Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2011-07-11


Samford University is increasing the amount of scholarship funding that dependents of Baptist ministers may receive.

An increase from $3,200 to $3,450 per year will be effective with the 2011-2012 academic year, according to Samford vice president for student affairs and enrollment management Dr. R. Philip Kimrey.

The grant was increased to $1,725 per semester due to the financial needs of families across the country, said Kimrey.

“We realize the important impact our ministers have on their congregations and communities. This is another way we support ministry and those leading the efforts,” said Kimrey, adding that Samford generally has about 100 dependents of ministers enrolled each year.  “We count it a privilege to help them financially.”

The Minister Dependent Scholarship is for students who are dependents of Southern Baptist ministers serving a Southern Baptist church, or dependents of ordained or some non-ordained ministers serving a non-academic agency of the Southern Baptist Convention or the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. It is available to dependents of those in full-time or part-time ministry.

Scholarship recipients must be enrolled as full-time Samford students and maintain a certain grade point average. During the 2010-11 academic year, 99 Samford students received minister dependent grants totaling $298,743.

The deadline to apply for a scholarship for the fall, 2011 semester is the first day of classes, August 29. For information, contact the Samford office of financial aid at (205) 726-2905 or


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.