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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.

Private Scholarships

Scholarships Applicable to All GSEP Students

Students are encouraged to seek scholarships from private organizations. Please visit the corresponding organization's 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. In order 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 provides 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. 

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.

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Pepperdine Scholarships

We offer an extensive list of scholarships from endowed, non-endowed, and University funds. 

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.

No Application Required

Pepperdine scholarships do not require a separate application (with the exception of a select few which are listed under the Application Required section). All newly admitted students are considered for these scholarships as part of the application review process. Thus, there is no need to contact the Financial Aid Office regarding your eligibility. These scholarships are for first year students only and therefore are not renewable.

Students who apply for financial aid are considered for the following scholarships:

Benjamin M. Bendat Endowed Scholarship 
Chester H. McCall Endowed Scholarship
Chiang Kai-Shek Scholarship
Diversity Scholarship
Earl V. Pullias Endowed Scholarship
EdD Organizational Leadership Faculty Scholarship
Evelyn B. Blake Endowed Scholarship
Glen and Gloria Holden Scholarship
Joseph Chung Endowed Scholarship
Karen L. Olson Psychology Scholarship
MA in Social Entrepreneurship and Change Scholarship
Mattie Chissell Memorial Scholarship
Michael Y.F. Chau Scholarship
Olaf H. Tegner Endowed Scholarship
Pat Lucas Endowed Scholarship
Paull Scholarship
PsyD Contribution to Diversity Scholarship
Randy Clark Endowed Scholarship
Yvonne Henin and Sadek Ayoub Scholarship

Application Required

The scholarships listed below require separate applications. Please review the scholarships for information regarding eligibility criteria, as well as who to contact with questions.

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.

Who to contact for additional information:

GSEP Financial Aid Office

Phone: 310.568.5775

Email: gsepfaid@pepperdine.edu

Community Leadership Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must demonstrate financial need and academic achievement.
  • Must be an aspiring leader and active community member.

Application Process:

  • Must submit a personal statement and a letter of recommendation.
  • Application must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office.
  • Application deadline is July 15th.

Who to contact for additional information:

GSEP Financial Aid Office

Phone: 310.568.5775

Email: 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.
Who to contact for additional information:

GSEP Financial Aid Office

Phone: 310.568.5775

Email: 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.

Who to contact for additional information:

GSEP Financial Aid Office

Phone: 310.568.5775

Email: gsepfaid@pepperdine.edu

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.

Who to contact for additional information:

Kerri Heath, Senior Advancement Officer

Phone: 310.258.2880

Email: Kerri.Heath@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 Admissions 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.

Please visit the City Year Alumni website for more information.

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

Who to contact for additional information:

  • Psychology: Rebecca Reed, MA, Clinical Training Coordinator

Phone: 310.568.5776

Email: Rebecca.Reed@pepperdine.edu    

  • Education: Dr. Collatos, Associate Professor

Phone: 310.568.5671

Email: 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

Who to contact for additional information:

Dr. Helen Easterling Williams, Dean and Professor of Education, GSEP

Phone: 310.568.5616

Email: 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

Who to contact for additional information:

Dr. Helen Easterling Williams, Dean and Professor of Education, GSEP

Phone: 310.568.5616

Email: 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

Who to contact for additional information:

Dr. Helen Easterling Williams, Dean and Professor of Education, GSEP

Phone: 310.568.5616

Email: gsep-deans-office@pepperdine.edu