Student Aid

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 7 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.

There are also several other scholarships offered through various groups in the Nebraska District. Click on the plus sign to read more:

LWML Nebraska North Scholarships

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.

LWML Nebraska South Scholarships

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, or at www.lwmlnesouth.org. Completed applications are due June 1.

The Nebraska District Lutheran Laymen's League Scholarships

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 virginia.vonseggern251@gmail.com. Application deadline is May 22 of each year.

The Gil and Blondie Vogt Scholarship Fund

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

After you graduate: Resources to assist with church worker education debt & finances

Church workers are eligible to apply if they are: rostered Nebraska LCMS church workers who are members in good standing of a Nebraska LCMS congregation; full-time workers who have incurred higher education debt while in pursuit of their professional church work degree; currently full-time church workers who have completed at least one year of full-time church work as a member of the Nebraska District.

Concordia Plan Servicess has a tool available for church workers who are paying off student loans and resources to help church workers better understand personal finance and plan for retirement, including webinars through their Financial Education Series.

In addition, church workers are encouraged to learn more about MinistryFocus, an RSO of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod that believes that the realities of educational debt negatively and irreparably harm ministries and congregations.

Details on these resources can be found here.

Contact the Education & Youth Office

1-888-643-2961, 1010
Email Bob Ziegler: bobz@ndlcms.org
Email Candi Menze: candim@ndlcms.org

Bob Ziegler, Education and Youth Ministries

Consults with congregations and commissioned ministers regarding the call proces and ministry opportunities. He is also available to resource congregations in the area of youth ministry.

Candi Menze, Assistant for Education and Youth

Helps with call documents and forms for teachers and DCEs. She is a vital part of coordinating Middle and High School Youth Gatherings, and the District Convention.