Seminary Student Aid

The Siebert Lutheran Foundation annually makes grant money available to assist Wisconsin seminary students with their expenses while attending seminary.

 Student Eligibility
  1. Students must be enrolled in an accredited seminary for the purpose of ordination or leadership in Lutheran pastoral ministry.  Example:  M.Div., EIIT, SMP programs.
  2. Seminary students must be a member of a Lutheran congregation in the state of Wisconsin prior to their application to the seminary.
  3. Grant money can be used only for tuition, fees, books, supplies and/or equipment required for courses of instruction. 
  4. Students serving a vicarship or internship are not eligible. 
  5. THE STUDENT MUST PROVIDE A LETTER FROM THEIR PASTOR VERIFYING THEIR CHURCH MEMBERSHIP.  THE LETTER MUST BE ORIGINAL AND ON CHURCH LETTERHEAD (no copies) and include the dates of membership. 
  6. The student must complete a short form provided by the Foundation.  This form is available on this web site (below) or from the financial aid office at the Lutheran seminaries.  This form must be returned to the student’s financial aid office at their seminary along with the letter from their pastor.
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 Application Process
  1. The financial aid office at the student's seminary applies for the grant on behalf of the student.
  2. The student must complete the Siebert Lutheran Foundation Financial Aid Application Form provided by the Foundation. This form is posted at this website (see below). The completed form is to be returned to the financial aid office at the student's seminary by July 1 of the year of application, along with a letter from their pastor (#3 below).

    Traditionally, the majority of Siebert seminary grant recipients attend one of the following seminaries:
    • Concordia Theological Seminary - St. Louis
    • Concordia Theological Seminary - Ft. Wayne
    • Luther Seminary
    • Lutheran School of Theology - Chicago
    • Wartburg Seminary
    • Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary

The financial aid offices at these seminaries have instructions for completing the grant application process for their Wisconsin students. If the student attends a seminary other than the ones listed above, please contact the Foundation office so that grant application instructions can be sent to the seminary.

  1. The student must be a member of a Lutheran congregation in the State of Wisconsin prior to their application to the seminary, and must provide a letter from their pastor verifying their membership. The letter must be original and on church letterhead (no copies) and include the dates of membership. This letter is to be attached to the Siebert Lutheran Foundation Aid Application Form and returned to the financial aid office at the student's seminary.

The Foundation may be contacted at: deb@siebertfoundation.org

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 What Next?

The financial aid offices at the seminaries will accumulate the application forms and letters from pastors.  They will calculate the financial need of each of their students and then submit a grant request on behalf of their students to the Foundation.

The Foundation will then review these grant requests and award grant money. Notification of grant awards will be made to the seminaries by September 10 of application year. The seminaries will notify the students of the amount of money each student is to receive. Checks will be mailed from the Foundation directly to the seminaries at the end of September.

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