support so as to assist you with thinking about who you would ask to partner with you. Once you are admitted to the program, you will attend a fundraising training workshop where you will learn how to raise support.
A: We ask that all students approach their church, as Gordon-Conwell’s hope is that we assist in educating the church in understanding their role in raising future church leaders. If your church is unable to financially partner with you, please know you can simply obtain an additional donor or two in their stead. We hope that your church will support your call to ministry even if they unable to partner financially.
A: We suggest you take a minimum of five classes annually to receive the maximum benefit from the Partnership Program.