Hanson Family Foundation Master of Divinity Annual Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2011 by Jesse and Allison (Hanson) Penner to enable students with an interest in Pastoral Ministry to attend Fresno Pacific University Biblical Seminary, particularly those involved in ministry who may only be able to attend part-time. Jesse is a 2008 M.Div. graduate of MB Biblical Seminary and is the son of 1976 M.Div. graduate, Harold Penner. It is the hope of Jesse and Allison that those called to be local church pastors would have the encouragement and funding to pursue ministry training. The scholarship is $1000.


  • Student applicant enrolled in the Master of Divinity degree program;
  • Priority given to a student from the United States or Canada who has the goal of becoming a local church pastor;
  • Applicant has a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  • Character should reflect the biblical, moral, and ethical standards of the seminary;
  • Preference given to students taking 9 units or less per semester;

Letter of Recommendation Requirement

This scholarship does not require a letter of recommendation.