The Dora Maclellan Brown Ministry Scholarships are one of the most unique in the country. Named in honor and memory of the founder of The Generosity Trust, these scholarships have been awarded since 1965 to students from the greater Chattanooga area who are studying for current or future ministry service. We currently have over 450 students who have received scholarships through the years who are serving the Lord throughout the United States and in many foreign countries. 

Scholarships are available to theologically and Biblically conservative students who are taking classes or completing master’s degrees (no doctoral candidates) at a theological seminary, Bible College, or a seminary-like program at graduate school. This scholarship is for students who seek to work full or part-time in vocational Christian services.  This includes pastoral ministry, Biblical counseling, international missions, and other similar outreaches. The student should call Chattanooga home (see guidelines on the website for a more in-depth description of this geographical restriction).

Grants are made from designated funds set aside each year by the Board of Directors of The Generosity Trust. Grants are paid directly to the school and are applied directly to the student’s account. Scholarships are awarded for the duration of the student’s time in that program – generally a two to three-year period. The deadline for the application is February 15th at 5:00 p.m. EST.  The scholarship committee will meet in March to determine which applicants will be invited to an in-person interview.  The interviews will be scheduled for early April.

The DMB Scholarship Committee HIGHLY recommends that you download and thoroughly read the Complete Guidelines before beginning your application journey.  Hints and tips are contained in that document that will greatly assist you as your gather your information together for submission.  Included in these guidelines are ideas you can give to those who will be writing your reference letters, as well as specific items the Committee would like to see in each area of your submission.

Stories of Giving

“Knowing that my education would be paid for, our finances would not be depleted, and our future in His hands” was overwhelming. He and Callie consider the scholarship from The Generosity Trust “the absolute cornerstone” that has made their life in ministry possible.


Jimmy Latham

Dora Maclellan Brown Ministry Scholarship Recipient



The Elevate Chattanooga: Continuing Ministry Education Scholarship (Elevate Chattanooga) is an offspring of the Dora Maclellan Brown Scholarship. The scholarship intends to meet the needs of ministry leaders who seek to take continuing education and/or class(es) to assist them in their selected field of ministry.

There are essentially three groups of Christian men and women who are eligible to apply for and receive this scholarship. Those who:

1. work and live in the greater Chattanooga area (see definition in guidelines)

2. are theologically and biblically conservative, and

3. are seeking to continue their education in Christian service work

The Elevate Chattanooga scholarship committee consist of members of the Dora Maclellan Brown scholarship committee. The scholarship amount will be determined on a case-by-case basis. The average amount of the Elevate Chattanooga scholarship is between $1,000 and $3,000.

Timothy Scholarship Program


The Timothy Scholarship Program is designed to assist students from the greater Chattanooga area receive a post-high school education. There are essentially three groups of students who are eligible to apply for and receive this scholarship:

  • Children or grandchildren of Chattanooga area pastors or ministry leaders
  • Current Dora Maclellan Brown Scholarship recipients
  • Students from the Chattanooga area seeking post-secondary education for ministry preparation

The uniqueness of this scholarship program lies in the willingness and ability of an Advocate to raise money on behalf of the student. Once the student is accepted into the program, the Advocate is then empowered to communicate the existence of the scholarship to family and friends of the student. When gifts are received by TGT designated for this student, TGT sends a tax-deductible receipt to the donor. TGT then makes grants directly to the school, instructing the school to apply the grant directly to the student’s account.

The student should call Chattanooga home (see guidelines for a more in-depth description of this geographical restriction). While preference is given to students studying full time and on site, we do also consider applications from part-time students and those studying by extension.

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