Biola Missionary Scholarship - New Applicant

This application should not be used for students who have previously received the Biola Missionary Scholarship. If you wish to renew your scholarship, complete the application at this link: Biola Missionary Scholarship – Renewing Applicant.

The Biola Missionary Scholarship is awarded to a limited number of undergrad and graduate students attending Biola who are committed to missionary work during and after their studies at Biola. Students who intend to make a global impact for Christ through international ministry are encouraged to apply by the application deadline (April 30).

Application Information
Please read carefully before submitting your application!

  • Incomplete, incorrect or late applications will not be considered. No exceptions.
  • Please allow 3-4 weeks for processing. You will be notified if awarded or not.
  • This application requires a reference.
  • Applicants must have a 2021-2022 FAFSA on file with Biola University’s Financial Aid Office AND have a completed Financial Aid file (including all forms submitted and reviewed) by the application deadline to be eligible.

Scholarship Details & Renewal

  • Recipients are required to attend a commissioning event on campus in September 2021 (TBD). Recipients will be sent date and time details. (Students who live out of state during the semester are not required to attend. Travel to this event is not expected and will not be refunded.)
  • The scholarship will be coordinated with other financial aid.
  • The scholarship will be split between fall and spring semesters.
  • Students graduating the upcoming fall may apply for 1/2 the amount of the scholarship they are eligible for (i.e. $3500 for first time UG award).
  • Students only attending the spring semester should wait to apply until their scholarship can be applied to a full academic year (fall and spring).
  • The scholarship is institutional aid which can only be applied towards on-campus tuition, class fees, room and board charges.
  • Recipients may renew the scholarship once after the initial award year.

2021-2022 Award Amounts

Undergrad Award – $7,000/year
UG Renewal Award – $10,000/year
Grad Award – $4,000/year
Grad Renewal Award – $6,000/year

Selection Process

  • Eligible applications will be reviewed by the scholarship committee. Recipients will be notified in May.
  • Selection is based on letters of recommendation; student’s commitment to graduate and begin vocation; financial need, academic performance, leadership experience, and potential.
  • The number of students selected each year will be determined based on the availability of funds.


  • Applicants must be continuing students (Junior or Senior status in Fall 2021 for undergrads, or one semester completed in graduate program) at the time they apply, and must maintain at least half-time enrollment to keep their scholarship and be eligible for renewal.
    Half-time enrollment requirements: UG – 6 units/semester; Grad – 5 units/semester; Doctoral – 3 units/semester.
  • Applicants must attend a traditional undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral program. (Special programs not eligible include: Doctor of Ministry, MA Apologetics, MA Science and Religion, MS Speech-Language Pathology, Applied Psychology, Chiang Mai-based programs, ICS Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL), Kiev, Feinberg Messianic Program-New York, ELSP, MBA, MA of Professional Accountancy, Talbot Ph.D, MA TESOL Online, MA ED Online, Education Certificates, and Other 100% Online Programs.)

Varies by Grade Level
Biblical & Theological Studies (Undergrad), Cook School of Intercultural Studies, Graduate, Ministry/Missions/Missionary Dependent, Talbot School of Theology, Undergraduate
Supplemental Questions
  1. Are you a new or renewing applicant?
  2. Fall & Spring Attendance - Choose one:
  3. Graduation Plan: List all remaining classes, internships and field work you need to complete in order to graduate. Please include class names and units, if known (example: Fall 2020: Anthropology, 3 units). (250 words max).
  4. Future Plans: Please share in an essay the kind of ministry you believe the Lord is calling you to after graduation. How do you discern this calling? What action steps and preparations are you currently undertaking in order to meet this calling? (300-500 words).
  5. Spiritual History: Explain briefly how you became a Christian, and your spiritual journey to date (300 words max).
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