The Omaha Presbyterian Theological Seminary Board of Trustees began the Apollos Program in 1954. The first scholarship was awarded directly to seminarian James H. Costen. The mission of the Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation is to seek, develop, and support excellence in Christian leadership through the Presbyterian Church (USA). The Foundation’s Apollos Program promotes this important task by providing opportunities for financial support to selected students, who are under the care of their presbyteries so that the Church might more effectively carry out its mission.
Scholarship Award Information:
NEW FOR 2020 APOLLOS SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS:
Apollos scholarship awards beginning for the 2020 application/selection process will change as follows…
Five Apollos Scholarships will be awarded for 2020. These scholarships continue to honor former Presbyterian Foundation Leaders: Robert K. Adams, Eugene C. Dinsmore, Howard B. Dooley, Silas G. Kessler and William L. Mulford.
Apollos Scholarships will be awarded with an increased annual maximum of $8000 and a total maximum potential of $24,000 over a three-year enrollment period.
OPSF will no longer award any additional smaller scholarships.
IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY ARE AN APOLLOS SCHOLAR… your award will be paid as initially granted. There will be no change to the amounts of the past scholarships or number of years awarded contingent that you continue to meet the Apollos requirements. This applies to all previously awarded scholarships, both named and regular.
Apollos Scholarships will be paid a maximum of three years regardless of any degrees undertaken in addition to a MDiv or any other circumstances. So, a seminary Junior may receive support for up to three years of seminary study, a Middler is eligible for up to two years of Apollos scholarship, and Seniors qualify for one year of financial support from the Foundation.
An Apollos applicant must be:
1. An individual who possesses qualities of excellence for ministry
2. A member of a Presbyterian Church (USA) congregation
3. Currently under the care of a Presbytery as an Inquirer or a Candidate
4. Accepted or enrolled as a full-time student in the Master of Divinity, Master of Arts or Dual degree program in one of the 9 Presbyterian seminaries:
Austin Theological Seminary, Texas; Columbia Theological Seminary, Georgia; The University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, Iowa; Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary, Georgia; Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Kentucky; McCormick Theological Seminary, Illinois; Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Pennsylvania; Princeton Theological Seminary, New Jersey; or Union Presbyterian Seminary (Both Richmond, VA and Charlotte, NC campuses); San Francisco Theology Seminary
Application Process and Requirements
The Apollos application instructions must be followed in their entirety.
A complete application consists of the following components:
1. A completed five-page application.
2. An official transcript of records from universities where his/her degree(s) are conferred.
Each transcript should be in an official sealed envelope from the registrar’s office. We can also accept transcripts from universities via electronic services, email or fax. We can NOT accept transcripts sent to us directly by seminary students.
3. An official transcript of seminary records if currently enrolled. The transcript should be in a sealed envelope from the registrar’s office. We can also accept transcripts from seminaries via electronic services, email or fax.
4. Three non-family references on the required Reference Questionnaire forms in sealed envelopes.
OPSF will obtain confirmation from the CPM Liaison concerning an individual’s status as an Inquirer or Candidate.
Apollos Scholarship Application, Transcripts and Reference Questionnaires will only be accepted between January 15 and April 15. ( This deadline has been extended due to COVID-19 and is now May 1, 2020.)
Each Apollos application is verified by staff to be sure that all required components are submitted. The Apollos Selection Committee considers only complete Apollos applications with all required components included.
Applicants may complete their saved application form on their computer; review and email as an attachment to email@example.com or print and mail the Apollos application to:
Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation
7101 Mercy Road, Suite 216
Omaha, NE 68106-2616
Award Notification letters are mailed to each applicant after September 1 of the award year. In addition to the award recipients, their pastor, presbytery and seminary also receive notification. Semester installments are mailed to the seminarian following receipt of the current Enrollment Certification from the registrar.
Future scholarship payments are mailed in spring and fall of each qualifying year. Each scholarship installment is contingent upon continued satisfactory progress toward the Master of Divinity, Master of Arts or Dual degrees as certified by the registrar of a Presbyterian theological institution listed above.
Staff are available to respond to questions: (888) 244-6714 or firstname.lastname@example.org.