Trinity Evangelical Divinity School


Kern Family Foundation Scholarship

Kern Family Foundation MDiv Scholarship

Trinity is proud to offer full-tuition Kern Scholarships to incoming MDiv students in Fall 2014. The Kern Family Foundation of Waukesha, Wisconsin, was founded in 1998 with the goal of trying to improve the core moral and spiritual values in our society. The foundation believes that one of the ways to accomplish this goal is by assisting in the strengthening of our country’s local churches. The foundation also believes that one of the main keys to the strength and success of any church is the ability, strength, and devotion of its pastor.In an effort to keep our local churches strong and vibrant and to encourage more young people of excellence to enter the pastoral ministry, the Kern Family Foundation is providing a number of full-tuition scholarships per year for three years to TEDS MDiv students who express a commitment to pastoring in a local church.

Eligibility Criteria

  • New incoming students accepted to the MDiv program
  • 27 years of age or younger at the time of application to seminary
  • Graduate from an accredited college with a GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale
  • Committed to serving as pastors or church planters in the U.S.
  • Expect to eventually serve as senior preaching and teaching pastors with pulpit responsibilities
  • U.S. citizen
  • Commitment to attend a support and networking conference sponsored by the Kern Family Foundation with other scholarship recipients at the end of their second year
  • A deep and abiding commitment to Jesus Christ, a genuine and authentic spirituality, demonstrated leadership ability, a love for people, and a willingness to serve the church

To retain the Kern Scholarship, the recipient must maintain a minimum 3.25 GPA in his/her course work.

Application Deadline:  Sunday, March 1, 2015

To be considered for the Kern Scholarship, candidates must have applied for admission and been accepted to the MDiv program at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. You may apply for a Kern Scholarship at only one participating seminary.

Download an application

Submit completed applications to:

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Graduate Admissions
2065 Half Day Road | Deerfield, IL 60015
(800) 345-8337 | [email protected]

A completed Kern Scholarship application packet is comprised of the application (above), essay responses of 200-300 words each, a resume, and undergraduate transcripts. Resume and transcripts do not need to be submitted if already done so for the application for admission.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who are Kern Scholars?

A: Kern Scholars are carefully selected seminary students enrolled in Master of Divinity programs at selected evangelical Christian seminaries.  They receive scholarship support from the Kern Family Foundation.  Candidates for these scholarships must be age 27 or under at time of application to seminary, have a 3.25 GPA, and be committed to serving as pastoral leaders in U.S. congregations pursuant upon graduation.  They are expected to eventually become senior preaching and teaching pastors with pulpit responsibilities and to join a nationwide network of Kern Pastors for lifelong learning.

Q: What if I am over 27 years old, or my grade point average is under 3.25, or I am called to a vocation other than pastoral ministry in local churches in the U.S.?

A: You are ineligible for a Kern Scholarship, but we certainly encourage you to pursue seminary training.  Contact the seminary of your choice to discuss other possible scholarship assistance.

Q: May I apply for a Kern Scholarship at two or more participating seminaries?

A: No, you must apply for a Kern Scholarship at only one participating seminary. Students applying for the Kern Scholarship at two institutions will not be considered at TEDS.

Q: Are Kern Scholarships awarded to both men and women?

A: Yes, provided the applicants are called to pastoral leadership or church planting in the U.S. and expect to eventually become senior preaching and teaching pastors with pulpit responsibilities.

Q: How and when do I apply?

A: Complete information and application materials are available through the admissions offices of the participating seminaries.

Q: Why is the Kern Family Foundation providing these scholarships?

A: Drs. Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern have a deep appreciation for excellent pastoral leadership.  Kern Scholarships are given in honor of Bob’s parents, Rev. John D. & Irene Kern, who served American Baptist churches in Iowa and Illinois for over fifty years.

You can learn more by visiting the Kern Family Foundation website at