BACKGROUND: During his lifetime, William H. Higgins gave financial assistance to many students at McCormick Theological Seminary. At the time of his death, he left a bequest to continue his support of those preparing for professional leadership in the church. This bequest is called the Higgins Scholarship Fund and has been administered by a committee accountable to the Presbytery of Chicago since 1960.
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Must be a full or half-time student. Seminary or Ph.D. level with special consideration being given to M.Div. students preparing for the parish ministry. Priority is given to second year students and beyond.
BASIS OF AWARDS: Grants of up to $5,000 (and at least $2,000) will be made, based on financial need, vocational fitness, plan of study and ecclesiastical connection. Please note: Preference will be given to students of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and students under the care of Chicago Presbytery. A small portion of the money will be available for International students studying at McCormick Seminary.
All of those considering applying for a Higgins Scholarship are encouraged to read the Scholarship Guidelines. These guidelines are carefully observed.
Download the 2017 Application Form
Completed Application: Due by March 31, 2017
Higgins Scholarship Coordinator
Presbytery of Chicago
815 W. Van Buren St, Suite #500
Chicago, IL 60607