Every now and then, something good happens within Orthodox-world. Something that is both philanthropic and visionary at the same time. This is one of those times. Read for yourself what Fr John Behr of St Vladimir’s Seminary just announced:
“It is now possible for students to come to St. Vladimir’s Seminary with their tuition fully funded,” announced Archpriest John Behr, dean, as he unfolded a new plan designed to help seminarians cover the cost of their education.
“Effective for this coming academic year,” explained Fr. John, “we’re instituting a newly devised ‘matching grant’ program for students seeking either a Master of Divinity or Master of Arts degree in theology, and we’re expanding tuition grants available to students in other categories and degree programs as well.
“It is our intent,” he continued, “to care for our seminarians by lowering the burden of monetary debt that so often follows priests and lay ministers as they enter the field of church work.”
[..] Read the entire release.
The plan, which was initiated by the seminary Board of Trustees in November 2011, is simple: the seminary will provide 50% of total tuition costs in outright grants, and up to 25% more in dollar-for-dollar matching funds to qualifying students, that is, students who meet the need-based criteria set by the seminary. The other 25% of tuition would be paid through matching funds donated by ecclesial sources, such as dioceses, parishes, parish organizations, and parish aid and scholarship funds.
With this bold move, St Vladimir’s Seminary, probably the most prestigious Orthodox seminary in the English-speaking world, made a committment to the future. Now men who have a calling for the priesthood but who are otherwise constrained by their finances can now choose that path without worrying about being saddled with a lifetime of debt.
A hearty AXIOS! to those who made this action possible.