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Missions Related Scholarships

Application Deadlines

  • Incoming Students:
    • Fall- July 15
    • Spring- December 15
  • Returning Students: February 15 - April 15

Southeastern will waive tuition and fees for the first two years of any doctoral program and the first 12 hours of a Master of Theology for International Mission Board (IMB) missionaries who have taken the Voluntary Retirement Incentive (VRI).

Details:

  • This is a one-time offer
  • Any IMB missionary who took the VRI that was announced on September 10, 2015, in the first phase of the IMB financial plan is eligible
  • Prospective students have two years from January 2016 to apply and be accepted (no application deferrals)
  • Prospective students must meet application requirements for desired program
  • Regular tuition and fees charged after two years of doctoral study or 12 hours of Master of Theology study

The waiver includes:

  • Tuition and for two years (doctoral degrees) or for 12 credit hours (Master of Theology)
  • One-time program fee
  • Each semester’s enrollment fee

The waiver does not include:

  • Room and board
  • Books
  • Any other fee not related to tuition

To receive the waiver, apply through your desired program and indicate that you are interested in the IMB retiree waiver.

The Active IMB Scholarship is for degree-seeking, fully-funded IMB missionaries/personnel who are currently serving on the mission field or on stateside assignment.

 

The scholarship is equal to 50% of the SBC tuition rate and associated fees, but does not help with books, housing, or music program related fees. It is available to on-campus or distance learning students enrolled at full- or part-time status. Eligible students must be in their first Master’s degree or Advanced-degree program at Southeastern. Select degrees are offered fully online; please visit the Distance Learning page for more information.

 

If the student loses employment status with the IMB, he or she will no longer be eligible for the scholarship. This scholarship may not be combined with any other form of Southeastern-related aid. Eligible students must reapply each academic year. 

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The NAMB Scholarship is for degree-seeking NAMB missionaries/personnel who are currently serving on a full-time field assignment.

The scholarship is equal to 50% of the SBC tuition rate and associated fees, but does not help with books, housing or music program related fees. It is available to on-campus or distance learning students enrolled at full- or part-time status in their first master’s degree at Southeastern. Select degrees are offered fully online; please the Distance Learning page for more information.

Restrictions:

  • Eligible candidates must be fully funded employees of NAMB
  • If the student loses employment status with NAMB, he or she will no longer be eligible for the scholarship
  • This scholarship may not be combined with any other form of Southeastern-related aid. Eligible students must reapply each academic year

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The NACP scholarship is for students serving in a leading pastoral role in an SBC church plant OR as a bi-vocational pastor in an SBC church enrolled in at least 6 credit hours each semester. Applicants must read and affirm the Abstract of Principles and the Baptist Faith & Message 2000. Students must also engage in and submit reports of at least 7 significant gospel conversations each semester.

This opportunity offers a tuition scholarship of up to $4,000 per year ($2000/semester) for selected applicants. All other educational expenses are the student’s responsibility. Reapplication is required each year.

The deadline to apply is July 15th for the following academic year (there is a December 15th deadline for students only seeking an award during the following spring semester) and recipients are required to submit their reports before all funds are released. 

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The MK Scholarship may be awarded to children of “active-duty” IMB or NAMB missionaries who are serving on the mission field. “Active-duty” means fully-funded, full-time, field assignment personnel.

The scholarship is equal to the full cost of the SBC tuition rate and associated fees for eligible students' first master's degree at Southeastern. It does not count toward books, housing or music program related fees.

Qualifications:

  • Parents must be active-duty and fully-funded IMB or NAMB missionaries
  • Students must be 30 years of age or younger upon enrollment
  • Students must be active in a local Southern Baptist church
  • Students must be enrolled as full-time, degree-seeking students

Restrictions:

  • The scholarship is not applicable to the spouse of the qualified child of missionaries
  • The funds may not be combined with any other form of Southeastern-related aid

Special Instructions for Children of Retired Missionaries:

  • Current MK recipients whose parents retired with the IMB (non-VRI) will maintain their MK scholarship for the duration of their degree. Incoming students, whose parents are retired IMB personnel, will receive a 25% tuition scholarship off the SBC rate. Eligible students must reapply each academic year.
  • IMB retirees under the VRI prior to 2018: Children whose parents took the VRI will receive a 100% tuition scholarship until 2018. Once the student is accepted, he or she will receive this full tuition scholarship for the duration of their degree. Students must reapply every academic year.
  • IMB retirees under the VRI after 2018: Children whose parents took the VRI, who enter SEBTS after January 1, 2018, will receive a 25% discount on their tuition for their first degree. 

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The Returning Journeyman/ISC Scholarship is available to full-time, master’s degree-seeking students who have completed ISC or Journeyman programs and who have a vocational commitment to mission services (returning from the field within the last three years).

The scholarship is equal to 50% of the SBC tuition rate and associated fees for a student’s first master’s degree at Southeastern. It does not count toward books, housing or music program related fees.

Restrictions:

  • Students must be active and participating members of a local Southern Baptist church
  • Students must be enrolled as full-time, degree-seeking students (on-campus or distance learning). Select degrees are offered fully online; please the Distance Learning page for more information.
  • This scholarship may not be combined with any other form of Southeastern-related aid.

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Available to SBC lead bi-vocational pastors who receive the majority of their salary from a job outside the church in which they are serving. Students are required to have completed a bachelor’s degree and must first qualify for the reimbursement through North American Mission Board (NAMB).

Interested students should:

  • Review reimbursement parameters
  • If approved by ironman, contact Southeastern’s Admissions Office or review the SEBTS catalog to find out the cost of each class/credit hour and number of classes/hours required to complete their chosen degree

How it works:

  • Awarded students enroll at Southeastern and pay out-of-pocket for classes
  • Once the semester is completed, approved students then submit receipt of grades and proof of tuition payment to NAMB for reimbursement (maximum reimbursement $2,400/yr.)
  • Grades must be B (3.0) or above to qualify for reimbursement

Reimbursement is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. A new request must be approved each semester prior to registering.

Applications should be submitted to ironmen@namb.net.

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The Barbara Osborn Memorial Mission Education Fund is a scholarship for Baptist seminary students who are committed to international missions. The scholarship selection is administered by the Office of Global Strategy of the IMB, SBC.

According to the fund agreement, scholarship recipients must (1) be a full time student in their final year of a seminary owned, controlled or supervised by the Southern Baptist Convention or it successors; (2) have made a commitment to enter the foreign mission field upon the completion of their seminary education and (3) be in the application process with the IMB for appointment.

Students participating in “2+2”, “2+3” or similar programs are eligible for the scholarship in their last year of seminary. All students in their final year of seminary are eligible to receive the scholarship. This includes students attending extension centers and taking online classes.

  • Scholarships shall be awarded on the basis of economic necessity and academic performance. All scholarship recipients must have maintained a passing grade point average during their seminary training.
  • To apply, students must request an application from the Financial Aid Office by February 1 for spring semesters or October 1 for fall semesters.
  • Applicants will be notified of their decision two months after the application deadline.

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