Saint Paul to award 4 full scholarships
Saint Paul School of Theology will award four full-ride scholarships to United Methodist men and woman of any age who will begin study at the seminary in Fall 2015.
The awards will be granted to two students at each of the seminary’s two locations: on the campus of Oklahoma City University and at UM Church of the Resurrection, greater Kansas City, Mo.
Funds will cover a student’s tuition, books, and fees for three years.
The Saint Paul Fellows Program is a collaboration with Church of the Resurrection and the Oklahoma Conference. The Oklahoma United Methodist Foundation provided the lead gift to "kick start" the program.
The pastoral program is designed to eliminate debt and immerse students in varied church settings. Nationally, average seminary student loan debt is $45,000, according to a Saint Paul report.
The Oklahoma Conference Fellows also will receive a student appointment to pastor a small church, with a parsonage and salary to cover living expenses.
The Church of the Resurrection Fellows will receive a stipend to cover living expenses while serving at the 21,000-member congregation’s suburban campus in Leawood, Kan., within the Great Plains Annual Conference.
Seminary President H. Sharon Howell said, "We are seeking students who will lead and serve an ever-changing church in a broken and hungry world. Selected Fellows will show exemplary leadership and promise for creative and faithful ministry."
Application deadline is March 15. Eight finalists will be invited for on-site interviews in March, and the seminary will announce scholarship recipients on April 15.
Learn more at www.spst.edu/fellows.