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Welcome to the Thrivent Charitable Impact & Investing™ Scholarships page (formerly InFaith Community Foundation). If you have applied for the 2021 scholarship program, have an application in process, or plan to apply for a scholarship award, you are in the correct place. 

 

Our donors create donor-advised scholarship funds for any level of education, from preschool to postgraduate studies. We offer two types of scholarship funds – designated scholarships and administered scholarships. In 2019 and 2020, our donors granted more than $10.7 million in educational assistance including scholarships, tuition assistance, and graduate fellowship programs combined.

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Students who wish to apply for the scholarship program must complete an online application and request one recommendation from an individual who identifies as: a member of your education system (administrator, teacher/professor, guidance counselor) or one from your pastor who can speak to your professional experience. The application period will be March 1 to April 30, 2021.

How to apply     Recommendation form

For individuals recommending applicants: Please submit the above recommendation form.
For applicants wishing to log in to finish an incomplete application: Log in here using your email address and select “My Applications.”

Questions? Check out our FAQs below, email us or call us at 800-365-4172.

Based on Thrivent's policy, administered scholarships may only be granted to benefit students attending colleges and universities in the United States that meet IRS regulations, therefore we can only support students attending U.S. institutions.

The scholarship program
The InFaith Community Foundation Scholarship was established to benefit students who are members of congregations that hold active organizational endowment funds at Thrivent Charitable Impact & Investing. Two $5,000 awards will be given for the 2021-2022 school year. Applicants must be high school graduating seniors seeking a four-year undergraduate degree at an accredited college or university.

This scholarship program is made possible through a Field of Interest Fund, a collaborative fund made possible by donors to serve our shared community. Through these scholarship awards, we hope to provide educational opportunities to individuals who demonstrate financial need, high academic achievement, a commitment to sharing their blessings with the world, and planning full-time study at an accredited college or university.

Eligibility
To be eligible, candidates must:

  • Be a high school graduating senior and a member of a congregation that holds an active organizational endowment fund;
  • Demonstrate financial need;
  • Plan to attend an accredited college or university and seeking a four-year degree; and,
  • Be in good academic standing with a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application process & deadline
Scholarship applications will be available from March 1 to April 30, 2021. Students who wish to apply to the scholarship program must complete an online application. 

Recommendation link (for individuals recommending scholarship applicants)

Questions?
Please email or call 800-365-4172.

The scholarship program
The Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church of North Minneapolis Scholarship Awards were established to provide scholarship awards to eligible candidates pursuing a career in professional ministry or professional lay ministry. Three or more scholarship awards between $5,000 – 9,000 will be given for the 2021-2022 school year.

The scholarship program is made possible through a permanently endowed charitable fund held at Thrivent that was established by the former church of Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church of North Minneapolis. Founded in 188, Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church maintained a strong commitment to education. A school affiliated with the church was founded in the same year to provide English language and religious instruction to immigrant families. The school remained a part of the Church’s mission for nearly 100 years. At the time of the Church’s closing, the church established this fund to benefit Lutheran students who are members of churches within the Minnesota South District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS).

Eligibility
To be eligible, candidates must:

  • Be members of congregations within the Minnesota South District of the LCMS;
  • Be in their third or fourth year of study at an undergraduate college or university of the LCMS, or enrolled in a post-baccalaureate program at an LCMS college, university or seminary. Candidates must be enrolled on a full-time basis, based on the respective institution’s definition of “full-time” status. Students are not eligible to apply for their vicarage year;
  • Be pursuing a career in professional ministry or professional lay ministry;
  • Have a minimum 2.5 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale.

Applicants and past recipients may reapply for these scholarship on an annual basis.

Application process & deadline
Scholarship applications will be available from March 1 to April 30, 2021. Students who wish to apply to the scholarship program must complete an online application. I

Recommendation link (for individuals recommending scholarship applicants)

Questions?
Please email or call 800-365-4172.

The scholarship program
Mary Barbara Price Lutheran Scholarship for Undergraduates (formerly Tulare County Lutheran Scholarship) was established to benefit students who are residents of Madera, Kings, Kern or Tulare County and are a member of a Lutheran church. The scholarship program is made possible through the generosity of donor Barbara Price, who created this permanently endowed fund at Thrivent.

Through these scholarship awards, the donor wished to endorse the optimism and success of today’s youth and provide educational opportunities to outstanding individuals who have demonstrated their abilities and their desire to explore the unlimited possibilities available to them. The donor also shared a belief in the faith and values inherent in and promoted by colleges and universities affiliated with the Lutheran church. It was the donor’s hope that recipients of this award similarly recognize such value, and that they, too, may one day be able to identify other students in need of educational scholarship assistance, also “passing it along” without carrying it as a debt to be repaid.

Eligibility
The scholarship program is open to high school graduating seniors, current undergraduate students, and previous scholarship recipients as outlined below:

  • High school seniors: Any high school senior who is a member of a Lutheran congregation and has permanent residence in Madera, Kings, Kern or Tulare County may apply for this scholarship.
  • College or university undergraduate students: A current undergraduate student may apply if the student has permanent residence in Madera, Kings, Kern or Tulare County and is a member of a Lutheran congregation.
  • Previous scholarship recipients: Students who have previously received this award may re-apply for this scholarship on an annual basis, if the student has permanent residence in Madera, Kings, Kern or Tulare County and is a member of a Lutheran congregation.

Preference for these scholarship awards shall be given to students who plan to attend a Lutheran college or university. All applicants must demonstrate that they have graduated from high school in good academic standing and must maintain good academic standing in their undergraduate studies in order to continue receiving the scholarship.

Application process & deadline
Scholarship applications will be available from March 1 to April 30, 2021. Students who wish to apply to the scholarship program must complete an online application

Recommendation link (for individuals recommending scholarship applicants)

Questions?
Please email or call 800-365-4172.

The scholarship program
Mary Barbara Price Lutheran Scholarship for Graduate and Professional Education (formerly Tulare County Lutheran Scholarship) was established to benefit Lutheran students who are residents of Madera, Kings, Kern or Tulare County, California. The scholarship program is made possible through the generosity of Barbara Price, who created a permanently endowed fund at Thrivent. The donor wished to endorse the optimism and success of today’s youth and intended these scholarships to provide educational opportunities to outstanding individuals who have demonstrated their abilities and their desire to explore the unlimited possibilities available to them.

She also shared a belief in the faith and values inherent in and promoted by colleges and universities affiliated with the Lutheran Church. It was her hope that recipients of this award similarly recognize such value, and that they, too, may one day be in a position to identify other students in need of educational scholarship assistance, also “passing it along” without carrying it as a debt to be repaid.

Eligibility
The scholarship program is open to students who are currently enrolled or seeking enrollment at an accredited graduate or professional school.

To be eligible, candidates must:

  • Be a current or former resident in Madera, Kings, Kern or Tulare County;
  • Have received an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university; and,
  • Demonstrate at least a cumulative 3.0 grade point average (GPA) in their undergraduate studies and maintain a 3.0 GPA in a graduate or professional program

Preference for these scholarship awards shall be given to past recipients of The Tulare County Lutheran Scholarship Program for Undergraduates.

Application process & deadline
Scholarship applications will be available from March 1 to April 30, 2021. Students who wish to apply to the scholarship program must complete an online application

Recommendation link (for individuals recommending scholarship applicants)

Questions?
Please email or call 800-365-4172.

The scholarship program
The St. Paul Lutheran Church Scholarship Program was founded by the congregation of the former St. Paul Lutheran Church in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. St. Paul Lutheran Church, prior to its closing, established this special scholarship program to benefit Lutheran students in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. 

Eligibility
To be eligible, candidates must:

  • Be graduating seniors of a high school, or a high school graduate equivalent, located in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania; 
  • Be members of a Lutheran church, including those individuals who were members of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, at the time of its closing;
  • Be attending or planning to attend an institution of higher education (academic, technical or vocational in the 2021-2022 academic year);
  • Have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale; and,
  • Demonstrate involvement in church and community.

Candidates may reapply in successive years for scholarships available from this program. 

Application process & deadline
Scholarship applications will be available from March 1 to April 30, 2021. Students who wish to apply to the scholarship program must complete an online application

Recommendation link (for individuals recommending scholarship applicants)

Questions?
Please email or call 800-365-4172.

The scholarship program
The Chris Andersen WomenLead Scholarship recognizes the need for diverse leadership in ministry, nonprofits, and civic organizations and seeks to accelerate the extraordinary leadership of diverse women of faith to lead change by using their talents to educate, advocate and activate. In recognition of President Emeritus, Chris Andersen, our Board of Directors renamed its WomenLead Scholarship to The Chris Andersen WomenLead Scholarship. Two educational scholarships in the amount of $3,000 will be awarded annually to women of Christian faith seeking a Masters or Doctoral level degree that will prepare them to serve in public service, non-profit leadership and/or in Christian ministry.

Eligibility
Women of diverse backgrounds (race/ethnicity, age, denomination, nationality, citizenship) eager to lead through bold action, innovative vision and faith-inspired passion are encouraged to apply.

Eligible candidates for the scholarship should meet the following criteria:

  • Enroll or be enrolled in an accredited U.S. theological seminary or post-graduate institution pursuing a Masters or Doctoral degree;
  • Be in good academic standing with a minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale;
  • Demonstrate active Christian faith and practice, and/or a personal call to ministry;
  • Exhibit leadership with a commitment to influence systems and communities for broad impact;
  • Be involved in civic engagement, social change, and service and demonstrate a history of involvement; and,
  • Commit to a career in Christian ministry, government agencies, public and private educational institutions, nonprofit, philanthropic, public health and/or advocacy organizations.

The ideal candidate(s) will: 

  • Demonstrate the drive to be an extraordinary leader and the capacity to make a difference on a broad scale to impact systems level change;
  • Articulate how their faith has influenced, shaped and/or inspired them to educate, advocate and activate their passion for justice and change;
  • Express a vision and spirit of possibility; and,
  • Give clear, concrete examples of how they have led and/or implemented a course of action to create change in their community. 

Selection of recipients
Scholarship recipients are determined by a Thrivent scholarship committee. We recognize and value the need for diverse leadership. Women from underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply. International and permanent residents attending a U.S. college or university may apply. Please read more about our past scholarship recipients here
 
Application process & deadline
Scholarship applications will be available from March 1 to April 30, 2021. Students who wish to apply to the scholarship program must complete an online application

Recommendation link (for individuals recommending scholarship applicants)

Questions?
Please email or call 800-365-4172.

Why have I not received an email to continue my application after successfully submitting the pre-questionnaire form?
Please allow up to 30 minutes for our server to send you an email. If you have not received an email after this time, contact our staff.

How do I submit my application?
After you complete all questions and upload required documents you will see a submit button. You should receive an email from Thrivent confirming we’ve received your application.

Can I apply for multiple scholarships?
Yes, if you are eligible. If you are eligible for more than one scholarship, click the boxes on the dashboard you’d like to apply for.  When you are answering questions it will look like you are completing one application, but all of the questions from all the scholarships are embedded into it. You will only need to complete sections 1-4 one time even if you are applying for multiple scholarships.

When will I hear back about the scholarship I am applying for?
We will notify all applicants about scholarship decisions in July 2021.

If I'm an international student, can I still apply?
Yes, if you are attending a U.S. institution. Thrivent's policy is that administered scholarships may only be granted to benefit students attending colleges and universities in the United States that meet IRS regulations, therefore we can only support students attending U.S. institutions.

Does Thrivent still offer the Norman Krueger American Legion Memorial Scholarship?
We were pleased to offer this scholarship from 1998 - 2018. 2018 was the culmination of the twenty-year term of this scholarship that celebrated Mr. Krueger’s legacy. No scholarships through this program will be available in 2021 and beyond.

Does Thrivent still offer Silverdale Lutheran Church Scholarship?
We were pleased to offer this scholarship from 2000 to 2020, which was made possible by the generosity of Merrill and Elizabeth Koster of Silverdale Lutheran Church. No new scholarships through this program will be available in 2021 and beyond. 

Questions?
Please email or call 800-365-4172.

2020 scholarship recipients

In 2020, we highlighted scholarship awardees from two of our scholarship funds. We invite you to read their stories and learn how they hope to make an impact in our shared communities. 

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