Each year, the ELCA Fund for Leaders awards over 40 new full-tuition scholarships to future ELCA pastors and deacons who attend ELCA seminaries. The scholarship application window will be open from November 15, 2021 to February 25, 2022. 

Eligible candidates must be planning to enroll full time in fall 2022 and must have received a positive entrance decision or begun the process of seeking candidacy for rostered ministry in the ELCA. Candidates are encouraged to apply to seminary and for a Fund for Leaders scholarship simultaneously. Students who have completed no more than one semester of coursework prior to fall 2022 are also welcome to apply. 

Scholarship recipients may apply their full-tuition scholarship to any ELCA seminary that has offered them admission. Awards are automatically renewed each year, provided recipients continue to meet the scholarship requirements. 

To learn more about the Fund for Leaders scholarships and application requirements, visit ELCA.org/FundForLeaders