PLEASE NOTE: The District’s Student Loan Repayment Program will open again in late summer 2021. Please check back here or contact our office for updates. In the meantime, please find additional opportunities below.
broom tree fellows program (updated January 21, 2021)
The Broom Tree Fellows Program is offering financial assistance to ministry workers with education-related debt. For more information and to access the application, please click the button below. Note that the application deadline is March 1, 2021.
The Southeastern District (SED), LCMS will continue its Student Loan Repayment Program for 2021, by providing grants to rostered church workers, both full and part-time, to help them repay college and/or seminary education loans. All rostered or roster-eligible synodical graduates who are currently working in the Southeastern District are eligible to apply for this grant. Preference will be given to those who have worked within the Southeastern District for 10 or more years of continuous service.
Grants will be awarded based on need, an individual’s personal financial contributions and commitments, special circumstances, and availability of funds. The minimum debt balance eligible for a grant is $3,000.
It is the policy of the SED that grants be applied to any (educational) debt that rostered workers have incurred, whether in the form of federally subsidized loans, commercial loans or even credit card debt for books needed to enter ministry (please see full definition below). The grant is sent directly to the lender to be applied to the principal to help reduce total indebtedness, not to make payments in advance or to reduce the amount of currently scheduled payments.
The Student Loan Repayment Committee will review and make recommendations on grant awards. It reserves the right to determine what indebtedness is appropriate and what grants will be given but seeks to keep its definition of indebtedness as wide as possible. Not adhering to this policy may jeopardize the worker’s opportunity to receive a grant.
Applications for the 2021 Program will become available in late summer 2021.
For questions or additional information, please contact Michelle Guilfoil at