Iliff is committed to supporting and collaborating with our students to identify funding to support their graduate studies. Thanks to a generous gift in memory of Susan Schlessman Duncan, Iliff is able to provide an increased level of institutional scholarship support to new degree-seeking students for the 2021-2022 academic year.  

Applicants are not required to submit a separate application to be considered for an Iliff institutional scholarship, and all admitted students are automatically considered for scholarship support.

Additional scholarship support for degree-seeking students may be available through donor, grant, and external scholarship opportunities. Students who are accepted to Iliff will receive information from the Financial Aid Office regarding the scholarship application. An Iliff login and password are required to access this form

In addition to scholarships, we encourage eligible students to complete an annual FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at https://fafsa.ed.gov/ to identify federal grants and loans.

 

2021-2022 New Student Scholarships

 

Iliff Scholarship 

This scholarship may be awarded to new students who are admissible to an Iliff degree program and who intend to enroll full-time (FTE). This award will be distributed across the fall, winter, and spring quarters. If a student is not enrolled full-time the award amount will be prorated accordingly. This scholarship may be stacked with other Iliff, donor, grant, and external scholarships

 

The Social Justice Scholarship

This scholarship may be awarded to new students who are admissible to an Iliff degree program and who either self-identify with a historically excluded, underrepresented, underserved or underresourced community or who have previous experience with said communities and a commitment to serve them post-graduation. This award will be distributed across the fall, winter, and spring quarters. If a student is not enrolled full-time the award amount will be prorated accordingly. This scholarship may be stacked with other Iliff, donor, grant, and external scholarships.

 

The Western Regional Scholarship

This scholarship may be awarded to new students who are admissible to an Iliff degree program and who reside in the Western region at the time of admission. Western region states include: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. This award will be distributed across the fall, winter, and spring quarters. If a student is not enrolled full-time the award amount will be prorated accordingly. This scholarship may be stacked with other Iliff, donor, grant, and external scholarships.

 

The International/DACA Scholarship

This scholarship may be awarded to new students who are admissible to an Iliff degree program and who self-identify as an international or U. S. DACA student with demonstrated financial need. This award will be distributed across the fall, winter, and spring quarters. If a student is not enrolled full-time the award amount will be prorated accordingly. This scholarship may be stacked with donor, grant, and external scholarships.

 

The Susan Schlessman Duncan Full Tuition Scholarship

This scholarship may be awarded to new students who are admissible to an Iliff degree program;  demonstrate previous and/or future experience, commitment, and dedication towards the mission and values of Iliff; demonstrate great future promise academically and professionally; and demonstrate financial need. This award will be distributed across the fall, winter, and spring quarters. If a student is not enrolled full-time the award amount will be prorated accordingly. This scholarship may be stacked with donor, grant, and external scholarships.

 

2021-2022 External Partner/Affiliation Scholarships

 

Segal AmeriCorps Education Award 

Iliff will provide a $1,000 match to all Segal AmeriCorps Education award levels for AmeriCorps
alumni and staff members. Documentation to verify one’s status and educational benefit award
level is required.

 

AUMTS Excellence in Clergy Leadership Scholarship

Meritorious United Methodist seminarians will be eligible for a $2,500 scholarship from GBHEM
and a matching award of $2,500 from Iliff for a total of $5,000 per year, as well as additional
support from foundations, annual conferences, and seminaries. The seminarians will also
receive intentional opportunities to enhance their personal financial literacy. The purpose of
this scholarship program is to create a collaboration across United Methodist organizations in
support of future clergy reducing or eliminating educational debt and building upon financial
acumen. Eligible students must be United Methodist pursuing or certified candidate for
ministry (elder or deacon); demonstrate merit, progress, and commitment in the candidacy
process; enrolled full-time in a Master of Divinity degree program at one of the 13 United
Methodist seminaries/schools of theology; and demonstrate financial need and how this
scholarship will help avoid additional student loans.

 


Disciples Seminary Foundation (Disciples of Christ)

This scholarship offers an award equal to 20% of a student’s annual tuition as long as this
student’s affiliation as a member of the Disciples of Christ community is verified. This is an
annual awarded scholarship contingent upon the continuation of the agreement between the
Disciples Seminary Foundation and Iliff. Three awards are available for the 2021-2022 academic
year.

 


United Church of Christ

Active members and students in discernment with a United Church of Christ congregation
(preference will be given to members of the Rocky Mountain Conference), as affirmed by their
local church pastor, will be eligible for a $2,500 scholarship from UCC and a matching award of
$2,500 from Iliff for a total of $5,000 per year. Eligible students must be enrolled in a masters-
level degree program at Iliff and committed to the vocation of social change through church
action. Three awards are available for the 2021-2022 academic year. Awards may be renewed
for a maximum award of three academic years.

An eligible student who could be characterized as “in the world and of the Church.” This person
has the passion and the leadership capacity to inspire and mobilize people to make real God’s
loving mercy and justice for all members of the human family. This person shows early
evidence of being able to join Jesus in challenging the structures of power.

The RMC Iliff Scholarship will be funded annually by the Rocky Mountain Conference in three
payments scheduled for Aug 20, Dec 20, and Mar 1. Iliff will administer the scholarship and the
selection process, and to the extent the student participates in the Iliff matching funds
program, Iliff will match the funds provided by RMC.

Student obligation: upon award, the recipient will initiate connection with the Conference
Minister of the Rocky Mountain Conference (currently, Rev. Sue Artt – sue@rmcucc.org), to set
up an introductory meeting. Further expectations will include an article about their ministry
aspirations to be published in the conference newsletter, and not more than two visits per
academic year with conference members, churches, or attendance at conference events
(conference to cover any related expenses).

 

Yellow Ribbon (military and veteran students only)

Military and veteran students are eligible for a $3,000 Yellow Ribbon scholarship and a
matching award of $3,000 from Iliff for a total of $6,000 per year. Six awards are available

for the 2021-2022 academic year. Students must apply for their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits.
Click here for more information.

 

Additional Scholarship Opportunities

Students are encouraged to complete the Iliff scholarship application on an annual basis to
identify additional donor, grant, and external scholarship opportunities.

 

 

2021-2022 Continuing Student Scholarships

Currently enrolled students will continue to receive a similar level of scholarship support for the remainder of their full-time enrollment in their specific degree program. Students are encouraged to complete the Iliff scholarship application on an annual basis to identify additional Iliff, donor, grant, and external scholarship opportunities. 

 

Donor and External Scholarships 

Iliff receives generous support from the current Iliff community and alumni. The Iliff scholarship application is designed to match students with specific donor requests. General scholarships are also available.

 

Fundraising Coaching

The Office of Financial Aid staff is available to assist students with external scholarship application materials. Many Iliff students pursue careers in ministry and non-profit work. These fields require fundraising skills, and fundraising through financial aid is one way to get used to making the all-important ask for funding. It is more difficult to advocate on one’s own behalf in comparison to having a building or cause to reference for potential donors. Many of our students have successfully raised funds through their community connections and paid for their seminary studies without taking on huge amounts of debt. 

 

You are encouraged to contact the Office of Financial Aid and set up an appointment to receive fundraising coaching.

 

Contact

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. Students are encouraged to set up an appointment through the Financial Aid Appointment Calendar.

Goldie Ector | Director of Financial Aid
303-765-3114

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