Scholarships


Graduate School of Theology and Ministry

Awards are granted by the Graduate School of Theology and Ministry through an application process to qualifying new graduate theology students pursuing a masters degree. To qualify, students must be enrolled full-time (9 credit hours or more) in courses on-campus and maintain an ORU cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above*. All awards are granted on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to availability of funds. The deadline to apply for the following awards is May 15 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester*. Scholarships and grants that are awarded on an annual basis require a new application each academic year. Download an overview of scholarships, grants and assistantships for the Graduate Schools of Theology and Ministry.

* Unless otherwise indicated

The Scholarship Application deadline for fall 2013 was May 15, 2013.
Scholarship applications for spring 2014 can be submitted from August 2013 through December 1, 2013


Academic Scholarships

Academic scholarships are awarded based on cumulative undergraduate GPA and/or graduate GPA after one semester of study. The minimum GPA requirement for an academic scholarship is 3.5. Returning students must complete an academic scholarship application after January 1st of each year for the fall semester. The award amount is as follows:

GPA Scholarship Award Per Year
4.0 $1700
3.9 $1500
3.8 $1300
3.7 $1100
3.6 $ 900
3.5 $ 700

 Need-Based Grant

This award is based on need as determined by the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). A separate Need-Based Grant application  must be filed with the ORU Financial Aid Office who will then submit your request to the Graduate School of Theology and Ministry for review. Need-based grant applications will be sent to newly accepted students taking courses on-campus as part of their acceptance packet. This award is up to $800 per year for those who qualify. This grant may not be combined with the Modular Grant or Retention Scholarship as described below.


Retention Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to recent undergraduate ORU alumni who begin the graduate program the semester after completing their bachelors degree. The total amount of this scholarship is $1500 for the student's first year of study. This scholarship may not be combined with the Need-Based Grant as described above. Application for Retention Scholarship.


Modular Grant

This grant is awarded to modular students who are enrolled in a minimum of 9.0 credit hours with at least one on-campus course in one semester. The student must not have incomplete coursework at the time of application. The total amount of this grant is $400 per semester. A separate Modular Grant application must be submitted to the director of the Modular Program each semester. The deadline to apply for this grant is May 15 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester.


Seminary Days Scholarships

This award is offered to students who attend a Seminary Day visit, complete the admissions process and are fully accepted. The award is a one time amount of $500 for the first semester of enrollment. This award may be combined with the Need-Based Grant but may not be combined with the Retention Scholarship.


Graduate Theology Children of Alumni Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to alumni who do not qualify for the Retention Scholarship or whose parent(s) are ORU graduate(s). The total amount of this scholarship is $500 per academic year for up to three years, or a maximum of six semesters. Application for Alumni Scholarship.


Graduate Theology International Grant

This grant is awarded through an application process to qualifying international students who hold an F-1 visa. The total amount of this grant is up to $1,000 per academic year for up to three years, or a maximum of six semesters.

Chaplain Candidacy Scholarship

This grant is awarded to Graduate Theology Master of Divinity students (or those working toward Master of Divinity equivalency) who are active members of the United States Armed Services and are Chaplains or pursuing Chaplain Candidacy within that branch of the service. The total amount of this grant is up to $2,500 per academic year for no more than three years or six semesters. Application must be made each academic year and approved by the Dean. This Scholarship may not be combined with the Retention Scholarship, Need-Based Scholarship, or Modular Grants.

* Unless otherwise indicated