Religious Scholars Program

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Giving the Religious Leaders of Tomorrow a Helping Hand Today

As part of our mission, Protecting the Greater Good, Church Mutual Insurance Company, S.I. believes supporting today's vibrant and dedicated religious scholars will ensure strong faith-based communities tomorrow. Our foundation, CM CARES®, is pleased to support the future of religious communities like yours through a scholarship program.

The 2020 CM CARES Religious Scholarship Program

For the fourth year in a row, CM CARES will award up to $250,000 in scholarships to deserving graduate-level religious scholars. Fifty scholarship winners will each receive a $5,000 award that may be used to pay for tuition, fees, books or other costs of attending school during the 2020-21 academic year. We encourage students of all faiths to apply.

To be eligible for this scholarship, a student must:

  • Be enrolled or be planning to enroll in a full-time or part-time*, graduate or doctorate religious studies program** at an accredited or conditionally accredited*** United States theological seminary, college, or university of higher learning, for the entire 2020-21 academic year.
    • *Usually a minimum of 6 credits; however, this varies by school. If you are unsure whether you are enrolled part-time, please check what your school’s part-time enrollment policy is.
    • **Applicants must be pursuing a master’s or doctorate degree in an area of religious study. This can be any area of religious study provided the applicant intends to enter full-time ministry following completion of studies.
    • ***Institutions in the process of achieving accreditation.
  • Demonstrate personal impact throughout education, work experiences, and volunteerism.
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent.
  • Be committed to entering the practice of full-time ministry* in the United States** following completion of studies.
    • *Full-time ministry includes holding a paid leadership position within a church body as a primary means of income.
    • **Must be physically within the United States.
  • International applicants are not eligible to apply for this program. Each scholarship is a one-time, non-renewable award. Previous winners are not eligible.

Application now open!

Questions? Please contact or call at 507-931-8342.

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From our CEO:

"Every scholarship we award assists a hard-working and deserving student who wishes to minister to others and make a difference in the world. Our ongoing investment in religious education highlights the sincerity of our connection to the many faith-based organizations that rely on us as well as the strength of our commitment to our mission, Protecting the Greater Good."

Richard V. Poirier Richard V. Poirier, JD
President and CEO
Church Mutual Insurance Company, S.I.

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