Southern Seminary Missions Grant policies for IMB missionaries who opted to take the Voluntary Retirement Incentive (VRI)

  • VRI recipients who have served with the International Mission Board for 15 or more years have received emeritus status with the IMB and are eligible for the same missions grants at Southern Seminary as currently serving missionaries.
  • For VRI recipients with less than 15 years of service with the IMB, Missions Grants at Southern Seminary will be awarded according to the following policies:

MK Grant

  • Students receiving the MK Grant at the time their parents opted for the VRI will be guaranteed the MK Grant for the duration of their current degree program (4 years max). Grant recipients must continue to meet standard eligibility requirements including full-time study, good academic standing, on-campus or extension center course enrollment.
  • Children of non-emeritus VRI recipients who were not receiving the MK Grant at the time their parents opted for the VRI will have a two-year window to enroll at Southern Seminary or Boyce College from the time of their parent’s resignation. The MK Grant will be offered for the student’s first four years of study towards one degree program.

Currently Serving Missions Grant

  • Missionaries who were receiving the Missions Grant for master’s-level or doctoral programs at Southern Seminary at the time they opted to take the VRI will be eligible to continue to receive the Missions Grant until the completion of their enrolled degree program.
  • VRI recipients who were not students at Southern Seminary at the time of their resignation will be have a two-year window from the time of their resignation with the IMB to enroll at Southern Seminary and receive the Currently Serving Missions Grant for master’s-level or doctoral studies. The Missions Grant will be offered for the duration of the student’s degree program.