District financial aid

Student aid is available to communicant members of Minnesota South District congregations. Applicants shall be enrolled as a professional church worker student or be on the roster of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (graduate students).

  • Undergraduate course work must be taken at a college or seminary operated by The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.

  • Seminary students who are enrolled in residential or general SMP programs are eligible for the financial aid program administered under this policy.

  • EIIT students and SMP Church Planters qualify for financial assistance under the Mission policies of the District. 

  • Graduate students may be enrolled in a program outside of a college or seminary operated by the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Programs must benefit the ministry of the LCMS and be approved by an MN South District staff member designated by the District President.

The amount of student aid to be provided will be determined on the basis of District policy and funds available.

PLEASE NOTE: Applications must be submitted by students to their Financial Aid Office by June 1st. Financial Aid Offices must send all student applications to the Minnesota South District office by July 1st. Questions may be directed to Sarabeth Marcello.


Colloquy financial aid

Financial aid is available to colloquy students on a first-come, first-served basis each year. Teachers and other ministry workers pursuing membership on the commissioned minister roster should complete the application below and return it to Sarabeth Marcello.

Students should complete a new application for each colloquy class and submit the application three weeks prior to the start of each class.


Other financial aid & scholarship opportunities

Non-District-sponsored financial aid and scholarship opportunities will be added below as the District becomes aware of them.

Students should also check with their congregation for potential additional scholarship aid opportunities.


Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church of North Minneapolis Scholarship Award

The Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church of North Minneapolis Scholarship Awards were established to provide scholarship awards to eligible candidates pursuing a career in professional ministry or professional lay ministry. Three or more scholarship awards between $5,000 - $9,000 will be given for the 2019-2020 school year. The scholarship program is made possible through a permanently endowed, charitable fund at InFaith Community Foundation, established by the former church of Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church of North Minneapolis.

Founded in 1888, Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church maintained a strong commitment to education. A school affiliated with the church was founded in the same year to provide English language and religious instruction to immigrant families. The school remained a part of the Church's mission for nearly 100 years. At the time of the Church's closing, the church established this Fund to benefit Lutheran students who are members of churches within the Minnesota South District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS).


Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) Scholarships

Scholarships, each in the amount of $1,000, will be awarded to at least one applicant from each district in the LCEF Central Region. Applicant must be a graduating high school senior or current full-time post-secondary student at an accredited institution with at least one year of courses remaining. Candidates must also be members of a congregation belonging to The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod located in one of the following LCMS districts: Iowa East, Iowa West, Minnesota North, Minnesota South, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, North Wisconsin, South Dakota or South Wisconsin.

Applications are open late September - January 31st for each award cycle.


Bethesda Lutheran Communities scholarship

Scholarships are awarded by the Bethesda Auxiliary in partnership with Bethesda. The Auxiliary is a nationwide organization that reaches forward in faith, word and deed by sharing the love of Jesus with people who have developmental disabilities in partnership with Bethesda.

For 2019-2020, five $3,000 scholarships will be awarded to a Lutheran seminarian or post-graduate displaying interest in service to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a congregational setting. The scholarship application is open to all eligible seminary/post-graduate students.

For 2019-2020, five $3,000 scholarships will be awarded to junior and senior students pursuing undergraduate degrees in any academic area that will prepare them to serve and support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.