Apply Now for Church Worker Scholarships and Debt Retirement


Plan now for spring 2020 scholarship and debt retirement application deadlines.

College Student Aid

Nebraska District financial support is available to anyone preparing for full-time service in the church. Applicants must be enrolled at a Concordia University System school; Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne; or Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. Applicants must demonstrate financial need, and have completed their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The Concordia University System consists of the 9 LCMS-operated universities. Application forms may be printed from the link at the right or requested from the universities and seminaries. The deadline for completing the application process is May 1 for the first semester and December 1 for the second semester. Only one application is needed per academic year.

If you would like more information on which of the Concordia University System schools offer a program of study for the church work in which you are interested, that information can be found here.

Click here to download the Nebraska District Student Aid Application Form and instructions

Scholarships available include:

The LWML Nebraska North provides scholarships for students preparing for careers in full-time church work on the basis of residence in the LWML North region, financial need, and full-time enrollment in the Concordia Education System. The Nebraska District Student Aid Committee administers these grants, and the application is the same as the District Aid Application Form. That form may be obtained from the financial aid offices of the universities and seminaries, with May 1 and December 1 deadlines.

The LWML Nebraska South offers assistance to students from the LWML Nebraska South region who are going into full-time church work. Information and applications may be obtained from the student’s local LWML society, at, or from Randi Warneke at 1228 Heritage Dr.,  Hastings, NE 68901. Completed applications are due June 1.

The Nebraska District Lutheran Laymen’s League (LLL) provides scholarships for students studying for full-time church work, including pastor, DCE, DCM, deaconess, liturgical arts, and education. Applications for the current school year are now available. For more information, guidelines, and an application, click on the links below and print and complete the forms. Applicants may also contact:  Virginia Von Seggern at 87127 512th Ave, Orchard, NE 68764; 402-655-2254 or 402-360-4060; or Application deadline is May 22 of each year.

The Gil and Blondie Vogt Scholarship Fund is designed to assist Nebraska students preparing for LCMS church vocations at any LCMS university or seminary. An applicant for this scholarship must be a current resident of Nebraska; a member of an LCMS congregation; pursuing educational training in preparation for an LCMS-related vocational position; attend a LCMS college, university or seminary; demonstrate a substantial financial need; and must not be in a vicarage year at seminary. Requests for an application can be made after January 1 for the following school year. Application deadline is April 15. To request an application, contact:
King of Kings Lutheran Church
attn: Vogt Scholarship Committee Chairperson
11615 I Street
Omaha, NE 68137

Rostered Church Worker Debt Retirement

Student Loan repayment grants will once again be available for church workers in the Spring. If you are a rostered Nebraska District church worker with at least one year of full-time service in the District and have outstanding student debt from undergraduate or seminary studies, download the following forms for more information:

Debt Retirement Application

Debt Retirement Policy

Completed forms can be sent by email to Joyce Bruha at, or mailed to us at: Nebraska District LCMS, PO Box 407, Seward, NE, 68434. The application window is currently closed. Notification of chosen applications can be expected in early August. Questions can be directed to District President Rev. Richard Snow at

Partner with us in providing these scholarships and debt retirement grants!

At any time, you can make a donation in support of these funds. Send a check with a note indicating that it is for one of these projects (student aid, K-12 tuition assistance, or church worker debt retirement fund) to:
Nebraska District LCMS
PO Box 407
Seward, NE 68434

Or pay online through our secure payment portal (eservicespayments) at this link. Choose the option “restricted gifts” and fill in the amount of your gift and indicate which of these funds you would like to support in the space next to that (student aid, K-12 tuition assistance, or church worker debt retirement fund).

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