The Synod is part of the Matthew 25 movement, with its emphasis on building congregational vitality, dismantling structural racism, and eradicating systemic poverty. Our grants and scholarships share these goals.

Higher Education Scholarships for Christian Leaders

Scholarships are available to students for full- or part-time study toward their first undergraduate, associates, or vocational degree or toward their first master degree programs for church vocations at approved and accredited theological institutions.  All students who are members of Presbyterian Church (USA) churches within the Synod of the Covenant are eligible to apply.

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 racism, and/or engage issues of poverty (which are three of the Synod’s most important goals).

Applications will be available on this page no later than April 16, 2021, and are due by May 31, 2021.  Winners will be notified and announced no later than June 30, 2021.

Matthew 25 Grants

Grants are available to Presbyterian Church (USA) congregations, institutions, and organizations within the bounds of the Synod.  The grants’ focus is on ministries to build congregational vitality, dismantle structural racism, and/or eradicate systemic poverty. These goals stem from the denomination’s Matthew 25 movement, but applicants need not to have formally joined that movement to receive funding. Preference will be given to applicants which are primarily Black, Indigenous, and People of Color and focused on their local neighborhood.

Applications will be available on this page no later than August 1, 2021, and are due by September 30, 2021.  Winners will be notified and announced no later than November 15, 2021.

2020 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.