Scholarships and tuition grants come through the endowment funds and sacrificial gifts provided by friends of STS. A limited number of scholarships are available only for tuition expenses of degree-track, credit students who have completed at least 1 year of full-time academic education. These scholarships are given on the basis of academic excellence, commitment to ministry, and financial need. Scholarship funding is rarely available for students in their first year at STS. The amount and number of scholarships awarded is dependent on the size of the scholarship fund.
Art Willis Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is made to help with tuition for deserving students seeking a Master of Divinity or Master of Arts in Church Ministry, who struggle financially to conduct their studies. It is in memory of Art Willis, who was blessed by the Lord, but unable to complete Bible college because of severe financial restrictions.
Beautiful Feet Scholarship in Pastoral Ministry
This scholarship was established to help a full-time student(s) who is preparing for full-time pastoral ministry upon graduation.
Ben Hamilton Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is to help pay the tuition cost of a student who demonstrates a financial need, ministerial abilities and aspirations, and a good academic standing that will result in graduation.
Epperson Family Pastoral Scholarship
This scholarship covers the tuition needs of an active pastor who desires to complete his studies in any of our programs, one who is willing to continue his pastoral ministry while giving ample time to finishing a degree at Shepherds Seminary. This scholarship requires continuous enrollment.
James F. Langley Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is made available in loving memory of James F. Langley — a Christian gentleman, faithful husband, and loving father — to help with the tuition needs of a student who demonstrates a financial need, is seeking a vocation of full-time ministry upon graduation, and displays the values of consistent Christian character.
James Montgomery Boice Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is to meet the tuition needs of a Master of Divinity student who resides in Durham County during his graduate years. It is preferred that the student be from a family that has at least one other child in college or graduate school. The student must maintain at least a “B” average in classes taken.
Jane Lassiter Baker and Emma Lee Huggett Scholarship
It is the desire of Paul W. Baker Jr. and Deborah H. Baker to honor the lives of Jane Lassiter Baker and Emma Lee Huggett by providing financial and spiritual encouragement for students at Shepherds who are committed to vocational Christian ministry and service.
Master of Divinity Scholarship for Women
This scholarship is made available to help a female student who is seeking a Master of Divinity degree with a desire to further the cause of Christ in reaching women and discipling them.
Nate Davidson Memorial Scholarship
The family and friends of Nate Davidson desire to honor his life and Christian commitment by providing financial and spiritual encouragement for students at Shepherds who are committed to Christian ministry and service, but are challenged financially and by life experiences.
Paul K. Jackson Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a student who shows a heart for a teaching ministry. The namesake of this scholarship, Paul K. Jackson, had a heart for teaching and was the first professor of Old and New Testaments at the seminary, as well as Pastor of Adult Ministries at Colonial Baptist Church.
Tom Zempel Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is to be granted to a student in biblical counseling. It is maintained by the faculty of Shepherds Seminary in honor of, and in memory of, Dr. Zempel’s many years of service to the seminary, his passion for the pastorate, and his dedication to biblical counseling. Dr. Zempel was taken home to be with his Lord in the spring of 2016.
Timothy Scholarship in Ministry
This scholarship was made available to help a full-time, married student who is preparing for full-time vocational ministry.
Tully M. Fletcher Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a student who has best demonstrated a spirit of compassion for the lost by the habitual practice of personal or church group evangelism. The namesake of this scholarship, Tully M. Fletcher III, had an intense interest in winning souls.
Grants and Loans
Shepherds Tuition Grant-in-Aid Fund
Before each main semester (August and January), students may apply for benefits from the Student Tuition Grant-in-Aid Fund. These funds, which are received from private donors to the Seminary, are disbursed by the faculty to deserving students who apply. Students should apply for these benefits each term through the Seminary office.
Home Church Assistance
Assistance from your home church does more than help meet the budget — it provides accountability for the student and a prayer commitment by the church. Consequently, students are encouraged to discuss financial assistance possibilities with their pastor and church leaders.