November 10, 2010

Harding Scholarship competition announced

Winner receives full tuition plus $10,000 annually

Methodist Theological School in Ohio has opened its competition for the Harding Scholarship, offering full tuition plus a $10,000 annual stipend to a student entering in the fall of 2011. The Harding Scholarship is one of more than 40 full-tuition scholarships offered by MTSO.

Each candidate for the Harding Scholarship must:

  • Be nominated by a judicatory official, undergraduate faculty member or undergraduate chaplain;
  • Be accepted in one of four master's degree programs: Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Counseling Ministries, Master of Arts in Practical Theology, or Master of Theological Studies;
  • Complete a qualifying essay;
  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.6 on a 4.0 scale;
  • If chosen as a finalist, attend interviews Feb. 21 and 22, 2010, on the MTSO campus.

Detailed information and scholarship applications are available at, 800 333 6876 and The application deadline is Feb. 1, 2010.

Those who apply for the Harding Scholarship also will be considered for other MTSO scholarships.

"The Harding Scholarship competition has introduced great students from around the country to MTSO," said Admissions Director April Casperson. "Beyond the Harding winner, a lot of finalists have received other full-tuition scholarships. In fact, one-fifth of our current students have earned full scholarships."

The Harding Scholarship was made possible by and created in honor of Jack E. Harding, a lifelong resident of Newark, Ohio, and good friend of MTSO, and his mother, Alberta E. Harding. Its purpose is to attract the nation's most capable students to MTSO for full-time graduate theological study. It was first awarded in 2006.

Located in Greater Columbus on U.S. Route 23, Methodist Theological School in Ohio is an ecumenical graduate school, preparing transformational leaders for service to the church and the world. MTSO offers master's degrees in divinity, counseling ministries, theological studies and practical theology, as well as a Doctor of Ministry degree. For more information, visit

Danny Russell, director of communication, 740-362-3322