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CM CARES® Religious Scholars Program
Deadline to apply: April 8, 2020 3:00 pm CT

CM CARES, the Church Mutual Insurance Company Foundation, has established a scholarship program to assist students pursuing an advanced degree in religious studies at an accredited or conditionally accredited theological seminary, college or university of higher learning.

CM CARES has partnered with Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarships, to administer the program. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability or national origin.

Eligibility

Applicants for the CM CARES Religious Scholars Program must:

  • Be enrolled or be planning to enroll in a full-time or part-time*, graduate or doctorate religious studies program** at an accredited or conditionally accredited*** United States theological seminary, college, or university of higher learning, for the entire 2020-21 academic year.
    • *Usually a minimum of 6 credits; however, this varies by school. If you are unsure whether you are enrolled part-time, please check what your school’s part-time enrollment policy is.
    • **Applicants must be pursuing a master’s or doctorate degree in an area of religious study. This can be any area of religious study provided the applicant intends to enter full-time ministry following completion of studies.
    • ***Institutions in the process of achieving accreditation.
  • Demonstrate personal impact throughout education, work experiences, and volunteerism.
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent.
  • Be committed to entering the practice of full-time ministry* in the United States** following completion of studies.
    • *Full-time ministry includes holding a paid leadership position within a church body as a primary means of income.
    • **Must be physically within the United States.
  • International applicants are not eligible to apply for this program.

Award
If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $5,000 award. Up to fifty (50) awards will be granted.

Awards are one-time only and not renewable. Scholarship recipients are not eligible to reapply in future years.

Awards are for students in graduate or doctorate religious study programs in accredited or conditionally accredited universities, colleges, and seminaries.

Selection of Recipients
Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of scholastic performance in undergraduate/graduate programs, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience and an online recommendation. Financial need will not be considered.

Selection of recipients is made by the Church Mutual Insurance Company Foundation, Religious Scholars Council. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

Notification
Applicants will be notified in June. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients. Nonrecipients may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.

Payment of Scholarships
Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of CM CARES, the Church Mutual Insurance Company Foundation. Payments are made in one installment in early August.

As part of your application, you must upload a current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course, and term in which each course was taken.

Also as part of your application, one online recommendation must be submitted on your behalf by 3:00 p.m. Central Time on April 14, 2020.

Your application is not considered complete unless all required documents are submitted electronically.

Church Mutual Insurance Company Foundation, Inc., has partnered with Scholarship America. Selecting the button below will redirect you to the Scholarship America Student Hub!