Financial Aid Scholarships

Scholarships are made possible by Stavanger Lutheran Church Galina, IL and the Clarke Family. Scholarships are awarded based upon academic achievement and will be given by the faculty scholarship committee. Both scholarships are available for M.Div. students who intend to be rostered in the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ.

Application Process

Preliminary considerations:

  • When applying to ILT for the Stavanger Scholarship, students need to ensure they thoroughly understand all the guidelines and stipulations.

  • All scholarship recipients must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or have a valid student visa.

  • All scholarship funding depends on available funds, which could vary from year to year.

  • It is the students’ responsibility to make sure the scholarship application they submit is complete.

  • Once submitted, all application materials become the property of ILT and will not be returned to the student.

  • Applications are processed by designated ILT staff and evaluated by a representative group from the graduate faculty.

Portfolio Preparation:​

  • The applicant evaluation is a portfolio based process to establish merit.

  • The portfolio includes the following items:

    • A completed online application form.

    • Official transcripts from all other academic institutions previously attended.

    • A statement of faith.

    • An academic essay on a topic determined by ILT and prepared according to approved institutional guidelines.

    • Three letters of recommendation:

      • One letter should be from a person who is able to speak to the applicant’s academic competencies.

      • A second letter should be from a person who is able to speak to the applicant’s spiritual and pastoral competencies.

      • A third letter should be from a person who is able to speak to the applicant’s moral character.

  • A personal statement organized according to the following headings and in this order:

    • Autobiography: Provide a brief personal history (1-2 paragraphs).

    • The call to minister within a parish context: Describe the nature of your call and how you anticipate the education you receive from ILT preparing you for/enhancing your effectiveness in that call.

    • Ministry experience: Describe your involvement in your church, along with other relevant areas of service in your community.

    • Justification: State the reasons why you think you are a qualified candidate for the scholarship.

Communication with the Congregation: (Stavanger Only)

There is an expectation that the student will have regular contact with the congregation to update them on his/her progress in the program.

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