One of the greatest deterrents to undergraduate students majoring in Christian ministry and accepting full-time ministry positions upon graduation is the high student loan debt in relationship to the relatively low ministry salaries. If students graduate with minimal debt, they are free to evaluate ministry employment opportunities based upon passion and calling. Unfortunately, in most cases the idea of “I’m working my way through college” is no longer feasible.

To address this need, the KCVM will award scholarships to students who meet the criteria below. Each student must:

  • Be preparing to be a vocational pastor in a church in the U.S.
  • Be recommended by a church leader/pastor and a professor/teacher
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.25 for coursework completed at APU
  • Be working toward a degree in Christian Ministries, Youth Ministry, Theology, or Biblical Studies

The total maximum award for those who will be freshmen or sophomores is $6,000, for those who will be juniors the total award is $4,000, and for those who will be seniors the total award is $2,000. Students must continue to meet the criteria above to have their scholarship renewed each year. Funds will be distributed each semester to the student’s account.


To apply for a KCVM scholarship, download and complete the Kern Center Scholarship Application (PDF). Also download and print two copies of the Scholarship Recommendation Form (PDF) (one recommendation from a church leader/pastor and one from a professor/teacher). Return the application and the two recommendations per the instructions and by the date specified on the form. Late applications will not be accepted.

If you have any questions, please email