Scholarships & Grants

Beginning in the 2020-2021 school year, CDSP will begin awarding the Trinity-CDSP Scholarship for Ordained Leadership, a full-tuition scholarship for all qualifying new and returning students preparing for ordination with the support of a bishop.

Residential students may also qualify for a meal plan and housing (dorm or apartment according to family need and availability).

This full-tuition scholarship will also apply for new (June 2020) and returning students preparing for ordination in the seminary’s low-residence program.

Other CDSP Scholarships and Grants

Presidential Scholarship: This competitive scholarship will be awarded to one entering residential MDiv student. The student will need to be 35 or under and have demonstrated exceptional leadership prior to entering seminary. The Presidential Scholarship includes full tuition, room and board, meal plan, and books. No special application is required.

Excellence in Ministry: Each year, two Excellence in Ministry scholarships are awarded to incoming residential MDiv students based on merit. The scholarship includes full tuition and a $1000 stipend per year. 

Diversity Scholarships: Each year, several full-tuition scholarships are available for racial and ethnic minority students.

International Students: International student applicants meeting requirements for admission are eligible for full tuition grants. Depending on the number of international applicants, room and board may be covered as well. International student scholarships are renewable with full time status and satisfactory academic progress.

Bishop’s Scholarships: CDSP awards several full tuition scholarships each year to residential Master of Divinity or Certificate of Anglican Studies students who are nominated by their Bishop. This scholarship will provide an opportunity to the diocese to nominate individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership for the future church. We encourage persons of color and those of indigenous backgrounds to apply. To further explore the possibility of becoming a Bishop’s Scholarship recipient, please contact the Admissions Office.

Joint Degree Program MDiv/MA: Scholarships are available for residential MDiv students who are admitted to the joint degree program with the Graduate Theological Union. The MDiv/MA program can be completed in 4 years instead of 5.

Special interest scholarships:  Additional scholarships are available for federal chaplaincy, music, Women in Ministry, leadership, and many more.

Need-based aid: CDSP awards need-based financial aid to students in degree and certificate programs. Eligibility is based on the federal FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form.  Federal work study programs are available for qualifying students to reduce debt.

External Scholarship Resources

Students are highly encouraged to apply for scholarships provided by external resources and organizations. The CDSP Financial Aid Office has compiled a list of scholarship opportunities to get you started and can also help you navigate applications.

The Forum for Theological Exploration

The Society for the Increase of Ministry

The Episcopal Church.