Churches and Foundations Give Scholarships to Make Students Successful

The Scholarship Fund continues to provide life-changing opportunities for those seeking to cultivate and equip their life in ministry.  Every dollar given to this fund is a direct investment into the life of a student, and through this fund, we are ultimately able to establish a powerful impact on the world.

Read stories of impact below and consider donating to support students.  For more information on how to give visit our giving webpage or contact Bill Janus, Director of Special Projects, at 630-620-2112.



The decision to enroll in Northern, as in any seminary, comes after much prayer and consideration. Students enroll with the realistic expectation of making personal sacrifices. Often it requires time away from family or scaling back work schedules to make room for classroom and study time. The cost is measured in energy, commitment, time, and yes, dollars and cents.

While students handle the intangibles, scholarship opportunities can help mitigate their financial sacrifices. Among the many NS students who receive scholarship funds, two ministry-minded women, in particular, are making the most of their opportunities thanks to the gift of resources from forward-thinking foundations.

Tyler Hansen
Bellevue Foundation Scholarship

Tyler Hansen was a recipient of the Bellevue Foundation Scholarship during his time at Northern. Watch the video below to hear more of his story which was made possible by the scholarship provided by our generous donors.


Janeane Forrest
Baugh Scholarship

An educator from New York State, Janeane Forrest recalls, “In 2013 I had this yearning to know God on a deeper level and prepare for ministry. I shared my thoughts with Pastor Dr. Darryl T. Jenkins, an alum of Northern. He said, ‘Northern is the place you want to be.’”

Janeane applied and was accepted. She began taking out student loans. But in 2016 she was weighted down by the financial burden and in danger of giving up. Then she applied for the Baugh Foundation Scholarship.

The Baugh Institute for Women Pastors provides 50-percent seminary scholarships to women students, with a goal of placing 50 women in pastoral positions by 2023. “So far we’ve graduated nine women and will have six this fall. Seven already are in pastoral leadership positions,” says Bill Shiell, Northern’s president.

The yes I received from The Baugh Institute for Women Pastors changed my destiny. They helped me continue my M.Div and gave me the push that propelled me forward. God has a way of sending angels to the rescue. I am forever grateful for the love and generosity of the Baugh family,” Janeane says.

She’s making good use of her studies. She has been teaching Bible at Belmont Village Senior Living and has been a guest speaker for churches and ministry groups. Two young women she’s mentored are entering ministry themselves.

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