Sider Scholarship

Each academic year, Palmer Seminary awards to entering students a number of Sider Scholarships. Sider Scholarships cover half the cost of tuition at Palmer. The scholarship remains in effect through the student's entire academic career at Palmer so long as he or she is a part-time student, maintains a G.P.A. of at least 3.3, and continues to meet the criteria for acceptance described below.

More About the Sider Scholarship
The Sider Scholarship may be applied toward any of the Seminary's masters degree programs.

The Sider Scholarship is named for Palmer professor and world renowned evangelical social activist Ron Sider

Sider Scholars will give 5-10 hours a week during the school year to supporting the activities of the Seminary's Sider Center on Ministry and Public Policy. Through their association with the Sider Center, these scholars will gain valuable experience in research, writing, and networking in holistic ministry and public policy, as well as a greater understanding of how to merge scholarship with popular writing and organizing for social action. In addition, Sider Scholars will be mentored by Professor Sider and others associated with the Sider Center.

Two of the Sider Scholars entering Palmer each year will be Sider Writing Scholars. These will be selected based on editorial/journalistic interest and ability. (Applicants may be asked to submit writing samples in addition to the Sider Scholarship application materials.) Sider Writing Scholars will support the Sider Center's editorial projects. 

To receive a Sider Scholarship, students must meet the following criteria:

Academic Criterion:

  • A minimum of a "B+" (3.3) average for the most recent earned degree.

Personality Criteria:

  1. Is known to be a person of integrity.
  2. Demonstrates emotional maturity; has a clear sense of self in relation with others.
  3. Is growing as a disciple of Christ, evidenced by commitment to regular bible reading, prayer, and worship.
  4. Shows evidence of commitment to the embodiment of the Gospel's call for justice and compassion.

Community Criteria:

  1. Shows concern for others, in speech and action.
  2. Evidences commitment to personal spiritual and emotional growth in the context of the university community (campus life, chapel, small groups).
  3. Has been actively engaged in the life of a local church community.

To Apply
Those applying for a Sider Scholarship must complete the regular application process for admission to the Seminary.

Click here to apply for the Sider Scholarship

Application Deadline/Notification Timetable
To receive highest consideration, all admissions and scholarship-related materials should arrive at Palmer's Admissions Office by August 1. If slots remain open, the Seminary will continue to consider Scholarship applications through the Spring semester acceptance period.