The Bexley Seabury St. Marina Scholarship

The Bexley Seabury St. Marina Scholarship may be awarded to an entering first-year Master of Divinity student who identifies as LGBTQ and who demonstrates a strong commitment to pursuing justice ministry as an ordained person in the Episcopal Church.
Generously funded by anonymous donors through the auspices of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, this scholarship is intended to cover the cost of tuition, books, travel, and other costs associated with the pursuit of the Master of Divinity degree. One three-year scholarship will be awarded to students who commence study in each of three academic years, 2017–2018 through 2019–2020.


Applicants for the St. Marina Scholarship must:

  1. have a GPA of B or above in their previous academic work;
  2. be public about their LGBTQ identity (although the seminary may be flexible in this regard in the case of international applicants);
  3. exhibit a demonstrated commitment to justice ministry in the Episcopal Church, with a specific emphasis on justice and equality for people marginalized both within the church and elsewhere, and particularly (but not exclusively) for people who are marginalized because of their sexual identity.

Application Procedure

Applications for the Bexley Seabury St. Marina Scholarship should be submitted simultaneously and in conjunction with the application for admission to the Master of Divinity program. The following documents in support of both admission to the degree program and the scholarship must be received no later than June 30th of the year in which studies are expected to begin:

  1. Official transcript(s) reflecting the most recent and highest degree earned;
  2. Three letters of recommendation for admission to the Master of Divinity program, at least one of which specifically mentions the St. Marina Scholarship and addresses scholarship eligibility requirements 2 and 3 enumerated above.
  3. A personal essay (of approximately 1200 to 1500 words) that:
    • supports your application for admission to the Master of Divinity program by providing a brief description of your call to ministry and of what attracted you to Bexley Seabury Seminary; and
    • demonstrates your eligibility for the St. Marina scholarship based on the criteria described above. More specifically, please describe your work and passion for justice ministry; your previous leadership experience; and indicate how you hope to live out your passion to serve marginalized people as an ordained person in the Episcopal Church.

Please submit all application materials and direct any questions to:
Jaime Briceno
Recruiter and Digital Missioner
Bexley Seabury Seminary
1407 East 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 380-7041