Please note the deadline for submission has been changed from June 1st to July 15th for the 2020-2021 academic year!

This program allows congregations to encourage and support their members who are preparing for the public ministry at MLC.

The congregation awards a grant to any undergraduate student enrolled at MLC for the 2019-2020 academic year. The student must be a member of the congregation that submits money for the program.

MLC matches that grant from $100 to $1,000 per student!
Grant amounts should be whole numbers – our system cannot process cents.

Deadline for submission for 2020-2021: July 15, 2020

Details on participation:

Deadline for submission is July 15th, 2020. Submissions postmarked after July 15th, 2020 will be credited to the student’s account as a congregational grant but will not receive the MLC match.

Monies remitted for matching come from the church’s annual budget, endowed sources, or donations to a specific fund. If a specific fund has been created, neither the student(s) nor the students’ family members have contributed to this fund with the intent of receiving a tax benefit.

Monies must accompany this form to be considered formally submitted.

Congregation monies will be applied to the fall semester and MLC matching funds will be applied to the spring semester.  MLC will return church funds for any student that withdraws prior to completing 60% of fall semester.

Print and complete the participation form using the form link below.  Once completed, mail the form and accompanying monies to the address specified on the form.

Congregations and individuals that want to support the program but do not have any members who are preparing for the public ministry at MLC can still contribute to this grant program.

The continuation of the CPGP program in future years relies heavily on donors and the success of MLC’s Equipping Christian Witnesses Campaign. Your contribution can help MLC match the grants given to students whose congregations participate in the program for years to come!

Support this program with your gift:

Call the MLC Mission Advancement Office at 507.354.8221 ext. 295 or

The history and future of the Congregational Partner Grant Program

The Congregational Partner Grant Program (CPGP) was a pilot project for the 2016-2017 academic year in which a congregation that submitted grant aid to support incoming freshmen with up to $1000 per student would have their funding matched by MLC.  During the second year of the program, it was expanded to include sophomore students as well. The third year of the program added junior students as eligible recipients and after four years has grown to include all enrolled students at MLC!

The continuation of this program in future years relies heavily on donors and the success of MLC’s Equipping Christian Witnesses Campaign. Your contribution can help MLC match the grants given to students whose congregations participate in the program for years to come.

We at MLC  thank Jesus for the wonderful support and interest of so many congregations who seek to help their students train for ministry. Truly, God is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.