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At Maranatha, our passion has always been to prepare leaders for local church ministry–in particular, those entering full-time Christian service. The Bible and Church Ministries Scholarship has been implemented to encourage these students and remains the largest institutional scholarship program in Maranatha history.


The potential $20,000 scholarship (up to $5,000 per year for four years) is intended for those enrolled in the College of Bible and Church Ministries.

The scholarship will be awarded to students based upon their ministry intentions, current ministry involvement, and academic ability.

Bible & Church Ministries Scholarship Criteria

Scholarship applicants must:

  • Apply for the scholarship before arriving as a student.
  • Have a major in the College of Bible and Church Ministry and will be required to have an annual affirmation of continuation (with Bible Department approval).
  • Be a new student at Maranatha and carry at least 12 hours of Maranatha residential (main campus) class work each semester. Hours taken at other institutions do not count toward the 12 hours at Maranatha.
  • Live in a Maranatha residence hall.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) no later than 30 days after the start of their first semester. The FAFSA must be completed for each following school year by Nov. 1/April 1 of the appropriate semester. The scholarship can be approved prior to the submission of the FAFSA, but will not be applied until the FAFSA is complete.

Maintaining scholarship eligibility:

  • Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements: Semester final grades (cumulative GPA) determine eligibility for the following semester.
    • FRESHMEN must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher at the end of their second semester.
    • SOPHOMORES (having less than 59 credits) must have a cumulative GPA of 2.25 or higher at the end of each semester.
    • JUNIORS AND SENIORS (59 credits or more) must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher at the end of each semester.
  • The award will be disbursed to the student's account on or about December 1 and April 25 of each year, provided the student has maintained eligibility.
  • Moving out of Maranatha residence halls will result in a reduction of the scholarship award amount in the current semester utilizing the percentage applicable to the student’s prorated room and board refund. Further, moving out of Maranatha residence halls will result in loss of eligibility for the scholarship for future semesters.
  • The scholarship will not be credited any semester the recipient has more than 125 demerits (100 if on disciplinary probation).

A limited number of Bible and Church Ministries Scholarships are available each year.

Students are eligible to receive only one Maranatha-sponsored scholarship unless otherwise noted. A student may not qualify for more than eight semesters.

Once a student loses eligibility, the scholarship is forfeited.

The Scholarship Committee reserves the right to discontinue or reduce any scholarship and/or make changes to the scholarship criteria.

Contact Maranatha’s Financial Aid Office by email or by calling (920) 206-2318 for more information.

Scholarship: Bible and Church Ministries Scholarship

Application form for new students