Scholarships and Grants for Divinity Students

Scholarships for Divinity Students

Charles B. Keesee Educational Fund

  • Apply for the Charles B. Keesee Educational Fund
  • For 2019-2020, the deadline date for new applicants for an eligible Master’s degree is April 1. March 1 is the deadline date for repeat applicants. The deadline date for DMIN students is May 1. 

The Charles B. Keesee Educational Fund, Inc. was established in 1941 by Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Keesee of Martinsville, Virginia, for the purpose of aiding worthy men and women to obtain an education. The Fund is administered by a Board of Trustees who consider requests for aid and determine the applicant’s eligibility. This scholarship is ideal for students involved in the residential Monday-only-classes program.

Applicant requirements

  • You must be a citizen of the United States of America.
  • You must be a resident of Virginia, North Carolina or South Carolina for a minimum of twelve months immediately prior to entering any educational institution. You cannot establish residency while you are a student. The Trustees reserve the right to determine residency.
    • Effective with the 2019-20 session, in addition to the current states of Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina, residents of the following states will also be eligible to apply for the grant:




      West Virginia

    • In order to meet the residency requirement, students must have lived in one of these states for a minimum of twelve months immediately prior to entering any college, seminary or school. Students may not establish residency while a student. Students who move to one of these states to attend school will not be considered a resident unless they live in the state for a minimum of twelve months prior to beginning school. The Trustees reserve the right to determine residency. 

  • You must be preparing to enter the Baptist ministry or religious work in the Baptist denomination as defined on page 5 of the application and determined by the Board of Trustees.
  • You must be a member of a Baptist church.
  • You must attend classes on the main campus of the institution. Aid is not available for off-campus courses, independent courses, conferences, workshops, seminars or individualized courses.
  • Students may take one required online course to be counted toward the hours required to receive the Keesee grant. 

Grants are available for the Master of Divinity degree, certain Master of Arts degrees and the Doctor of Ministry. 

Grants are not available for fully online students. However, students may take a mix of online and on-campus classes.

You must reapply each year you wish to receive a grant. Grants are available for a maximum of 8 semesters for an eligible Master’s degree, 6 semesters for the DMIN

Part-time students carrying at least one-half of a full course load may apply. 

Submitting an application is not a guarantee that you will receive a grant.