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June 2 Update

Congratulations to the dozens of students who have applied for these scholarships by the May 31, 2023 deadline, and to all pastors and clerks of sessions who completed letters of recommendation. The scholarship team is busy getting to know you through your submissions and will announce decisions by July 31, 2023. Scholarship payments will be processed by August 30, 2023. Thank you for praying for discernment for this scholarship team, and even more, for all the ways you live out your faith. God bless you!

Scholarship grants are available to students for full and part-time study toward the first baccalaureate degree or certification at colleges, universities, and vocational schools, or first master’s degree in theology. Applicants will be asked to describe the ways or organizations for whom they provide Christian leadership, especially those that help churches or ministries to thrive, address structural racism, and/or engage issues of poverty (which are three of the Synod’s most important goals). Scholarship applications must be completed by May 31, 2023.

Learn More & Apply (Students)Submit Endorsement Letter (Pastors/Clerks of Session)


In November 2022, The Synod of the Covenant was delighted to announce that it has awarded $48,000 in grants to eighteen congregations and ministries in seven presbyteries.  These awards range from $1,000 to $5000. 

The focus of the grants is to support ministries to build congregational vitality, dismantle structural racism, and/or eradicate systemic poverty. These goals stem from the denomination’s Matthew 25 movement. Of thirty-two grant applications, eighteen were awarded.

Click here to see the winners. 

Information and applications for 2023 Grants will be posted by mid-summer 2023.


2022-23 Grants and Scholarships Winners

The Synod of the Covenant is delighted to announce that it has awarded almost $40,000 in scholarships to 54 students from 10 presbyteries and 28 churches. These awards, ranging from $700 to $1,400, go to the winners of the Higher Education Scholarships for Christian Leaders.

2021-22 Grants and Scholarships Winners

In 2021, the Synod of the Covenant awarded nearly fifty students Higher Education Scholarships for Christian Leaders, and awarded eleven churches and ministries Matthew 25 grants. Click on the buttons below to see the winners!

2020-21 Grant Winners

In 2020, two types of scholarships and two types of grants were awarded.  Students were eligible to receive either Higher Education Scholarships or COVID Emergency Need Grants for Higher Education Students.  Churches, Institutions, and Organizations were eligible to receive Racial Ethnic Grants and New Covenant Grants.  See the lists of winners by clicking on the buttons below.