Deadline date for the Master’s degree is April 1 for fall and spring semesters and October 1 for the spring semester only.  

Grants in an amount of $3,500 to $8,000.00 per year for a maximum of four years may be available to students pursuing an eligible Master’s 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 plan to 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 Master’s degree programs:   (Some of these degrees may not be offered at all of the seminaries and divinity schools so please verify your degree with the school you attend.)

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
Master of Arts in Islamic Studies
Master of Arts in Missiology
Master of Arts in Worship
Master of Arts in Youth Ministry

Eligible Master’s degrees at Baptist House of Studies at Duke University:
Master of Divinity
Master of Arts in Christian Practice
Eligible Master’s 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

Interested students must submit the proper application online. Get the budget sheet here. Go tpo this link to the online application.