Etna, California, U.S.A.


Thanks to the generosity of its donors and benefactors, the Seminary maintains several scholarships to assist qualified applicants demonstrating genuine financial need or meeting the criteria outlined for merit-based awards. Scholarships may be restricted to tuition or to room and board. In special circumstances, scholarships may be applied to all charges.

Because the Seminary is accredited, its students qualify for third-party scholarships and are encouraged to apply for such. Students should be aware that although the Seminary is eligible to enroll in Title iv funding, it is declining to do so at this time. For this reason, students applying to the Seminary are not eligible for federal financial aid programs.

All recipients of financial aid will be subject to regular review. A lack of commitment to the Seminary’s program of study, poor academic performance, misconduct, immorality, or any behavior or communication inconsonant with the Christian ideals of trust, gratitude, and excellence will be possible grounds for termination of a scholarship and the dismissal of a student.

Those wishing to apply for any of the Seminary-sponsored scholarships listed below or to learn of the requirements and restrictions should contact the Registrar at registrar0@*spotsl.$school. The Application for Financial Aid may be downloaded by clicking here.

Saint Photios Orthodox Theological Seminary Scholarship Fund

This general scholarship fund was established to assist quali-fied Seminary applicants demonstrating financial need with tuition.

The Gombos Orthodox Christian Foundation Scholarships

This charitable foundation has established a scholarship fund to assist qualified Seminary applicants demonstrating financial need with tuition or room and board, or, in special circumstances, tuition and room and board.

Holy Archangel Michael Memorial Scholarship Fund

Michael N. Gombos, Sr., dreamed of one day having an active parish life in the Holy Archangel Michael Orthodox Mission in Bakersfield, California. He recognized, however, that a lack of cler-gymen was a problem throughout most of the country and espe-cially on the West Coast. He essentially helped found the Seminary in an effort to provide a long-term solution to “making Priests,” es-pecially for his own local parish. This scholarship fund is specifi-cally focused on honoring his hopes for more clergymen in the parish and mission communities of the Holy Diocese of Etna and Portland. May his memory be eternal!

Saint John of San Francisco Scholarship Fund

This scholarship fund was established to honor the memory of the great Wonderworker of San Francisco, Saint John. May he intercede for all of us!

Saint Seraphim of Sofia Scholarship Fund

Through the generosity of an anonymous donor, this fund was established in honor of Saint Seraphim, the Wonderworker of Sofia, to provide occasional funds to help meet tuition and other study-related needs for students either entering or already enrolled in the Saint Photios Orthodox Theological Seminary.

Holy Ascension Parish Scholarship Fund

The Holy Ascension of Christ Orthodox Church in Rochester, New York, generously established this scholarship fund to help meet tuition and other study-related needs for students either en-tering or enrolled in the Saint Photios Orthodox Theological Seminary. Married students seeking aid with their housing and family expenses may also apply.

Saints Faith, Hope, Love, and Sophia Married Student Memorial Scholarship Fund

This scholarship fund is restricted to cover tuition for a married student willing to serve the Church in either a clerical or educational capacity following graduation. One of the donors, who wishes to re-main anonymous, has three young children, and is thus especially hopeful that the Seminary will train future generations of clergymen and Sunday School teachers. The lead gift was given in memory of the donor’s reposed mother Lubov. May her memory be eternal!

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