Scholarships & Assistance


Leland Scholarships

Leland is pleased to offer scholarship funding to help students defray the cost of education. New students are generally offered scholarship funding for their first semester at Leland as a part of their admission offer. Students and prospective students should contact Executive Associate, Abbie Tolbert (atolbert@leland.edu or 703.812.4757 ext. 200) for more information.

After that, continuing students must apply each semester to be considered for further scholarship funding. Students will be considered for scholarships ONLY if: 1) All of previous coursework is completed and turned in; 2) student is in good academic standing; 3) student’s financial account is paid in full. Funding available may have other restrictions requested by the donor (such as a fund designated for members of a certain denominational association).

Due dates for scholarship applications are as follows:

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

Leland Scholarship Application Form (.pdf) (Revised form will be available in mid-October. The scholarship application deadline has been extended until Nov. 8 for the 2020 Jan. and Spring terms.)


Veterans Educational Benefits

Leland was recently approved to offer education to our military veterans who have GI Bill benefits. Please contact our VA Certifying Official, Andrea Bakke (registrar@leland.edu or 703.812.4757 ext. 209) for more information about using your veterans benefits.


Outside Scholarships

The following are some of the scholarship resources past students have been able to use. These links are just a sampling of possibilities. We encourage students to research other scholarship opportunities on their own. Students should apply directly to the granting institution.

Charles B. Keesee Educational Fund: The Charles B. Keesee Educational Fund, Inc. 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. The Fund is administered by a Board of Trustees that considers requests for aid and determines applicant eligibility. Students must be enrolled in a master’s degree program and be residents of Virginia, North Carolina, or South Carolina.


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 Non-Traditional 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. These scholarships are intended to assist non-traditional students who are defined as: part-time students who are in non-degree programs of study with an emphasis in continuing education for ministry in the local church. Must apply each semester.

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

  • 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. 

  • 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. You can download the application here.


District of Columbia Baptist Foundation: The D.C. Baptist Convention has scholarship money available for seminarians. If you are planning to attend a Baptist seminary or a seminary with a Baptist studies program and are a member of a D.C. Baptist Convention church, you may be eligible for a scholarship. 


Memorial Baptist Church Foundation: The Memorial Baptist Foundation reviews applications from highly qualified seminary students who need financial assistance. The Foundation selects some of these students to receive scholarships from the Foundation’s resources. 


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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