The African American Church Planters scholarship is administered by WMU and provides scholarship assistance to pastors of African American church plants in our state. Pastors of churches involved in a revitalization program in consultation with a Louisiana Baptist strategist are also eligible. These pastors must be enrolled at a Southern Baptist Seminary, its approved extension center or hybrid classes while pursuing a Master’s Degree or Christian Education Diploma.

Scholarships are:

  • granted annually by Louisiana WMU and administered by the state Women’s Missions & Ministry Strategist
  • for African-American pastor of a Louisiana Southern Baptist African-American mission church/church plant who is pursuing a Master’s Degree or Christian Education diploma
  • in the amount of $1200 per year/ $600 paid directly to the seminary per semester

Applicant must:

  • devoted to the Lord, His church and work
  • be a Louisiana resident
  • pastor a Louisiana Baptist Convention mission church/church plant
  • be endorsed by Director of Missions and sponsoring church pastor

While at Seminary, must:

  • lead mission church/church plant to participate in the Weeks of Prayer for State Missions, International Missions and North American Missions and to contribute to Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering, Lottie Moon Christmas Offering and Annie Armstrong Easter Offering
  • lead the mission to support the Cooperative Program and local association through giving a title of the mission’s budget income and be actively involved in the local association
  • be enrolled in six hours minimum at a Southern Baptist seminary or its approved extension center while pursuing a Master’s Degree or Christian Education diploma

Application Process:

  • request application from Women’s Missions & Ministry by downloading application from this website ( or request from Women’s Missions & Ministry office at 318.448.3402
  • applications are available from September 1-May 20.
  • the completed, signed application mustbe mailed to the Women’s Missions & Ministry office and postmarked on or before May 25 for the upcoming school year
  • scholarships are reviewed and recommended by the scholarship committee and approved by the State WMU Council
  • applicants will be notified by the Women’s Missions & Ministry Strategist following State WMU Council approval
  • a signed acceptance form must be received in the Women’s Missions & Ministry office by date stated on the acceptance form
  • scholarships are awarded on a one-year basis and are not automatically renewed. Students must reapply each year

Additional Information?
Contact Women’s Missions & Ministry at 800.622.6549 or 318.448.3402 x 268 or email