First-Year Baptist / Baptist General Convention of Texas Ministerial Grants

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The Ministry Guidance Office coordinates financial assistance available to qualifying Dallas Baptist University (DBU) Ministry Students pursuing a degree in preparation for a career in vocational and bi-vocational ministry. This is an annual application process requiring students to complete the First-Year Application upon initial enrollment at DBU and the Renewal Application annually thereafter. DBU seeks to support students pursuing ministry with financial assistance through the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT) Ministry Scholarship and the DBU Ministerial Scholarship.

Students are required to complete an application once per academic year (Fall, Spring, Summer semesters). The deadline to submit a completed application for ministerial financial assistance is October 15 for the Fall/Spring/Summer, March 15 for the Spring/Summer, and June 15 for the Summer.

This program is available to qualifying full-time or part-time undergraduate students who are active members of their home Baptist church, have shown evidence of a divine call to Christian ministry, have shown a sincere commitment to a career in a church-related ministry, and have demonstrated a lifestyle of commitment to the principles of the Christian life. The student must also have the endorsement of his/her home church.

The First Year Baptist and BGCT Ministry Grants are provided by funds from the BGCT and are $50 per semester hour. The grant increases to $75 per semester hour for junior and senior BGCT students whose major or minor is in Biblical StudiesChristian Studies or Christian Ministries. The continuation of this grant is based upon approval of a renewal application and active participation in a BGCT church. The DBU Ministerial Scholarship, provided directly from DBU funds, is $50 per semester hour.

Questions regarding this program may be directed to the Director of Ministry Students by emailing Students receiving the First Year Baptist Ministerial Grant may be able to apply for the BGCT Ministerial Grant after their first year. Contact the Director of Ministry Students for more information on eligibility, or refer to the Frequently Asked Questions.

Print an application and select either the undergraduate or graduate link at the bottom of the page. Complete and return as directed on the application. 

Funding is available to qualifying students in the following ways:

  • (BGCT) Ministry Scholarship provided by the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT) is available to qualifying students who are members of Baptist churches. After the first year, the BGCT Ministry Scholarship is only for students who are active in a BGCT church.
  • DBU Ministerial Scholarship provided by Dallas Baptist University is available to qualifying students who are affiliated with a Christian church that holds Jesus as Lord and Savior, and who holds solely the Old Testament and the New Testament as sacred Scripture. The DBU Ministerial Scholarship is automatically awarded to students receiving the BGCT Ministry Scholarship.

DBU matching grants are $100 per credit hour for masters students and $150 per credit hour for doctoral students. 

Questions regarding these programs may be directed to the Director of Ministry Students. 

Maintaining Your Scholarship

Living on campus allows students to be fully engaged in the DBU experience. On-campus residency is required for all DBU Scholarships except the Transfer Commuter scholarship.

Students must continue to maintain specific overall GPAs to remain on scholarship at Dallas Baptist University. Learn More >>