- Graduation from an accredited four-year college/university or equivalent (BA degree).
- Completion of at least two years of service as a career missionary outside North America.
- Affiliation with a recognized mission organization.
- Committed to returning to ministry at the completion of MA studies at Wheaton.
- Citizenship in a non-North American country, serving in a country not their own.
- Healthcare workers: Medical missionaries who are professionally active and meet the above requirements also may be eligible for this award.
Furloughing missionary awards are usually full-tuition grants, covering the cost per hour during each term of residency. Awards are given on a loan/scholarship basis, with 25% of the amount forgiven for each year served overseas following the completion of MA studies. If the recipient does not return to overseas ministry, loan repayment of both the principal and interest is required. Completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) questionnaire is required.
Before you can apply, you must first submit a Preliminary Eligibility Form (PDF) to our office. If you are interested in taking the first step toward applying for this award, we have provided instructions on how to apply.
- The deadline for submitting scholarship application materials is November 1 of the year prior to which you seek to be admitted into Wheaton College Graduate School.
- Complete files of candidates who meet the requirements for this award are reviewed and evaluated in late February.
- Those selected for awards receive immediate notification.
- Scholarship applications and Graduate School admission should proceed at the same time. Materials are not interchangeable.