History of the Fund
In 1893 an ambitious young man, born and reared in Caswell County, North Carolina, came to Martinsville, Virginia to seek his fortune. That young man was Charles B. Keesee. In 1896 Mr. Keesee was married to Miss Olivia Helms Simmons of Floyd, Virginia. Having no children of their own, it was their desire to help worthy young men and women obtain an education at Baptist institutions. Mr. Keesee provided in his will for the establishment of an educational fund, and after his death in 1940, the Charles B. Keesee Educational Fund was established in 1941. Mrs. Keesee shared her husband’s interest in assisting young people toward greater educational opportunities. At her death in 1944, she left the major part of her estate to the Charles B. Keesee Educational Fund, Inc. Since its inception, the Fund assisted thousands of qualified students in paying their educational expenses.
Eligible Degree Programs at Southeastern
- Master of Divinity
- Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling
- Master of Arts in Christian Education
- Master of Arts in Christian Education with Biblical Counseling
- Master of Arts in Christian Ministry
- Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (Mentored)
- Master of Arts in Church Planting
- Master of Arts in Church Revitalization
- Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies
- Master of Arts in Ministry to Women (beginning Fall ’24)
- Master of Arts in Ministry to Women with Biblical Counseling (beginning Fall ’24)
- Master of Arts in Missiology
- Master of Arts in Student Ministry
- Master of Arts in Worship Ministry
- Doctor of Education
- Doctor of Ministry
- Doctor of Philosophy
Deadline date for applications for the Master’s degree grant for repeat applicants is March 1 for fall and spring semesters and October 1 for the spring semester only. This is the absolute deadline date for repeat applicants.
Deadline date for the Master’s degree grant for new applicants is April 1 for fall and spring semesters and October 1 for the spring semester only.
A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required of applicants.
There is a maximum award of $7,750 for two semesters for up to four years available to students pursuing an eligible Master’s degree who meet the application requirements, and plan to enter the Baptist ministry or religious work in the Baptist denomination as defined below:
- Grants are available only to citizens of the United States.
- You must be a resident of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee or West Virginia
- Students must have lived in one of these states for a minimum of twelve months immediately prior to entering any educational institution.
- You cannot establish residency while you are a student. The Trustees reserve the right to determine residency.
- You plan to be employed and paid by a church or an institution or agency of the Baptist denomination; and,
- Employment in the Baptist ministry or Baptist religious work is to include a major component of work specifically identified as religious work requiring formal academic preparation. Such employment could include but is not limited to preaching, pastoral duties, Minister of Music, Minister of Youth, Minister of Children, Minister of Christian Education, and missionary work.