ESR Extends Conference Offer to Leadership and Service Participants

In addition to the Leadership and Service Scholarship, Earlham School of Religion now extends an offer of lodging and registration costs for any of the school’s annual conferences throughout the year to students and volunteers in any of the participating Scholarship programs. These include ESR’s late summer Leadership Conference, the fall Ministry of Writing Colloquium and Pastor’s Conference, and our spring Spirituality Gathering. Students and volunteers need not have applied to ESR in order to participate. Instead, the hope is that conference attendance will serve to complement their experience in the programs in which they are already involved and assist in their vocational exploration and discernment.

As part of the 2014-15 Class of Seminaries that Change the World, ESR began to develop a plan to build upon its already low tuition cost and generous financial aid with the school’s first-ever full-tuition scholarship. This Leadership and Service Scholarship was launched with the 2015-16 academic year, and included an MA student who recently completed a year of service with Quaker Voluntary Service and an MDiv student graduating from a Bonner Scholar program at Carson-Newman University.

The Leadership and Service Scholarship is now open to residential students who, within the past 3 years, are recommended by and have participated in a service or leadership program including: a Bonner Scholar or Bonner Leader program, a Quaker College Leadership program (currently offered at Earlham College, George Fox University, Guilford College, Haverford College, and Wilmington College), Quaker Voluntary Service or another “Service Programs that Change the World” or Volunteers Exploring Vocation program, or a year-long internship with American Friends Service CommitteeFriends Committee on National LegislationQuESTSeattle, Quaker United Nations Office, or other approved service organization.

To learn more about the Leadership and Service Scholarship program, ESR’s upcoming conferences, or any other aspect of the school, please contact Director of Recruitment and Admissions Matt Hisrich at or 800-432-1377.

About Earlham School of Religion

Earlham School of Religion is a non-creedal Christian graduate theological school in the Quaker tradition. ESR prepares women and men for leadership that empowers and for ministry that serves. This mission grows out of our Christian belief that God calls everyone to ministry. Using a transformative model of education, ESR encourages students to explore the intellectual, spiritual, and practical dimensions of their calls to ministry. Throughout their history, Quakers have taken a leading role in speaking truth to power, exposing social and economic concerns, and ministering to those among us who are most in need. If these values resonate with you, you can be a part of this continuing work regardless of your religious background. ESR offers Master of Divinity and Master of Arts degrees as well as certificate programs and classes residentially and through our ESR Access distance program. If you are interested in learning more, please visit