MERRILL, Wis. — CM CARES, the Church Mutual Insurance Company Foundation, is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for its second annual Religious Scholarship Program, offering up to $250,000 in scholarships to graduate and doctoral students who are committed to a career in ministry.

The CM CARES Religious Scholarship Program, introduced last year, is open to students across the country. Scholars who wish to apply must be enrolled full-time in an advanced degree program in theology, ministry or other field of religious study at an accredited theological seminary, college or university during the 2018-19 academic year. Complete details are available at

“Every scholarship we award assists a hard-working and deserving student who wishes to minister to others and make a difference in the world,” said Rich Poirier, president and CEO of Church Mutual Insurance Company. “Our ongoing investment in religious education highlights the sincerity of our connection to the many faith-based organizations that rely on us, as well as the strength of our commitment to our mission, Protecting the Greater Good.”

Students of all faiths are encouraged to apply before the April 14, 2018, deadline. Up to 50 winners will be announced in June 2018. Each winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship that can be used to help pay for tuition, fees, books and other education costs.

“The students who apply for CM CARES scholarships have already committed a great deal of time, effort and energy to their studies, and we want to help them succeed,” Poirier said. “By supporting tomorrow’s religious leaders today, we are ensuring that faith communities benefit from strong and able leadership in the years to come.”