The Ministerial Credentialing Office administers scholarship funds available to students who are in candidate status and who are enrolled in a Master of Divinity degree program leading to fellowship as a Unitarian Universalist (UU) minister.
The cost of studying for the Unitarian Universalist ministry is high. Consequently, financial pressures can be severe if wise choices are not made right from the beginning. The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is committed to trying to find ways to help alleviate the pressure through scholarship aid, debt-retirement assistance, counseling, and support for adequate ministerial salaries. If you have questions, please see the financial aid officer at your school, or call the Ministerial Credentialing Office. The Economic Realities of the Unitarian Universalist Ministry (PDF, 16 pages) has detailed information on the costs of becoming a UU minister, and the average salary range for new ministers.
To be eligible to apply for UUA financial aid grants, all applicants must be in Candidate status. Full-time and part-time students are eligible to apply. Those planning to be in an internship are eligible to apply, even if they will not be enrolled in theological school during the internship.
The Unitarian Universalist Association has a variety of scholarship sources. Some are general scholarship and others are named scholarships, with specific criteria. All financial aid grants are determined by a committee of UUA staff members and others that include two Unitarian Universalist ministers and a Unitarian Universalist layperson with a background in finance. Grants are determined on the basis of academic merit and financial need, consistent with the requirements of the scholarship funds, and range from $1000 to $15,000. Please review the following for information about all available scholarships.
Applicants for financial aid through the UUA are automatically considered for these named scholarship; no additional application materials are required, unless otherwise noted.
For more information contact mcoadministrator @ uua.org.
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Last updated on Wednesday, February 26, 2014.
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