8.5.3. Scholarships for International Students (other than those from Canada)
8.5.3.a Types of scholarships available to international students:
8.5.3.b Basic eligibility requirements:
- Full-time enrollment status (12 credits minimum for both Fall and Spring semesters)
- Enrollment in the M.Div., M.A.R., or M.A.C./M.A.U.M. program
- Commitment to return to one’s home country within 60 days of completing work at the Seminary
- Satisfactory Academic Progress measured after attempting 24 credit hours or completion of two semesters (whichever comes first): cumulative GPA greater than or equal to 2.5,unless otherwise noted, (qualitative) and, after completion of 24 credit hours, a credit completion rate greater than or equal to 75% (quantitative).
For other eligibility requirements that may apply, please see the section under the relevant scholarship description paragraph in the catalog and on the Financial Aid webpages. If any eligibility requirement is not maintained, the student will lose his or her scholarship. In addition, failure to return to one’s home country will result in a repayment plan of all scholarship funds received.
8.5.3.c Application materials that must be submitted:
- Westminster’s Scholarship Application for International Students form, available on the Financial Aid webpages or from the Financial Aid Office.
- Ministry Statement, which describes one’s call to ministry
- Additional documents (such as essays or letters of reference) required by the specific scholarship for which the student is applying (see section under the relevant scholarship description paragraph in the catalog and on the Financial Aid webpages.)
8.5.3.d Submission deadline:
Refer to Application Submission Deadlines.
8.5.3.e International Scholarship
The International Scholarship is available to a limited number of full-time international students who are enrolled in the M.Div., M.A.R. and M.A.C./M.A.U.M. programs. The amount awarded is applied toward the cost of tuition and certain fees only; any scholarship funds not used for tuition and allowable fees will be forfeited.
Ideally, total financial support for international students should be provided on an equal basis: living expense support by the sending organization/church and tuition scholarship by Westminster. This arrangement allows for maximum accountability to the sending church or organization and efficient stewardship of both the sending church’s resources and those of the Seminary.
In 2011-2012, International Scholarship awards ranged from $11,180 to $16,540. These are typical annual award amounts and may change from year to year.