Student Opportunities and Assistance

Students, ask your congregation for support!

Churches want to stay connected with you during your enrollment at college. Here are some ways they can do just that, both financially and relationally.

Policy and procedure for church matching grant program

Students who receive grants or scholarships that originate from a congregation, a church conference, a group of churches, or a participating camp, who have pooled resources for the purpose of providing tuition assistance, are eligible to receive a matching grant.

Undergraduate students enrolled at least half-time may receive an annual matching grant award of up to $1,000 for the first $1,000 received, and a 1:4 match for amounts over $1,000.

Adult Degree Completion Program students may receive an annual matching grant award of up to $1,000 (separate application required.)

Seminary (Main campus) students must be admitted and degree-seeking.

  • Half-time students (5-8 credits/semester) may receive annual matching grants (dollar for dollar) of $1,000 per award year which includes fall, spring and summer terms.
  • Full-time students (9 or more credits/semester) may receive a matching grant (dollar for dollar) of $2,000 per award year (includes fall, spring and summer terms) and an additional 1:4 match for any amount over $2,000.

Seminary (Lancaster site) students must be admitted and degree-seeking.

  • Half-time students (5-8 credits/semester) may receive annual matching grants (dollar for dollar) of $1,000 per award year which includes fall, spring and summer terms
  • Full-time students (9 or more credits/semester) may receive annual matching grants of up to $1,000 for the first $1,000 received (1:1 match) and an additional 1:4 match for any amount over $1,000.

Graduate students in the Counseling and Conflict Transformation programs may receive an annual matching grant award of up to $1,000. Students must be admitted and enrolled at least half-time (6 credits); maximum $2,000 lifetime award.

  • March 1 is the “preferred response date” for churches to inform EMU of their intent to send funds for students.
  • Church grant checks should be made payable to EMU and mailed to the financial assistance office at least one week prior to the beginning of the enrollment period (approximately August 20 and December 31).
  • Awarding of matching grants is contingent upon availability of funds.
  • If a student receives grants from more than one qualifying source, EMU will consider the total amount as if it were one contribution, i.e. each contribution will not be matched
    separately.
  • Financial support contributed by a camp must come from its operating budget and be part of a uniform plan to benefit all workers going to college. Grants may not be given in lieu of wages.

Other suggestions for support

Many opportunities exist for churches to provide nurture and support to students enrolled in college. Here are some specific ideas for undergraduate students and seminary students.

Ministry Inquiry Program

This exciting opportunity of the Mennonite Church USA is designed for college-age young adults who wish to explore pastoral ministry. The program offers the opportunity to experience first hand what ministry is and to test a person’s gifts and sense of call.