Siebert Lutheran Foundation  

Seminary Student Aid

 

Eligibility

  • Seminary students in the traditional M.Div. programs who received funding from the Siebert Foundation for the 2017-18 academic year will continue to receive funding for two additional academic years (through the 2019-20 academic year). 
  • New students from Wisconsin entering seminary in the future, enrolled in an approved, non-traditional track program:
    • TEEM (ELCA)
    • SMP or EIIT (LC-MS)
    • Pastoral Studies Institute (WELS)
  • The student must be a member of a Lutheran congregation in the state of Wisconsin prior to application to seminary.
  • Upon initial application, the student must provide a letter from the church where he/she was a member prior to applying to the seminary verifying church membership.  The letter must be original and on church letterhead (no copies) and include the dates of membership.  

 

How to Apply

M.Div. Students who were funded by the Siebert Foundation for the 2017-18 Academic Year:  Complete the Siebert Lutheran Foundation Financial Aid Application Form and submit it to the Financial Aid Office at the seminary you attend. The financial aid office at your seminary will apply for funding on your behalf as they have done in the past.

ELCA - TEEM Program:  Complete the Siebert Lutheran Foundation Financial Aid Application Form and submit it to the Financial Aid Office at the seminary you will be attending along with a letter from your church verifying your membership prior to applying to the seminary.  Please remember, you must be a member of a Lutheran congregation in the state of Wisconsin prior to applying to the seminary to be eligible for funding.  The financial aid office at your seminary will apply for funding on your behalf.  

LC-MS - SMP Program and EIIT Program:  Complete the Siebert Lutheran Foundation Financial Aid Application Form and submit to your District Office (South Wisconsin District or North Wisconsin District) along with a letter from your church verifying your membership prior to applying to the seminary.  Please remember, you must be a member of a Lutheran congregation in the state of Wisconsin prior to applying to the seminary to be eligible for funding.  The District will apply for funding on your behalf.

WELS – Pastoral Studies Institute:  Complete the Siebert Lutheran Foundation Financial Aid Application Form and submit to the Financial Aid Office at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary along with a letter from your church verifying your membership prior to applying to the seminary.  Please remember, you must be a member of a Lutheran congregation in the state of Wisconsin prior to applying to the seminary to be eligible for funding.  The Seminary will apply for funding on your behalf.

Please note:  Application forms and letters must be submitted to the seminaries and District Offices by July 1st.

 

What happens after I apply?

The financial aid offices and the district offices will accumulate the application forms from students and letters from churches.  They will calculate the financial need of each student and submit one grant request on behalf of their Wisconsin students enrolled in qualifying programs 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 and district offices by October 10th of the application year.  The seminaries and district offices will notify students of the grant amount each student is to receive.  Checks will be issued directly from the Foundation to the seminaries in late October.

FAQ

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  I am currently enrolled in TEEM (ELCA), EIIT, SMP (LCMS), or Pastoral Studies Institute (WELS) and receive Siebert financial aid support. Will my support continue?

Yes, Seminarians receiving Siebert financial aid support who are already enrolled in the TEEM, EIIT, SMP, or Pastoral Studies Institute will continue to receive their funding until ordination or reaching their lifetime maximum for funding ($15,000).

  I am a current seminary student receiving Siebert funding, but I am NOT enrolled in TEEM, EIIT, SMP, or Pastoral Studies Institute. Will my support continue?

Siebert financial aid support for seminarians who are NOT enrolled in TEEM, EIIT, SMP, or Pastoral Studies Institute will be phased out per the following schedule:

  • Academic year 2018-19: students will receive 75% of the allocation received in 2017-18.
  • Academic year 2019-20: students will receive 50% of the allocation received in 2017-18.
  I am a new admission to a Lutheran seminary and will NOT be enrolling in TEEM, EIIT, SMP, or Pastoral Studies Institute. Am I eligible for Siebert financial aid?

New admissions to Lutheran seminaries for the 2018-19 academic year and beyond will not be eligible for Siebert financial aid, unless the new students are enrolled via TEEM, EIIT, SMP, Pastoral Studies Institute or an equivalent alternative track program.

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