Christian colleges are often smaller schools with limited scholarship opportunities available to the average student. Students who wish to attend a Christian college should talk with their local church or denomination headquarters to see if specific scholarships are available to help pay for college. Organizations such as the Southern Baptist Convention and The Episcopal Church offer multiple scholarships for students. In addition to those scholarships, the top three scholarships for Christian colleges are open to students no matter their denomination or the specific college they choose to attend.
Christian Connector, a resource for Christian higher education, provides an overview of various Christian colleges and the financial aid options they offer. In addition to that information, the website offers its own scholarship to students planning to attend a Christian college. Over $5,500 in scholarship money is awarded. The main scholarship drawing for undergraduates is worth $2,500, while additional scholarships provide $1,000 to seminary students, those involved with distance learning and students who wish to participate in a missions trip.
Undergraduate students interested in pursuing a degree in ministry may apply for a scholarship through the Fund for Theological Education. To apply, students must have at least a 3.0 GPA and be a sophomore or junior in college. A nomination from a college professor or pastor is also required. Students receive $2,000 to help cover college expenses or pay for students to complete another experience related to ministry. All recipients of the scholarship must also attend a week-long FTE Leaders in Ministry conference during the summer.
Children whose parents serve as missionaries may apply for a scholarship through the Christian Missionary Scholarship Foundation. Over 200 students receive scholarships through the foundation each year. While the amount of each scholarship varies, students are required to work to earn at least ½ of their room and board while in college. Students must also choose to attend one of six Christian colleges: Calvin College, Hope College or Kuyper College in Michigan; Trinity Christian College or Wheaton College in Illinois; or Dordt College in Iowa.