Graduate Studies

Scholarships, Bursaries, and Awards for Graduate Students

CMU students involved in full time studies in CMU Graduate Studies are invited to apply for one or more of the following Scholarships/Bursaries.

Unless otherwise stated, download the Scholarship/Bursary Application Form to apply for one or more of the listed awards and submit your application by May 31.

For more information contact the Financial and Student Services Advisor at

Other Funds Available for MA Students


CMU International Student Bursary

Any international student in the Graduate School of Theology and Ministry or MA in Peacebuilding and Collaborative Development can apply for the CMU International Student Bursary which is based on financial need. Criteria includes being a full-time student, GPA of 3.0, and submitting the required budget information on the application form.


Jacob A. Rempel Memorial Scholarship

This Scholarship of $4,000 has been created to honour the memory and legacy of Jacob A. Rempel, a significant leader of the Mennonite churches of Ukraine/Russia. His story, told in the book, Hope is Our Deliverance, tells of his life from being a stable boy to becoming a professor. He did this with an enduring faith as he followed God's leading hand, applied his own abilities and was encouraged by the generous financial assistance of a wealthy supporter. The family has been grateful that someone noticed a "diamond in the rough" in that stable boy and provided the means for his education. Through this scholarship, the family wishes to encourage students who show academic promise and a strong interest and aptitude for church ministry.

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Criteria: Showing academic promise and a strong interest in and aptitude for church ministry and demonstrated financial need.


Carole Louise Sawatzky Seminary/Graduate Studies Bursary

This Bursary of $1,000 is for a student involved in Masters studies at CMU. It has been created in honour of the life of Carole Louise Sawatzky. Carole was enrolled in graduated studies and engaged in ministry in her church, Fort Garry Mennonite Fellowship in Winnipeg, MB. Due to a progressive neurological disorder, she was not able to continue in her interests in children's ministry, drama, liturgical dance, leading worship and preaching. When the bursary was established, Carole, age of 42, was a resident at Deer Lodge Centre in the chronic care ward. The purpose of this bursary is to encourage women engaged in graduate/seminary studies with the intention of pursuing ministry.

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Criteria: Volunteering or working in church ministry, preparing for future ministry involvement and demonstrating financial need.


The EMC Graduate Studies Bursary

This bursary, established by Ron and Ruth Penner, has been created for students from the Evangelical Mennonite Conference who are preparing for pastoral ministry, missions or Christian service in a graduate studies program. The bursary will cover half of the tuition costs for eligible students.

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The John and Katie Friesen Bursary for Pastoral Ministry

This bursary of $1,000 to $2,000 has been created for students preparing for pastoral ministry. John and Katie Friesen have been long time supporters of CMBC ( John studied at CMBC) and its successor CMU. Their three children attended CMBC and their four grandchildren attended CMU. John was a pastor and served congregations in Grande Prairie AB, Burns Lake BC, Morden MB, Langham SK, and Aldergrove BC. The church was important to them and they valued the pastoral training that happened at CMBC and continues at CMU. To that end, part of their legacy is to continue to support ongoing ministry preparation.

Criteria: The student must be full-time and preparing for pastoral ministry. Preference will be given to those that come from or are preparing to serve in a Mennonite Church Canada congregation.

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Faculty MA-TS Scholarship

This award has a value of $500 to $1,000. The following criteria will guide the CMU Awards Committee in selecting a recipient:

  • One entrance scholarship will be awarded to a student admitted into the program with the highest GPA in an undergraduate or previous degree program
  • Students will qualify for the above scholarship if their applications to enter the program are received by April 30 for the Fall semester, August 31 for the Winter semester, or December 31 for Spring semester.
  • Be a student who is entering the MA in Theological Studies Program at CMU
  • Be enrolled in a minimum of 18 credit hours during a 12-month year.

The Nicholas and Tina Fransen Scholarship

This scholarship was established in memory of Rev. Nicholas N. Fransen and his first wife, Tina Klassen Fransen. Two $1,500 scholarships will be awarded each year.

Reverend Nicholas N. Fransen (1907–2000) was called to ministry in 1929 in the Vineland United Mennonite Church, his home congregation. He was steadfastly committed to the importance of education in general, but especially education which prepared individuals for a lifetime of service to the church. Throughout his years of dedicated service to the cause of CMBC, Nicholas' first wife, Tina Klassen Fransen (1906–1970), was a tower of strength and support for her husband and family. It was their shared dream of a Mennonite Bible College that enabled him to take on the extra responsibilities associated with being on the first CMBC board of directors and to serve as the first fundraiser for CMBC.

Criteria: A student who is enrolled in the MA in Christian Ministry and has a desire to enter pastoral ministry.


The Victor Schroeder Memorial Scholarship

The North Kildonan Mennonite Church of Winnipeg, MB has established an Academic Entrance Scholarship of $1,500. This scholarship has been created in honour and memory of the life of Rev. Schroeder, former pastor at North Kildonan Mennonite Church.

Criteria: Graduating students of CMU who are enrolling in one of the Masters programs and who have a sincere desire to enter into Christian Ministry.


The Portage Mennonite Church Leadership Scholarship

This Scholarship of $2,500 has been established by Portage Mennonite Church (Portage la Prairie, MB) upon their closure in 2012 after 35 years of ministry of nurturing faith and building community in the rural town of Portage la Prairie. Their legacy will live on through this scholarship supporting international graduate students and first/second generation Canadians within the church who are training to be future church leaders.

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Criteria: An International full time MA student or an MA full time student who is involved in a first or second generation church (recent Canadians) in Canada. The student's intent must be that of preparing for a church leadership role. In addition to the Scholarship application form, this Scholarship requires a one page essay stating past church involvements and education, goals, and financial needs.


Dr. Gerhard Lohrenz Bursary

Sargent Ave Mennonite Church (SAMC) established the "Dr. Gerhard Lohrenz Bursary Fund" in 1986 with CMBC, now CMU. The value of this bursary is $1,000.

The priority and criteria of Awarding the Dr. Gerhard Lohrenz Bursary Fund is as follows:

  1. A student(s) who is enrolled full time in Graduate Studies in Christian Ministry or in Theological Studies Programs at CMU.
  2. In preparation for Pastoral Ministry.
  3. Who, or at least one of whose parents, is a member of SAMC.
  4. If all of the above criteria cannot be met the following criteria will be considered:
  • applicant has demonstrated a potential for, and an interest in, preparing for Pastoral Ministry.

William and Helen Klassen Student Ministry Scholarship

William and Helen Klassen of Abbotsford, BC& have established a Student Ministry Fund to financial support undergraduate and graduate students in their education and training for Christian Ministry through scholarships, bursaries and ministry internships. They are aware that finances can be a road block for many students training for ministry and have set up a ministry fund at CMU for students discerning and testing their call to ministry. The Klassens are presently members at Emmanuel Mennonite Church in Abbotsford. The value of this scholarship is $1,000–5,000.

Criteria: Eligible students will be entering or continuing full time studies at CMU, in graduate studies with the intent of preparing for a ministry role.


Gordon and Nettie Dueck Biblical Studies Bursary for International Students.

Gordon and Nettie Dueck have established a bursary for International students at CMU. They have also been active associates with International Student Ministry Canada in the area of Friendship Partner Coordinators, hosting students from around the world, over 12 countries. Gordon is a graduate of SBC'62 and Nettie is a graduate of MBBC' 63. The value of the scholarship is $1,000.

Criteria: This bursary will be awarded to an international student from a developing country who is majoring in Biblical and Theological Studies.


The Jacob and Sara Schroeder Practical Theology Scholarship

This scholarship of $1,500 has been established by the children of Jacob (1917–2011) and Sara (1917–2008) Schroeder for students enrolled in the MA in Theological or Christian Ministry Studies at CMU. It reflects the passion and life commitments to each other, (more than 70 years of marriage), to Christian ministry, Christian education, building community, social justice issues, and peace initiatives. Sara, (Sally), was a stay-at-home mom who provided quiet, calm, and wise council to her family, extended family, and friends. Her community work included volunteering at the MCC Thrift Store and also with "Meals on Wheels." Jacob was an elementary and high school teacher in southern Manitoba and later at a one room country school in northern British Columbia. Jacob's involvement with Co-operatives and Credit Unions led to a career change. He worked as an educator, promoter, and organizer for these movements until retirement and viewed this work as a blessed opportunity to work out aspects of his Christian faith.


Elizabeth Buckland Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in honour and memory of the Elizabeth Buckland who passed away in 2014. She was a person of deep faith who took seriously the Christian call to work for justice. She recognized the particular challenges faced by Indigenous Peoples, newcomer Canadians, and international students and saw the potential of education to overcome these challenges. This scholarship will go to an international student enrolled full time in the MAPCD program. Requirements include submitting an essay of 500 words, outlining proven leadership qualities, and projecting plans upon graduation from the program. This scholarship of $1,000 can be received only once.


The John The Anabaptist Bursary

The Donor's purpose for this bursary is primarily to develop effective church leaders—pastors and associate pastors, etc.—to grow the Anabaptist, or Mennonite-Christian, community in Canada. The amount of the bursary will be 100% of one year's tuition for the qualifying student plus $500 per credit hour for living and accommodation expenses (to a maximum of $15,000).


  • This bursary will be awarded to a Canadian student enrolled in full time studies at CMU's Shaftesbury Campus in the Graduate School of Theology and Ministry's Master of Arts: Concentration in Christian Ministry program.
  • Students must be under 55 years of age at the time of study.
  • Students must hold an undergraduate degree from a recognized Canadian or USA university.
  • Submit a 500-word essay of their motivation for participating in the Master of Arts: Concentration in Christian Ministry program along with some reflection on ministry goals.
  • Candidates for this Bursary must be deemed to be entrepreneurial. That is, a person who is likely to be able to organize and manage an enterprise, usually with considerable initiative and risk. Candidates will be required to complete a personality profile to assist CMU (and the donors) in determining their suitability for this bursary. Cost to the candidate for this profile will be $200.00. Candidates will receive a copy of their results.

Steps in the application process:

  1. Discuss your interest in this bursary with Abram Bergen (email for an appointment)
  2. Complete the 500-word essay and submit to the GSTM Department along with $200.00 towards the cost of completing the Personality Profile.
  3. Complete the Personality Profile input—it takes about 15 minutes. The outcome of the profile, along with other factors will determine whether an applicant will receive this bursary.

Essays are due by May 31. 

Note: A student who receives this bursary is not eligible to receive other CMU scholarships and bursaries.


Sheep and Goats MDS Service Bursary

"When He finally arrives, blazing in beauty and all his angels with him, the Son of Man will take his place on his glorious throne. Then all the nations will be arranged before him and he will sort the people out, much as a shepherd sorts out sheep and goats, putting sheep to his right and goats to his left.

Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Enter, you who are blessed by my Father! Take what's coming to you in this kingdom. It's been ready for you since the world's foundation. And here's why:

I was hungry and you fed me,
I was thirsty and you gave me a drink,
I was homeless and you gave me a room,
I was shivering and you gave me clothes,
I was sick and you stopped to visit,
I was in prison and you came to me.'

Then those 'sheep' are going to say, 'Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?' Then the King will say, 'I'm telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.'

Then He will turn to the 'goats,' the ones on his left, and say, 'Get out, worthless goats! You're good for nothing but the fires of hell. And why? Because—

I was hungry and you gave me no meal,
I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,
I was homeless and you gave me no bed,
I was shivering and you gave me no clothes,
Sick and in prison, and you never visited.'

Then those 'goats' are going to say, 'Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or homeless or shivering or sick or in prison and didn't help?' He will answer them, 'I'm telling the solemn truth: Whenever you failed to do one of these things to someone who was being overlooked or ignored, that was me—you failed to do it to me.' Then those 'goats' will be herded to their eternal doom, but the 'sheep' to their eternal reward." (from Matthew 25)

The Bursary

The donors wish to have Young Adults respond to Jesus' grace toward them by becoming Disciples who follow Jesus' teaching in The Gospels. In particular, his teaching of showing compassion to fellow human beings. This bursary provides you with the opportunity to begin a life-long practice of doing so.


This Bursary will be awarded to pre-qualified students enrolled in full time studies in the Master of Arts: Concentration in Christian Ministry program. The scholarship opportunity IS NOT limited to only one year. Further criteria outlined in the application form.

The Amount

The amount of the Bursary will be 100% of the tuition of qualifying students. It will be paid to CMU in equal amounts at the beginning of each of the fall and winter semesters.

Application Forms

The application deadline is January 31. MDS and CMU together will choose the top five students who will receive this bursary. Students will be informed by February 28 if they have been selected.

Print Application Form

For more information contact the Financial and Student Services Advisor (


Other Funds Available for MA Students

EMC Leadership Development Scholarship Policy

This scholarship is offered by the EMC Board of Leadership and Outreach. It is available to EMC ministers, missionaries and seminary students involved in or aspiring to church related vocations. To learn more about this scholarship and to secure an application form, contact Erica Fehr at or call 204.326.6401.

Mennonite Conference Funds for Studying at CMU

The following two funds are also available to students enrolled in MA studies at CMU. Please apply directly to the two respective conferences involved by going to their websites.

"Company of 1,000" Study Reserve Fund is a fund established to support the training of Pastors for Mennonite Church Canada congregations. Go here for more information.

Leadership Training Matching Grant assists students who preparing for ministry within the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches. Go here for more information.

D.F. Plett Graduate Fellowship

This fellowship of $7,500 is intended to encourage graduate students who are pursuing studies and research in the history of the forerunners and descendants of the 1870s Mennonite migrants of Manitoba.

Criteria for the Award: Students will have completed their course work in the program and will be ready to start their thesis work based on primary source research. To apply, students should contact Hans Werner (, Executive Director of the D.F. Plett Historical Research Foundation, c/o The University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3B 2E9.

For more information contact the Financial and Student Services Advisor (

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