Grant Applicants

Grants in an amount of $2,500 to $7,000.00 per year for a maximum of four years may be available to students pursuing an eligible Master’s degree or $2,000 to $3,000 for students pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree, who meet the application requirements and plan to enter the Baptist ministry or religious work in the Baptist denomination as defined below:

1) You must be employed and paid by a church or an institution or agency of the Baptist denomination; and,

2) Employment in the Baptist ministry or Baptist religious work is to include a major component of work specifically identified as religious work requiring formal academic preparation.  Such employment could include but is not limited to preaching, pastoral duties, Minister of Music, Minister of Youth, Minister of Children, Minister of Christian Education, and missionary work.

Students must attend one of the listed seminaries or divinity schools:

Baptist House of Studies at Duke University             Durham, NC
Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond               Richmond, VA
Campbell University Divinity School                        Buies Creek, NC
Gardner Webb University Divinity School                Boiling Springs, NC 
Gateway Seminary of the SBC                                   Ontario, California
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary              New Orleans, LA
Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary                Kansas City, MO
Rawlings School of Divinity at Liberty University   Lynchburg, VA 
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary              Wake Forest, NC
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary                     Louisville, KY
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary              Fort Worth, TX
The Leland Center for Theological Studies               Arlington, VA

The Keesee Fund will consider grants to approved applicants in the following degree programs: 
Not all seminaries offer all of these degrees:

Master of Divinity. 

Master of Arts in Christian Education
Master of Arts in Church Music

Master of Music in Church Music  (SWBTS only)
Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies
Master of Arts in Church Planting (International or American)
Master of Arts in Islamic Studies
Master of Arts in Missiology
Master of Arts in Worship
Master of Arts in Youth Ministry


Doctor of Ministry

Eligible degrees at Baptist House of Studies at Duke University:
Master of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry
Master of Arts in Christian Practice
Eligible degrees at Rawlings School of Divinity at Liberty University:
Master of Divinity
Master of Arts in Theological Studies
Master of Arts in Christian Ministry
Master of Arts in Religion
Master of Arts in Global Studies