Denver Seminary is committed to offering our current and future students a gospel-centered, grace saturated education. We are also committed to offering theological training to a broader spectrum of God’s people. But for many who want to be trained and fulfill their calling, they cannot do it without financial assistance.
Scholarships and endowments make a huge difference for most of our students and their families. Your financial support is an extension of God’s grace to our students, allowing them to serve as God calls them, offering His grace to those they touch.
Each semester the Denver Seminary Scholarship Committee meets to identify students who apply and meet the requirements as established by Denver Seminary and the terms of agreements established by donors.
Types of Scholarships
- Endowed Scholarships: The principal of the endowment is held in perpetuity and is invested each year, and only a percentage of the earnings is spent. Our endowment is composed of different funds to which gifts are welcome.
- Temporarily Restricted: Gift principal is intended to be fully distributed and will not accrue earnings. Distribution may be made in the semester(s) following the next Scholarship Committee meeting.
- Term Endowment: Fund is intended to be fully distributed over a specified number of years and the declining principal will accrue earnings to be included in the scholarships. Distribution may begin when funding criteria is achieved and following the next Scholarship Committee meeting.
There are a number of different types of scholarships and endowments to consider, all of which are very important to Denver Seminary students. Below is a brief description of some of the options. If you would like to establish a new scholarship or endowment please contact Chris Johnson, Vice President of Advancement.
Apologetics and Ethics Scholarship Fund
The purpose of establishing the Apologetics and Ethics Scholarship Fund is to help prepare students for ministry in a pluralistic world to people who struggle with honest questions about the truth of the tenets of the Christian faith. For students who are enrolled in either the MDiv degree with a concentration in apologetics and ethics or the MA with a major in apologetics and ethics.
Biblical Studies Endowed Scholarship
For Biblical Studies students who have completed at least 31 credits and demonstrate high academic achievement.
Kent Mathews Endowed Scholarship
For MDiv students with a concentration in Justice and Mission or MA Justice and Mission students
Messianic Judaism Scholarship
For continuing MDiv students enrolled with a concentration in Messianic Judaism.
Shepherd's Heart Counseling Scholarship
For Counseling students who are the parents of at least one child
Alumni Scholarship Fund
The Alumni Scholarship Fund provides financial aid to full-time, master's level students with demonstrated need.
Engaging Hope Term Endowment Scholarship
To provide scholarships for recruiting new students. The goal of this scholarship is to make Seminary education more accessible and affordable for students.
To help students finish well and to support students that have potential for high impact. For full-time Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Counseling programs.
General Scholarship Fund
The purpose of this fund is to provide general scholarship monies to students with financial need enrolled in any of our master’s level programs.
Windgate Counseling Scholarship
For Counseling students who demonstrate financial need.
African Student Endowed Scholarship
For students pursuing a career of full‐time ministry upon graduation. Priority goes to African students.
Chinese Student Endowed Scholarship Fund
The purpose of this scholarship fund is to provide aid for full-time Chinese students attending Denver Seminary.
Kepner International Student Scholarship
For students from a home country with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) less than 10% in dollars of the US GDP per capita (list available in The World Factbook at CIA.gov) who demonstrate high academic achievement and unmet financial need.
Korean Student Endowed Scholarship
For Korean students who demonstrate high academic achievement and unmet financial need.
Latino/a Student Scholarship
For MDiv Latino students who desire to help lead the next generation of Latino Christians and ministries, and can describe how their Hispanic background both prepares them for and informs their identity, present ministry while in seminary, and future ministry plans subsequent to graduation
Ministry & Leadership
Barb and Jim Dixon Ministry Term Endowed Scholarship
The purpose of this scholarship fund is to provide financial assistance for married master of divinity students who intend to go into full-time ministry after graduation.
Carey S. Thomas Christian Leadership Endowment Scholarship Fund
The purpose of this scholarship fund is to recognize a student or students who exemplify biblical leadership and Christian character on the campus and in the community following the legacy of the first president of Denver Seminary, Carey S. Thomas.
Chaplaincy Scholarship Fund
The purpose of the Restricted Fund is to provide scholarship monies to needy students enrolled in master’s level chaplaincy programs.
Christian Ministry Endowed Scholarship Fund
The purpose of this fund is to provide aid for one or more student(s) who are studying in any of the following areas: Worship, Leadership, Youth and Family Ministry, Christian Formation and Soul Care, or Intercultural Ministry.
Cross‐Cultural Missions Scholarship
For students committed to pursue full‐time cross‐cultural missions outside the United States upon graduation.
Douglas V. and Lucille I. Birk Endowed Scholarship Fund
To provide tuition assistance for deserving MDiv students pursuing a career in full-time pastoral ministry. For more visit the Birk Endowed Scholarship Fund page.
Pastoral Student Endowed Scholarship
For students who are committed to pursue a career in full‐time pastoral ministry upon graduation and demonstrate high academic achievement. Priority goes to MDiv students.
Urban Initiatives Scholarship
To provide financial scholarship assistance for graduates of the Urban Initiatives lay certificate and who have enrolled in a Denver Seminary graduate program.
Young Life Scholarship
For students who exhibit a heart for evangelism and the desire to work with youth, and can commit to volunteer a minimum of 15 hours per week with Young Life of Littleton. Priority goes to students with less than 20 completed credits.
Women in Ministry
Huckleberry Scholarship Fund
The purpose of this scholarship fund is to provide scholarship assistance for female students who intend to go into a ministry, business, or a nonprofit leadership position after graduation.
Women Engage Scholarship
For female students who demonstrate leadership in their sphere of influence.
CPE Development and Education Fund
The purpose of the CPE Development and Education Fund is to provide a repository of funds to facilitate the advancement of the CPE program, specifically for non-budgeted items including but not limited to:
- Accreditation/reaccreditation expenses associated with the CPE program
- CPE related conferences sponsored by the Seminary
- CPE related conference expenses for Seminary faculty and students
- CPE related supervisory educational training for current or future Seminary employees, and
- Expenses for guest speakers for CPE-related events.
Good Samaritan Student Fund
The purpose of this fund is to provide emergency grants to aid students, internationals, and staff experiencing times of financial hardship. Includes international students.
Grounds Institute for Public Ethics
Geared towards the Seminary's students, Christian leaders and the general Christian community, the Institute aims to provide an environment as well as resources designed to sensitize, educate, and train Christians in matters pertaining to social ethics, so that they may be empowered to fulfill the biblical mandate to be "salt and light."
Justice and Mission Education Fund
The purpose of the Restricted Fund is to provide a repository of funds to facilitate the advancement of the Justice and Mission program, specifically for non-budgeted items including but not limited to:
- Accreditation/reaccreditation expenses associated with the Justice and Mission program.
- Justice and Mission related conferences sponsored by the Seminary.
- Justice and Mission related conference expenses for Seminary faculty and students.
- Library acquisitions related to the Justice and Mission program.
- Expenses related to the recruitment and retention of students in the program.
- Travel for the program director to international partners.
- Travel for students in the Justice and Mission program to fulfill their field-based intensives.
- Expenses for guest speakers for Justice and Mission related events.
The Lewis Center
The Gordon Lewis Center for Christian Thought and Culture exists to engage the needs of the world with the redemptive power of the gospel and the life-changing truth of Scripture. The Center is focused on serving the greater-Denver community by using the disciplines of theology, philosophy, and apologetics to explore the question of what it means to be a Christian in our world. Driven by the mission of God, the Center serves as both an outreach to those who do not believe as well as to Christians in need of assurance of their faith. This means that the Lewis Center seeks to engage the Denver community in ways that emphasize the objectively true and subjectively transformational nature of Christianity.
Randy and Karen MacFarland Leadership Development Endowed Fund
The purpose of the Fund is to provide opportunity for faculty and staff development as they pursue courses, certifications, and degrees that would benefit them professionally as well be in the interest of Denver Seminary. For more information please see the Randy and Karen MacFarland Leadership Development Endowed Fund.
Dr. Vernon Grounds Endowed Chair
The professor selected to occupy this chair will wear the mantel of this great man and be chosen to exemplify the qualities that best describe Dr. Grounds. This professor’s time will be focused on doing research and teaching in the classroom with Christian leaders in areas such as (but not limited to) pastoral care, philosophy of religion and theology, while also providing leadership and facilitating the programs of the GCPE, which targets community leaders worldwide. The GCPE will strategically enhance the Seminary’s mission by equipping leaders who have positions of influence, preparing them to impact society and the world.