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Scholarships / Bursary (Student Financial Aid)

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
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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.

Metropolitan Philaret with Protodeacon Nikita
Metropolitan Philaret with Protodeacon Nikita
Metropolitan Philaret with Protodeacon Nikita

Protopresbyter Valery Lukianov Scholarship
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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:

  • Bachelor Of Theology: Students in the third and fourth years are eligible to receive the scholarship.
  • Master of Divinity: Students in all years of the graduate program are eligible to receive the scholarship.

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 Protopresbyter Valery Lukianov scholarship plaque
The Protopresbyter Valery Lukianov scholarship plaque
The Protopresbyter Valery Lukianov scholarship plaque

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
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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
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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.

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Tsar-Martyr Nicholas, II Scholarship
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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 five 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. This effort helped to create the Tsar-Martyr Nicholas II Scholarship at Holy Trinity Seminary. In 2021, Ariane wrote her second book in the span of three years entitled ‘Saint Matrona the Blind: Our Friend in Christ’ as a personal tribute to this great saint of the 20th century, and has continued to fund this scholarship by donating all proceeds from the sale of her books, as well as encouraging her readers, who were inspired by reading her books, to do the same. She is about to release her third book in support of the Tsar martyr Nicholas, II Scholarship at the seminary entitled: ‘The Pochaev Icon – A Miracle in Our Times

You can purchase copies of these books in our Holy Trinity Church Supplies (monastery) retail bookstore, or at Amazon.com or through other major booksellers.

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Bishop Mitrophan Memorial Award
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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.

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
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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.


St-Mardarije Scholarship
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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.


Archbishop Vitaly (Maximenko) Memorial Scholarship
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A scholarship has been established in memory of Archbishop Vitaly (Maximenko), of blessed memory in 2023, which marked the 75 years since the establishing of Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary in 1948.
A biography of Archbishop Vitaly, which was prepared some years ago by our own Protodeacon Andrei Psarev, Professor of Canon Law and Russian Church History, can be found here.
It is most fitting that this scholarship was named in memory of Vladyka Vitaly, particularly in view of the fact His Eminence was not only both the founder and first rector of Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary (est. 1948), but that His Eminence was also the first ruling bishop of the Eastern American Diocese of ROCOR (est. 1934).



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