Scholarship Policy

In the spirit of dana (generosity), Mid America Dharma offers scholarships to those unable to attend retreats due to limited financial resources. Because our financial resources are limited too, we ask applicants to pay as much of the registration fee as possible. This lets us assist the most people.

Deferred Payment

We are unable to offer the option of deferred payment. We hope to be able to add this option again in the future.


For those who need financial aid, we offer partial and full scholarships. Scholarships are need based. When applying please state how much assistance you require and briefly describe your circumstances, so we can make an informed decision.

Opportunities for Service

We encourage applicants to volunteer during the retreat by assisting the registrar or retreat manager. Tasks may include staffing the registration desk, helping with set-up and clean-up, bell-ringing, and maintaining the tea table. Please indicate your willingness and ability to help on the application and we will pass your name and any particulars to the retreat manager

If you want to discuss your circumstances further, please contact the chairperson of our Scholarship Committee:  Joe McCormack, – (573) 864-5617

Scholarship Limits

As a general rule we offer no more than two scholarships per person per calendar year. (We regard retreats held over the new year holiday as held in the “old” year.) In addition, we give first consideration to persons who have not received a scholarship within the past year. At its discretion the Scholarship Committee may make exceptions to these rules in extraordinary circumstances.

To Apply for a Scholarship – Fill out the Application Form