Department of Religion - Scholarships

Ministerial Scholarship

Northwest Nazarene University is committed to preparing ministry leaders for the twenty-first century.

Faced with the reality that a large number of ministry candidates are entering full-time Christian service with a heavy student loan debt, NNU is making a substantial commitment to offer vital assistance to undergraduate Nazarene ministerial students through its Ministerial Loan & Scholarship Program.  Students at NNU with a major and a minor in the School of Theology and Christian Ministries and is a member of the Church of the Nazarene is eligible for the Ministerial Scholarship.

Undergraduate students who qualify for this program have the potential of receiving up to $19,500 (over 4 years / 8 semesters) in conditional grants, significantly reducing the amount of student loan debt they must incur.  A more accurate descriptor of the Ministerial Scholarship is "conditional loan." This means that if the conditions of the loan are met then it becomes a scholarship.

  • Year 1 - $2,000
  • Year 2 - up to $3,000
  • Year 3 - up to $7,000
  • Year 4 - up to $7,500

Conditions while at NNU:

  • Weekly MinSchol practicum (PRTH1440, 2440, 3440, 4440)
  • Attendance and weekly involvement in a local Church of the Nazarene
  • Increasing involvement each successive year (5, 7, 9, & 12 hours)

Conditions after NNU:

  • Attend Grad school, graduate, then 2 years of service in Church of the Nazarene
  • Ministry in the Church of the Nazarene - 4 years of service

This program is available to all undergraduate students entering NNU who select a major and a minor within the School of Theology & Christian Ministries and who plan on vocational ministry within the Church of the Nazarene. To qualify for the Ministerial Scholarship in subsequent years, students must achieve Ministerial Standing (an annual formative process that involves student-faculty interviews, building an electronic portfolio, and ministry experience). 

In addition to this excellent scholarship opportunity, there are literally scores of other departmental scholarships available to undergraduates through both the Departments of Religion and Philosophy. Applications for these undergraduate scholarships are made through the School of Theology & Christian Ministries each Spring semester.

Additionally, our Master of Arts programs in Christian Education, Missional Leadership, Pastoral Ministry, Spiritual Formation, and Youth, Church & Culture as well as our Master of Divinity offer discounts to assigned ministers. Likewise, our Online Ministerial Course of Study programs are affordably priced at a substantial savings for those in ministry. For more information about financial assistance offered by NNU in either of these programs, please click on the appropriate program in our menu.