Scholarship Information

JUC strives to assist students financially by providing various scholarship programs. Scholarships are based upon financial need and academic excellence. All scholarships are subject to availability of funds and are credited against the student’s account.

A scholarship application form must accompany the application for admission and be submitted at least four months prior to the beginning of the expected term of study for the student to be considered for scholarship awards.

For current students, each semester a student who has received financial aid from any source, including from JUC, must submit a financial aid application if applying for further financial aid in future semesters. Anyone who fails to do so will not be considered for further financial aid.

Long-Term Scholarships

Tuition Scholarship for the M.A. Programs

Qualified Master of Arts degree students receive a generous full tuition scholarship in their final two semesters and a 50% tuition scholarship in their first two semesters. This award applies to tuition not already covered by other grants, awards or VA benefits.

Dr. G. Douglas Young Scholarships

Grants of up to $800 per semester are given in honor of the university’s founder, Dr. G. Douglas Young. Scholarships are based on financial need and academic excellence.

Radie P. Merdinger Endowment

Granted to two Master of Arts degree students entering their second year of studies who have demonstrated financial need and academic excellence. The award varies but can be as high as $2,500 per semester.

John and Malveena Peterson Scholarships

Two annual grants of $1,000 each, funded by the Johnson-Rockford Foundation, are offered in memory of Dr. and Mrs. Peterson. The Petersons were contributors and supporters of the work of Dr. Young.

Associated Schools Graduate Scholarships

Graduates of Associated Schools in the long-term programs are eligible to apply for a one-time Associated School Graduate Scholarship of $600. One scholarship per Associated School is granted to qualified graduates each year.

Volunteer Program

A limited number of positions for volunteers are available in office, maintenance, gardening, kitchen, and library areas. Students and spouses of students may participate in this program. Scholarships vary according to the position and hours available, and how the positions may fit student class schedules.

Christian Workers in Israel

Full-time Christian workers in Israel are eligible for a tuition discount of 50% for one course per semester at the university. The course may also be audited at a 50% reduction. This discount does not include field trip or material costs.

Volunteer Campus Employment

When JUC employs student volunteers, priority is given to those with financial need. However, in any semester, when the number of jobs to be filled exceeds the number of students with financial need, the jobs may be apportioned without regard for such need.

Veterans’ Benefits

Students desiring assistance from the Veterans’ Readjustment Act must be registered in a terminal program, either the M.A. program or a degree program at their home institution to which credits earned at JUC may be transferred. If the terminal program is with another institution, application must be made through that school’s program. Other students must contact their local V.A. office for further information.

Short-Term Scholarships

Menefee Scholarship

Generous donors have made it possible for three special short-term program scholarships.

Two students each may receive a scholarship to our 6A Historical and Geographical Settings of the Bible and 7B Jesus and His Times programs, including the Jordan extension after 6A, a value of $6,421.00 each.

A third worthy student who pays in advance and attends 6A Historical and Geographical Settings of the Bible, 7B Jesus and His Times, and the Jordan extension, at the end of the program, will receive a cash refund of the program fees after completion of the program.

For the first two scholarships, the winners need to supply their own airfare to and from Israel and pay the regular application fee of $215, which will be returned if the applicant does not win the award and chooses not to come to the program.

For the third scholarship, the cash refund award is given at the discretion of the Executive Director after the completion of the program to a worthy student who meets the donor's criteria outlined below.

If you are aware of someone who meets the criteria and otherwise would not be able to study in Israel but who could gather the funds for their airfare and application fee, please have them complete the Short-Term application form and submit it along with a separate cover letter indicating that they are applying for the Short-Term Program Scholarship for 6A and 7B.

The dates of the 6A - 7B program with the Jordan extension are June 10 – July 14, 2019.

The deadline for scholarship applications is the same as the deadline for application to the program—90 days before the program begins.

The following is the donor criteria for consideration of both awards.

  1. Meet all normal application requirements for study at JUC.
  2. For the full scholarship, complete the normal application form and submit application fees($215.00). For the cash rebate award apply per normal application procedures, all fees apply. Include college transcripts sent directly from each college attended.
  3. Provide three character references: employer/business, religious leader, academic.
  4. Provide cover letter indicating why they are seeking the full scholarship. Indicate if you will come to the program regardless of whether or not you win the award.
  5. Be able to provide own airfare with arrival on June 11 and July 15 departure.
  6. Students working their way through college or graduate school without loans are preferred.
  7. Students without full scholarships at home institution preferred.
  8. Students entering ministry, missions, Christian Education are preferred.
  9. Students from developing countries are preferred.
  10. Non-traditional students preferred.
  11. Students must take all programs for full academic credit (no audits)
  12. Students must agree to write a brief essay about their learning experience to the donors after the programs are completed.

In considering applications, no preference will be given to any particular denomination or church or school.

If you have questions regarding this opportunity, please contact Paul Wright at and place ST Scholarship in the subject line.

Special Short-Term Scholarship

A generous donor has made it possible for five students to receive scholarships for short-term A Programs in 2019.

Five students will each receive a scholarship to our 5A May or 6A June Historical and Geographical Settings of the Bible program, including the Jordan extension, a value of $5,000.00 each.

The scholarship includes:

  • Tuition for the 5A or 6A program
  • Campus accommodations
  • Mapping materials
  • The 3-day Jordan extension
  • $200 credit to be redeemed at the Oasis, JUC's campus store

Note that the scholarship does not include airfare.

Applicants who meet the following criteria will be considered for the scholarship:

  • persons who apply for and are accepted into JUC's 5A May 2019 or 6A June 2019 short-term program;
  • persons who are preparing for ministry, missions, or Christian education;
  • and persons who are able to demonstrate that they would otherwise be financially unable to attend one of JUC's short-term programs without this scholarship.

The dates of the programs are:

  • 5A - May 03 - June 02, 2019
  • 6A - June 10-30, 2019

Applicants must write a letter stating why they should be considered for the scholarship, addressing the criteria listed above, and attach it to their program application.

The deadline for scholarship applications is the same as the deadline for application to the program—90 days before the program begins.

If you have questions regarding this opportunity, please contact Paul Wright at and place ST Scholarship in the subject line.