About the Scholarship Fund
The objective of the Scholarship Fund is to enable those in ministry to pursue a deeper level of intellectual formation in a more economical way. The Scholarship Fund is a program sponsored by the Department of Evangelization and Catechesis to help assist those active in ministry in the Diocese of Trenton to pursue a Masters degree, finish a Bachelors degree, or complete a Certificate at a Catholic College or University in person or on-line. Through participation in this program, you will not only benefit from many tuition discounts established through relationships between the Diocese of Trenton and Catholic Colleges, but you will also receive additional funding through our office in order to offset tuition costs.
Who should consider the Scholarship Fund?
This program is perfect for those who are involved with sharing the faith with others, such as Parish Catechetical Leaders and catechists, those involved in parish Adult Faith Formation and Evangelization, and RCIA leaders who would like to complete their Masters in Theology or Religious Education.
Q & A on the Scholarship Fund
Do I have to attend the class in person? No, you may attend in-class or online, assuming the college or university provides the class in this format.
Does the program have to be a Masters? What if I do not have my Bachelors? No, it does not have to be a masters. It can be a certificate (either undergraduate or graduate level) in a practical ministry, such as Parish Business Administrator, Family Life, Religious Education, etc.
Do I have to complete my degree or certificate in a specified period of time? No, you can take whatever length of time you need to in order to complete the course of study. We just ask that you give us an approximate length of time when applying to the Scholarship Fund.
Is there a maximum number of credits that will be reimbursed? Yes, the maximum number of credits is either 36 credits or the number of credits necessary for completion of the program, whichever is less.
How will I be reimbursed? You will be reimbursed for each course after you receive a grade of B or higher in the course. You will need to submit proof of your grade from the college/university along with the tuition reimbursement form at the end of each semester.
What if I have already started working on my degree? You can apply for reimbursement for the remainder of courses needed for successful completion of the degree.
If I want to pursue my Doctorate, will this be covered? No, Doctorates are not covered by this program. You could pursue funding through the Bishop Reiss Scholarship process, also offered through the Department of Evangelization and Catechesis.
Are books and fees covered? No, only tuition costs will be reimbursed.
What if I do not know what programs are available? You can contact our office and we can advise you of programs that we are currently available.