Basic Degree Scholarships and Awards

Administrative Guidelines for Awards


Entering Theological Education Grant

Emmanuel College has earmarked special funds for a pilot project starting from September 1, 2016 and ending August 31, 2017: the Entering Theological Education Grant. This grant is available to new domestic basic degree students registered in an Emmanuel College conjoint basic degree program (MDiv, MPS, MTS and MSMus) and enrolled full-time or part-time in the 2016 Fall, 2017 Winter or 2017 Summer session.

The goal of this grant is to provide each entering Basic Degree student with:

50% of tuition for the first ten courses required by the conjoint degree program

(a maximum of 5 courses per fall or winter session, or 4 courses in the summer session).  If an entering student receives external support aside from government student loans that covers 50% or more of the program tuition, Emmanuel College will not provide additional funds.  If external support is 50% or less, Emmanuel College will complement the external grant up to 50% of tuition. Incidental fees are excluded. Non-degree, non-conjoint students, including those attending under Letter of Permission, are ineligible for this tuition grant.

This pilot project will be assessed at the end of the 2016-17 academic year and there is no guarantee of renewal.

For more information about the Entering Theological Education Grant, please click here.


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.

Current Students