CTS Scholarships

General Information
Before exploring the many scholarships available at CTS, please be aware of the following policies:

  • Scholarships are awarded through the Office of Recruitment and Admissions (except for the Saltsburg Second Chance Scholarship which is awarded through the Academic Dean’s Office).
  • You are considered for scholarships only at the time of the initial admission to your first degree program (except for the Saltsburg Second Chance Scholarship).
  • You must not: 1) be in default on a federal loan(s), 2) owe a repayment(s) on a federal grant, or 3) have a past due balance with CTS.
  • The number of scholarships is limited and recipients are selected on a competitive basis.
  • You must enroll for at least 9 credit hours for each semester during the academic year.
  • Scholarship recipients may receive scholarship funds for less than full-time enrollment for one semester with the approval of the Director of Financial Aid.
  • Scholarships and stipends are awarded for the following periods unless otherwise noted in the scholarship description:
    • M.Div., M.A.M.H.C., M.A.M.F.T., All Duel Degrees - tuition up to 8 consecutive semesters and stipend up to 6 consecutive semesters
    • M.A.M.C.E. - CTS tuition and stipend up to 6 consecutive semesters
    • M.T.S. - tuition and stipend up to 4 consecutive semesters
    • Scholarships pay all CTS tuition charges.  They do not pay for fees (technology fee, student association fee, counseling practicum fees,CPE hospital fee, etc.) Scholarship stipends may be used to pay fee charges.
    • Coursework required by external bodies, including denominational formation programs, are not covered by CTS scholarships when that coursework is taken at other institutions.

Some scholarships are available to students pursuing specific degrees. This list of degree abbreviations will help you determine if a scholarship is available in your degree area.

Degree Abbreviation Key
M.Div. – Master of Divinity
M.A.M.C.E. – Master of Arts in Multi-Cultural Christian Education
M.A.M.H.C. – Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling
M.A.M.F.T.- Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy
M.T.S. – Master of Theological Studies
Dual Degree Programs:
M.Div./M.A.M.C.E. – Master of Divinity/Master of Arts in Multi-Cultural Christian Education
M.Div./M.A.M.H.C. – Master of Divinity/Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling
M.Div./M.A.M.F.T. – Master of Divinity/Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling
M.Div./M.T.S. – Master of Divinity/Master of Theological Studies


Clementine Miller Tangeman Scholarships

  • Award: Full tuition and $5,000 annual stipend
  • Degree Program Eligibility: M.Div., M.A.M.C.E., M.Div./M.A.M.C.E.
  • Criteria: GPA of 3.5 on previous coursework.
  • Outstanding promise for Christian leadership as evaluated through records, references and interviews with CTS staff.
  • Conditions for Continuance: Steady progress toward degree by completing a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester with minimum GPA of 3.3.

 

Grover L. & Annabel S. Hartman Endowed Scholarships

  • Award: Full tuition and $4,000 annual stipend.
  • Degree Program Eligibility: M.Div., M.A.M.C.E., M.Div./M.A.M.C.E.
  • Criteria: GPA of 3.5 on previous coursework. Unusual promise for Christian leadership as evaluated through records, references, and interviews with CTS staff. Demonstrated passion for communicating the gospel of Jesus Christ, as proclaimed and witnessed to in the Scriptures.
  • Conditions for Continuance: Steady progress toward degree by completing a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester with minimum GPA of 3.3, as well as demonstrating continued promise for ministry.

 

Olberta Noble Scholarships   

  • Award: Full tuition and $3,000 annual stipend. 
  •  Degree Program Eligibility: M.Div., M.A.M.C.E., M.Div./M.A.M.C.E.
  • Criteria: GPA of 3.5 on previous coursework Promise for Christian leadership as evaluated through records, references and interviews with CTS staff. Member of Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) or United Church of Christ, as confirmed by letter of recommendation from pastor.
  • Conditions for Continuance: Steady progress toward degree by completing a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester with minimum GPA of 3.3.  

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W. Brooks & Wanda Y. Fortune Scholarships    

  • Award: Full tuition and $2,000 annual stipend.
  • Degree Program Eligibility: M.Div., M.A.M.C.E., M.Div./M.A.M.C.E.
  • Criteria: GPA of 3.5 on previous coursework. Exceptional promise for ministry as evaluated through records, references and interviews with CTS staff.
    Conditions for Continuance: Steady progress toward degree by completing a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester with minimum GPA of 3.1. 
 
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarships  
  • Award: Full tuition.
  • Degree Program Eligibility: M.Div., M.A.M.C.E., M.T.S., M.A.M.H.C., M.A.M.F.T., All Dual Degree Programs
  • Criteria: Racial Minority (U.S. citizen or resident alien). GPA of 3.0 on previous coursework. Promise for ministry as evaluated through records, references and interviews with CTS staff.
  • Conditions for Continuance: Steady progress toward degree by completing a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester with minimum GPA of 3.0.
 
 
Thomas J. & Virginia Liggett Scholarships 
  • Award: Full tuition.
  • Degree Program Eligibility: M.Div., M.A.M.C.E., M.T.S., M.Div./M.A.M.C.E., M.Div./M.T.S.
  • Criteria: GPA of 3.1 on previous coursework. Member of Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) or United Church of Christ, as confirmed by letter of recommendation from pastor. Notable promise for ministry as evaluated through records, references and interviews with CTS staff. 
  • Conditions for Continuance: Steady progress toward degree by completing a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester with minimum GPA of 3.0. 

 Ecumenical Scholarships 
  • Award: Full tuition.
  • Degree Program Eligibility: M.Div., M.A.M.C.E., M.T.S., M.A.M.H.C., M.A.M.F.T., All Dual Degree Programs
  • Criteria: GPA of 3.1 on previous coursework. Member of denomination or Christian communion other than Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) or United Church of Christ, as confirmed by letter of recommendation from pastor. Notable promise for ministry as evaluated through records, references and interviews with CTS staff.
  • Conditions for Continuance: Steady progress toward degree by completing a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester with minimum GPA of 3.0. 

Daughters & Sons of Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Ministers Scholarships 
  • Award: Full Tuition.
  • Degree Program Eligibility: M.Div., M.A.M.C.E., M.T.S., M.A.M.F.T. and M.A.M.H.C., All Dual Degree Programs
    Criteria: Daughter or son of ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) minister serving in or retired from one of the church’s manifestations. Promise for ministry as evaluated through records and references.
  • Duration: Through completion of basic hourly requirements for one degree program.
  • Conditions for Continuance: Requires steady progress toward degree requirements by completing a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester and minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
 
Saltsburg Second Chance Scholarships 
  • Award: Full tuition.
  • Degree Program Eligibility: M.Div., All Dual Degree Programs
  • Criteria: Full-time M.Div. students who have completed at least 30 hours of coursework toward their degree; have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher; and who did not receive a named merit scholarship when they entered CTS.
  • Duration: Two years maximum.
  • Conditions for Continuance: Requires steady progress toward degree requirements by completing a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester and minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Trustee Scholarships  
  • Award: 80% tuition.
  • Degree Program Eligibility: M.Div., M.A.M.C.E., M.A.M.H.C., M.A.M.F.T., All Dual Degree Programs
  • Criteria: GPA of 3.5 on previous coursework. Extraordinary promise for ministry as evaluated through records, references and interviews with CTS staff.
  • Conditions for Continuance: Steady progress toward degree by completing a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester with minimum GPA of 3.3.
 
Presidential Scholarships  
  • Award: 60% tuition.
  • Degree Program Eligibility: M.Div., M.A.M.C.E., M.T.S., M.A.M.H.C., M.A.M.F.T., All Dual Degree Programs
  • Criteria: GPA of 3.3 on previous coursework. Distinctive promise for ministry as evaluated through records, references and interviews with CTS staff.
  • Conditions for Continuance: Steady progress toward degree by completing a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester with minimum GPA of 3.1.
 
The Dean’s Scholarship  
  • Award: 50% Tuition
  • Degree Program Eligibility: M.Div, M.A.M.C.E., M.T.S., M.A.M.H.C., M.A.M.F.T., Dual Degree Programs
  • Criteria: G.P.A of 2.75 in previous coursework and/or G.P.A. of 3.0 in most recent degree program. Promise for Christian leadership as evaluated through records, references, and interviews with CTS staff.
  • Conditions for Continuance: Steady progress toward degree by completion of a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester with a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.75.