Scholarships for Pagans and Wiccans
College Money for Witches and Earth Children
Paganism is a wide reaching term for many of the oldest spiritual pursuits on the planet. If you are a follower of one of the ancient Earth-centred religions, then you are formally considered a Pagan. Wicca is a recently created, Earth centered, Neopagan religion. There are options for Pagans wand Wiccans if you wish to apply for assistance in financing your post-secondary education. Those individuals interested in learning about Paganism or Wicca may also qualify for assistance. Perhaps you will find one of the following options helpful:
Free Spirit’s College Scholarship Program
The Program provides two scholarships in the amount of $500 each. The student does not have to be pursuing a traditional program of study at a traditional college. Enrollment in a therapeutic massage program, holistic healing program or other non-traditional program qualifies.
Scholarship funding comes from donations made by the community. Applications are ranked, with emphasis being given to the essay section, and the two highest-scoring candidates are selected. Please note that even though the Program is sponsored by a Pagan organization, applicants of any religious faith are welcome to apply for funding.
Pagan Alliance of Nurses
The Pagan Alliance of Nurses (PAN) offers a scholarship in the amount of $200 to assist nursing students, nurses, and other health care providers in financing their education. Recipients must be members of PAN or, alternatively, be the significant other or family member of a PAN member and currently enrolled in a nursing program.
Applicants are asked to submit an original essay on a topic chosen by PAN in order to be considered for funding.
Carolina Spirit Quest
A scholarship in the amount of $500 is available to a Pagan high school senior, at least 17 years of age, enrolling in a four-year degree, or a current full-time college or university student who resides in either the District of Columbia, Virginia, North Carolina, or South Carolina. A GPA of 2.8 or above is required, along with an official transcript.
Candidates are asked to provide a written application with a brief (100 words or less) explanation of why they are applying for this scholarship. In addition, a 500-word essay setting out what being a Pagan means to the individual is required.
“Maypole Joe” Memorial Scholarship
Named for Joe Propper, this scholarship is awarded to a Pagan student who has dedicated him or herself to improving the planet by way of community service. Funding in the amount of $250.00 is made available to either a full- or part-time student who is taking 6 credits or more each semester. Applicants must have achieved a GPA of 2.5 or higher to be considered.
To apply, submit an application form, an official transcript, and an original essay.
University of Oxford, The Griffith Egyptological Fund
Grants from the Griffith Egyptological Fund are defined as being for “the promotion of research into the history and antiquities of Egypt and the Nile Valley and the anthropology of north-east Africa so far as it concerns the study of Ancient, Hellenistic, and Christian Egypt and the early pagan and Christian kingdoms of the Nilotic Sudan, including such linguistic, religious, and cultural survivals as may throw light upon these matters, but excluding special studies of Muhammadanism and Islamic art”.
Support could include conference attendance to deliver papers; research trips to work with collections and in the field in Egypt; the cost of equipment; software; the preparation of publication materials in the form of line drawings and photographs, with associated costs.
Modern Witchcraft School
The Modern Witchcraft School offers an introductory course on Paganism, Wicca, and Witchcraft, both in theory and in practice. Students can choose to study online or by correspondence. Reduced tuition is available for an online course of study.