Scholarships & Grants

PLTS Grant and Scholarships

Generous need-based grants and merit-based scholarships are offered to support the total cost of attendance for PLTS seminarians, which takes into consideration tuition, room and board, transportation, books, and supplies. You may also wish to apply for federal student loans.

 Each of these scholarships and grants are awarded based on a set of criteria that the Admissions and Financial Aid office sets and uses as a basis for awarding. Completing your FAFSA is an important part of this process, along with the application for Graduate Financial aid from California Lutheran University. For more information on these steps, check out the Admitted Students page. For further information please contact  Sara Schultz,  Director of  Admission.

Our Scholarships include the following:

Hans Peterson Memorial Scholarship

This full-tuition renewable scholarship will be awarded to a student who shows interest in the intersection of Social Justice and liturgy. Hans Peterson was a student at PLTS who was passionate about connecting social justice into worship. If you would like to be considered for this scholarship, an essay (500-700 words) is required that seeks to answer the question: How can liturgy speak to the most pressing social justice issues of our time?

Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Sun City, AZ Scholarship

Full-tuition scholarships are available to usually two admitted students each year. Consideration is given to people who display exceptional leadership and demonstrate financial need. This scholarship is funded by Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Sun City, AZ.

Year-of-Service Scholarships

Many people who come to seminary have had experience with Young Adults in Global Mission, Urban Servant Corps, ALT Year, Lutheran Volunteer Corps, Peace Corps, or other year-long volunteer opportunities. This experience often prepares people to be thoughtful leaders. A $3,000 renewable scholarship is considered for any applicant who applies to seminary and has completed a year of service within the last five years.

ELCA Scholarship

Two renewable scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each are available to those who have earned their bachelor’s degree from an ELCA institution. These awards will take into consideration merit and service.

Cal Lutheran Scholarship

Two renewable scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each are available to CLU alums. These awards will take into consideration merit and service.

Congregational Partners in Education Award

PLTS will match congregational support up to $2,500 for full-time students attending seminary. In order to correctly process the matching funds, please complete the award information form.

Fund for Leaders Mission Scholarship

The ELCA has a special Fund for Leaders in Mission that provides scholarships for people seeking to be rostered leaders in the ELCA, who intend to go to ELCA seminaries. Check back later for more information about how to apply for these scholarships. The Fund for Leaders in Mission looks for people who show promise as leaders, and especially value diversity in all kinds of ways.