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Meadville Lombard offers full-tuition scholarships and general scholarship assistance for full-time students. Any scholarships or tuition reduction assistance stated is for full-time students unless otherwise explicitly noted. Meadville Lombard students also are eligible for federal student financial aid.

Scholarships and Tuition Reduction Awarded

2015/2016 Academic Year $560,000
2016/2017 Academic Year $645,000
2017/2018 Academic Year $760,000


Scholarship and grant opportunities are made possible through generous gifts from individuals and organizations who support Meadville Lombard Theological School. Scholarship assistance is awarded to MLTS students based on merit. The following describes a sample of the grants, fellowships, and scholarships available to matriculated MLTS students.

Full-Tuition Scholarships

Each year, Meadville Lombard offers at least one full-tuition scholarship to a full-time student in the Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree program. This merit-based scholarship provides 100 percent tuition assistance to one graduate student for their three years in the MDiv program as long as the student remains in good academic standing and completes the graduate program as outlined in the award letter. The following is the list of full-tuition scholarships:

  • The Hardy and Betty Sanders Scholarship for Excellence
  • The Stanley D. Christianson Family Endowed Scholarship for Excellence
  • The Arnold and Julia Bradburd Endowed Scholarship for Excellence
  • The Julia Bradburd Endowed Scholarship for Excellence
  • The Ed and Betty Law Endowed Scholarship
  • The Joseph and Marion Wertheim Endowed Scholarship for Excellence
  • The Spencer and Susan Lavan Endowed Scholarship

To qualify for these scholarships, Master of Divinity degree students must complete their application for admission by the Priority I deadline and intend to study full-time.

Unitarian Universalist Scholarships

Meadville Lombard students applying for entrance into the Master of Divinity degree program are also eligible for other scholarship consideration through the Unitarian Universalist Association. The Ministerial Credentialing Office of the Unitarian Universalist Association administers scholarship funds available to MLTS students who are in aspirant or candidate status and who are enrolled in a Master of Divinity degree program leading to fellowship as a Unitarian Universalist (UU) minister.

Grants from the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA)

Meadville Lombard students must apply directly to the UUA for subsidized grants for graduate program assistance. We encourage all MLTS students who are seeking to serve as Unitarian Universalist ministers to review the UUA’s offerings for financial aid offered to fellowshipped ministers.

Scholarships from the John Haynes Holmes Memorial Fellowship

Meadville Lombard ministerial students may apply directly to the John Haynes Holmes Memorial Fellowship Fund Committee, c/o the Community Church, 40 E. 35th St., New York, NY 10016, (212) 683-4988. Applications will be available in December/January of each year. The application deadline is April 1.

Meadville Lombard Institutional Grant Awards

Meadville Lombard Theological School offers institutional grant awards and scholarships to students who are enrolled in our Master of Arts in Religion, Master of Arts in Leadership Studies, or Master of Divinity degree programs. These grants reflect Meadville Lombard’s commitment to assisting students who complete their degree program full-time, because full-time enrollment typically impacts a student’s ability to work while completing a graduate program.

Meadville Lombard awards grants from available resources to eligible students based on merit. All awards are authorized for the MLTS academic year and are credited to the student's account each term.

Federal Loans

Any student who is enrolled at least half-time in a graduate degree program at Meadville Lombard, in good academic standing with the school, and a citizen of the United States, may be eligible to receive Federal Loans. Information on Federal Direct Loans is available at the Federal Student Aid website. We also accept military Financial Aid and Financial Aid from Veteran Affairs.

If you need more information and one-on-one assistance, please contact the Student Affairs & Admissions Office.