Scholarships

Each year, the Bethesda Auxiliary, in partnership with Bethesda, awards college and seminary students with scholarships for their commitment to the disabilities field and Lutheran ministry.

Each year, Bethesda Auxiliary, in partnership with Bethesda, awards college and seminary/post-graduate students scholarships for their commitment to careers in Lutheran ministry with people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

We’re offering $15,000 in student scholarships for the 2021-2022 school year.

Looking to today’s students as the future of our organization, we support youth whose career goal is ministry with people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including sharing the Word of God and love of Jesus with them. We invite junior and senior undergraduate college/university students and post-graduate/seminary and deaconess students to apply for one of our Bethesda Student Scholastic and Service Scholarships.

Creating opportunities for the next generation

Scholarships are awarded by Bethesda Auxiliary in partnership with Bethesda. The Auxiliary is a nationwide organization that reaches forward in faith, Word and Deed by sharing the love of Jesus with people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Bethesda Auxiliary wants to support and encourage the younger generation to commit to careers that serve people who are so often overlooked and underserved, knowing that the Lord will bless their lives with joy in the relationships they will build.

Seminarian and Post-graduate Students

Criteria for seminarian and post-graduate students committing to ministry, such as pastor, deaconess, director of Christian education, or special-needs teacher with people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

  • Be an active, communicant member of a Lutheran congregation.
  • Be a current college senior, accepted to begin seminary or post-graduate studies in the fall, or currently be classified as a first-year or second-year student at any Lutheran seminary. Students going on to their internship/vicarage year do not qualify.
  • Have a commitment to inclusion of people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities within the local parish, giving them the opportunities for study of God’s Word and serving with which all members are blessed.

College and University Students

Criteria for college and university students pursuing undergraduate degrees in an academic area such as special-needs Lutheran school teacher, director of Christian education, pre-seminary and deaconess preparation studies, that will prepare them for ministry with people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities, so opportunity to share God’s Word and the love of Jesus is present.

  • Be an active, communicant member of a Lutheran congregation.
  • Be classified as a junior or senior at an accredited college or university.
  • Have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Have a career objective in the field of ministry with people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities, so opportunities to share the Gospel and Jesus’ love with them, as wonderful relationships of shared faith are established.