Providing bursaries to encourage students to continue their studies with a view to later providing leadership in ministry.
The Saskatchewan Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches wishes to encourage those Saskatchewan students affiliated with an MB church who are registered at Bethany College or at an institution providing seminary training by providing bursaries for full-time students. Each year, one bursary of $500 will be provided to a Bethany student and two bursaries of $500 each will be provided to two different seminary students. These bursaries will be sent to the educational institutions for the second semester tuition costs of the students who are awarded the bursaries.
Students taking studies while employed
The Saskatchewan Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches also wishes to encourage those Saskatchewan students who are taking seminary training while being employed by providing bursaries. Each year, one bursary of $200 will be provided for each class taken at the seminary level. When possible, the home church is requested to match the Conference bursary. (If a church provides salaried study leave or professional development funds, these would qualify as matching funding.) The bursaries will be awarded to the first ten applicants. First time applicants will receive priority.
The primary criteria for the awarding of these bursaries is to encourage the student to continue her/his studies with a view to later providing leadership in ministry opportunities, both within the church and in other areas. Thus, the information obtained from the student’s references is crucial.
This bursary is primarily intended to assist leaders/churches who find it difficult to cover the costs of attending professional development opportunities. The Bursary Committee will take this into account in its decision-making process.
The Bursary Committee will be composed of:
- Director of SK Church Ministries, Chair
- Designated Member of the SK Board of Faith and Life
- Designated Member of the SK Board of Management
- Designated Member of the Harvest Saskatchewan Team
All applications and references should be forwarded to the Director of Church Ministries, who will initiate the selection process and will be responsible for supervising the selection process. The Bursary Committee shall have jurisdiction on issues related to the awarding of all bursaries. The Bursary Committee may delegate the processing and awarding of the Bethany bursaries to Bethany College. The applications and references should be submitted by December 1, with applicants informed of the decision of the committee by December 31.