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GSEP Scholarships

Under the auspices of the Graduate School of Education and Psychology, special funds have been allocated for scholarships for GSEP students. Scholarship 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 $1000 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 or enrollment in dissertation, with the exception of students enrolled in the Teaching Credential program only, which is 12 units for full-time status). Scholarships are not automatically renewed each year.

Students are nominated for scholarships each year by academic program committees (there is no application process for students who wish to be considered for scholarships).

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.

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 doctoral degree in clinical psychology.

Glen and Gloria Holden Scholarship - Recipients are selected by each academic associate dean's office, and are based mostly on academic merit.

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.

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.


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