ELCA Fund for Leaders Scholarships

If you are feeling a call to ministry, or if you have any questions about candidacy, please contact Deacon Cheryl Erdmann in the synod office.

Greetings from the ELCA Fund for Leaders!

The ELCA Fund for Leaders is a ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) that provides scholarships for future ELCA pastors and deacons who attend ELCA seminaries. In 2020, the Fund for Leaders will once again be offering scholarships to seminary students!

The Fund for Leaders has an open application process that allows all eligible candidates to apply online directly to Fund for Leaders to be considered for a full-tuition scholarship. These scholarships will cover the full cost of seminary tuition for the duration of coursework. Eligible candidates must apply and receive an offer of admission from one or more ELCA seminaries, must be planning to enroll full-time in the fall of 2020, and must be in good standing in the ELCA candidacy process. Recipients of Fund for Leaders scholarships may apply their full-tuition scholarship at any ELCA seminary that has offered them admission.

If you or someone you know is discerning a call to rostered ministry in the ELCA, please encourage them to contact Deacon Cheryl Erdmann at the Northern Illinois Synod office and to visit ELCA.org/FundForLeaders today to learn more and to apply. The application period will be open from November to February. Check the Fund for Leaders website for specific dates and eligibility criteria.


Apply for Fund for Leaders full-tuition scholarships online from November to February. Check the website for scholarship information, timelines and eligibility criteria. Learn more! Read the FAQs on the website.