Ministerial Leadership Award Scholarship

The Ministerial Leadership Award has been created by Olivet Nazarene University to recognize a select group of students whose call of God on their lives to vocational ministry within the Church of Jesus Christ has been affirmed by the Church. These highly selective awards are offered to a limited number of students each year based on specific criteria.

Scholarships will be awarded on an individual basis. Recipients will receive $1,500 in their first year. For future years, scholarship renewal is based on students remaining in good academic standing with Olivet’s registrar and dean’s offices, and their consistent involvement in local church ministry. Renewed second year recipients will receive $2,000; renewed third year recipients will receive $2,500, and renewed fourth year recipients will receive $3,000. Students who receive the MLA Scholarship for each of their four years of full-time enrollment will be awarded a total of $9,000. MLA recipients are eligible for other academic awards and any applicable financial aid. An on-campus interview with a faculty member of the School of Theology and Christian Ministry may be required.

Requirements for Consideration

The applicant must:

  • Be an incoming student who has applied, been accepted, and submitted a $200 enrollment deposit to Olivet Nazarene University for the spring semester of 2022 or the fall semester of 2023.

  • Have a call to full-time Christian ministry and demonstrate an aptitude for success in ministry.

  • Decide to major within a degree program of the School of Theology and Christian Ministry upon enrollment at Olivet Nazarene University.

  • Submit necessary financial aid forms (FAFSA).

  • Complete and return the MLA application with supporting documentation.

Ministerial Leadership Scholarship materials must be received on or before February 1, 2022, to qualify for consideration. Applicants will be informed by February 15, 2022, of the scholarship application status. There are a limited number of ministerial leadership scholarships available, and priority will be given to early-decision applicants.

How To Apply

  1. Complete the Ministerial Leadership Application along with your applicant essay and submit one recommendation form by a local church pastor.

  2. Write an essay, no more than 600 words, articulating the following:

    • Your personal testimony of Christian Faith

    • Your call to full-time ministry, including who or what influenced this call

    • A description of ministry involvement in and beyond the local Church

    • The type of ministry to which God is calling you

For more information, call the Office of Admissions at 800-648-1463 or email

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Submit your Ministerial Leadership Award application here.

Scholarship Application

Recommendation Form