In making this grant to the Diocese, the Ministerial Excellence Fund Grant Committee provided the following guidelines for the scholarships.
- MEF scholarship recipients will be seeking Masters Degree in Divinity or engaged in other Episcopal course work required by the Bishop prior to ordination to the priesthood.
- Scholarships may be used for seminary tuition, books and/or living expenses based upon the seminarian’s unique financial situation.
- Recipients receiving MEF scholarships will be asked to complete a Financial Inventory and Household Budget prior to seminary graduation.
- Working with the Commission on Ministry, the MEF grant committee will host a facilitated workshop for seminarians to assist them in preparing their Financial Inventories and Household Budgets.
“In making this grant, the MEF Grant Committee strongly encourages the addition of a line item in the 2019 diocesan operating budget to further support diocesan seminarians,” added Hickman.
The MEF grant of $30,000 over the next 18 months doubles the current funds available for seminary scholarships from the Diocese.
Seminary scholarships are made possible through a generous grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.