Funding Priorities

Nashotah House continues to touch the lives of Christ’s faithful through the formation and training of seminarians, as well as, those they serve.

The House’s current funding priorities preserve, enhance and expand our ability to serve seminarians, clergy and lay leaders, and religious communities.

Click the boxes below to learn more about the House's gift priorities.

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Seminary’s Greatest Needs

Supporting the House’s greatest needs is the best way to make an immediate and profound impact on today’s seminarians and faculty. Your gift to support the Jackson Kemper Annual Fund enables the House to bridge the sizeable gap between tuition revenue and operating expenses.

The Bishop Parsons Scholarship Fund

Nashotah House must enable students to answer their call to ministry through increasing financial aid.

Although the U.S. National Center for Education Statistics comparing tuition and fees for first professional degree programs indicates that the field of theology consistently has the lowest tuition and fees, seminarians are still at a significant disadvantage since compensation for clergy and other church professionals is modest at best.

In addition, many students who already have incurred undergraduate debt, increase this liability by adding expenses to attend the seminary; thus, putting greater stress on recent graduates who have chosen to selflessly serve others.

Uncertainty about rising debt contributes to a student’s reluctance to consider theological education and ministry.

90-95% of our residential students and 60% of the balance of our students require financial aid in the form of scholarships and loans.  Currently, the House is unable to offer any type of financial aid to graduate or distance program students.  Scholarship support is critical to creating the opportunity for students to pursue their calling.

Capital and Technology Fund

Nashotah House was the first institution of higher learning in the State of Wisconsin, chartered in 1847. Of the 16 campus buildings, 7 were built in the mid to late 1800s.  Thus, capital improvements which include retro-fitting buildings to accommodate needed technology are a continual challenge. 

Current projects include:

  • Creating a Smart Classroom that will: Assist students in the distance learning program; Serve as a teaching lab for students where they can record  and practice their homiletics; Download multimedia presentations from other institutions; Create and transmit teaching resources for other Dioceses or Parishes; Create student portfolios for potential employers;  as well as, assist African students upon their return to their homeland.
  •  Wiring the Chapel to enable taping of liturgical presentations for course work.
  • Replacing the Chapel digital organ that has withstood much wear & tear and purchase replacement speakers.
  •  Continuing to maintain the historic buildings that are Nashotah.

The African Scholars Fund

With little in the way of seminary education available in Africa, teachers and directors of priestly formation are coming to Nashotah House to be trained to replicate the Nashotah House experience in their home country.  Donations fund full-tuition scholarships for these African teachers and directors.  These individuals pay their own room, board, fees and cover their own personal expenses.  Full tuition for a two-year Master of Theological Studies costs $30,000.  Donors can fund a student’s full tuition, or contribute at a lower level which, when combined with the gifts of others, provides the total tuition cost for a student.

The Bishop Salmon Endowed Scholarship Fund

The Bishop Salmon Scholarship Program provides an opportunity for those who believe that the future of the Church is best served by investing in its ordained and lay leadership, to be part of that legacy. Please click here to read about the Bishop Salmon Scholarship program.

Endowed Funds for Seminarian Scholarships & Professorships

The challenges that the House and other seminaries face threaten the very future of forming clergy who are adequately prepared to serve.

As the House moves beyond its 175th anniversary, we have an opportunity to honor those who contributed to the formation of the House in the past and consider how best to ensure that the School continues as a viable organization in the future.

We are asking several key faithful to assist the House in a major transformation that will ensure the Seminary’s next 175 years through endowment gifts to support Scholarships and Professorships.

These permanently endowed fund are a self-sustaining source of funding.  The endowment assets are invested.  Each year, a portion of the value of the fund are paid out to support the fund’s purpose and any earnings in excess of this distribution would be used to build the fund’s market value.  In this way, an endowment fund grows and provides support for its designated purpose in perpetuity; thus, creating a permanent legacy of support for critically important needs.

The essence of the educational process is bringing together an informed, caring educator and a willing student. In the most basic terms, these gift-investments preserve the House’s faculty and support students’ ability to follow their calling to serve without going into crushing debt. The Nashotah House funds that would have been used to support this position can now help support student scholarships and other educational expenses.

Endowed funds have a major and perpetual impact on the Church, while paying tribute to others. Many lives are touched by these transformational gift-investments…from the Nashotah House seminarians to those they serve.





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