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Private Scholarships

Students are encouraged to seek scholarships from private organizations.  Some examples are below:

Scholarships applicable to all GSEP students:

  • 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. See website for application timelines and deadlines.
  • Gates Millenium Scholars Program Scholarships are available to help fund the cost of education by covering unmet neet and self-help aid for continuing Gates Millenium Scholars in the area of education.
  • Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara Scholarship 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. Application deadline is January 31.
  • 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. Application deadlines are December 31, 2012.

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 & Grants Psi Chi sponsors a wide variety of awards and grants each year for graduate psychology students who are members of Psi Chi. Please visit Psi Chi website for application deadlines and other eligibility requirements. For information on the Psi Chi Student Group, click here.

Psy.D. students:

  • Air Force Health Professions Scholarship Every year the Air Force awards scholarships through it's 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 have an expected graduation date of 2015 or 2016. 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 1-800-588-5260 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. Application deadline is July 30.

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 purusing their bilingual teaching credential. Students must be nominated by a CABE chapter, region representative, or individual nominator. Two recipients are selected in each region. Nominations are sent at the end of November.

Dissertation students:

  • AERA Dissertation Grant The American Educational Research Association, along with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), offers a grants 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. Application deadline is September 19, 2012.
  • 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 1-year stipend of $12,000 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. Application deadline is November 30, 2012.
  • 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. Fellowships must begin during the 2013-2014 academic year and fellows will receive up to $25,000 for one academic year.
  • 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. Application deadline is September 17, 2012.
  • AAUW Dissertation Fellowship The American Association of University Women offers support to women completing doctoral dissertations between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Open to applicants in all fields of study.

Scholarship search websites:


FinAid A comprehensive guide to financial aid including loan and scholarship information as well as calculators.

Fastweb A large, free, personalized scholarship search that matches you with scholarships.

Sallie Mae Scholarship Search  An award database with more than 3 million scholarships, including scholarship requirement information and tips for avoiding scams.

MACH25 Use keywords to find the right scholarship or search for scholarships that match your personal profile. Get matched with scholarships based on the data you provide in your file. A free scholarship and grant search database that does not require registering.

School Soup A free database of over 250,000 scholarships.

The College Board Scholarship Search Find scholarships from more than 2,200 programs.

Pepperdine Scholarships

The Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) offers several scholarships for students from endowed, non-endowed, and University funds. 

Awards are made based on a variety of criteria, including academic merit, financial need, and for specific academic programs, and the promotion of cultural diversity at the school. Recipients typically receive between $350 to $1,000 each term. The amount of the awards depends upon the amount of scholarship funding available for the year and the number of recipients.

Scholarships are generally awarded at the start of the academic year. Students must be enrolled in full-time status each term in order to be eligible for scholarships (6 units each term).  Scholarships are not automatically renewed each year.

With some scholarships, students are nominated by academic program committees, and there is no formal application. Newly admitted students are considered for scholarships as part of the application review process. However, applications are required in other cases.

Master of Arts in Social Entrepreneurship and Change - GSEP has established a new degree which will empower students to effect change at the local and global levels. With a course curriculum that builds business, management, and leadership proficiency, this program is applicable for students interested in working in advocacy, philanthropy, or nonprofit management. A limited number of $4,500 scholarships are available. 

Associated Women for Pepperdine Scholarship - Associated Women for Pepperdine is a group of individuals who raise funds each year to assist deserving members of the Church of Christ attending the Graduate School of Education and Psychology. Recipients are selected on the basis of financial need, merit, character, and church membership. In addition to the Financial Aid Application, interested students must submit a personal statement describing past and present leadership roles within their congregation in addition to a letter of recommendation from a minister, elder, or deacon in their local congregation.

Benjamin M. Bendat Endowed Scholarship - This scholarship assists students in the teacher education program in recognition of academic excellence and financial need.

Evelyn B. Blake Endowed Scholarship - This scholarship is awarded annually to a doctoral student in the field of psychology who has financial need.

Diversity Scholarship - This scholarship provides assistance to GSEP students enrolled in course work, and is awarded on the basis of academic merit and achievement. Scholarships are awarded to two Education doctoral and two Psychology doctoral students.

Linda M. Gage AWP Endowed Scholarship—This scholarship, honoring the memory of Regent Linda M. Gage, is awarded to a GSEP student with financial need who is a member o the Church of Christ.

Michael Y. F. Chau Scholarship - This is a special scholarship fund made possible by a grant from Michael Y. F. Chau. The income from the fund is provided annually to assist qualified students from the Republic of China.

Mattie Chissell Memorial Scholarship - This scholarship was established in honor of Mattie Chissell, who was completing her doctorate when she passed away. The scholarship will be awarded to a deserving female doctoral student working on her dissertation in education.

Marco Garcia Memorial Fellowship - This scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to Mexican or Mexican-American students pursuing a degree in clinical psychology.

Glen and Gloria Holden Scholarship - This is a special scholarship fund made possible by a grant from the Glen Holden Foundation to GSEP students.

Chiang Kai-Shek Scholarship - Income from this special scholarship fund is provided to assist a qualified student from the Republic of China who is enrolled in the doctoral program in education.

Pat Lucas Endowed Scholarship - This scholarship was established in 2010 to honor the memory of the late Pat Lucas, who served as director of student teaching at GSEP for more than 20 years.  This scholarship is for GSEP students pursuing teaching careers.

Chester H. McCall Endowed Scholarship - This scholarship was established in 2008 and is awarded to student(s) in the Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership program with financial need.

Karen L. Olson Psychology Scholarship - This scholarship is awarded to Psychology students studying at the Irvine Graduate Campus.

Psy.D. Contribution to Diversity Scholarships - This program is funded to encourage and reward diversity in the Psy.D. program.

Earl V. Pullias Endowed Scholarship - This special fund was made possible by a gift from an anonymous graduate. The scholarship was established in honor of Dr. Earl V. Pullias, former dean of Pepperdine College, in recognition of his contribution to higher education. Scholarship funds are awarded to students who are committed to the teaching profession and the advancement of education rooted in values and principles. Incoming students are eligible for this scholarship. Awards are determined by faculty and program staff upon review of admissions applications during the admissions process. Recipients will be notified of their awards before the start of their program.

Olaf H. Tegner Endowed Scholarship - This scholarship has been named in honor of Dean Emeritus Olaf H. Tegner, for his nearly six decades of loyalty to Pepperdine as a student, professor, dean, administrator, and lifelong ambassador. A pacesetting gift to create the foundation for this endowed scholarship fund was made by Jack R. Blackwell and his wife Jean. The scholarship is set up specifically to aid individuals who are current teachers or who aspire to careers in the teaching profession. Incoming students are eligible for this scholarship. Awards are determined by faculty and program staff upon review of admissions applications during the admissions process. Recipients will be notified of their awards before the start of their program.

J. McDonald and Judy Williams GSEP Scholarship - This is a special scholarship made possible by J. McDonald Williams and Judy Williams to support Church of Christ GSEP students.

Yvonne Henin and Sadek Ayoub Scholarship—This scholarship is made possible by the family of Yvonne Henin and Sadek Ayoub to benefit GSEP students studying to become teachers and it is based on financial need.

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