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


About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.