PSD Student & Church Worker Graduate Aid

The PSD Scholarship Program has undergone a total review and redesign.  The new aid options descriptions and applications are below. Please note you may qualify for more than one of the options, please submit all forms for each option you qualify for!

 

 

 

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PSD BACHELOR-DEGREE CHURCH WORKER LOAN REPAYMENT PROGRAM

2021 Application Deadline: September 30, 2021

 

PSD Bachelor-Degree Church Worker Scholarships are now granted AFTER COMPLETION of an approved Bachelor-Degree Church Work Program. 

 

Rationale:  Over the last decade the amount of available scholarship funds has significantly declined. We also know that it is common for university students to change majors one or more times over the course of their college career.  It is our hope that, by restricting PSD Bachelor-Degree Scholarship Grants to students who have graduated as Church Work Students, we will have the ability to grant a higher dollar amount per student to assist them in student loan retirement.  Currently, if a PSD Scholarship is given to the student while they are attending university, that dollar amount is usually subtracted from the total of scholarships received to reduce tuition. Recipients may request to have their PSD Bachelor-Degree Scholarship Grant applied directly to their student loan.  

 

Frequency:  These are annual grants. The application deadline for subsequent years will be September 30. A recipient is limited to a total of four grants.  Applicants who are awarded grants will be notified in writing. Grants are distributed in two equal installments during the year.

 

As we transition to the new scholarship method: PSD Students currently enrolled in a Bachelor-Degree Church Work program who have already received one or more years of PSD Scholarship assistance may, upon graduation, apply for this scholarship. Example:  If you have previously received one year of a PSD scholarship, you may, upon graduation, apply for the next three years to receive a total of four scholarships.  If you’ve already received three years of scholarships, you may, upon graduation apply for a fourth and final year of scholarship assistance.  We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this shift in policy.

 

A Bachelor-Degree Church Work student applicant must: 

  1. Be a graduate of a Concordia University (LCMS).

  2. Have completed a bachelor-degree church work program of the LCMS.

  3. Have been an active member of a PSD Congregation for at least two years

  4. Complete the Pacific Southwest District Scholarship Application Form.  NO OTHER Form will be accepted. A fillable PDF form is available from this link.

  5. Attach proof of graduation to your application (hard copies of transcripts or diploma)

  6. Attach the following information on your loan when you apply:

    • The most recent documentation of all outstanding Student Loans that includes: 

    1. Name of the borrower;

    2. Loan amount;

    3. Account number or social security number;

    4. The name and address of each lending institution. 

The PSD Scholarship Application Form, with proof of graduation, is to be completed and submitted to the office of the Pacific Southwest District President no later than September 30.

PSD SEMINARY SCHOLARSHIP

2021 Application Deadline: June 4, 2021

 

All seminary students currently attending Concordia Seminary, St. Louis; Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne; or the Cross-Cultural Ministry Center at CUI may apply for a PSD Scholarship Grant. This includes: Traditional on-campus students, Alternative Route, CMC, EIIT, Hispanic Institute, SMP, and Deaconess programs.  Advanced degree programs (STM, DMin, or PhD) are not eligible.

 

Frequency:  These are annual grants. The application deadline each year is June 4. A recipient is limited to a total of four grants. Applicants who are awarded grants will be notified in writing by August 1st.  PSD Seminary Scholarships are distributed in two equal installments during the year and sent directly to your Seminary in your name.

 

Under the New PSD scholarship policy:  It is permissible to apply for a PSD Seminary Scholarship while receiving a PSD Bachelor-Degree Church Work Scholarship. (Please see the Bachelor-Degree Church Work Scholarship policy above.)

 

An Applicant Must: 

  1. Be a student at a LCMS Seminary (St. Louis, Ft. Wayne, CUI-CMC),

  2. Be enrolled as either a Traditional on-campus student, CMC, Alternative Route, EIIT, Hispanic Institute, SMP, or Deaconess.

  3. Have been an active member of a PSD Congregation for at least two years 

  4. Complete the Pacific Southwest District Seminary Scholarship Application Form.  NO OTHER Form will be accepted.  A fillable pdf is available from this link.

The PSD Seminary Scholarship Application Form, with proof of graduation, is to be completed and submitted to the office of the Pacific Southwest District President no later than June 4.

THANKOFFERING SCHOLARSHIPS FOR STUDENTS OF PSD ROSTERED CHURCH WORKERS

2021 Application Deadline: June 4

 

Students who are children of Pacific Southwest District Rostered Church Workers and preparing for church work at a Concordia University may apply for ThankOffering Scholarships. These funds are from a special offering collected each year at the Lutheran Educators Conference. Use the link below to download the ThankOffering application.  This grant is distributed while the student is attending school as an undergraduate.

 

ThankOffering Scholarships Application (to District Office)

CHURCH WORKER LOAN REPAYMENT GRANTS

Application Deadline: October 15

 

Each year, the Pacific Southwest District offers loan repayment grants for newly graduated called church workers in the first three years of their first call serving in the Pacific Southwest District If you are a newly called pastor, teacher, DCE or other rostered church worker, consider applying for the 2021 grant.  The application deadline each year is October 15th. 

 

Grants are determined annually with recipients of prior grants needing to apply each year during their eligibility period.  The funds for this grant are made possible because of the Workers for the Harvest Endowment and the Student Loan Repayment Grant Fund. Individuals and congregations that wish to support future church workers through this grant may donate to either fund through the district office. Please list the fund you are donating to in the memo line.

 

The application can be downloaded here. (to District Office)