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Seminary Scholarships

The following list indicates scholarships designated for any area of study and the conditions of eligibility. Recipients of these scholarships are selected by the faculty and the student financial aid office.

Rev. John Agria Scholarship

This scholarship is given to support needy students in the 3-3 program (BA/MDiv) or MDiv students in the seminary.

The Clara Apel Seminary Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1996 from the estate of Clara Apel.

Edward & Shirley Babka Opportunity Scholarship
The Seminary award is given to a recipient(s) who will be a candidate(s) for pastoral ministry approved by a judicatory of a U.S. based church and enrolled full-time in the M.Div program.  Recipient(s) will have demonstrated significant academic ability and strong gifts for ministry.

The Barry Babovec Scholarship
This scholarship was established in memory of Barry Babovec by Rev. Susan K. Babovec to assist a Presbyterian middler student.

The Baird Prize for Preaching
This prize is awarded annually to a University of Dubuque Theological Seminary Master of Divinity student who, in the judgment of the homiletics faculty, has demonstrated outstanding proficiency in preaching.

The Bastian Endowed Award
This award is a result of the gifts of Rev. Dr. Dwight Bastian in memory of his parents, Ralph C. and Alice K. (Wall) Bastian. The award is given to the senior student with the highest grade point average in their graduating year.

The David G. Berger Scholarship
This scholarship was established in memory of Dr. David G. Berger, son of Dr. and Mrs. David Berger. It is awarded to an international student preparing to enter full-time church vocation.

Drs. Donald and Rosalie D. Bliehall Scholarship
This grant is designated to assist a needy and qualified seminary junior.

The Donald G. Bloesch Theology Endowed Award
This award is given annually to the graduating senior, who in the judgment of the UDTS History/Theology Division faculty has demonstrated outstanding proficiency in the study of theology.

G.P. and Ruth Brauch Seminary Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Mr. and Mrs. G. Pierson Brauch to assist a full-time seminary student, preferably from the Presbytery of Great Rivers, who plans to enter parish ministry.

Harry W. & Bertha P. Breithaupt and Harlan B. & Edna B. Heitzman Scholarship in the Theological Seminary
This scholarship is given to assist a needy full-time seminary student.

Lorraine M. Brewster Scholarship
This scholarship is to assist a worthy student or students studying or entering the ministry.

The John and Helen Buehler Memorial Endowed Fund
Memorial Endowed Fund established by the family of John and Helen Buehler, this fund assists seminary students who express an interest in serving a small, rural church.

The Herbert and Iola Butters Scholarship
This scholarship was established from the estate of Iola Butters to assist Methodist seminary students that are going into the Methodist pastorate.

The Castrodale Family Prize
This prize is given to a Middler student preparing for ministry in the Presbyterian Church who shows outstanding proficiency in preaching, English Bible, and adherence to the principles illuminated in the Westminster Confession of Faith, and determined by seminary faculty.

Kyung Chang Cha Memorial Scholarship Fund
Given by the Rev. Hyun Hoe Cha in memory of his father, this fund provides scholarship aid for Korean Methodist students. First preference is for a Korean Methodist from the Chicago area, second is for a Korean Methodist from the United States who intends to serve in a Korean-speaking congregation in this country and third is for a Korean Methodist from Korea who intends to return and practice ministry there.

Christ Presbyterian Native American Scholarship Endowed Fund
This scholarship is given through the generosity of Christ Presbyterian Church of Edina, Minnesota, to assist a Native American student.

Jacob Conzett and John V. Conzett Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Mrs. Donna C. Dumbell to be awarded to a pre-theological student.

The Leon E. Cooley & Hilda Fisher Cooley Memorial Fund Scholarship
This scholarship was established through a bequest from the Hilda F. Cooley estate.

Lois Cooper Endowed Presidential Scholarship
This scholarship is given to students who will seek ordination in the Presbyterian Church, or its successor, maintain a 3.4 GPA, have achievement in undergraduate and graduate level academic programs, have evidence of a strong commitment to the Church and its mission, show promise for parish ministry, show evidence of active Christian faith and practice, and are a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.

The Esther J. and Gaylord M. Couchman Seminary Scholarship Endowment Fund
This grant is given in memory of the Rev. Dr. Gaylord M. Couchman, president of the University of Dubuque from 1953-1967.

The Eugene and Winifred Davis Middler Award for Promise in Pastoral Ministry
This award is given annually to a middler who plans to enter the pastoral ministry and who, in the judgment of the faculty and professional staff, shows promise in this calling. Established by Mrs. Nancy Wallace in honor of her parents.

Polly V. and Robert M. Dillard Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established through a bequest from the Robert M. Dillard Trust.

The G. B. Eckles Scholarship Fund
The recipient of this scholarship will be an international student who plans to return to his or her country to exercise a Christian ministry in a recognized denomination of the Christian church.

The Howard and Nyle Ellson Endowed Presidential Scholarship
This scholarship is given to students who have achievement in undergraduate and graduate level academic programs, have evidence of a strong commitment to the Church and its mission, show promise for parish ministry, and show evidence of active Christian faith and practice, and must be a United States citizen. Preference is given to student from Iowa who demonstrate financial need.

Eunice Eustice Scholarship
This scholarship, given by Mrs. C. Palmer (Eunice) Eustice of Galena, Illinois, is used to benefit needy students.

The Seminary Faculty International Student Scholarship Fund
Income from this fund established by the Seminary faculty will be used to assist an outstanding student from outside the United States to study at University of Dubuque Theological Seminary.

The Henry E. and VeNita E. Fawcett Award in Pastoral Ministry
This annual award is given to the outstanding graduating senior who has demonstrated skills and personal commitment in pastoral ministry. The recipient is chosen by a specially named committee of faculty members and approved by the entire faculty. The attributes that have been noted for the recipient of this award are as follows: skill in and a personal commitment to pastoral ministry; demonstrated potential in preaching; skill in personal relationships; a record indicating discipline and dedication to study; promise for major contributions to the life of the church and to the larger community; a sense of humor.

The First Presbyterian Church of Fort Dodge, Iowa Scholarship
The church provides a seminary scholarship for a Presbyterian student from the Fort Dodge area.

The First Presbyterian Church of Independence, Iowa Scholarship
This scholarship grant is given to a Presbyterian student who is under care of a presbytery.

First Presbyterian Church of Lewiston, Minnesota Scholarship
This scholarship is given to a student who has completed at least one year of seminary, with first preference to a student under care of John Knox Presbytery. Second preference is to a student under care of a presbytery in Minnesota, Iowa, or Wisconsin, with third preference to a student under care of another Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) presbytery.

First Presbyterian Church of Mora, Minnesota Scholarship
Scholarship grants from this fund provide assistance to Presbyterian students preparing for the ministry.

Rochester First Presbyterian Church Native American Endowment Fund
Income from this fund provides scholarship assistance for Native American students. First preference is for a Native American under care of a presbytery of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) with second preference for a Native American preparing for ministry in another recognized Protestant denomination.

First United Presbyterian Church of Knoxville Scholarship Fund
The recipient of this scholarship must be a Presbyterian, must be a candidate for the degree of Master of Divinity, and must show financial need.  First preference is given to a woman who is under care of the Presbytery of Des Moines. Second preference is given to a student from Iowa

The Fischer Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is to assist a seminary student.

L & M Ferguson Native American Scholarship
This scholarship is to assist Native Americans based on need and academic performance.

Leonard C. Ferguson Scholarship Fund
This scholarship grant is from the estate of Mr. Leonard C. Ferguson of Freeport, Illinois.

The Ford Education Fund Scholarship
This scholarship is to assist a seminary student.

The Fox Family Scholarship Endowment
This scholarship was established in 1996 by R. Gerald and Joyce M. Fox to assist a student involved in religion or theology.

The William Taylor and Alice Gillespie Native American Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Dr. William and the Rev. Alice Gillespie. First preference to a graduate of Cook Theological School, second to a member of the Nez Perce tribe, third to any Native American student.

The Raymond F. and Mae I. Greschner Seminary Scholarship 
This scholarship was established through a bequest from the Raymond F. and Mae I. Greschner estates.

The Esther and Ray Heuser Scholarship
From the estate of Raymond F. Heuser this scholarship is given to assist needy and worthy students at UDTS.

Dorothy K. Heydinger Women's Scholarship
This scholarship is from the estate of Dorothy K. Heydinger and is awarded to a female student studying at the seminary.

The Richard B. Heydinger Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship is a tribute to the late Rev. Heydinger, given by his wife and son. First considerations for scholarship recipients are Native American Students; then students who desire an urban ministry calling; and then any woman student.

The Lyle W. And Thelma R. Lage Seminary Endowed Scholarship Fund
This scholarship was established by Lyle W. and Thelma R. Lage to assist a Presbyterian seminary student.

The Langenberg Scholarship
This scholarship was established from the estate gift made by Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Arnold Langenberg in appreciation of the Dubuque Theological Seminary students studying to be pastors within their beloved Presbyterian Church (USA).

The Linn Grove Presbyterian Church - Wickham Family Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship is the result of a significant gift made by the Session of Linn Grove Presbyterian Church, in honor of members Louis, Viola and David Wickham. The scholarship will be awarded annually, with first preference to a student who is a member of the Linn Grove Presbyterian Church. Second preference to a student who is a member of any congregation in the Eastern Iowa Presbytery, or its successor judicatory, and third preference to any student from the state of Iowa.

The Loetscher Traveling Fellowship
This fellowship enables a University of Dubuque Theological Seminary student to carry on a program of study elsewhere in North America or abroad as part of his or her Master of Divinity program. The fellowship is awarded on the basis of a well-conceived program which bears direct relationship to the student's Master of Divinity studies.

The Herbert E. Manning, Sr. and June Manning Prize for Public Worship
This prize is awarded to the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary student who has demonstrated outstanding proficiency in the conduct of public worship.

Siegfried G. Manus D.D. Scholarship
This scholarship is established by Rev. and Mrs. Albert Manus and Mrs. Ruth Kleist in memory of Rev. Siegfried G. Manus D.D. in recognition of his services to the University of Dubuque as a member of the Board of Directors and as a pastor in the German Synod of the West.

The Winnie McCauley Scholarship Fund
This scholarship was established through a bequest from the Marjorie McCauley estate to assist a worthy foreign student who will return to their native land and engage in full-time Christian service.

The H.B. McConkey Scholarship Fund
This scholarship was established through the estate of Mildred McConkey in memory of Dr. Gaylord Couchman.

The Dr. Elizabeth McCort Memorial Scholarship Fund
This scholarship was made possible through the generosity of gifts received as a result of an appeal under the name of William E. Taylor.

The Michael M. and Katherine B. Messing Scholarship
Given in honor of Michael M. and Katherine B. Messing, this scholarship is to assist a seminary student.

The Middents Memorial Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1989 by the Middents family for supporting qualified seminary students with financial need seeking ordination as a minister in the Presbyterian Church, USA.

The Dr. Joseph L. Mihelic Scripture Reading Prize
This award was established out of the conviction that scripture reading plays a vital part in the worship of God, and that it should therefore be read with clarity, conviction and reverence in order that hearers may know they are listening to the word of God. Participation in the reading contest is open to all enrolled students and consists of two parts: a preliminary reading, from which finalists are chosen, and a final reading, at which time the judges will select first, second and third prize winners.

The Lester and Nelle Mugge Educational Grant
This educational grant is to be awarded to a worthy seminary student.

The Native American Theological Student Scholarship
This scholarship was established by an anonymous donor to support the theological education of Native American students.

Roland C. and Elsa L. Nevell and Town and Country Presbyterian Church Memorial Scholarship
Given by the Town and Country Presbyterian Church of Richland Center, Wisconsin. First preference to a Native American student.  Secondly to assist a Presbyterian student from Wisconsin.

Wayne A. and Edith S. Norman Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Mr. and Mrs. Wayne A. Norman to assist seminary students taking courses for joint MDIV/MBA programs.

Helen Paisley Scholarship
Scholarship grants from this fund will assist one or two seminary students.

The Janet Clark Pope Scholarship
This scholarship was established through a bequest from the estate of Janet Clark Pope.

The Charles W. Rainey Memorial Fund
Funds from the Ruth and Elizabeth Rainey estates are used for scholarship support of Native American students enrolled at UDTS.

The Henry J. and Bernard Johnson Reemtsma Education Grant
This grant is to be awarded on the basis of need to a Native American student.

Orville and Frances Roth Scholarship
This scholarship was established by The Rev. Orville and Frances Roth, in appreciation of the role UDTS played in his preparation to be a Minister of Word and Sacrament.

The Leland G. and Doris L. Rubesh Scholarship
This scholarship was established as a memorial by Leland G. and Doris Rubesh along with other generous donors to assist a Presbyterian student in rural ministry.

Donald and Wilma Sanders Scholarship Endowment Fund 
This scholarship is used to help support an evangelical, conservative student. Student must show financial need.

The Plato E. Sargent Achievement Prize
Two awards are given to the junior and middler students who achieve the highest academic standing in their respective classes during the academic year in which the award is made.

The Jonathan Scotchmer and David G. Scotchmer Memorial Endowment Fund
This award was established by the Scotchmer family in memory of Dr. David Scotchmer, Associate Professor of Missions and Evangelism at University of Dubuque Theological Seminary at the time of his death in 1995, and his son Jonathan, who preceded him in death. This award will enable a seminary student to participate in a cross-cultural experience as part of their University of Dubuque Theological Seminary education.

The Gordon H. and Dorothy M. Sheffield Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded annually to a seminary junior, based on financial need and scholarship qualifications.

The Gene Siekmann Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship is given to an M.Div. student having financial need, with the first preference being given to students from the First Presbyterian Church of Fort Dodge, Iowa. Second to assist a student in the Presbyterian of North Central Iowa. Third to a Native American student.

The Sue Giese Spaete Intern Endowment
This endowment was established by Mr. Gordon Spaete to assist a student who serves as an intern in a church.

The H. Gene and Jean E. Straatmeyer Scholarship
This scholarship for Native American students at UDTS is funded by the Rev. Dr. H. Gene Straatmeyer and Jean E. Straatmeyer.

The Stratemeier Prize in Bible
This prize is awarded to the student who, in the judgment of the Biblical Division faculty, has demonstrated outstanding proficiency in the study of the Bible.

The Jim and Dorothy Strong Scholarship
Made possible by a gift from Jim and Dorothy Strong, this scholarship grant will be awarded on the basis of financial need.

The George H. Swalve, Sr., and Marie E. Swalve Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is to assist Native Americans studying for the ministry.

The Alberta Swanson Prize Essay Award
This prize is awarded for an essay in history or theology. Winning essays must be original and of publishable length and quality, and must be submitted by April 1 to a professor of the History/Theology division. The faculty of that division will evaluate each essay, and the recipient will be announced by the end of the spring semester. The award is made possible by an endowment given by the First Presbyterian Church of Davenport, Iowa, in honor of Alberta Swanson.

The George and Marian Tjaden Seminary Scholarship Fund
This scholarship was established by Mr. and Mrs. George K. Tjaden to go to a Native American student in the seminary.

The Bruce & Jessie Townsend Seminary Scholarship Fund
This scholarship was established in 1997 by Bruce and Jessie's children, Mrs. Margaret Tesch and Dr. David Townsend to assist a Methodist student in the seminary.

VanDerZyl Preaching Prize
This prize is awarded annually to a University of Dubuque Theological Seminary Master of Divinity graduating senior who, in the judgment of the homiletics faculty, has demonstrated the ability to relate faithfully a scriptural text to the contemporary situation, and who shows the greatest potential to excel in a preaching ministry.

Van Diest Scholarship
This scholarship is given seminary students with financial need.

The Alice T. Virtue Scholarship Fund
This scholarship program is designated for seminary students with demonstrated financial need.

The John C. Walker Scholarship 
This scholarship was established by Ms. Marie Walker. First preference to a Native American student from South Dakota, second to any Native American Student.

The C. Howard Wallace Endowed Award for Excellence in Old Testament Studies
This award is presented to a graduating senior who plans to do graduate work in biblical studies and/or travel in biblical lands. The award was made possible by Mrs. Charlene Wallace in honor of her son Howard's teaching and service to the church.

The Watermulder Native American Scholarship
Given by the Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, Presbyterian Church in honor of their former pastor, the Rev. David B. Watermulder, this grant provides financial assistance for Native American students.

The Wells Seminary Scholarship
This scholarship was established by a bequest from the Irene Wells estate to assist students entering the Presbyterian ministry.

The John Wesley Endowed Prize
This prize is awarded to a United Methodist junior or middler student who has demonstrated scholarly excellence in Church History and Theology courses. Faculty members in that division select the prize recipient annually.

The E.E. Wheeler and Florence Wheeler Endowed Charitable Educational Trust
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarship assistance to deserving college, seminary, or graduate students.

The Gladys and Philip Willis Scholarship Endowment Fund
This scholarship was established in memory of Gladys and Philip Willis to assist students beginning careers in the rural or small town ministry.

The Mary Wilson Memorial ScholarshipThis scholarship was established through a bequest from the Mary W. Wilson estate to assist college or seminary students.

The Zedan Endowed Scholarship
Supported by the Rev. Margaret Zedan, one scholarship for books and tuition is provided for a female seminary student.