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Masters Scholarships 

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Early Incentive Scholarship

Available to all master's degree students who are accepted and deposited before June 15 (for the fall semester) or November 15 (for the spring semester). Students receive this one-time award of $400 in their first semester.

Need-based Scholarship

Available to full-time master's degree students with an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC), as determined on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), that falls between $0 and $16,000. Master of Divinity students receive up to $5,400 and Master of Arts students receive up to $3,150; each is prorated over the course of their program. FAFSA must be filled out and students must qualify annually to retain scholarship.

Academic Scholarship

Available to full-time master's degree students in recognition of academic excellence. Selection criteria for this award are a GPA of at least a 3.5, strength of recommendations, and quality of application essay. To be considered for this scholarship you must be accepted and deposited by incoming enrollment deadlines. Students must qualify by term to retain scholarship.

Alumni Scholarship

A one-time $500 scholarship is awarded to Roberts Wesleyan College graduates.

Spouses Scholarship

Available to full-time master’s degree students who are married and both begin Northeastern Seminary at the same time.

Denominational Scholarships

Over 30 denominations and faith traditions are represented among Northeastern’s students. We are continually grateful for this diversity and celebrate the distinctions of faithful believers. The seminary experience is truly enriched when multiple voices can foster greater understanding—preparing students to minister in an increasingly diverse culture.

Denominational Scholarships available to students of the following traditions:

  • African Methodist Episcopal (AME)
  • African Methodist Episcopal Zion (AME Zion)
  • Assemblies of God (AoG)
  • Church of God in Christ (COGIC)
  • Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA)
  • Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME)
  • Elim Christian Fellowship
  • Free Methodist (FM)
  • Nazarene
  • Pentecostal
  • Presbyterian (PCUSA)
  • United Methodist (UM)
  • Wesleyan

Distinction Scholarships

Distinction Scholarships recognize two qualities that permeate our vision for the theological education offered at Northeastern Seminary:

Accentuate Relevance Scholarship

Describes the Seminary’s unwavering commitment to biblical and historic Christianity and our unshakeable resolve to respond to the actual contemporary needs of the church and world. Awarded to seminarians who are pursuing a fresh view of ministry the 21st century and are attentive to the multiplicity of ministry contexts in today’s world.

Embody Diversity Scholarship

The Seminary is a community of learners committed to increasingly reflecting the global breadth of Christ’s kingdom in racial, ethnic, gender, and ecclesial diversity. Awarded to seminarians who are pursuing experiential and cross-cultural learning opportunities including global and multi-ethnic ministry contexts.

More Masters Scholarships 

These scholarships are awarded after the first successful year of study to full-time students.

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Babcock Scholarship for Ethnic Diversity

This scholarship is given annually to deserving master's degree students of African American or Hispanic descent preparing for a career in ministry or theological education.

Bishop Richard D. Snyder Scholarship for Ministry Excellence

This award is given annually to students preparing for the ministry in the Free Methodist Church. Preference is given to students who are Conference Ministerial candidates or elders and who have a 3.0 GPA or higher.

Clarence H. & Elizabeth Zahniser Scholarship

This scholarship is given annually to Free Methodist students in their final year of study. The recipient must be in the top 20 percent of their class and intend to pursue pastoral ministry or foreign missions in the Free Methodist Church.

Clark William Snyder Scholarship

This scholarship is given annually to needy and deserving Northeastern Seminary students preparing for ministry.

Founders Scholarships

Awarded annually to deserving students of a broadly inclusive perspective.

Freda Burritt Lamson Scholarship

This award is given annually to gifted students that are members of the Free Methodist Church and are preparing for pastoral work in North America or for lifetime Christian service overseas.

Freda Burritt Lamson Scholarship Application

Matt Jones Memorial Scholarship

This award is given annually to students pursuing the Master of Divinity degree for pastoral ministry in the Free Methodist Church or other denomination within the Wesleyan tradition.

Open Access Scholarship

This scholarship is given annually to individuals with a physical disability who are preparing for ministry or to persons preparing to serve the disability community.

Robert E. Smith Seminarian Award

Awarded annually to needy and deserving students preparing for either pastoral or teaching ministry. Preference shall be given to students from the greater Rochester, New York area.

Wayne McCown Scholarship

Awarded annually to needy and deserving students preparing for full-time ministry or a career in Christian higher education.

Wesley R. Skinner Scholarship

This award is given annually to Northeastern Seminary students preparing for ministry in the Free Methodist Church of North America.

Teachers Assistant

To assist the full-time faculty of Northeastern Seminary in his/her teaching responsibilities with compensation. Students are only eligible after completing BHT 511NE.

Genesis Conference of the Free Methodist Church—Seminary Scholarship

Annual scholarships of $250 will be provided to Genesis Conference LMC's, CMC's, and elders who are pursuing an M.A., M.Div., or D.Min. degree at a seminary approved by the John Wesley Seminary Foundation. If the local church will match this amount, an additional $250 will be provided by the conference (total available: $500 conference + $250 local church = $750).

Doctor of Ministry Scholarships

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Northeastern Seminary Scholarship

25 percent reduction in tuition based on financial need of the student as determined by Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) eligibility.

Terms of eligibility for scholarship, student must be enrolled in at least three courses per year and complete application process by scholarship deadlines.

Northeastern Seminary Presidential Scholarship

50 percent reduction in tuition, based on evidence of academic strength in previous work and potential for contribution to ministry development.

Terms of eligibility for scholarship, student must be enrolled in at least three courses per year and complete application process by scholarship deadlines.

Alumni Scholarship

An additional one-time $500 is awarded to Northeastern M.Div. graduates.

Denominational Scholarships

Over 30 denominations and faith traditions are represented among Northeastern’s students. We are continually grateful for this diversity and celebrate the distinctions of faithful believers. The seminary experience is truly enriched when multiple voices can foster greater understanding—preparing students to minister in an increasingly diverse culture.

Denominational Scholarships available to students of the following traditions:

  • African Methodist Episcopal (AME)
  • African Methodist Episcopal Zion (AME Zion)
  • Assemblies of God (AoG)
  • Church of God in Christ (COGIC)
  • Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA)
  • Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME)
  • Elim Christian Fellowship
  • Free Methodist (FM)
  • Nazarene
  • Pentecostal
  • Presbyterian (PCUSA)
  • United Methodist (UM)
  • Wesleyan

Distinction Scholarships

Distinction Scholarships recognize two qualities that permeate our vision for the theological education offered at Northeastern Seminary:

Accentuate Relevance Scholarship

Describes the Seminary’s unwavering commitment to biblical and historic Christianity and our unshakeable resolve to respond to the actual contemporary needs of the church and world. Awarded to seminarians who are pursuing a fresh view of ministry the 21st century and are attentive to the multiplicity of ministry contexts in today’s world.

Embody Diversity Scholarship

The Seminary is a community of learners committed to increasingly reflecting the global breadth of Christ’s kingdom in racial, ethnic, gender, and ecclesial diversity. Awarded to seminarians who are pursuing experiential and cross-cultural learning opportunities including global and multi-ethnic ministry contexts.

Genesis Conference of the Free Methodist Church—Seminary Scholarship

Annual scholarships of $250 will be provided to Genesis Conference LMC's, CMC's, and elders who are pursuing an M.A., M.Div., or D.Min. degree at a seminary approved by the John Wesley Seminary Foundation. If the local church will match this amount, an additional $250 will be provided by the conference (total available: $500 conference + $250 local church = $750).

Northeastern Seminary reserves the right to change awards, amounts and eligibility criteria without prior notice.