Adapted from an EDS announcement

Episcopal Divinity School will offer 20 additional student scholarships in 2015-16. Ten will be full-tuition scholarships for master’s degree candidates, five of which will be awarded to students of color. The other ten will be first-year scholarships with a school commitment to meet all financial need through financial aid in subsequent years.

The new scholarships extend the school’s commitment to making seminary affordable to all and to reducing the burden of debt on seminary graduates who enter lay or ordained ministry. The seminary’s residential and hybrid low-residence Distributive Learning programs offer highly flexible and custom learning options for students of all faith traditions and denominations considering lay or ordained ministry.

“We want people who would make good use of the extraordinary formational opportunities at EDS to take advantage of them without undue financial hardship,” said the Very Rev. James A. Kowalski, chair of the board of trustees. “If EDS is the school that can best equip your ministry, financial barriers are not going to get in your way.”

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“Too many students shy away from even considering seminary today because they believe they cannot afford it,” said William Judge, the school’s chief financial officer. ““As a result of our generous financial aid and scholarships, including the 20 new scholarships we are announcing, most EDS students can afford a world-class seminary education.”

All applicants for EDS master-degree programs will be considered for the 20 new scholarships. More information is available at eds.edu/admissions.

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