|FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
If the Ministry Student Grant/Scholarship is listed on my award letter from Financial Aid, is there anything else that I need to do?
Yes, in order for the grant/scholarship to be officially posted to your account, you must be in compliance with, and complete the Ministry Student Grant/Scholarship Application.
Where can I get an application?
Applications for this grant/scholarship may be obtained from the Ministry Student Office, Office of Financial Aid, or on the Financial Aid pages of the DBU website.
Do I need to complete the Baptist Ministry Student Grant and DBU Ministry Student Scholarship applications?
No, a student will receive either the Baptist Ministry Student Grant or DBU Ministry Student Scholarship. The Baptist Ministry Student Grant 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 Baptist Renewal Grant. Students who are members of a non-Baptist church need to complete the application for The DBU Ministry Student 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, including a personal testimony and church endorsement or recommendation, are required. New applicants must have your home church complete the Church Endorsement Section. Renewal applicants must have your 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 your personal call to a career in vocational or bi-vocational church related Christian ministry. Please be as specific as possible regarding the details of your call and what type of ministry you feel called to pursue. Include recent events in your life that have helped to affirm and clarify this call.
Renewal Applicants must submit an essay expressing how you continue to pursue your personal call to a career in vocational or bi-vocational church related Christian ministry. Please include the type of ministry you are pursuing and include events in your life during the past year that have helped to affirm and clarify this call.
Final Year Applicants must submit an essay assessing how you 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 you are pursuing, accomplishments during your ministry training at DBU that have helped you affirm and clarify this call, and continued educational goals.
Am I required to take a special class?
Yes, Undergraduate First Year Baptist Ministry Student Grant recipients must take RELI 1310: Introduction to Christian Ministry during the first full academic year of attendance if the student plans on renewing the Baptist Ministry Student Grant.
When is the deadline for turning in my completed Ministry Student Grant/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 Student Grant/Scholarship cover Summer tuition?
Yes. If the Summer semester will be the students first time to receive the grant/scholarship then a first year application will need to be completed. Undergrad Renewal students will need to complete the Ministry Student Summer supplemental application.
How much aid will I receive?
That will depend upon which Ministry Student Grant/Scholarship you qualify, apply, and are approved for. The First Year Baptist and Baptist General Convention of Texas Ministry Grants 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 Ministry Student Scholarship, provided directly from DBU funds, is $50 per semester hour. GSOM master's ministry grants are $100 per semester hour; and, the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership Education Ministry Leadership Track and Ph.D. in Leadership Studies Ministry Concentration grants are $150 per semester hour.
DBU matches these graduate grants given by the BGCT with another $100 per semester hour, provided directly from DBU funds. DBU matches doctoral grants 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 grant/scholarship recipient's DBU email accounts throughout the year.
Who can I thank for the Grant/Scholarship?
Grant/scholarship recipients may send a 'thank you' to Dr. Joe Mosley, 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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