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Year-End Giving: Each One, Reach One Scholarship Puts Seminary Education Within Reach

Seminary education offers a path for many to answer God’s call to serve in ministry in the church and in the world.

And seminary scholarships open the gateway to that path for more students as they answer that call. Saint Paul School of Theology offers financial aid in the form of scholarships to all degree-seeking students. In fact, the student’s admission application is also their scholarship application!

That makes giving to the Saint Paul Scholarship Fund an exciting way to expand opportunities for even more people from all walks of life to join our masters and doctoral programs. When you give to Saint Paul, you’re easing the burden of financial stress for students as they prepare for a variety of roles including pastor, music minister, Christian educator or deacon. Still others intend to work as a chaplain, community organizer or other ministries outside the church walls. 

The Each One, Reach One Scholarship fufills Saint Paul’s commitment to provide scholarships for all entering, degree-seeking students, according to Rev. Shannon Hancock, Executive Director of Admissions and Communications. The scholarship covers 50% of a student’s tuition costs.

Making Seminary More Affordable for Every Admitted Student

Established by the Board of Trustees and Saint Paul President Neil Blair, the Each One, Reach One Scholarship reflects our long-standing efforts to keep seminary affordable. As a result, students are able to focus more time on academics and engage more fully in other life activities such as time with family.

All prospective students have to do is fill out our online admissions application. Once approved for admission, students are automatically notified about scholarships for which they are eligible. Each incoming student receives a Financial Aid Award Letter detailing all available forms of financial assistance and how to access them. 

Every student who is accepted into one of Saint Paul’s degree programs will automatically be granted the Each One, Reach One Scholarship. Their financial aid award letter will state the amount granted. Those with questions can contact Dr. Michelle Hatcher via email at , or by phone at 913-253-5050. 

Enriching the Seminary Experience & the Saint Paul Community

The Each One, Reach One Scholarship reduces the financial burden for students pursuing their degrees and their ministries.  

In so doing, according to Vice President for Institutional Advancement Jay Simmons, Saint Paul can help more students respond to their call. This makes our seminary open to a broader and more diverse group of students.

By reducing financial stress, the scholarship enables students to be more fully engaged with the learning community through hands-on learning experiences and in-depth exploration of topics ranging from history to theology. “The result,” Hancock adds, “provides a richer experience for the entire Saint Paul community.”

Paving the Way for More to Answer God’s Call

Simmons points out that every dollar contributed toward scholarships means one less dollar we ask students to pay in tuition. 

In addition to reducing student expenses, giving to Saint Paul also enables us to maintain excellence in teaching and learning. It supports our talented faculty and staff and lets us invest in advanced learning technologies. 

People can contribute to our scholarship funds in a number of ways:

  • Visit the Saint Paul website to give online. Select “Scholarship fund” to direct your gift toward scholarships. 
  • Use our Text2Give option by sending GIVE to 913-320-5444. 
  • Send a check to Saint Paul School of Theology Development Office – Group 3 at P.O. Box 843740, Kansas City, MO 64184-3740. Write “Scholarship fund” in the memo line.

Other options for supporting Saint Paul’s mission include legacy giving, donations of stocks and other securities and endowment giving. 

Anyone with questions should email Jay Simmons at or call 913-253-5010.

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