Basic Degree Scholarships and Awards

Administrative Guidelines for Awards


MDiv Entrance Tuition Grant
Eligibility: Incoming domestic MDiv students who begin the program will receive a tuition grant for up to a maximum of 10 credits taken within the first 12 months of their initial registration towards the first credit level group (the first 10 required courses in the MDiv program).

• Students who have been granted advanced standing transfer credits are only eligible for a pro-rated tuition grant which will be applied towards any remaining credits up to a maximum of 10 credits taken with the first credit level group in the first year of registration.  Students who receive 10 transfer credits towards the MDiv are ineligible.
• Courses taken in the summer term must be offered by Emmanuel College to be eligible for the tuition grant.  Courses taken in other TST schools are not covered by the tuition grant and will still count against the 10-course limit.
• Students must maintain good academic standing.  A student who is no longer in good standing may not be able to continue to benefit from the MDiv Entrance Tuition Grant at the discretion of the Basic Degree Committee.
• Student are only eligible for the MDiv Entrance Tuition Grant if they have not yet completed the first credit group level of the Master of Divinity program and were admitted directly to the MDiv program in the applicable semesters.
• The MDiv Entrance Tuition Grant cannot be deferred or transferred.

For more information about the MDiv Entrance Tuition Waiver

Entrance Scholarships
Eligibility:  Domestic students who have applied for admission to a conjoint degree program at Emmanuel College with an 85% average or higher (CGPA 4.0) in previous university work are automatically considered for entrance scholarships.

Emmanuel College entrance scholarships must be held by Emmanuel College.  If a student who has been awarded an Emmanuel College entrance scholarship chooses to register at another TST college, the award is withdrawn.

An Emmanuel College entrance scholarship may be deferred for one year upon written request and only when the student is not enrolling at another university or education institution.

For the purpose of awarding entrance scholarships the committee will use the evidence including grades (cumulative average) available at the time of assessment.  Scholarship decisions are not revisited once the final grades are available.

An Emmanuel College entrance scholarship is forfeited when a recipient does not return to continue studies after a formal leave of absence. [EC Faculty May 2015]

In-Course Scholarships
Eligibility:  Basic degree students with an overall average of 85% or higher qualify for an in-course scholarship upon the completion of ten and twenty credits.

In-course scholarships may be deferred for one year only upon request.  If the recipient does not register at Emmanuel College within one year, he or she will receive the honour of the award only.

An Emmanuel College in-course scholarship is forfeited when a recipient does not return to continue studies after a formal leave of absence. (EC Faculty May 2015)

Many students now pursue their studies on a part-time basis, which means that they seldom complete a credit group of ten or twenty courses at the end of an academic year.  Many also continue their course work during the summer session, take courses under letter of permission at other theological colleges, and pursue the basic M.Div. degree and the advanced M.A. degree or Master of Pastoral Studies concurrently.  The following guidelines are intended to address the issues that arise when students pursue degrees under these circumstances.

• At least five courses of a credit group of ten courses must be completed at Emmanuel/TST for a student to qualify for an in-course scholarship.  [EC Faculty May 1993 and May 2015] 
• The average of only TST courses determines scholarship eligibility. Courses taken elsewhere under letter of permission and on student exchanges to complete a credit group have a neutral effect on the average.  [Senate Awards Committee May 1992]

Eligibility for scholarships and prizes for specific achievements, e.g., highest standing in basic N.T. Greek, is determined on the basis of courses taken at all TST colleges, but not on the basis of courses taken at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary or elsewhere. [EC Faculty April 1994 and May 2015]

If an uneven number of credits are completed at the end of a semester, the student may not select the credits with the highest marks to complete a particular credit group.  Instead, the average grade of all courses taken during the semester in which the student reaches the tenth or twentieth credit point is used.  [EC Faculty April 1994]

Only basic degree credits may be used to determine eligibility for basic degree scholarships, e.g., students enrolled in the joint M.Div./M.A. program qualify for in-course scholarships on the basis of M.Div. credits only.  Advanced standing toward the M.Div. is given for some M.A. courses and joint program students who may be eligible for in-course and general proficiency scholarships should advise the Registrar in writing before the end of April of the M.A. courses for which credit toward the M.Div. is sought. [EC Faculty April 1994]

Entrance and in-course scholarships take the form of a tuition waiver and are not paid to the students in cash.  They are transferred to the University of Toronto to offset tuition fees.  Students do not have the option of requesting cash payment to cover tuition fees payable for courses not registered through ROSI/ACORN, or where there is no fee charge, e.g., TST language courses or courses taken under letter of permission at other institutions.  [EC Faculty April 1994]

In-course eligibility is determined in early May.  An award is made only when marks are available at the end of the winter session for a full credit group of courses. Students who apply for extensions beyond the end of the winter session exam week forfeit their consideration for such a scholarship. Students may not defer tuition payments in anticipation of a scholarship.  Tuition may be deferred only when the student has received written notice of an award. 

The letter grade “P” (for pass) has a neutral effect when a student’s average is calculated for scholarship purposes.  Students do not have the option of requesting the instructor of a pass/fail course to submit a numeric grade nor of discussing with the instructor their preference for a numeric grade.  [EC Faculty April 1994]

A number of basic degree scholarships are restricted to candidates for United Church of Canada ministry.  Normally, “Inquirers” in the candidacy process do not qualify for these scholarships.

In-Course Awards
Eligibility:  Students who meet the criteria of the awards.

In-course awards may be deferred for one year only upon request.  If the recipient is not registered at Emmanuel College within one year, he or she will receive the honour of the award only.

Graduating Awards
Eligibility:  Students who meet the criteria of the awards

Presentation of Non-Monetary Graduating Awards
Presentation of medals and other non-monetary awards will take place at the annual Emmanuel College Graduation. 

International Students
All international studetns are ineligible for entrance and in-course tuition waiver scholarships, but may be considered for in-course awards.


Please refer to the BD Awards Handbook 2015 for more scholarship and award information.

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