Scholarships for Divinity Students

Scholarships for Divinity Students

Keesee Scholarship

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 applicant’s eligibility.

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.
  • 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. 

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.


Ministry Scholarship Fund

The Ministry Scholarship Fund was started by a Donor with the intent to train future pastors or chaplains to receive a quality education without the burden of loans or working to pay for school. This scholarship will allow the awarded students the ability to focus on their education and ministry.

The MSF is a tuition scholarship for Liberty University School of Divinity full-time or part-time students.

Any student receiving the award hereunder shall meet the following qualifications:

  • The student must be male and a professing Christian who affirms the Liberty University Doctrinal Statement, and demonstrates good Christian character and a moral conduct in accordance with the Liberty Way.
  • The student must demonstrate financial need.
  • The student must submit a Statement of Ministry Calling, Personal Testimony, and a Resume that includes references.
  • The student must be enrolled in a Liberty University School of Divinity degree program as a full-time or part-time student with the aim to seek placement in full-time vocational ministry.
  • The student must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) or better as required by the scholarship and/or the academic standards of Liberty University or its affiliated schools. If the student falls below a 3.0 GPA then they shall be placed on probation for the next semester to allow for improvement to the 3.0 GPA and if the GPA is not reached then the student shall be dropped from this scholarship.
  • The award may be used for any tuition, fees, or other expenses related to the student’s program. The student is not to have any cash gifts but all awards are to be directly submitted to Liberty University for payment of said expenses.
  • Any unused portion of the scholarship existing because the student no longer has a need or has dropped out of Liberty University or the student has not maintained the GPA requirements shall be reimbursed to the scholarship fund.

It is valid for any degree at the undergraduate, graduate or doctoral level through Liberty University’s School of Divinity.

Students cannot be receiving Dependent Grant-in-Aid or Continuing Education monies.

Dependent Grant-in-Aid (DGIA) – Dependents (spouse and/or eligible children) of full-time benefited staff and faculty are eligible to receive DGIA to take courses at Liberty University.

Continuing Education (CE) – CE enables full-time benefited Liberty University staff employees to begin or further their education.