Applicant Requirements


  • You must be a citizen of the United States of America. 
  • You must be a resident of:

Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee or West Virginia.
Students must have lived in one of these states for a minimum of twelve months immediately prior to entering any educational institution.  You cannot establish residency while you are a student.  The Trustees reserve the right to determine residency. 

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required of applicants.
  • See eligible schools tab.
  • See eligible degree programs tab. 
  • You must be preparing to enter the Baptist ministry or religious work in the Baptist denomination as defined in the application and as determined by the Board of Trustees.  
  • You must be a member of a Baptist church affiliated with a recognized national, state or local Baptist convention or association. 
  • You must attend classes on the main campus of the eligible institution.  Grants are not available for off-campus courses, independent courses, conferences, workshops, seminars or individualized courses. 
  • Required hours for students in eligible Master’s degree programs:

Students may take all courses on-campus, or
Students may take two online courses per semester to be counted toward the 9 hours required to receive the Keesee grant as a full-time student.  One course (3 hours) must be on campus. 
Students may take one online course (3 hours) and one on-campus course (3 hours) to apply as a part-time students.    Courses must be for credit toward an eligible degree.  

  • You must reapply each year you wish to receive a grant.   Grants are available for a maximum of 8 semesters for an eligible Master’s degree, 6 semesters for the DMIN degree and 4 semesters for the BA degree at the College at Southeastern (please see separate tabs). 
  • Grants are not available for fully online degrees.
  • Submitting an application does not guarantee approval of a grant.  
  • See separate tabs for DMIN students and students in the College at SE.