Full Tuition Contest for Pastoral
and Youth Ministry Applicants

What You'll Get

One winner will receive a full tuition scholarship for 2022/2023. 

All applicants will receive a $500 bursary to apply to their education.

Four years of self-discovery, transformation and practical training to get your church leadership career off to a good start.

The Prairie Advantage

  • You’ll cover the full Canon of Scripture (all 66 books) in your 4-year program. Prairie is the only college in North America to do this.
  • Our partnership with Focus on the Family -Kerrith Creek Retreat will enhance your learning and prepare you for ministry through a Proactive Ministry Retreat (PMR).
  • Obtain guided self-discovery and coaching through the Identity Profile Self-Awareness Tool (IPSAT). Discover how God has created you specifically to further His Kingdom on earth.
  • Learn in an award-winning Best Christian Workplace and an inter-denominational education environment.
  • Exciting opportunities for local, national or international internships and experiential ministry training.
  • More opportunities to save money through scholarships, bursaries and internships.

Small Class Sizes

Experiential Learning

1:1 Coaching

Eligibility Requirements

The contest is open to on-campus, Hyflex and online learners. Read the fine print below for all the contest details.

How to Enter

You can complete these steps in any order, but make sure you finish all three before the contest closes on July 31, 2022.


Apply for the Bachelor of Arts in Ministry Program (Pastoral or Youth option) and follow the steps to complete your application. We recommend you begin this part as soon as possible.

Ask a Church or Ministry Leader for a Nomination

Have your pastor or a ministry leader complete your nomination form. They should explain why you are a fantastic candidate for ministry!

Submit Your Video/Written Submission

In a two minute video (or up to 500 word written submission) tell us about your personal missional philosophy for ministry. Visit the nomination form to upload your submission.

Don't Miss Out on This Unique Opportunity to Get a Huge Advantage in Your Ministry Career

The landscape of church ministry has changed dramatically in recent decades. At Prairie College we’re excited for the next generation of Kingdom work, and we know that God is going to raise up courageous leaders to advance His purposes on earth.

While North American churches respond to a decline in religious affiliation, a high number of existing church leaders are nearing retirement and many churches face pastoral vacancies.

New leaders are expected to bring creative mindsets to respond to new challenges and opportunities in their congregations and the world beyond.

With the demands and the challenges, it is more important than ever that church leaders bring solid theological foundations along with skills like resiliency, discernment, and disciple making to their roles.

This contest is about encouraging aspiring church/ministry leaders to pursue the vocation that God is calling them to, and supporting churches to promote high potential prospective leaders.


If you have questions about your submission, please email us at admissions@prairie.edu.

Question & Answers

We welcome applications from believers in all branches of Christianity but we encourage applicants to review Prairie’s Statement of Faith for an understanding of the biblical foundation for our official doctrinal stance.

No, this contest is geared towards new, first-year Ministry students. If you are a Prairie College student already, ensure that you apply for financial aid by the deadline on June 1 to be considered for other financial support opportunities.

It is not necessary that applicants have ministry experience or express a complete theological understanding of vocational ministry, but they are expected to be able to articulate the call on their own life, and their passion for ministry. All applicants require a current ministry leader to nominate them for the contest so it would be expected  that the applicant’s passion for ministry has been observed by leaders around them.   

Entries will be evaluated by a panel of judges affiliated with pastoral and youth ministry programs at Prairie College as well as an alumni guest judge working in pastoral ministry.

Entries will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Quality and completeness of the video/written submission
  • A strong nomination by a ministry leader who knows the candidate and is aware of their passion for ministry and the personal call on the candidate’s life.  

The contest closes on July 31, 2022. We recommend that you submit your application much earlier, as it can take a couple of weeks to complete the process (which includes collecting transcripts, etc).2

Yes this contest requires a nomination by a church pastor or other ministry leader who has worked with or observed the candidate’s heart and call to ministry.  The nomination should give a more fulsome picture of the candidate’s character and unique abilities.

Prairie offers many financial aid opportunities. The deadline to apply is June 1 every year. 

As well, there are other financial opportunities once you start your Pastoral or Youth Ministry education:

  • SALT (Student Applied Leadership Training) leadership roles available in 2nd to 4th years come with significant bursaries of more than $3,000 per year.  
  • Once you’ve completed 96 credits of your Prairie College degree, consider continuing on to the accelerated MDiv program with Carey Theological College. Get your Pastoral Degree and Master of Divinity quicker and more cost effectively.

Yes, you must be have applied to Prairie to start a ministry program in the 2022/23 academic year to win the contest. Nominations will be accepted for those who have not applied, however by the deadline of July 31, 2022, a nominee must have formally applied to win the scholarship.

If you have questions about the application, nomination or submissions, please email us at admissions@prairie.edu or call 403-443-5511 during business hours.

About Prairie College

Prairie College is a private, interdenominational Christian college in Three Hills, Alberta. With a commitment to academic excellence and spiritual discipleship, combined with a genuine and welcoming community, the school offers a formative life-changing experience. 

With 300 students from all corners of the globe, 30 programs, and a network of 17,000 alumni, this dynamic campus community is globally-minded and driven to  meet the greatest needs of the world.

About The Program

Contest Rules


In order to be eligible to win the Church Ministry First-Year Tuition prize, you must meet the following:


This giveaway is open to prospective first year students of Prairie College. Employees of Prairie College, members of their immediate family or household are not eligible.

Giveaway Period:

The “Who’s Next Free Tuition” contest runs until July 31, 2022 at 5:00pm MST.

The winner will be selected by jury between August 1 – 14, 2022, in the offices of Prairie College in Three Hills, Alberta. The selected entrant will be contacted by email within two (2) days of the jury decision.

If the selected entrant cannot be contacted within that time frame, or does not comply with the Official Contest Rules, the prize will be forfeited and an alternative eligible entry will be selected. Prairie College is not responsible for the failure of any reason whatsoever of a selected potential winner to receive notification or for Prairie College to receive a selected potential winner’s response.

The prize is not transferable to another individual nor is it transferable between years.

The winner must be admitted to Prairie College and register as a full-time, first-year undergraduate student for the 2022/2023 academic year. Applicants must be applying for the Bachelor of Arts in Ministry – Pastoral or Youth option.

The total prize value will not exceed the value of one year of tuition and all mandatory fees for the student’s registered program. Books, residence fees, meal plans, transportation, insurance, supplies and any other non-tuition related fees are not eligible. 

There is no cash refund associated with the prize.

The prize cannot be held in conjunction with a Prairie College scholarship.

If the winner withdraws or drops to part-time status prior to November 1, 2022, the full value of the prize will be rescinded.

The prize will be applied to the student’s statement of account at Prairie College in two equal parts in Semester 1 and Semester 2.

Prairie College reserves the right to publish the name and photograph of the winner.

Prairie College reserves the right to modify the terms & conditions of this prize without prior notice.