|FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
If the Ministry Scholarship is listed on my award letter from Financial Aid, is there anything else that I need to do?
Yes, in order for the scholarship to be officially posted to your account, you must be in compliance with, and complete the Ministry Student Scholarship Application.
Where can I get an application?
Applications for this scholarship may be obtained from the Ministry Student Office or on the Ministry Student Program page of the DBU website.
Do I need to complete the BGCT Ministry Scholarship and DBU Ministerial Scholarship applications?
No, a student will receive either the BGCT Ministry Scholarship or DBU Ministerial Scholarship. The BGCT Ministry Scholarship is for first year students who are members of a Baptist church. However, if a student is not active in a Baptist General Convention of Texas church during his/her first year then he/she will not qualify for the BGCT Renewal Grant. Students who are members of a non-Baptist church need to complete the application for The DBU Ministerial Scholarship.
How do I know if my church is a Baptist General Convention of Texas Church?
Applicants can click here: www.texasbaptists.org/churchsearch and search for their church.
Do I need to submit another application, testimony, and church endorsement each school year?
Yes, an annual application, a personal testimony, church endorsement or recommendation, and letter of recommendation from your pastor are required. New applicants must have his/her home church complete the Church Endorsement Section. Renewal applicants must have his/her local church complete the Church Recommendation Section of the application.
What needs to be included in my testimony?
First Year Applicants must submit an essay expressing his/her personal call to a career in vocational or bi-vocational church related Christian ministry. An applicant needs to be as specific as possible regarding the details of his/her call and what type of ministry he/she feel called to pursue, including recent life events that have helped to affirm and clarify this call.
Renewal Applicants must submit an essay expressing how he/she continue to pursue his/her personal call to a career in vocational or bi-vocational church related Christian ministry. Please include the type of ministry being pursued and include life events during the past year that have helped to affirm and clarify this call.
Final Year Applicants must submit an essay assessing how he/she have and will continue to pursue your personal call to a career in vocational or bi-vocational church related Christian ministry. Please include the type of ministry being pursued, accomplishments during ministry training at DBU that have helped affirm and clarify this call, and continued educational goals.
Am I required to take a special class?
Yes, Undergraduate First Year BGCT Ministry Scholarship recipients must take RELI 1310: Introduction to Christian Ministry during the first full academic year of attendance if the student plans on renewing the BGCT Ministry Scholarship.
When is the deadline for turning in my completed Ministry Scholarship Application?
Deadlines for submitting fall, spring, and summer applications are October 15 for Fall/Spring/Summer, March 15 for Spring/Summer, and June 15 for Summer. No applications will be accepted for the current school year after the deadline.
Does the Ministry Scholarship cover Summer tuition?
Yes. If the Summer semester will be the students first time to receive the scholarship then a first year application will need to be completed. Undergrad Renewal students will need to complete the Summer supplemental application. Summer supplemental applications can be found on the Financial Aid website by clicking here.
How much aid will I receive?
That will depend upon which Ministry Scholarship you qualify and are approved to receive. The First Year and renewal Baptist General Convention of Texas Ministry Scholarships are provided by funds from the Baptist General Convention of Texas and are $50 per semester hour. The grant will increase to $75 per semester hour for junior and senior BGCT students majoring or minoring in one of the four College of Christian Faith degrees or in Christian Ministries. The DBU Ministerial Student Scholarship, provided directly from DBU funds, is $50 per semester hour. The Graduate BGCT Ministry Scholarship for Master's level students is $100 per semester hour; and for Doctoral students is $150 per semester hour.
DBU matches Master's Scholarships given by the BGCT with another $100 per semester hour, provided directly from DBU funds. DBU matches doctoral scholarships at $150 per semester hour.
Why am I required to check my DBU email address?
All DBU students are required to check their DBU email address regularly. Important communication relative to ministry students is sent to the grant/scholarship recipient's DBU email accounts throughout the year.
Who can I thank for the Grant/Scholarship?
Scholarship recipients may send a 'thank you' to Mr. Jeremy Johnston, Director of Ministry Students. The Ministry Student Office will be more than happy to forward your expression of gratitude to the appropriate DBU and Baptist General Convention of Texas persons.
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