Starr King annually provides Institutional Tuition Scholarship Awards to assist students with the cost of tuition. Starr King institutional tuition scholarships are awarded through an internal process by the SKSM Scholarship Committee. The Scholarship Committee considers the financial need of each applicant as well as the school’s commitment to educating to counter oppressions and our desire to manifest a just, multiracial, multicultural learning community.
Starr King now has a dedicated software system for handling scholarship applications and awards. Current students applying for the next academic year and prospective students (who have completed their applications for the next academic year) will need to apply through this system to be considered for institutional scholarships.
The new scholarship portal will open on February 15 and will close on April 1. Returning students must apply every year for Institutional Scholarships during the Spring semester to receive assistance for the following academic year. Returning students may only apply once per year – during this timeframe. Students that do not apply will not be considered for scholarships for the academic year. Apply before April 1st to be considered for scholarships for the following Academic Year.
Those who apply for admission between April 2 and June 1 will remain eligible for other forms of financial aid. Applicants may continue to apply for admission for Fall until June 1 but may not be eligible for scholarships.
To review the list of “named” scholarships and the criteria, scroll down this page to the section titled: Starr King Institutional Tuition Scholarships – Donor List.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FUNDING DEADLINE FOR THE 2023-2024 ACADEMIC YEAR IS APRIL 1.
Please note that any scholarships awarded may not be released until a signed acceptance letter and “thank you note or card” is received by SKSM via the new software system.
|Deadlines and Events
|Scholarship Application Opens
|Priority Funding Deadline for New Students
|Final Funding Deadline for Returning Students
|Award Letters Go Out
|Spring Scholarship Application Deadline for New Students*
*New Spring students who apply after November 1 will have no eligibility for scholarship funding but will remain eligible for student loans and grants. These students may apply for scholarships in future years at SKSM.
Starr King Institutional Tuition Scholarships are funded through annual gifts given by friends of the School and through endowed scholarship funds. The endowed scholarship funds have been established in honor of beloved mentors and forebears. In making awards, the Scholarship Committee endeavors to match recipients with the interests and commitments of those honored.
Starr King offers a number of Merit and Incentive Scholarships to students who show special promise based on their academic record, achievements as activists or religious leaders, or their distinctive commitments, religious affiliation and/or goals, or who meet specific criteria.
The Business Office partners with Financial Aid Solutions (FA Solutions) for all processes related to Federal Financial Aid. FA Solutions stands ready to assist you in any way necessary. For more information about the federal financial aid application process, please contact the Financial Aid Office at (510) 902-3989 or send an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) provides scholarships directly to students who are preparing for Unitarian Universalist ministry. Scholarship aid is for seminarians who have achieved aspirant or candidate status for UU ministry, but some forms of assistance are occasionally available for entering students.
After graduation from seminary, the UUA provides debt-reduction assistance for those who enter the ministry. Rev Dr. Jonipher Kūpono Kwong is the Director of Ministerial Credentialing at the UUA and can answer any questions you may have: email@example.com.
Please note the various application deadlines at the link below. Note that the application requires several letters of reference. Be sure to start early to submit your application. Current information and application instructions are available at www.uua.org/careers/ministers/becoming/scholarships.
St. Lawrence Foundation CPE Grants
The St. Lawrence Foundation for Theological Education seeks to aid students in aspirant or candidate status with the Unitarian Universalist Association by offering stipends to pay up to $750 tuition for the UUA required one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at an accredited CPE center. The Foundation will send the tuition payment directly to the CPE Center. Therefore, students who submit this application must be committed to taking CPE at the center named and, in the timeframe, specified. A postgrant report will be required from the student. The Foundation needs to use limited funds to meet the needs of many students. Please do not apply for this scholarship if you have other sources of funding for CPE tuition or if you are able to cover the expense yourself. To access the application form, click here.
The Marjorie Bowens-Wheatley Scholarship
Offered by the UU Women’s Federation, this program provides direct financial support to aspirants or candidates to UU ministry, or candidates in the UUA religious education or music leadership programs, who identify as women of color, Latina, or Hispanic. Applicants must complete an online form. There are two funding cycles per year, with deadlines of March 1 and October 1. More information can be found here.
UUA Program Assistance Grant for Career Assessment
Aspirants with financial needs may request a $1000 Program Assistance Grant from the UUA Ministerial Credentialing Office (MCO) to offset the costs related to the career assessment. Please contact the UUA Ministerial Credentialing Office when an assessment has been scheduled so that the MCO can arrange to send the grant directly to the career center.
In addition to the types of aid listed above, students are advised to seek financial support from outside sources, such as savings, support from friends and family, aid from churches or denominations, and grants or scholarships from outside organizations.