Scholarships & Tuition Grant-in-Aid

Shepherds Theological Seminary offers a limited pool of in-house scholarships and tuition grant-in-aid to eligible students. The Financial Aid Office sends out applications for awards to active students of the seminary prior to the start of the fall and spring semesters each year. A scholarship committee reviews the completed applications and distributes available awards.


To be eligible for an award, a student must be:

  • In a degree program
  • In good academic standing
  • Actively taking courses and progressing toward graduation


Traditional degree-seeking students can begin applying for awards once they have completed a full academic year at STS; one-year students can apply after completing their first semester. The awards are for future semesters, not semesters already completed. Note: students employed by Shepherds Theological Seminary or The Shepherd’s Church (working at least 20 hours per week) are not eligible for in-house awards.


Below are a list of potential scholarships that an eligible student could receive. In addition to the general eligibility requirements outlined above, several scholarships have additional parameters that further define eligibility. Please note that award availability and amounts vary from semester to semester.

This scholarship is awarded to a deserving student demonstrating financial need, ministry abilities, and good academic standing, who is seeking a Master of Divinity or Master of Arts in Church Ministry. It is in memory of Art Willis, who was blessed by the Lord, but unable to complete Bible college because of severe financial restrictions.
This scholarship was established to help a full-time student(s) who is preparing for full-time pastoral ministry upon graduation.
This scholarship grant is made available to alleviate the financial burden for a degree-seeking student who has: one or more children with developmental, physical, or cognitive disabilities; or one or more live-in family members with developmental, physical, or cognitive disabilities. The student must maintain at least a 2.5 GPA.

This scholarship was established to cover 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 finish a degree at STS. This scholarship requires continuous enrollment.

In loving memory of James F. Langley – a Christian gentleman, faithful husband, and loving father – this scholarship is awarded to a student who demonstrates financial need, a desire to serve the Lord in full-time ministry, and a life of consistent Christian living in attitude and actions.

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 STS who are committed to vocational Christian ministry and service. This scholarship is awarded to a student with a commitment to a life of vocational ministry who has completed at least one semester, and is seeking the Master of Divinity or a Master of Arts while maintaining a GPA of 2.70 or higher.

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 STS, as well as Pastor of Adult Ministries at The Shepherd’s Church (formerly Colonial Baptist Church).

This scholarship is awarded to a select student each academic year who has demonstrated commitment and proficiency in theological studies. The student must be training for vocational ministry, in a professional degree program (MDiv, MABLL, or ThM), and actively engaged in local church ministry. The fund was created in honor of the enduring contribution of Dr. Larry Pettegrew to STS.

This scholarship is made available to help full-time Master of Theological Studies students who are participating in the one-year degree program at the Cary campus.

This fund was established specifically to assist students who are struggling financially in order to attend seminary. It is supported by private donations only. The fund is open to students in any degree program.

This scholarship is awarded to a student who best demonstrates 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.