Scholarship Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why are scholarships offered?

The School of the Spirit Ministry (SotS) wants everyone who applies and is accepted into Participating in God's Power to be included regardless of limited personal financial resources. Therefore, we offer scholarships and celebrate their use by participants.

2. What do scholarships cover?

In most cases, scholarships apply to reducing your program fees, which include room and board. You may have additional costs for travel and learning materials.

3. Where is scholarship information found?

The application forms for scholarships for the Participating in God’s Power program are available here on this website or from the SotS administrator,

4. How much aid should I request?

This will depend on your personal resources, your willingness to ask, and the support that you might expect from other sources. SotS can provide guidance to help you answer this question. We will work with you.

5. Should I also seek financial assistance from other organizations or sources?

Yes. We need applicants to seek funding from other sources in order to be sure we can meet the needs of everyone. These other sources include the applicant’s Monthly, Quarterly or Regional, and Yearly Meetings. In addition, grants are available from a variety of sources.

This website lists grants connected to New England Yearly Meeting. Though some are specifically designed to help Friends from New England, others are open to Friends from all over. The Lyman Fund, for instance, has provided support to many participants in other SotS programs.

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting also has a couple grants that may be available: Travel & Witness Grant (for travel of young adult members of PhYM) and the Mary Jeanes and Anne Towson Funds (for members of PhYM)

6. What effect does a scholarship request have on admission?
None. Acceptance into this program is not dependent upon ability to pay for the program. Decisions regarding admission are independent of financial information. Scholarship requests are considered after acceptance.

7. When should a scholarship application be submitted?

For Participating in God’s Power, applicants should apply after acceptance, but no later than July 31, 2019. We are aware that many granting groups, including the Lyman Fund, have application deadlines in mid-September and notification of acceptance in October. When applying for scholarship, please list grants for which you are applying.

Participants may submit new or additional scholarship applications at any time during the program if personal circumstances change, or if funding requests have been denied.

8. What are the sources for SotS scholarship assistance?

Contributions from individual supporters of the School of the Spirit Ministry and grants from foundations are the primary sources of scholarship funds.

9. Who makes the decisions about scholarship assistance?

Scholarship recipients and amounts are decided by a committee consisting of a Participating in God’s Power teacher/leader, a board member, and the Administrator.

10. Whom should I contact if I have further questions?

Contact either the SotS Administrator or the Program Coordinator.