February 9, 2011 • Dr. David Wagschal
Our seminary Dean, Archpriest John Behr, with the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, has announced the creation of a new tuition scholarship. The "Dean's Scholarship" will be awarded to outstanding candidates for the Th.M. degree and will cover the full cost of tuition. Up to five awards will be made per year.
"Over the past few years St. Vladimir's has significantly revamped and reconfigured its Master of Divinity program," remarked Fr. John. "This scholarship represents the first phase in a similar process of developing our new one-year Th.M. program. Demand is high for an advanced theological degree in Orthodox studies, either as preparation for doctoral work or as a more specialized research complement to an M.Div. or M.A. degree. With this new scholarship we hope to encourage some of the outstanding men and women who show significant promise of success in advanced theological studies to pursue a degree at St. Vladimir's Seminary. It is essential for the future of our seminaries, and thus the health of the Church more generally in this country, that opportunity is provided for those who are able to take their education to a higher level."
The number of St. Anthony the Great monastic scholarships and the Malankara Orthodox Syrian scholarships has also been increased for the 2011–2012 academic year. The St. Anthony the Great Scholarship Fund, established in 2010 for entering and returning students, now grants three awards (up to 100% of tuition in grant and work-study) to Eastern Orthodox men and women of the monastic rank of (at least) Rassaphore who demonstrate need, strong academic performance, and promise of significant service to the Church. Priority is given to men who are enrolled in the M.Div. program and preparing for ordination.
The Malankara Orthodox Scholarship Fund, established in 2010 for entering and returning students, now grants six awards (up to 75% of tuition in grant and work-study). It is awarded to men and women of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church who demonstrate need, strong academic performance, and promise of significant service to the Church. Priority is given to men who are enrolled in the M.Div. program and preparing for ordination.