Gift of the Spirit Scholarship Fund

Scholarship FundWe welcome all individuals, parishes, congregations and non-profit organizations that feel called to participate in our retreats, conferences, and programs regardless of financial limitations. We encourage those groups with financial constraints to apply for a Gift of the Spirit scholarship.

Scholarships are awarded based on the unique financial circumstances of your group and the availability of scholarship funds at the time of your application. A maximum award is limited to no more than half of the cost of the program. We ask the recipient parishes, congregations and non-profit organizations to invite your members to contribute to the Gift of the Spirit scholarship fund during a second collection or other approved solicitation as a way for you to “pay it forward” to others seeking education and enrichment at Lindenwood Retreat and Conference Center. In this sense, your energies and resources will flow outward like ripples in a pool of water, extending the Gift of the Spirit.

Our ministry is rooted in the Core Values of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ and their foundress, Blessed Catherine Kasper. These values: Openness to the Spirit, Community, Simplicity, and Dignity and Respect for All, flow from joyful service to all, especially the needy and underserved. In keeping with the values of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, it is Lindenwood's desire to encourage equitable access to those seeking spiritual growth and renewal. It is in this spirit that Lindenwood’s Gift of the Spirit Scholarship Fund was created to offer financial assistance to those who might otherwise be unable to attend a retreat, conference, or program. Our scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need.

Funds are limited, therefore, to assist as many people as possible, scholarships will be limited to one retreat, conference, or program per calendar year, per individual. The amount awarded to an individual will be limited to no more than ½ the cost of the retreat, conference, or program to a maximum of $300.00.

APPLICATION PROCESS

To be considered for a scholarship, Lindenwood must receive the scholarship application form at least 4 weeks before the retreat, conference, or program begins.

Steps

  1. Fill out the Gift of the Spirit Scholarship Application and return it to Lindenwood along with your retreat registration form or complete and submit the Scholarship Request Form online Click here to start the application.
  2. The registration deposit MUST be included with the application form. Currently, all registration deposits are $50.00.
  3. You will be notified of the awarded amount no later than one month before the retreat, conference, or program via letter or email.
  4. The payment of your invoice is due prior to the starting date of the retreat, conference, or program unless other arrangements for payment have been pre-arranged.

Christopher Thelen, Director of Lindenwood will review all scholarship requests and you will be notified of his decision.

“This opportunity has given  way to growth and a new appreciation for labyrinths, spirituality and companionship.  This place truly is amazing.” (Recipient of the Gift of the Spirit Scholarship)