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Scholarships

A scholarship is financial aid that does not need to be repaid. Total aid awarded in loans, grants, and scholarships may not exceed a student's total Cost of Attendance.

Pepperdine Endowed Scholarships

We are thrilled to provide a variety of endowed scholarships to students currently enrolled in the Graduate School of Education and Psychology through the generosity of our donors. Awards are made based on a variety of criteria, including academic merit, financial need, specific academic programs, and the promotion of cultural diversity at the school. Scholarships are generally awarded at the start of the academic year and students must be enrolled full-time (6 units each term) in order to remain eligible.

Application Required

Marco Garcia Memorial Fellowship

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be enrolled full-time in a psychology program
  • Must be Mexican or Mexican-American

Application Process:

  • Eligible students will be invited to apply in August
  • Applicant must be enrolled for the subsequent spring trimester as the funding is awarded in the spring term
  • Must submit a three-page essay and one letter of recommendation from a Pepperdine University faculty member or clinical supervisor
  • Application must be submitted to Kerri Heath
  • Application deadline is September 15th

Contact Senior Advancement Officer, Kerri Heath, for more information by calling 310.258.2880 or emailing Kerri.Heath@pepperdine.edu.

Urban Fellows Grant

Eligibility Criteria:

Psychology and education students doing practicum or clinical experience in an underserved community

Application Process:

Application and personal statement required

Psychology students contact Rebecca Reed for more information at 310.568.5776 or Rebecca.Reed@pepperdine.edu. Education students contact Dr. Anthony Collatos at 310.568.5671 or Anthony.Collatos@pepperdine.edu.

The Endowed GSEP Fellows Fund

Eligibility Criteria:

The GSEP Fellows Fund is designed to increase graduate level higher education access and to promote academic excellence among African American male scholars matriculating in Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology PhD in Global Leadership and Change program. This fund seeks to reduce financial barriers for this targeted population and increase their representation in positions such as designers, developers, technology managers, teachers, and organizational leaders. It also seeks to increase Pepperdine's involvement in church and community activities. Recipients must demonstrate a strong commitment to Christian values and be actively engaged in both the church and the broader community. Scholarship recipients must agree to complete a technology/leadership project in collaboration with a GSEP approved local or global partner before the end of the academic year in which the fellowship is awarded.

Application Process:

The applicant must submit an essay (approximately 300 words) and two letters of recommendation from church and community leaders. The essay should address the applicant's eligibility with particular emphasis on their ongoing involvement in and contributions to the church and the broader community. It should address their experience with technology and explain their planned technology/leadership project. Scholarships can be renewed annually with proof of good academic standing and an approved technology/leadership project plan. Applications must be submitted electronically with the heading "The GSEP Fellows Fund" to Dr. Helen Easterling Williams.

Application Deadline: July 15th

Contact the Dean's Office for more information at 310.568.5616 or gsep-deans-office@pepperdine.edu.

The GSEP Endowed Faith/Missions Fellowship

Eligibility Criteria:

The GSEP Endowed Faith/Missions Fellowship is designed to increase graduate level higher education access and to promote academic excellence among Christian African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American and Hispanic American students with demonstrated high academic and leadership promise who are matriculating in the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology doctorate programs that focus on technology and/or leadership. This fund seeks to reduce financial barriers for these targeted populations and increase their representation in leadership positions that serve as platforms for changing the world through the effective application of Christian values. It also seeks to increase Pepperdine's involvement in church and community activities locally and globally. Recipients must demonstrate a strong commitment to Christian values and be actively engaged in both the church and the broader community. Scholarship recipients must agree to complete a local/global missions/leadership project in collaboration with a GSEP approved local or global partner before the end of the academic year in which the fellowship is awarded.

Application Process:

The applicant must submit an essay (approximately 300 words) and two letters of recommendation from church and community leaders. The essay should address the applicant's eligibility with particular emphasis on their ongoing involvement in and contributions to the church and the broader community. It should explain their missions philosophy and delineate how it intersects with their academic and community projects, both locally and globally. Scholarships can be renewed annually with proof of good academic standing and an approved global leadership project plan. Applications must be submitted electronically with the heading "The GSEP Fellows Fund" to Dr. Helen Easterling Williams.

Application Deadline: July 15th

Contact the Dean's Office for more information at 310.568.5616 or gsep-deans-office@pepperdine.edu.

GSEP Endowed Board of Visitors Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria:

The GSEP Endowed Board of Visitors Scholarship is established to provide lived leadership lessons for a doctoral student matriculating in one of the GSEP doctoral programs. The recipient must be in good academic standing and is required to serve as a student representative on the Board and to assist the secretary of the Board in preparing minutes and other communications for its members. Meetings are held at various locations. The scholarship is for one academic year.

Application Process:

Applications consist of a letter of interest and three letters of recommendation from academic and personal references. Applications must be submitted electronically with the heading "GSEP Endowed Board of Visitors Scholarship" to Dr. Helen Easterling Williams.

Application Deadline: July 15th

Contact the Dean's Office for more information at 310.568.5616 or gsep-deans-office@pepperdine.edu.

Coming Soon

Application criteria and deadlines for the following scholarships will be available shortly. Please continue to visit our website for the most up to date information.

Benjamin M. Bendat Endowed Scholarship
Chester H. McCall Endowed Scholarship
Chiang Kai-Shek Scholarship
Danhakl Family Foundation Fellowship
Diana Hiatt-Michael Endowed Scholarship
E.V. Pullias Endowed Scholarship
Glen and Gloria Holden Scholarship
Harry & Izelle Shafer Scholarship
John & Rebecca Barton Scholarship
Mattie Chissell Memorial Scholarship
Michael Y.F. Chau Scholarship
Olaf H. Tegner Endowed Scholarship
Randy Clark Endowed Scholarship
Sally Edwards Endowed Scholarship
 

Pepperdine Institutional Scholarships

We offer an extensive list of institutional scholarships, provided by the University. Awards are made based on a variety of criteria, including academic merit, financial need, specific academic programs, and the promotion of cultural diversity at the school. Recipients typically receive between $1,000 and $4,000 for one academic year. Scholarships are generally awarded at the start of the academic year and students must be enrolled full-time (6 units each term) in order to remain eligible.

Awards for New Students

Please note: students may apply for and receive more than one scholarship; however, the total award will not exceed 25% of tuition. Students who withdraw or take a leave of absence will forfeit scholarship awards. Students who request a deferral will be allowed to defer scholarships only once, after which all Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology scholarships will be forfeited.

Education for Life: Amounts vary (one-time award, new students only)

Eligibility is based on cumulative GPA and receipt date of application for admission by one of the three (3) priority deadlines in addition to payment of application fee. Amounts vary from $1,000 -$3,000 split into two (2) consecutive semesters of enrollment in the fall. Spring awards will be a single disbursement. The student must be accepted, enrolled and must have paid their deposit to receive the scholarship award. Applies to newly enrolled students. This scholarship can be combined with other scholarships with the exception of the Colleagues Grant, Federal and Institutional Military Scholarships/Benefits, Athletic Scholarships, GSEP Diversity Scholarship, Education Divisional Scholarship and Psychology Divisional Scholarship. Students receiving third-party scholarships will require further approvals. Click here for more details and priority deadlines.

Kick Start: $1,000 (one-time award, new students only)

Eligibility is based on cumulative GPA, completion of application for admission, and payment of application fee at an Information Session hosted by an Enrollment Services Officer. The student must be enrolled to receive the scholarship award for the first semester of enrollment. Applies to newly enrolled students. This scholarship can be combined with other scholarships with the exception of Colleagues Grant, Federal and Institutional Military Scholarships/Benefits, Athletic Scholarships, GSEP Diversity and Scholarship. Students receiving third-party scholarships will require further approvals. Click here for more details and priority deadlines.

Alumni Connect. Reconnect. Scholarship: $1,500 (one-time award, new students only)

Eligibility for the Alumni Connect. Reconnect. Scholarship is based on the referral a new applicant who is accepted, deposits and enrolls at Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology, by a GSEP alum. The recipient is chosen by a scholarship committee based on the Connect. Reconnect. recommendation form submitted by the alum. The recommendation must explain why the applicant should receive the scholarship and be submitted to GSEP Alumni Relations Office by posted deadline. A copy of the recommendation form can be downloaded by clicking here. This scholarship can be combined with other scholarships, with the exception of the Colleagues Grant, Federal and Institutional Military Scholarships/Benefits, Athletic Scholarships, GSEP Diversity Scholarship, Education Divisional Scholarship and Psychology Divisional Scholarship. Students receiving thirds-party scholarship will require further approvals. Click here for more details and priority deadlines.

Application Required

The scholarships listed below require separate applications. Please review the eligibility criteria and deadlines for each scholarship.

Associated Women for Pepperdine (AWP) Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be a member in good standing of the Church of Christ (the International Church of Christ does not count).
  • Recipients are selected on the basis of financial need, merit, character, and church membership.

Application Process:

  • Eligible students will be invited to apply mid-June.
  • First-time applicants must submit a personal statement of church involvement and a letter of recommendation from an elder, deacon, or minister.
  • Current AWP scholarship recipients are required to submit a personal statement describing how they have continued to contribute to their church community.
  • Application must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office.
  • Application deadline is July 15th.

Contact the GSEP Financial Aid Office for more information at 310.568.5775 or gsepfaid@pepperdine.edu.

Diversity Scholarship (EdD/PsyD)

The Diversity Scholarship (EdD/PsyD) is awarded annually to students from an ethnic minority who have been accepted into an EdD or PsyD program at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be a member of an underrepresented ethnic minority (African-American, Asian American, Hispanic American, or Native American)
  • Recipients are selected on the basis of merit and character.

Application Process:

  • Applicants must submit a personal statement.
  • Application must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office.
  • Application deadline is December 1st.

Contact the GSEP Financial Aid Office for more information at 310.568.5775 or gsepfaid@pepperdine.edu.

Black Alumni Leadership Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must demonstrate financial need and academic achievement.
  • Must be an African-American student in their second year of study or above.
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 for consideration.

Application Process:

  • Must submit a personal statement and a letter of recommendation. Each student applicant must provide a recommendation letter from his or her community leader, demonstrating that the student will help the University live out its commitment to diversity through his life or her life experiences, extracurricular activities, and leadership roles.  
  • Application must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office.
  • Application deadline is August 31st.

Contact the GSEP Financial Aid Office for more information by calling 310.568.5775 or emailing gsepfaid@pepperdine.edu.

L.A. Sherriffs Department University Partnership

Eligibility Criteria:

  • LASD University students and their qualifying spouse and children (must apply to the program by age 25) as well as city, county, state and federal employees.
  • Employees must be in good standing.
  • A completed employment verification form must be submitted to GSEP Financial Aid Office each term.

Application Process:

  • Eligible students must submit an employment verification form to receive the discount before or during the term.
  • Verification forms can be obtained by contacting the Financial Aid Office.
  • Discount cannot be applied to previous terms.
  • Please visit https://gsep.pepperdine.edu/admission/lasdu-partnership/for more information.

Contact the GSEP Financial Aid Office for more information at 310.568.5775 or gsepfaid@pepperdine.edu.

City Year University Partnerships Program
  • Scholarship Amount $10,000.00
  • Number of Scholarships Awarded Annually (1)
  • Application Fee Waiver (Yes)
  • Enrollment Deferral One-year deferral

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Scholarships awarded to City Year alumni for at least one year of service and City Year staff members employed for at least two years.
  • A one-year deferral for students admitted to a graduate program who decide to serve with City Year before starting their study with Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology.
  • The scholarships described above represent the minimum awards. Applicants can be considered for private scholarships based on donor criteria.

Application Process:

  • Step 1. Apply to a program: Click here to access the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology's admissions website and apply online. Deadline: Application deadlines vary by program. Most programs accept applications on a rolling basis and encourage applicants to apply well in advance of the posted deadlines.
  • Step 2. City Year verification: To get the application fee waived and to be considered for the scholarship, a service verification letter must be requested by emailing alumni@cityyear.org with "Pepperdine GSEP" in the subject line. Within the email, include the site where you served and your corps graduation month and year. This letter will be sent electronically by City Year to university's Admissions Office and added to your applicant
  • Step 3. To identify and verify your City Year affiliation: Please contact the Enrollment Office by calling (800) 888-4849 or (310) 258-2850 or emailing gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu to get the application fee waived and be considered for the scholarship described above. Please state that you served with City Year and reference our partnership.

Visit the City Year Alumni website for more information.

External Scholarships and Grants

External Scholarships

Scholarships Applicable to All GSEP Students

Students are encouraged to seek scholarships from private organizations. Please visit the corresponding organizations' website for application timelines and deadlines. Some examples are:

  • Gates Millenium Scholars Program  Scholarships are available to continuing Gates Millennium Scholars in the area of education to help fund the cost of education by covering unmet need and self-help aid. 
  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund Multiple scholarship programs are available with different requirements. All applicants must be a U.S. citizen, legal permanent resident, or an eligible non-citizen and pursuing a first graduate degree. 
  • Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara  Scholarships are available to eligible graduate students based on financial need, potential, and motivation. Scholarship awards range from $500 to $5,000 per academic year. To be eligible, students must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and must have attended at least four of the six years between grades 7-12 at a Santa Barbara County school. 
  • JVS Scholarship Program  Jewish Vocational Service offers scholarships to Jewish students who are permanent residents of Los Angeles County and have financial need. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. 
  • National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles (NCJW/LA)  This organization provides scholarships to those who live and attend school in the Greater Los Angeles area. The selection of recipients is based on merit without bias in regard to race, ethnicity, religion, age, or national origin. The scholarships range from $1,000 to $2,000. 
  • 200 Free Scholarships for Minorities   This free scholarship list is created by Black Excel with over 1,000 scholarships. Most are awarded on an annual basis.

MFT students:

  • CAMFT Educational Scholarships  California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists Educational Foundation offers several scholarships for members of CAMFT. 
  • Future Counselors of America Scholarship  Annual scholarship awards of $1,000 to those majoring in psychology and who seek a career in relationship counseling or a related field. Applicants are selected based on academic achievement and a 500 to 900-word essay.

Psychology students:

  • APA Scholarships, Grants, & Awards  American Psychological Association and its affiliate organizations provide a wide range of grants and scholarships. Use this website to search for relevant awards.
  • APF Scholarships and Grants  American Psychological Foundation supports multiple programs to help graduate students further their education in psychology.
  • Psi Chi Awards & Grant Psi Chi sponsors a wide variety of awards and grants each year for graduate psychology students who are members of Psi Chi. Please visit the Psi Chi website for application deadlines and other eligibility requirements. For information on the Psi Chi Student Group click here.
  • Future Counselors of America Scholarship  Annual scholarship awards of $1,000 to those majoring in psychology and who seek a career in relationship counseling or a related field. Applicants are selected based on academic achievement and a 500 to 900-word essay. 

PsyD students:

  • Air Force Health Professions Scholarship  Every year, the Air Force awards scholarships through its Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP). The HPSP pays for tuition, books, and most fees, as well as a monthly stipend for living expenses while students attend school. To be eligible for a scholarship, students must be a U.S. citizen and be accepted at an accredited graduate institution in an appropriate health professions training program. Scholarship recipients must make a commitment to serve on active duty as an Air Force health professional for a minimum of three years. For more information regarding the application process and for the most up-to-date information contact the local Air Force Health Professions recruiter at 800.588.5260 or visit the website.

Educational Administrators:

  • AASA Educational Administration Scholarship Award  American Association of School Administrators created these scholarships to support outstanding graduate students in school administration who intend to go into superintendency. Scholarships awards are $2,500. 

Teacher Preparation students:

  • Toshiba America Foundation Grants  Education grants are provided to elementary and secondary school classroom teachers, grades K-12, with a focus on math and science. Grant amounts range from about $1,000 - $5,000+.
  • CABE Teachership Award   The California Association for Bilingual Education Teachership Program awards $2,000 scholarships to graduate students seeking a career in pursuing their bilingual teaching credential. Students must be nominated by a CABE chapter, region representative, or individual nominator. Two recipients are selected in each region.
  • Teacher Education Scholarship from Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)  The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) offers two separate education scholarships of up to $1,500, one for a candidate studying to teach at the elementary level and another studying to teach at the secondary level. Applicants must be a US citizen, at least 25 years of age and have a minimum GPA of 3.5. 
  • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Foundation Scholarships in Education Awards between $500-$1000 are given out to several graduate students who are majoring in education each year.

Dissertation students:

  • AAUW Dissertation Fellowship  American Association of University Women offers support to outstanding women committed to improving their schools and communities through their research studies. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Open to applicants in all fields of study. Please visit the website for all fellowships and grants available.
  • AERA Dissertation Grant  The American Educational Research Association, along with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), offers a grant program that supports research projects that are quantitative in nature and is available to support doctoral students in dissertation. Awards are $20,000 for one year and are not renewable. Applicants may be U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, or non-U.S. citizens. 
  • AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship  The American Educational Research Association offers this program for members of racial and ethnic groups historically underrepresented in higher education who are in dissertation. A one-year stipend of $19,000 and up to $1,000 in travel support is awarded beginning July 1 or later and is nonrenewable. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. 
  • APA Dissertation Research Award  The purpose of the American Psychological Association Science Directorate Award program is to assist science-oriented doctoral students of psychology with research costs. Awards may be up to $5,000. 
  • NAEd Spencer Dissertation Fellowship  The Spencer Foundation provides fellowships to doctoral students who are in dissertation in the field of education. Applicants do not need to be U.S. citizens. Recipients will receive up to $25,000 for one academic year.
  • Research and Dissertation Fellows Program The Access Group Center for Research and Policy Analysis in partnership with the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) offers a Research and Dissertation Fellows Program. This is an annual grant available to doctoral students for year-long research projects that "promote scholarship related to access, affordability and value of legal education specifically, and graduate and professional education more broadly." Guidance from a faculty dissertation advisor is required.

Grants

A grant is financial aid that does not need to be repaid. Total aid awarded in loans, grants, and scholarships may not exceed a student's total Cost of Attendance.

For Prospective Teachers: Federal TEACH Grant

Students who plan to become teachers in a high-need field in a low-income area may apply for the TEACH Grant. In order to apply for this grant, students must complete TEACH Grant Counseling and the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (ATS) online at the TEACH Grant website.

Eligible students will receive up to $4,000 per year of graduate study toward the teaching credential. Due to sequestration, award amounts for the TEACH Grant could change annually.

TEACH Grant recipients agree to serve as full-time teachers in certain schools with certain high-need fields for at least four consecutive academic years within eight years of completing the degree. If the grant recipient does not meet these requirements, the grant will convert to an Unsubsidized Loan that must be repaid with interest.

For more information, please visit the Federal Student Aid Teach Grant website.

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