2019 Fund for Leaders Scholarships

Applications accepted through February 11, 2019


Dear colleagues in ministry, 

Greetings from the ELCA Fund for Leaders! 

The ELCA Fund for Leaders is a ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) that provides scholarships for future ELCA pastors and deacons who attend ELCA seminaries. In 2019, the Fund for Leaders is prepared to offer full-tuition scholarships to more students than ever before – and we need your help to get the word out!

The Fund for Leaders has an open application process that allows all eligible candidates to apply online directly to Fund for Leaders to be considered for a full-tuition scholarship. These scholarships will cover the full cost of seminary tuition for the duration of coursework. Eligible candidates must apply and receive an offer of admission from one or more ELCA seminaries, must be planning to enroll full-time in the fall of 2019, and must be in good standing in the ELCA candidacy process. Recipients of Fund for Leaders scholarships may apply their full-tuition scholarship at any ELCA seminary that has offered them admission. 

If you know of promising and gifted people discerning a call to rostered ministry in the ELCA, please encourage them to visit ELCA.org/FundForLeaders today to learn more and to apply. The application period for this year is open now through February 11, 2019. Please click on this link to download the application poster. Print this poster and display it prominently at your institution. In doing so, you will help ensure that those God is calling to serve and to lead the church will be able to answer that call and serve as the church needs and the Holy Spirit leads. 

In Christ,  

Gabi Aelabouni
ELCA Fund for Leaders

Each of us has a unique role to play in realizing our commitment, as Lutherans, to "always being made new." Apply for Fund for Leaders full-tuition scholarships online from November 19, 2018, to February 11, 2019.