Service Learning

The 'Sheep & the Goats' MDS Service Scholarship

Receive funding for your Columbia education while you serve, learn, & grow in compassion.


Columbia Bible College is happy to announce the launch of a new financial aid program: "The Sheep & the Goats MDS Service Scholarship." Thanks to the gracious and generous support of Lorraine & Walter Wiebe, up to five students who volunteer for eight weeks with Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) will have 100% of their tuition covered.

Imagine: you get to spend part of your summer restoring homes & rebuilding lives (and learning new skills!) and then study at Columbia at a substantially reduced cost. This is cause to celebrate!

Mennonite Disaster Service


Service Scholarship Info


Scholarship Amount:

100% of tuition fees per academic year ($9,750 for a 30-credit-hour load; $7,800 for a 24-credit-hour load; to be awarded in two equal instalments after the Add/Drop deadline each semester.)  Up to 5 awards are available.

Why is it called "The Sheep & the Goats" Scholarship?

The intention of the MDS Service Scholarship is to encourage young adults to further their Christian studies and to respond to Jesus' grace towards them by becoming disciples who follow Jesus' teaching in the Gospels, in particular, His teaching of showing compassion to fellow human beings. Serving with Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) provides young adults with the opportunity to begin a life-long practice of doing so.

The name, "Sheep & the Goats" comes from Jesus' famous parable in Matthew 25 about the importance of living compassionately:

"When he finally arrives, blazing in beauty and all his angels with him, Jesus will take his place on his glorious throne. Then all the nations will be arranged before him and he will sort the people out, much as a shepherd sorts out sheep and goats, putting sheep to his right and goats to his left.

Then Jesus will say to those on his right, ‘Enter, you who are blessed by my Father! Take what’s coming to you in this kingdom. It’s been ready for you since the world’s foundation. And here’s why:

I was hungry and you fed me,
I was thirsty and you gave me a drink,
I was homeless and you gave me a room,
I was shivering and you gave me clothes,
I was sick and you stopped to visit,
I was in prison and you came to me.’

Then those ‘sheep’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?’ Then Jesus will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.’

Then he will turn to the ‘goats,’ the ones on his left, and say, ‘Get out, worthless goats! You’re good for nothing but the fires of hell. And why? Because—
I was hungry and you gave me no meal,
I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,
I was homeless and you gave me no bed,
I was shivering and you gave me no clothes,
Sick and in prison, and you never visited.’

Then those ‘goats’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or homeless or shivering or sick or in prison and didn’t help?’ He will answer them, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you failed to do one of these things to someone who was being overlooked or ignored, that was me—you failed to do it to me. Then those ‘goats’ will be herded to their eternal doom, but the ‘sheep’ to their eternal reward.” (From Matthew 25:31-46, The Message)


To receive the MDS Service Scholarship, the student must:

  • Be a Canadian or American citizen.
    • Note that MDS is not able to assist students with visa arrangements if these are necessary.
  • Be at least 19 years old.
  • Serve as a volunteer in the field with Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) for 8 weeks. 
    • Students must complete 8 weeks of service with MDS each year to maintain their award.
  • Enroll in the Biblical Studies, Worship Arts, Intercultural Studies, or Youth Work Program with a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester. Students must have completed one full semester (at least 12 credit hours) and be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours for the semester in which they apply.
  •  Have a minimum GPA of 2.0 each semester.
  • Submit a 500-word description of their experience at MDS, to be read by the awards' donors. Ideally, this account will explain personal transformation, lessons learned, and feedback/recommendations for MDS.

How To Apply:

  • Step 1: Contact Kelsey Friesen in charge of Volunteer Placement at Mennonite Disaster Services. Explain that you'll be studying at Columbia Bible College in the fall and you're hoping to receive "The Sheep & the Goats" MDS Service Scholarship. With Evelyn's help, start exploring an 8- week volunteer placement with MDS.
  • Step 2: Submit the 'Student Application' form to ensure that funding is available.
  • Step 3: Ask Kelsey Friesen to submit the 'MDS Agreement Form' on your behalf (before you head off to volunteer!). This will ensure that Columbia Bible College and MDS are working together to make sure you complete all the necessary requirements to receive your funding.
  • Step 4: After you finish your volunteer field-work, ask the MDS office to send Columbia Bible College a signed letter confirming the length of your service.
  • Step 5: Write a 500-word essay about your experience with MDS and submit it to the Financial Aid Office.





 Application Dates

Up to 5 awards/year will be awarded. Applications open January 15, and will be accepted until February 28.