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Scholarships and Grants - Hamilton

Gordon-Conwell's Hamilton campus offers four kinds of scholarship and grant moneys to qualified students. Scholarships are awarded to students only at the beginning of their program of studies at Gordon-Conwell. If a student enrolls without a scholarship, he/she will not be eligible to apply for the scholarship at a later date. To learn more, select a category of scholarship/grant offerings below.

For assistance in determining whether a Special Scholarship or Need-Based Grant Aid would best suit your educational goals, please consult our Special Scholarship vs. Per Credit Rate informational form.  Please note that students may not receive both a special scholarship and need-based grant aid and that this form is not applicable to individuals pursuing the Master of Arts in Counseling or the Doctor of Ministry degrees.

To learn more about financial aid opportunities at our other campuses, please select below:

Merit-Based Scholarships

The Admissions Office administers the following scholarships (other than the Pierce Scholarship and the Gwyn Walters Preaching Scholarship). For more information, contact the Admissions Office directly.

Once you have completed their application for admission, you must complete the Merit Scholarship Application by February 15 to be considered for the following merit-based scholarships:

Recipients will be notified by April 1. Merit-based scholarships are not combinable with other Gordon-Conwell scholarships, with the exception of the Pierce Scholarship.

Kern Pastor-Scholars Program
The Kern Pastor-Scholars Program is a full-tuition scholarship with a stipend (worth more than $20,000 per year) for our most qualified incoming M.Div. students who have been recommended for this scholarship by a Gordon-Conwell alum. This program is generously funded by the Kern Family Foundation in order to develop the next generation of exceptional, innovative pastors. This program will equip students for a lifetime of effective pastoral ministry while keeping them free from the burden of educational debt. Students receiving the Kern Scholarship are participate in the activities of the Partnership Program including financial literacy events and the raising of outside funds. Recipients should complete their application for admission to Gordon-Conwell by March 20. Click here for additional information and a link to the application.

The Presidential Scholarship for Future Christian Leaders: “Every Sphere”
The Presidential Scholarship for Future Christian Leaders is a $10,000/year scholarship granted to one applicant for full-time study, beginning in the fall semester. The Recipient of this award will demonstrate exceptional promise for Christian leadership upon graduation from Gordon-Conwell and will reflect the Seminary’s commitment to “advance Christ’s kingdom in every sphere of life” in service to the Church. The Recipient must have leadership experience and must complete the application for admission to Gordon-Conwell by February 15. This scholarship is renewable each year of study. Click here to apply.

Rev. Timothy J. Keller Scholarship for Pastoral Ministry: “Live Biblically”
Named in honor of Rev. Timothy J. Keller (M.Div. ’75), pastor of New York City’s Redeemer Presbyterian Church, who has faithfully sought to communicate the truth of God’s Word for more than 20 years, the Rev. Timothy J. Keller Scholarship for Pastoral Ministry is a $7,500/year scholarship granted to up to three applicants for full-time study, beginning in the fall semester. Recipients of this award will demonstrate exceptional promise for pastoral ministry upon graduation from Gordon-Conwell and will reflect the Seminary’s commitment to “live biblically” in service to the Church. Recipients must demonstrate experience in ministry, must express a desire to engage in vocational pastoral ministry within the local church upon graduation, and must complete their application for admission to Gordon-Conwell’s Master of Divinity program by February 15. This scholarship is renewable each year of full-time study. Click here to apply.

Dr. J Christy Wilson Jr. Scholarship for Missions Ministry: "Engage Globally"
Named in honor of Dr. J Christy Wilson Jr., former professor of missions at Gordon-Conwell who faithfully served Christ in Afghanistan for 22 years as a missionary, pastor, and teacher, the Dr. J Christy Wilson Jr. Scholarship for Missions Ministry is a $7,500/year scholarship granted to up to three applicants for full-time study, beginning in the fall semester. Recipients of this award will demonstrate exceptional promise for missions service upon graduation from Gordon-Conwell and will reflect the Seminary’s commitment to “engage globally” in service to the Church. “Missions” is broadly defined to include both international and local missions, social justice ministry, urban or rural ministry and campus ministry. Recipients must demonstrate experience in missions, must express a desire to engage in missions as a full-time vocation upon graduation, and must complete their application for admission to Gordon-Conwell by February 15. This scholarship is renewable each year of full-time study. Click here to apply.

Dr. David F. Wells Scholarship for Teaching Ministry: “Think Theologically”
Named in honor of Dr. David F. Wells, longtime theology professor at Gordon-Conwell who embodies the Seminary’s commitment to academic excellence, the Dr. David F. Wells Scholarship for Teaching Ministry is a $7,500/year scholarship granted to up to three applicants for full-time study, beginning in the fall semester.  Recipients of this award will demonstrate exceptional promise for teaching ministry and academic work upon graduation from Gordon-Conwell and will reflect the Seminary’s commitment to “think theologically” in service to the Church. Recipients must have received a GPA of 3.5 or higher at an accredited undergraduate institution and must complete their application for admission to Gordon-Conwell by February 15. This scholarship is renewable each year of full-time study. Click here to apply.

Scholarship for Professional Counselors: “Every Sphere”
The Scholarship for Counselors is a $5,000/year scholarship granted to up to two applicants for full-time study, beginning in the fall semester. Recipients of this award will demonstrate exceptional promise for counseling ministry upon graduation from Gordon-Conwell and will reflect the Seminary’s commitment to “advance Christ’s kingdom in every sphere of life” in service to the Church. Recipients must have a degree in psychology or sociology, or must be a graduating senior planning to graduate with a degree in one of these fields. Recipients should complete their application for admission to Gordon-Conwell’s Master of Arts in Counseling degree program by February 15. This scholarship is renewable each year of full-time study. Click here to apply.

Military Chaplaincy Scholarship: “Every Sphere”
The Military Chaplaincy Scholarship is a $5,000/year scholarship granted to up to two applicants for full-time study, beginning in the fall semester. Recipients of this award must be enrolled in the chaplain candidate program during their time at Gordon-Conwell and must express the desire to serve the Church as a military chaplain upon graduation from the Seminary. The recipient must complete his or her application for the chaplain candidate program and to Gordon-Conwell by February 15. This scholarship is renewable each year of full-time study and can be combined with military scholarships and grants like the Yellow Ribbon Program and tuition assistance given to chaplain candidates. Click here to apply.

Michael Haynes Scholarship
Named in honor of Reverend Michael E. Haynes, longtime Trustee of Gordon-Conwell and pastor of Twelfth Baptist Church in Roxbury, MA, this $8,000/year scholarship is available to up to five applicants for full-time study, beginning in the fall semester. Recipients of this award will demonstrate a commitment to serving the Church in an African-American context. Recipients should complete their application for admission to Gordon-Conwell by February 15. The Michael Haynes Scholarship is not combinable with other Gordon-Conwell scholarships, with the exception of the Pierce Scholarship. This scholarship is renewable each year of full-time study. Click here to apply.

Multicultural Development Scholarship
This $8,000/year scholarship is available to one applicant for full-time study, beginning in the fall semester. Recipients of this award will demonstrate a commitment to serving the Church in an African-American and/or Latino context. Recipients should complete their application for admission to Gordon-Conwell by February 15. The Multicultural Development Scholarship is not combinable with other Gordon-Conwell scholarships, with the exception of the Pierce Scholarship. This scholarship is renewable each year of full-time study. Click here to apply.

The John and Lois Pierce Fellowship
The Pierce Fellowship is available to select incoming and returning students who demonstrate experience and ongoing commitment to small group leadership, spiritual formation, and disciple-building. Each member of the Fellowship will be mentored by the Pierce Center staff leaders and equipped in facilitating initiatives to accomplish the mission of the Center. The $1,500 annual tuition subsidy is combinable with other grants or scholarships and open to all degree programs except the Master of Theology. Applications are accepted each spring for participation the following academic year starting in the fall semester. Applicants for the Pierce Fellowship should submit the Pierce application by April 15.

Gwyn Walters Preaching Scholarship
Awarded to a returning Master of Divinity candidate with exceptional promise for a strong preaching ministry. The preaching faculty will nominate the recipient. The scholarship is in the amount of $1,000 per year and can be combined with other scholarships.

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Ministry Scholarships

The Hamilton Admissions Office administers the following scholarships (other than the Team Ministry Grant). For more information, contact the Admissions Office directly.

The Partnership Scholarship
Available to new, incoming students of all degree programs (except the Master of Arts in Counseling, the Th.M. degree and the Doctor of Ministry), the Partnership Scholarship offers a full-tuition scholarship. This scholarship enables the student to bring with them the kind of community and prayer support that is so crucial during the seminary years. Students in the Partnership Program participate in financial literacy events and the raising of outside funds.  The Partnership Scholarship may not be combined with other Gordon-Conwell scholarships, with the exception of the Pierce Scholarship. Applicants for the Partnership Scholarship should submit their Partnership Scholarship application by April 15.  

Billy Graham Scholarship
Made possible through the generosity of friends of the Seminary and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, the Graham Scholarship is available to the first 75 new, incoming students who commit to full-time study by returning the Agreement form and scholarship deposit included in your acceptance packet. The Billy Graham Scholarship offers $5,000/year towards tuition and is awarded on a first-come-first-serve basis, so you must act soon. The Billy Graham Scholarship is not combinable with other Gordon-Conwell scholarships, with the exception of the Pierce Scholarship. Available for all degree programs except the MA in Counseling. 

Trustee Grant
Named in honor of the Seminary's trustees who are committed to reducing the tuition cost for the student, the Trustee is available to new, incoming full-time students who commit to full-time study by returning the Agreement form and scholarship deposit included in your acceptance packet, but do not receive the Graham scholarship and offers $4,500/year towards tuition. The Trustee Grant is not combinable with other Gordon-Conwell scholarships, with the exception of the Pierce Scholarship. Available for all degree programs except the MA in Counseling.

Team Ministry Grant
The Team Ministry Grant is a need-based scholarship available to qualified married couples who will be enrolling as full-time degree students (7.5 credit hours or more) and who are called to pursue seminary studies together. This scholarship allows for two students to study at Gordon-Conwell with one spouse receiving a fifty percent discount. The scholarship is only awarded to incoming students and is not available after either of you have matriculated at a Gordon-Conwell campus. A detailed description of current policies for the Team Ministry Grant is available.

Compass Leadership Scholarship
The Compass Scholarship is for students who have participated in Gordon-Conwell’s Compass Program, the seminary’s leadership development program for high school students. The Compass Scholarship is $5,500/year and is renewable for up to three years of full-time study at our South Hamilton campus. Not combinable with other Gordon-Conwell scholarships, with the exception of the Pierce Scholarship. Available for all degree programs except the MA in Counseling. Applicants should indicate on their application that they participated in the Compass program.

Students who do not participate in the above programs may apply for general Gordon-Conwell grant funds that are awarded on a per-course basis (see below).

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Need-Based Grant Aid

Gordon-Conwell Need-based Grant Aid
If a student is not eligible for or applying for the Merit or Ministry Scholarships/Grants, there is the Gordon-Conwell Need-Based Grant Aid. Only full-time students, excluding Distance Semlink students, are eligible to receive it. (A full-time student must be taking at least 3 courses in the Fall and 3 in the Spring semesters.) This is a $100-300 off per three credit course. The amount is based on need as determined by the FAFSA and GCTS financial aid form. This Gordon Grant Aid cannot be combined with any other GCTS Scholarship or Grant other than the John and Lois Pierce Discipleship Scholarship. For information on each of the GCTS Scholarships/Grants, please review them listed on this page above.

Students who have not applied for or are not eligible for Merit or Ministry Scholarships/Grants and have submitted their FAFSA and GCTS financial aid form are automatically reviewed for the need-based Gordon-Conwell Need-based Grant. Should they be awarded this aid and subsequently get a Ministry Scholarship or Grant (other than the Pierce), it will replace the need-based Gordon Grant Aid.

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