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Steadfast 2021 Scholarship

Scholarship Amount:

  • • Full tuition, equivalent to $27,950/year across four years.
  • • Scholarship will be combined with your other financial aid, including institutional, external, and/or government aid available (not including loans) for equating to 100% tuition across four (4) years. Scholarship recipients pay zero tuition and do not need to take any loans for tuition.
  • • Room, board, student fees, or other costs are separate


  • • For all new undergraduate on-campus freshmen and transfer students.
  • • Students must be first-time applicants admitted for Fall 2021.
  • • Students must complete the FAFSA and the 2021 John P. Stead Steadfast Scholarship application.
  • • Standard financial aid eligibility applies for awarding and renewal.

Deadline / Extended Deadline December 1, 2020 / February 26, 2021

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Dr John P. Stead: 50 Years of Steadfast Faithfulness

“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58

“Living legend.” It’s a phrase often used around The Master’s University campus to describe Dr. John P. Stead. For fifty years, he’s been a fixture on the campus, a steadfast presence and source of wisdom, strength, and humble leadership. “He’s shown all of us what a life well-lived looks like by planting himself here and serving this institution in countless ways over the past half-century” said Luke Cherry, Vice President, Development at TMU. “Dr. Stead always believes the best of people, he patiently, lovingly, listens and invests in staff, students and faculty. To say he’s beloved is almost an understatement. Our institution owes him so much.”

In honor of this living legend The Master’s University has created the Steadfast Scholarship fund, which will provide full-tuition for five brand-new students of The Master’s University this fall. We had the honor of awarding scholarships to the 2020 incoming class, and we are thrilled to be able to extend that opportunity into 2021 due to the overwhelming response of our community and generosity of our donors. Full scholarship details, including how to apply, are available below.

Dr. Stead first joined the faculty of Los Angeles Baptist College in 1970 as a professor of history. In 1978, he was appointed Vice President of Academic Affairs, a role he served in for 17 years before returning to the classroom full-time in 1995. Dr. Stead has helped lead TMU through some of the school’s biggest milestones, including initial accreditation in 1975, the selection of John MacArthur as the school’s eighth president, the transition from LABC to The Master’s College and then later to The Master’s University. Since returning to the administration in 2013, Dr. Stead has served as Vice President for Academic Affairs, Senior Vice President, and as Interim President. When asked why he stayed at TMUS for all these years, Dr. Stead said the following “I truly love The Master’s University. I get to watch students mature, grow intellectually and spiritually here at TMU, and leave as men and women who love Christ and can truly change the world. And the joy it is to serve alongside so many brilliant, godly faculty and staff: men and women who share the same biblical convictions. To be influenced by them, and to watch them influence my family, is something I couldn’t find anywhere else.”

Only one relationship in his life is more enduring than The Master’s University: his 52-year marriage to his beloved wife, Ellen. “Through everything, the ups and downs, Ellen has been incredibly supportive of my work at TMU. She, as an alumna (‘64) of the school, loves it as much as I do, and this scholarship honors her as much as me.” Together, they have four children and 15 grandchildren, eight of whom have attended The Master’s University through the years. As Dr. Stead begins a new decade of ministry, it is a particular joy for him to teach students of his former students.

Join together with family, faculty, staff, students, and alumni in thanking Dr. Stead!

How to Apply


Complete your application for admissions.

General Admissions Application

See freshmen, transfer, international and additional admissions information: Undergraduate Admissions


Complete the Steadfast application by December 1, 2020.

Extended Deadline: February 26, 2021

Steadfast Application


Ensure you have completed the FAFSA at with TMU federal school code 001220.



Once your application is admitted, your 2021 John P. Stead Steadfast Scholarship application will be reviewed. The 5 finalists will be notified in February 2021.

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Financial Aid Office
21726 Placerita Canyon Rd
Santa Clarita, CA 91321


Phone: 1-800-568-6248
or 661-362-2291

Fax: 661-362-2693


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8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Closed on school holidays

Federal School Code: 001220

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