Scholarships & Assistance


Leland Scholarships

Leland is pleased to offer scholarships through our Kevin Ly General Scholarship Fund to help students defray the cost of education. This fund is named in memory of Rev. Kevin Ly, a 2015 M.Div. graduate of Leland and the former senior pastor of Main Street Baptist Church in Luray, Virginia. In addition, specific donors may establish additional scholarship funds at Leland or provide scholarship donations that Leland administers. In recent years, for example, the Duke Street Trinity Baptist Memorial Foundation has provided Leland with scholarship funding through its Trula Duane Scholarship Fund for students who are members of churches in the NorthStar Church Network.

Leland scholarships are available to students matriculating in any of Leland’s academic programs. Thus, Leland scholarships are not available for audit or special students. Students must apply each semester to be considered for scholarship funding. (January term scholarship requests may be submitted with the a pplication for a Spring semester scholarship, and June term scholarship requests may be submitted with the application for a Fall semester scholarship.)

Scholarship awards are made to qualified recipients based on the availability of funds, as well as academic merit, ministry and other work experience, and financial need as reflected in the scholarship and admission applications. Available funding may have other restrictions requested by the donor (such as a fund designated for members of a certain denominational association, students from a certain geographic area, or students in a certain program). You will be considered for any fund administered by Leland for which you meet the donor’s specific requirements.

Scholarship awards are not retroactive. Students with account balances will not be considered for any scholarship awards. Any student on scholarship who does not register for a course in the designated term or pay the remainder of the student balance by the term payment due date will forfeit his/her scholarship. The scholarship award is also contingent on the student completing the course and earning a grade of 2.0 or better.

Scholarship recipients who do not register and pay by the deadline for receipt of the early bird tuition discount will still be responsible for any difference between regular (i.e., non-early bird) tuition and the scholarship portion of their tuition. Diploma students who are participating in the “On Three, It’s Free” program are not eligible for the early bird discount.

Returning students will be considered for scholarships ONLY if: 1) All of previous coursework is completed and turned in; 2) the student is in good academic standing and has a minimum GPA of 2.0; and 3) the student’s financial account is paid in full.

Scholarship amounts and award guidelines are subject to change and may be adjusted based on the competitiveness of the applicant pool, the financial need of the applicant, the availability of funds, and donor requested restrictions.

Due dates for applications for scholarships awarded by Leland for current students are as follows:

January/Spring terms:   November 8, 2019
June/Fall terms:      April 1, 2020

Prospective students should submit the completed scholarship application by their admission application deadline.

To apply for a Leland scholarship, complete the Leland Scholarship Application Form and submit the completed application to info@leland.edu.

Students and prospective students should contact Executive Associate Abbie Tolbert (atolbert@leland.edu or 703.812.4757 ext. 200) with any questions or for more information.

Veterans’ Educational Benefits

Veterans of the U.S. military, their spouses, and dependents are often eligible for educational funding through various programs sponsored by the Veteran’s Administration. Graduate students who intend to take advantage of their VA Benefits at Leland are encouraged to contact the Registrar’s Office as early as possible for information about establishing a file and verifying their enrollment to the VA. Eligible students must provide a copy of the VA Certificate of Eligibility to the Registrar’s Office no later than the first day of the inaugural semester in which they wish to enroll. If the student cannot provide a COE, they must provide the information necessary for Leland’s VA Certifying Official (Registrar’s Office) to verify the student’s eligibility and process their certification. In each subsequent semester of enrollment, the student should submit a written notification to the Registrar’s Office after they have registered and no later than the first Friday of the semester confirming their intent to use their entitlement for the semester. An email from the student’s Leland email address is acceptable. For Chapter 31 and 33 benefit recipients, once notification is received and eligibility is confirmed, the student’s account will be credited for the amount of that semester’s entitlement, and no penalties will be assessed to the student based on when the funds are actually disbursed by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. For more information, visit the VA’s website at www.gibill.va.gov.

External Scholarships

The following are some of the scholarship resources external to Leland that past students have been able to use. These listed resources are just a sampling of possible scholarships. We encourage students to research other scholarship opportunities on their own. Students should apply directly to the granting institution. The granting institutions have their own scholarship requirements and application deadlines. Students are responsible for ensuring they apply by those deadlines, including any requirements to re-apply each term or year to continue receiving assistance. Consult the links below for requirements, deadlines, and application forms.

Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) Ministerial Educational Funds: Funds are provided by Virginia Baptists for ministerial students from cooperating churches of the BGAV who need aid in financing their undergraduate or graduate education in preparation for vocational ministry.

BGAV Nontraditional Ministry Education Scholarship Funds: Funds are provided by Virginia Baptists for ministerial and lay leaders from cooperating churches of the BGAV in accessing training and continuing education opportunities provided by the BGAV and BGAV ministry partners, such as Leland. These scholarships are intended to assist nontraditional students who are defined as part-time students in non-degree programs of study with an emphasis in continuing education for ministry in the local church.

Women’s Missionary Union of Virginia: WMU of Virginia provides scholarships for the development of women as emerging mission leaders.

  • The Fletcher Mae Howell Scholarship is named in honor of the 1933 first field missionary of WMUV interracial work and provides financial assistance to African-American women in a graduate-level Christian education program. Requirements for the scholarship may be found at this link: Fletcher Mae Howell Scholarship Guidelines.
  • Seminary Scholarships are available to women who are members of churches served by the BGAV who attend any of the seminaries supported through the BGAV.

Women’s Missionary Union: The national WMU organization has numerous scholarship funds to assist Southern Baptist students, including the children of Baptist missionaries (NAMB and IMB), and those preparing for Baptist missions service. Individuals with no current Baptist connection cannot be considered for a WMU scholarship. 

Virginia Baptist Foundation: Generally, recipients of Virginia Baptist Foundation scholarships must be full-time students and members of a Virginia Baptist church.

District of Columbia Baptist Foundation: The D.C. Baptist Convention has scholarship money available for members of D.C. Baptist Convention churches who are planning to attend a Baptist seminary or a seminary with a Baptist studies program. 

American Baptist Home Mission Societies Scholarships for Students: The ABHMS annual scholarships are available for members of American Baptist churches who live in the United States or Puerto Rico. Recipients may re-apply each year and may receive scholarship funds for up to three years of seminary study.

  • The Individual Seminarian Grants are available for M.Div. students.
  • The Spanish American Baptist Seminary Scholarship Fund provides grants for American Baptist students of Hispanic origin who are pursuing a seminary degree and who are presently serving or who will be serving in a church in the American Baptist Churches, USA association or with its recognized institutions.
  • The International Baptist Seminary Scholarship Fund provides grants for American Baptist students whose first language is not English and who are preparing for ministry in the United States. 
  • The Asian American Grant provides a grant for seminarians working in a church during the summer whose church matches the grant.

Memorial Baptist Church Foundation: The Memorial Baptist Foundation provides scholarships for highly qualified seminary students who need financial assistance.

Charles B. Keesee Educational Fund, Inc.: The Keesee Fund was established in 1941 by Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Keesee of Martinsville, Virginia for the purpose of aiding worthy men and women to obtain an education. Students must be in an M.Div. program or certain other master’s degree programs and have been a resident of Virginia or other specified states for at least one year before entering an educational institution.

Churches and Employers

We encourage students to approach their home church for financial support as one aspect of the church’s affirmation and guidance in the student’s call to ministry. Many churches are eager to support their own seminary students in this way. In addition, some employers also have programs in place to help fund their employees’ education. Students are encouraged to explore any such possibilities.


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