A NEW APPLICATION PACKAGE MUST BE SUBMITTED TWICE A YEAR FOR COURSES TAKEN DURING EACH SEMESTER – WINTER and SUMMER/FALL (combined).
THE 2020 APPLICATION FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE (SEE BELOW).
The Leadership Scholarship Plan (LSP) was initiated to provide financial assistance to ministerial students pursuing post-secondary educational studies in approved schools. The LSP program is funded jointly by Lorne Park Foundation, the Free Methodist Foundation and the Leadership giving stream, and administered by the Leadership Development office.
COLLEGE / UNIVERSITY GRANT
Ministerial students will receive grants subject to the recommendation of the local Official Board and the approval of the Leadership Scholarship Committee. Ministerial students are to be involved in ministry in a local church where they are attending school or their home church. Ministry experience while at school should be documented by the applicant and reported to their sponsoring Official Board.
Scholarships may be awarded by the Director of Leadership Development and Church Health to ministerial students pursuing educational opportunities at institutions other than a bible college or seminary, in consultation with the official board of the local church and the LSP Committee. The amounts will be equal to the college or university grants, depending on the institution to which the student applies. If you feel this option may fit your circumstances personally, please include in your application package a written explanation as to why you are choosing to study at a non-approved institution.
Approved Colleges and Universities
- Acadia Divinity College (Acadia University), Montreal, QC
- Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA
- Briercrest College – Caronport, SK
- Central College, McPherson, KS
- Greenville College, Greenville, IL
- Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester, NY
- Rocky Mountain College, Calgary, AB
- Tyndale College, Toronto, ON
- Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA
- Spring Arbor University, Spring Arbor, MI
- Trinity Western University, Langley, BC
Funding Levels for Ministerial Students:
[* also see “Other Available Scholarships” section below]
LSP applicants will receive scholarship amounts based on a funding formula which can cause the amounts available to students to fluctuate semester to semester and year to year. This calculation is based each semester upon the number applicants, the number of credits taken by each applicant, and the amount of funding received through Giving Stream donations. Funding is not provided for any student above the amount of the actual tuition paid.
Seminary students will receive grants subject to the recommendation of their regional Ministerial Education, Guidance and Placement Committee.
Approved Canadian Seminaries
- Associated Canadian Theological Schools (ACTS), Langley, BC
- Briercrest Biblical Seminary, Caronport, SK
- Ecole de Theologie Evangelique de Montreal (partnered with Universite de Montreal), Montreal, QC
- Tyndale Seminary, Toronto, ON
Funding Level for Seminary Students:
LSP applicants will receive scholarship amounts based on a funding formula which can cause the amounts available to students to fluctuate semester to semester and year to year. This calculation is based each semester upon the number applicants, the number of credits taken by each applicant, and the amount of funding received through Giving Stream donations. Funding is not provided for any student above the actual amount of the tuition paid.
Approved John Wesleyan Seminary Foundation (JWSF) Institutions
- Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY
- Azusa Pacific University, Graduate School of Theology, Azusa, CA
- Northeastern Seminary, Rochester, NY
- Wesley Biblical Seminary, Jackson, MS
- Western Evangelical Seminary, Portland, OR
Funding Level for D. Min. / PhD. Students:
Those applying for funding for Doctor of Ministry or PhD studies are required to write a proposal on how their studies will impact the mission and vision of the FMCiC. Those proposal needs to be submitted with the application package the first time a student applies for funding for D.Min./PhD studies. The Director of Leadership Development and Church Health in consultation with the LSP Committee will make a recommendation for approval of the applicant’s studies and will consult with the Regional Ministerial Education Guidance and Placement committee where it deems necessary. The applicants will receive scholarship amounts based on a funding formula which can cause the amounts available to students to fluctuate semester to semester and year to year. This calculation is based each semester upon the number of applicants, the number of credits taken by each applicant, and the amount of funding received through Giving Stream donations. Funding is not provided for any student above the actual amount of the tuition paid.
SERVICE / PAYBACK ARRANGEMENT
The following policy applies to all students who receive LSP funding.
LSP grants are given with the expectation that all students receiving financial assistance will serve the Church in a meaningful way for a minimum of five years after their studies are complete. Service includes ministerial service with The Free Methodist Church in Canada, service as an approved missionary or VISA worker or Chaplain, involvement in denominational ministry or active involvement in a leadership capacity as a member of a local congregation of The Free Methodist Church in Canada.
In the case of scholarship recipients who cannot fulfill part or all of the five-year minimum service obligation, the assistance received will be considered to be a loan to be repaid. The amount of the grant to be repaid will be reduced by twenty per cent for each year of service after the completion of studies, with service as defined above. The grant amount is repayable to The Free Methodist Church in Canada over a five year period and begins six months after the completion of studies. A deferment of repayment may be requested if studies continue at a non-approved institution or if other circumstances warrant.
SOURCE OF LSP FUNDING
The LSP grant program is a continuation of the ministry of Lorne Park Foundation. LPF continues to provide approximately one-half of the funds required for LSP each year from the capital asset income of Lorne Park Foundation. The balance of the funding comes from Free Methodist churches across Canada through the Leadership Development Giving Stream and through the Free Methodist Foundation.
Other available scholarships
- John Wesley Seminary Foundation (JWSF) – Canadian FM students attending a JWSF institution who are at least Ministerial Candidates may receive a JWSF scholarship funded by LSP amounting to approximately $2,340 per year or $190 per semester hour. The LSP application may be considered as an application for this scholarship.
- Special Scholarship Funds – The Free Methodist Church in Canada and Lorne Park Foundation administer several special scholarships.Click here to apply. For more information email Susan DePlanché in the Leadership Development Office or call 289-228-1225 (cell) or 905-848-2600 ext 405
How can applications be made?
LSP application packages can be downloaded by clicking the forms above, either in Word format or in .PDF format. All undergraduate (college/university) applicants need to be recommended by their local church Official Board with their pastor’s signature on the application. Graduate and Post-Graduate (Masters/Seminary/D.Min, PhD, etc.) applicants need to be approved by the Director of Leadership Development and Church Health in consultation with their Regional MEGaP committees.
ALL FOUR PAGES OF THE APPLICATION PACKAGE MUST BE COMPLETE WHEN IT IS RECEIVED AT THE MINISTRY CENTRE. ANY INCOMPLETE APPLICATION PACKAGES WILL NOT QUALIFY FOR SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS FOR THAT SEMESTER. NO RETROACTIVE SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS WILL BE DISBURSED.
PLEASE NOTE: A NEW COMPLETE APPLICATION PACKAGE MUST BE SUBMITTED FOR EACH SEMESTER.
The deadlines dates are:
- February 15 for courses taken during the Winter Semester
- October 15 for courses taken during the Summer and/or Fall Semester
APPLICATION PACKAGES RECEIVED AFTER THE DEADLINE DATES FOR EACH SEMESTER CAN NOT BE CONSIDERED BY THE COMMITTEE.
|2020 Grant Program Application Package Documents|
|LSP Program Details||
LSP Program 2020 (Word)
LSP Program 2020 (PDF)
LSP Program-French 2020 (Word)
LSP Program-French 2020 (PDF)
|#1 – Application||
LSP Application Form 2020 (Word)
|#2 – Grant Promissory Note||
LSP Prom Note 2020 (Word)
LSP Prom Note 2020 (PDF)
LSP Prom Note-French 2020 (Word)
|#3 – Information Request Form||
LSP Info Request 2020 (Word)
LSP Info Request 2020 (PDF)
LSP Info Request-French 2020 (Word)
|#4 – School Confirmation Form|
|Application Package Checklist|
|If you have any questions about the LSP program, please email Susan DePlanché or call 289-228-1225 (cell) or 905-848-2600 ext 405|