Concordia University School of Education offers the Schjerven Christian Leadership Scholarship. These scholarships are presented by the Robert and Anita Schjerven Endowment to honor professional church work within the LCMS and support its continued legacy. Scholarships are for up to $2500 per semester for up to two semesters. Disbursement for the spring semester is dependent upon satisfactory completion of the fall semester.

Eligibility requirements

  • Completing your first undergraduate degree program and have been a full-time student at CUW/CUAA for at least one year
  • 45 or more college credits and 3 or more semesters completed when applying and have at least 2 semesters remaining before graduation (including student teaching)
  • Will have Junior or Senior status in the upcoming academic year
  • Enrolled in a church work program and intend to teach/work in a Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod church or school upon graduation
  • A cumulative grade point average (CGPA) at CUW/CUAA of 3.25 or higher

Application process

Submit the attached application along with the following items:

  1. One letter of recommendation from a person of your choosing
  2. Autobiography essay, double spaced, 600 words, which overviews your commitment to Lutheran church work, your leadership experience and skills and your current financial need
  3. A picture of yourself

Applications are due March 13, 2024 at 5:00 PM Central Time

Candidates will be selected based upon several criteria: evident leadership skills and experience as an undergraduate student, commitment to the Lutheran teaching ministry, and demonstrated financial need. View this rubric for how applications will be evaluated.