Institutional scholarships, bursary, and stipend funds are awarded by the administration to M.Div., B.Th., and C.P.S. students on the basis of academic merit and in consideration of financial need. Scholarships are merit-based, and Bursary Awards are need-based, whereas stipend awards have individual criteria which are specific to that stipend. Institutional scholarship and Bursary funds are not awarded to students in self-study or distance-education programs. All scholarship and bursary funds are awarded directly through the Seminary and are payable toward tuition or room and board invoices prior to the beginning of each semester. Incoming students who wish to be considered for financial aid should apply by or before April 1, and indicate need on the application form. Continuing students must be enrolled full-time and be in good standing in order to remain eligible. “Good Standing” means, for undergraduate students, a GPA above 3.0 and regular liturgical participation. Graduate students must maintain a GPA of 3.3 or higher. Enrollment in registered or otherwise approved programs may jeopardize a student's eligibility for certain student aid awards.
Metropolitan Philaret Scholarship
This is the longest-standing scholarship at Holy Trinity Seminary. This annual award is funded through the Russian Orthodox Youth Committee to honor the memory of Metropolitan Philaret (Voznesensky), the third (3rd) First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.
The Metropolitan Philaret Scholarship was established in the mid 1980’s, shortly after the blessed repose of His Eminence, by Protodeacon Nikita Chakirov, Vladyka Philaret's longtime cell attendant. The scholarship has since been administered and maintained through the dedicated efforts of Protodeacon Nicolas and Nadia Mokhoff.
Metropolitan Philaret served the Russian Church Abroad as its First Hierarch for over 21 years, having been elected in 1964 upon the retirement of Metropolitan Anastasy (Gribanovsky). Metropolitan Philaret served in this capacity until the time of his own repose on November 8/21, 1985.
Protopresbyter Valery Lukianov Scholarship
The Protopresbyter Valery Lukianov Scholarship was established in 2014 by the Lukianov Family Foundation, to honor the legacy of Fr. Valery, an HTOS alumnus, by enabling worthy candidates to complete their Seminary education. This has been the largest scholarship program at HTOS, and provides tuition assistance to select students in the Bachelor of Theology program and to those in the Master of Divinity program. The Protopresbyter Valery Lukianov Scholarship intends to provide primarily tuition assistance to seminarians of HTOS according to the following outline:
Names of the award recipients are inscribed on a plaque for permanent display in the Nicholas N. Alexandrov Building. This PVL scholarship has enabled a large number of HTOS students to successfully complete their programs.
The Ivan V. Koulaieff Foundation
The Ivan V. Koulaieff Foundation has been one of the longest-standing financial aid awards provided to both incoming and returning students at HTOS.
These funds are offered as both scholarships (merit-based) and bursary (need-based) awards to many of our students. In recent years, The Ivan V. Koulaieff Foundation has proved an increasingly integral financial partner of the seminary, by providing significant funding for scholarships and financial aid funds, available to both graduate and undergraduate students enrolled at HTOS.
The FFA Prince Vladimir Galitzine Memorial Scholarship Fund
The FFA Prince Vladimir Galitzine Memorial Scholarship Fund was initially sponsored and funded by the Fund for Assistance to ROCOR (FFA) in the fall of 2018 to fund a graduate student in the seminary's new Master of Divinity Program. This memorial scholarship was permanently established in December, 2020, and is now awarded annually as a full graduate (M.Div.) tuition award. Any benefactor who would like to honor the memory and legacy of Prince Vladimir Kirillovich Galitzine (click here for eulogy) can contribute to this scholarship through the FFA to ROCOR by designating your donation to the FFA for the ‘Prince Vladimir Galitzine Memorial Scholarship Fund’.
The Colonel George Codrea, USMC Memorial Scholarship
The Colonel George Codrea, USMC Memorial Scholarship was established in 2019 by Archpriest Alexander F.C. and Matushka Kathleen Webster. This is a half-tuition M.Div. scholarship that has been offered to graduate students to honor a devout Romanian Orthodox layman whose service in WWII as a U.S. Marine earned him the Navy Cross at the Battle of Guadalcanal in 1942 during World War II and, during the Korean War, the Navy and Marine Corps Medal, the highest non-combat decoration awarded for heroism by the United States Department of the Navy. You can read Fr Alexander's eulogy of Col. Codrea here and the tribute post by Arlington National Cemetery here.
Tsar-Martyr Nicholas, II Scholarship
This effort was initiated by Serbian-American author and artist, Ariane Trifunovic Montemuro in 2018. Ariane has graciously written two books in the span of the last three years; both for the specific purpose of benefiting the Seminary by encouraging her readers to donate to HTOS in the form of financial aid. Her first book, ‘Debt of Love’, was written in 2018 as a personal tribute, and to draw more attention in the English-speaking Orthodox world to Tsar-Martyr Nicholas II and his family. Ariane then created the Tsar-Martyr Nicholas II Scholarship at HTOS, and has funded almost three (3) undergraduate scholarships through her donations, by donating all proceeds from the sale of this book, as well as encouraging donations from her readers, who were inspired by this book.
Saint Matrona the Blind Bursary Fund
This fund was also created byArianne Trifunovic Montemuro in 2021, as a way to provide need-based financial aid to our students. Ariane wrote her second book in the span of three years entitled ‘Saint Matrona the Blind: Our Friend in Christ’ in 2021, again as a personal tribute to this great saint of the 20th century, and again encourages her readers to donate to the Seminary’s bursary fund, while also donating all proceeds from the sale of this book for the same purpose.
You can purchase copies of both books in our Holy Trinity Church Supplies (monastery) retail bookstore.
Bishop Mitrophan Memorial Award
This memorial award was established in the fall of 2021 by donors from the Boston, MA area, to honor Vera Mitrophanova Ganson by in turn, honoring the memory and legacy of her late father, Bishop Mitrophan (Znosko-Borovsky) of Boston (click here for a link to Vladyka Mitrophan’s biography).
An anonymous, significant initial donation has provided the seminary to serve as the seed money for this fund, and will initially be awarded as a $500.00 stipend each semester, for the recipient to use towards tuition, room and board, or for personal needs. The recipient will be a selected student who has or develops a connection to Vladyka Mitrophan, including a knowledge of his life and his sermons. In addition, the recipient is to demonstrate proficiency in, or an effort towards, fluency in Russian and Church Slavonic, and possess kindness and generosity in his character, which were traits which Bishop Mitrophan himself was known for. The first award will be given in the spring semester of 2022, near to the 20th anniversary of Vladyka Mitrophan’s blessed repose, on the Great Feast of the Meeting of the Lord in the Temple; February 2/15, 2002.
Any individual donor or parish that wishes to honor the memory of Vladyka Mitrophan can donate to this fund at the seminary simply by designating ‘Bishop Mitrophan Memorial Award’ in conjunction with their donation.
Holy Trinity Seminary Bursary Fund
This fund officially began in 2018 as a way to assist in funding students wishing to attend the new graduate (M.Div.) program. It was initially funded by many donors, whose donations ultimately fully funded two and one-half (2 ½) graduate scholarships. These were awarded to three students in the inaugural semester of the new graduate program in the fall of 2018. Since that time, a general bursary fund was created as a way of providing need-based financial aid for tuition and room and board, to students with a demonstrated financial need. Any individual donor can contribute to this fund at any time, and in any amount. Oftentimes, these important resources enable the Seminary’s Financial Committee to meet the financial needs of students who wish to dedicate their lives to serving the Church.
This scholarship was established in 2022 by Tim and Vera Milenkovic-Watkins in memory of Vera’s late father, Stojan Milenkovic. In late 2022, the scholarship was officially named to honor the memory of St Mardarije (Uskokovic) of Libertyville (1889-1935), the first Serbian Orthodox Bishop of America and Canada.
The established goal is to fund this scholarship at a minimum of $10,000 annually. Please consider honoring the memory of St. Mardarije by supporting the patristic-centered formation of our future Orthodox clergy at Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary.
Stojan Milenkovic was born 1918 in Berevce, Kosovo Serbia and grew up in poverty. He served his country during the Second World War, however Stojan and his Royal Yugoslav unit were captured by Croats in 1941. He was sent as a POW to Stalag VI A in Hemer, Germany and then spent four years in a forced labor camp in Lemgo, Germany. After the war, Stojan emigrated to America in 1951 and settled in Chicago, Illinois with the sponsorship of the Serbian Orthodox Church. They helped him find a job in a metal can factory in Chicago, and he raised his family in the DePaul area of Chicago. He lived a simple life, and after working many years at the factory, he retired to a house in the suburbs and enjoyed his time off. He enjoyed his grandkids, his garden, and his Serbian roots at local Serbian Church functions. Stojan considered his fellow Serbs and the Russians to be together in brotherhood. He passed away in 1999, one day after Serbian Christmas. The Stojan Milenkovic Memorial Award is being established by his daughter Vera Milenkovic Watkins in honor of her father.