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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 Scholarships for Continuing Students

For GSEP Pepperdine Scholarships, continuing students are defined as students presently enrolled at Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Education and Psychology in their second term or more in the same academic program. Please note, transfers from a GSEP Doctor of Education program to the GSEP Doctor of Philosophy in Global Leadership and Change program are considered continuing students for Pepperdine scholarship purposes.

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.

Please note: Students in the 100% online (Psychology @ Pepperdine) programs are only eligible for the Curtice & Evelyn Booth Veterans Endowed Scholarship and the Waves Got Your Six Scholarship. These scholarships can be combined with other scholarships except Federal and Institutional Military Scholarships/Benefits, Athletic Scholarships, and the GSEP Diversity Scholarship. Students receiving these scholarships/benefits, or other forms of third-party scholarship(s) will require further approvals. Scholarships are generally awarded at the start of the academic year and students must be enrolled full-time (6 units each term) to remain eligible.

View GSEP Pepperdine Scholarship Policies


 

L.A. Sheriff's Department University Partnership

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. Discount cannot be applied to previous terms. Please visit https://gsep.pepperdine.edu/admission/lasdu-partnership/ for more information.

Application Process:
Eligible students must submit an employment verification form to receive the discount before or during each term. Verification forms can be obtained by contacting the Financial Aid Office.

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


 

Marco Garcia Memorial Fellowship

Eligibility Criteria:

The GSEP Marco Garcia Memorial Fellowship Scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to students pursuing a graduate degree in psychology. It was established to promote mental health services in the underserved multicultural community with an emphasis in providing direct services to the Mexican-American population.

This scholarship is available to students enrolled full-time in either the PsyD in Clinical Psychology or MA in Clinical Psychology (Daytime Format, Evening Format, or Aliento) programs. Recipients must be Mexican or Mexican-American. Students anticipated to graduate this term or in the upcoming term are ineligible to apply for this scholarship. Recipients must also demonstrate excellent academic performance (cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above). This award will be evenly distributed across the spring and summer terms.

Application Process:

If you qualify based on the criteria above, please complete the following steps:

  1. Please visit pepperdine.academicworks.com/users/sign_in. Once on the page, kindly click "Sign In With Your Institution." You must use your Pepperdine Network ID and password. Note: Do not click the "Opportunities" tab on the upper left-hand side.
  2. You must complete the General Application if you have not done so already.
  3. Once the General Application is completed, you will find the scholarship application under "Other Recommended Opportunities" or "Opportunities."
    • Within the application, students will be asked to submit a three-page (single-spaced) essay describing:
      • Personal background
      • Professional and volunteer experience
      • Issues facing the Latino/a community
      • How your work as a mental health professional will address the issues facing the Latino/a community
    • Also within the application, students will be asked to submit one letter of recommendation (no older than 1 year) from a Pepperdine University faculty member or clinical supervisor
  4. For questions regarding the application and criteria, contact us at gsepfaid@pepperdine.edu or 310-568-5775.

The 2021-2022 application is now closed. Students will be notified via email with instructions to apply when the application is reopened, which is anticipated to be around Fall 2022.


 

The GSEP Endowed Fellows Fund

Eligibility Criteria:

The GSEP Fellows Fund applies to both currently enrolled and new students and is designed to increase graduate-level higher education access and to promote academic excellence among African American male scholars matriculating in the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology Ph.D. 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 to the following link: The GSEP Endowed Fellows Fund

Governing Policies:

  1. The application deadline is June 15th. A deadline extension can only be approved by the GSEP Dean.
  2. This scholarship is optimally designed to support three (3) years of coursework: Three (3) terms the first year totaling $10,000.00; three (3) terms the second year totaling $10.000.00, and two (2) terms the third year totaling $8,000.00. This stipulation may vary by student depending on the point in which the student applies for the scholarship (1st year, 2nd year, or 3rd year). It may also be impacted by unexpected life circumstances.
  3. This scholarship is designed to cover the coursework and comprehensive exam phase of the academic program.
  4. The dissertation phase of the academic program is not covered by the scholarship.
  5. The awarded scholarship will be forfeited at the point when the awardee advances through the academic program, completes the coursework, and begins the dissertation process.
  6. Undisbursed funds will be added to the interest accrued by the endowment. They will be distributed during subsequent awarding periods in late July or early August.
  7. Awardees that must take a leave of absence can request their scholarship to be held for them for a period of twelve (12) months or one academic year.
  8. Recipients of this scholarship are not restricted from receiving other scholarships for which they qualify.

 

GSEP Endowed Faith/Missions Fellowship Fund

Eligibility Criteria:

The GSEP Endowed Faith/Missions Fellowship applies to both currently enrolled and new students and 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 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 to the following link: The GSEP Endowed Faith/Missions Fellowship

Administration Policies:

  1. The application deadline is June 15th. A deadline extension can only be approved by the GSEP Dean.
  2. This scholarship is optimally designed to support three (3) years of coursework: Three (3) terms the first year totaling $7,000.00; three (3) terms the second year totaling $7,000.00, and two (2) terms the third year totaling $4,000.00. This stipulation may vary by student depending on the point in which the student applies for the scholarship (1st year, 2nd year, or 3rd year). It may also be impacted by unexpected life circumstances.
  3. This scholarship is designed to cover the coursework and comprehensive exam phase of the academic program.
  4. The dissertation phase of the academic program is not covered by the scholarship.
  5. The awarded scholarship will be forfeited at the point when the awardee advances through the academic program, completes the coursework, and begins the dissertation process.
  6. Undisbursed funds will be added to the interest accrued by the endowment. They will be distributed during subsequent awarding periods in late July or early August.
  7. Awardees that must take a leave of absence can request their scholarship to be held for them for a period of twelve (12) months or one academic year.
  8. Recipients of this scholarship are not restricted from receiving other scholarships for which they qualify.

 

GSEP Endowed Board of Visitors Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria:

The GSEP Endowed Board of Visitors Scholarship applies to both currently enrolled and new students and 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:

The applicant must submit an essay (approximately 300 words) and three 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 to the following link: GSEP Endowed Board of Visitors Scholarship

Administration Policies:

  1. The application deadline is June 15th. A deadline extension can only be approved by the GSEP Dean.
  2. This scholarship is optimally designed to support one (1) year of coursework: Three (3) terms totaling $3,000.00.
  3. This scholarship is designed to cover the coursework and comprehensive exam phase of the academic program.
  4. The dissertation phase of the academic program is not covered by the scholarship.
  5. The awarded scholarship will be forfeited at the point when the awardee advances through the academic program, completes the coursework, and begins the dissertation process.
  6. Undisbursed funds will be added to the interest accrued by the endowment. They will be distributed during subsequent awarding periods in late July or early August.
  7. The scholarship will not be held for awardees that take a leave of absence.
  8. Recipients of this scholarship are not restricted from receiving other scholarships for which they qualify.

 

Mattie Chissell Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to a doctoral student in one of GSEP's Doctor of Education Programs. The applicant must be working on a doctoral dissertation; African American woman is preferred. Keep in mind, if the applicant is only enrolled in dissertation research, they can be considered for the Mattie Chissell Memorial Scholarship.

An application is not required.


 

Curtice & Evelyn Booth Veterans Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria:

Awarded to both currently enrolled and new students who are veterans, active-duty reservists, or dependents (children or spouse) of a veteran or active-duty reservist. Recipients must demonstrate excellent academic performance (cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above) and must be pursuing a master's or doctoral degree in any format (traditional, hybrid, and online) at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology. The scholarship is available to both currently enrolled and new students enrolled at least half-time. Preference is given to students who demonstrate financial need and who have not previously received Pepperdine scholarships or grants. They also must be currently ineligible to receive Yellow Ribbon Program benefits. This fund seeks to reduce financial barriers for this targeted population, either towards tuition or academic balances, or other ancillary costs. This is awarded for one term only.

Application Process:

The Curtice & Evelyn Booth Veterans Endowed Scholarship will require a separate application and proof of receipt of benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Note: Eligible students are notified via email with application instructions when the application becomes available.

If you qualify based on the criteria above, please complete the following steps:

  • Please visit https://pepperdine.academicworks.com/users/sign_in. Once on the page, kindly click "Sign In With Your Institution." You must use your Pepperdine Network ID and password. Note: Do not click the "Opportunities" tab on the upper left-hand side.
  • You must complete the General Application if you have not done so already.
  • Once the General Application is completed, you will find the scholarship application under "Other Recommended Opportunities" or "Opportunities."
  • Within the application, students will be asked to complete a personal statement between 300-500 words and a letter of recommendation.

The 2021-2022 application is now closed. All students will be notified via email with instructions to apply when the application is reopened, which is anticipated to be around Fall 2022.


 

Pat Lucas Award for Excellence in Teacher Preparation

The Pat Lucas Award for Excellence in Teacher Preparation applies to currently enrolled MA Teaching students and is designed to recognize excellence and to help these students complete the program whilst reducing financial barriers.

There is no application process.  All qualified MA in Teaching students will be considered as eligible recipients following successful completion of their second semester of courses and their edTPA portfolio. Qualified recipients are candidates that have exhibited excellence throughout the program, successfully completed their 2nd semester of MAT coursework, submitted their edTPA portfolio, plan to enroll immediately in their final semester, and demonstrate financial need.

The Director of the Pat Lucas Center-in coordination with MA in Teaching leadership will identify & review qualified candidates.


 

GSEP Financial Aid Endowed Scholarships (application required)

Listed below are endowed scholarships for continuing students enrolled in GSEP on-ground/hybrid programs. Recipients are considered for each scholarship through submission of the annual GSEP Scholarship Application. The 2022-2023 application is now closed. The 2023-2024 application will open during Summer 2023 and all students will be notified via email with instructions to apply along with the deadline to submit. Applications are then reviewed by the scholarship committee and applicants are notified of the status of their application at least one month prior to the start of the Fall term. Chosen recipients will be required to submit a Thank You Letter to their Donor(s).

Abbas & Nosrat Amin Endowment

Awarded to a student in a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership or Master of Arts in Social Entrepreneurship and Change programs with preference given to a female of Iranian descent. If this is not attainable, then the award may be given to a female student of Middle Eastern descent enrolled in either of the aforementioned programs. 

Benjamin M. Bendat Endowed Scholarship

Awarded to students in the Master of Arts in Teaching with a preliminary teaching credential program. Eligibility is based on the recognition of academic excellence and financial need.

Bertha Melgoza, Ph.D. Clinical Psychology Endowed Scholarship

Awarded to students in the following GSEP clinical psychology programs: MA in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy (daytime, evening & Aliento formats), and Psychology doctoral program. Eligibility is based on financial need.

Chester H. McCall Endowed Scholarship

Awarded to students in the Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership program. Eligibility is based on financial need.

Chiang Kai-Shek Scholarship

Awarded to any continuing student who is of Taiwanese nationality or descent in any GSEP on-ground or hybrid face-to-face program. 

Claudette S. McLinn Endowed Scholarship

Awarded to students in any GSEP program, not including 100% online psychology programs. Applicants must demonstrate financial need.

Danhakl Family Foundation Fellowship

Awarded to students in any GSEP program, not including 100% online psychology programs. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and academic achievement as well as proven themselves as aspiring leaders and active community members. A letter of recommendation is required in addition to the application.

Dr. Farzin Madjidi Scholarship

Awarded to students in the Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership program. The applicant must demonstrate financial need.

Glen and Gloria Holden Scholarship

Awarded to students in any GSEP program, not including 100% online psychology programs. Applicants must demonstrate financial need.

GSEP Squaires Scholarship for Women

Awarded to female students in any GSEP program, not including 100% online psychology programs. Applicants must demonstrate financial need with a preference for single mothers.

Harry & Izelle Shafer Scholarship

Awarded to students in any GSEP program, not including 100% online psychology programs, who demonstrate high academic achievement and offer great promise for leadership in our country or its supporting institutions. A letter of recommendation is required in addition to the application.

J. McDonald and Judy Williams GSEP Scholarship

Awarded to students in any GSEP program, not including 100% online psychology programs. Applicants must be members of the Church of Christ (not International Church of Christ) and in good standing. First-time applicants must submit a personal statement describing their church involvement and a letter of recommendation from an elder, deacon, or minister. Current Church of Christ scholarship recipients who wish to be considered for renewal is required to submit a personal statement describing how they have continued to contribute to their church community.

John & Rebecca Barton Scholarship

Awarded to students in any GSEP program, not including 100% online psychology programs, who demonstrate high academic achievement and offer great promise for leadership in our country or its supporting institutions. A letter of recommendation is required in addition to the application.

John and Bertha Garabedian Charitable Foundation 

Awarded to students in any GSEP on-ground or hybrid face-to-face program. Recipients must be from any of the following counties in California: Fresno, Kings, Madera or Tulare.

Joseph Chung Endowed Scholarship

Awarded to students demonstrating financial need who are interested in a career in special education. Preference is given to students who are citizens of Korea or of Korean descent.

Linda M. Gage AWP Endowed Scholarship

Awarded to students in any GSEP program, not including 100% online psychology programs. Applicants must be members of the Church of Christ (not International Church of Christ) and in good standing. First-time applicants must submit a personal statement describing their church involvement and a letter of recommendation from an elder, deacon, or minister. Current Church of Christ scholarship recipients who wish to be considered for renewal is required to submit a personal statement describing how they have continued to contribute to their church community.

Merilyn O'Neal Endowed Scholarship

Awarded to students in the Doctor of Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy program. Applicants must demonstrate financial need.

Michael Y.F. Chau Scholarship

Awarded to students in any of GSEP's education programs. The student must be from China, Hong Kong, or Taiwan.

Pepperdine Black Alumni Council Scholarship

Awarded to African American students in any GSEP program, not including 100% online psychology programs, in their second year of study or more with a 3.50 GPA who demonstrate financial need as well as leadership and a commitment to service. A letter of recommendation is required in addition to the application.

Randy Clark Endowed Scholarship

Awarded to students in the Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership program with financial need. Students who express a desire to work for a non-profit organization upon graduation will be given preference for the scholarship.

Sally Edwards Endowed Scholarship

Awarded to students in any GSEP program, not including 100% online psychology programs. Applicants must demonstrate financial need. Preference is given to students from Hawaii.

Yolanda Aguerrebere Endowed Scholarship

Awarded to students in any GSEP program, not including 100% online psychology programs. Applicants must demonstrate financial need.

 Pepperdine Scholarships for New Students

A new student for GSEP Pepperdine Scholarship purposes is defined as a student in a new program in their first term at Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Education and Psychology.  Transfers from a 100% online (Psychology@Pepperdine) program to the on-ground Psychology programs are considered new students for Pepperdine scholarship purposes.  Transfers from a GSEP EdD program to the PhD program are not considered new students for Pepperdine scholarship purposes.

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.

Please note: Students in the 100% online (Psychology @ Pepperdine) programs are only eligible for the Curtice & Evelyn Booth Veterans Endowed Scholarship and the Waves Got Your Six Scholarship. Scholarships are generally awarded at the start of the academic year and students must be enrolled full-time (6 units each term) to remain eligible. These scholarships can be combined with other scholarships except for the Colleagues Grant, Federal and Institutional Military Scholarships/Benefits, Athletic Scholarships, and GSEP Diversity Scholarship. Students receiving these scholarships/benefits, or other forms of third-party scholarship(s) will require further approvals.

View GSEP Pepperdine Scholarship Policies


 

Give-a-Gift-of-Education Scholarship: $1,500 (one-time award)

Eligibility Criteria:

All Pepperdine GSEP Alumni are invited to enhance the reputation of GSEP through the $1,500 Give a Gift of Education (GAGE) Scholarship Program for new students. GSEP Alumni members are uniquely able to identify and recommend bright, values-centered leaders needed to maintain the school's outstanding student body and alumni network.

Pepperdine GSEP Alumni offer scholarship support to new students via this recommendation process.  Eligible new students may submit an application to be reviewed by our GSEP Alumni Committee and candidates recommended by the committee will receive the GAGE award.

Application Process:

Once accepted to a qualifying GSEP degree program, any candidate recommended by our GSEP Alumni Committee members will receive the one-time $1,500 GAGE scholarship. Follow this link for instructions on how to apply.

The deadlines for prospective students to submit an application for the GAGE scholarship for our upcoming terms are: November 6 (Spring); March 5 (Summer I & II); July 16 (Fall).

Note: The Give a Gift of Education (GAGE) Scholarship does not apply to applicants who are applying for the following programs:

  • Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with Emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy (Daytime Format)

  • PsyD in Clinical Psychology

  • PhD in Global Leadership and Change

  • 100% Online Psychology programs


 

Education for Life: $1,000-$4,000 (one-time award)

Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility is based on the receipt date of application for admission and availability of scholarship funds on a first-come, first-serve basis in the order applications are received.

See our application page for deadlines.

Application Process:

Once accepted to a qualifying GSEP degree program, any candidate who submitted their application or admission by one of our qualifying deadlines will be eligible for the one-time Education for Life scholarship. No separate scholarship application is required.

Note: Education for Life Scholarship does not apply to applicants who are applying for the following programs:

  • Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with Emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy (Daytime Format)
  • Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology
  • PhD in Global Leadership and Change
  • 100% Online Psychology Programs

 

Merit Scholarships $5,000 (one-time award)

Eligibility Criteria:

GSEP offers merit-based scholarships for first-time, full-time students enrolling in GSEP's academic programs. Applicants must have a cumulative 3.5 GPA or higher from their prior, combined undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) degree programs to qualify.

The $5,000 Merit scholarship is awarded over three academic terms and a 3.0 GPA or higher must be maintained during that time. These scholarships are limited and are based on the availability of scholarship funds on a first-come, first-serve basis in the order of submission of an applicant's Intent to Enroll form and tuition deposit.

Application Process:

Once accepted to a qualifying  GSEP degree program, any candidate with a cumulative 3.5 GPA and who has submitted their application for admission by our qualifying complete deadline will be eligible for the one-time $5,000 Merit scholarship. No separate scholarship application is required.

Note: Merit Scholarships do not apply to applicants who are applying for the following programs:

  • MA in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy (Daytime Format) 
  • Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology 
  • 100% Online Psychology Programs

 

Pathway to Purpose Scholarships: $1,000-$7,000 (one-time award)

Eligibility Criteria:

This Pathway to Purpose scholarship is designed to support new, first-time GSEP students on their pathway to a life of purpose, service, and leadership through earning a graduate degree at Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology.

GSEP is dedicated to building scholar-practitioners through hands-on learning.  We recognize experience and contributions within your community are as important as your academic background when preparing for a graduate program.  We also recognize the financial impact of pursuing a graduate degree and advancing your pathway to purpose. The Pathway to Purpose scholarship was created to provide financial support to first-time students who are actively engaged in community or volunteer work, service to diverse and underserved populations, or face a significant financial challenge.

The Pathway to Purpose scholarship is awarded over three academic terms and a 3.0 GPA or higher must be maintained during that time. Scholarship amounts range from $1,000 to $7,000. Once accepted to a qualifying GSEP degree program, candidates may be eligible for the Pathway to Purpose scholarship.  These scholarships are limited and are based on the availability of scholarship funds on a first-come, first-serve basis in the order of submission of an applicant's Intent to Enroll form and tuition deposit.

Application Process:

Applicants are asked to write a 250-300 word essay on one of the three following prompts:  1) Contribution to Diversity, 2) Community Service, or 3) Financial Need or Burden. Follow this link to apply.

Note: Pathway to Purpose Scholarships do not apply to applicants who are applying for the following programs:

  • MA in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy (Daytime Format)
  • Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology
  • 100% Online Psychology Programs

 

Evelyn B. Blake Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria:

The scholarship is awarded to an incoming student to the Psy.D. program who demonstrates academic achievement and promise. The selection is made by the Psy.D. Admissions Committee.

Application Process:  

No additional application is required.


 

Curtice & Evelyn Booth Veterans Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria:

Awarded to both currently enrolled and new students who are veterans, active-duty reservists, or dependents (children or spouse) of a veteran or active-duty reservist. Recipients must demonstrate excellent academic performance (cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above) and must be pursuing a master's or doctoral degree in any format (traditional, hybrid, and online) at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology. The scholarship is available to both currently enrolled and new students enrolled at least half-time. Preference is given to students who demonstrate financial need and who have not previously received Pepperdine scholarships or grants. They also must be currently ineligible to receive Yellow Ribbon Program benefits. This fund seeks to reduce financial barriers for this targeted population, either towards tuition or academic balances, or other ancillary costs. This is awarded for one term only.

Application Process:

The Curtice & Evelyn Booth Veterans Endowed Scholarship will require a separate application and proof of receipt of benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Note: Eligible students are notified via email with application instructions when the application becomes available.

If you qualify based on the criteria above, please complete the following steps:

  • Please visit https://pepperdine.academicworks.com/users/sign_in. Once on the page, kindly click "Sign In With Your Institution." You must use your Pepperdine Network ID and password. Note: Do not click the "Opportunities" tab on the upper left-hand side.
  • You must complete the General Application if you have not done so already.
  • Once the General Application is completed, you will find the scholarship application under "Other Recommended Opportunities" or "Opportunities."
  • Within the application, students will be asked to complete a personal statement between 300-500 words and a letter of recommendation.

The 2021-2022 application is now closed. All students will be notified via email with instructions to apply when the application is reopened, which is anticipated to be around Fall 2022.


 

E.V. Pullias Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria:

Awarded to new students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Teaching with Preliminary Teaching Credential (MAT) program. Eligibility is based on high academic merit. Scholarship awarded on a case by case basis.

Application Process:

No application is required.


 

Olaf H. Tegner Endowed Scholarship 

Eligibility Criteria:

Awarded to new students in the following Education programs only: Master of Arts in Teaching with Preliminary Teaching Credential (MAT) or Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Candidates must be current teachers or individuals who aspire to be in the teaching profession. Scholarship awarded on a case-by-case basis.

Application Process:

No application is required. 


 

Bill and Nancy Mortensen Endowed Teacher Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria:

Awarded to a student in the MATP program who is studying to obtain a teaching credential in the subject area of mathematics, U.S. history, or reading. Preference shall be given to minority students who are in good standing in all areas of the University. Preference shall also be given to students who have committed to teaching for three years after graduation. Scholarship awarded on a case-by-case basis.

Application Process:

No application is required.


 

L.A. Sheriffs Department University Partnership

Eligibility Criteria:

L.A. Sheriff's Department (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. Discount cannot be applied to previous terms. Please visit https://gsep.pepperdine.edu/admission/lasdu-partnership/ for more information.

Eligible students must submit an employment verification form to receive the discount before or during each term. Verification forms can be obtained by contacting the Financial Aid Office.

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


 

City Year University Partnerships Program

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. Only one scholarship is awarded annually:

  • The scholarship amount is $10,000.00, however, this amount represents the minimum award. Applicants can be considered for private scholarships based on donor criteria.
  • Application Fee Waiver is available.
  • 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.
Application Process:
  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.
  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 the university's Admissions Office and added to your applicant.
  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.

Note: The City Year University Partnership scholarship does not apply to applicants who are applying for any 100% Online Psychology Programs.


 

The GSEP Endowed Fellows Fund

Eligibility Criteria:

The GSEP Fellows Fund applies to both currently enrolled and new students and is designed to increase graduate-level higher education access and to promote academic excellence among African American male scholars matriculating in the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology Ph.D. 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 to the following link: The GSEP Endowed Fellow Fund.

Governing Policies:

  1. The application deadline is June 15th. A deadline extension can only be approved by the GSEP Dean.
  2. This scholarship is optimally designed to support three (3) years of coursework: Three (3) terms the first year totaling $10,000.00; three (3) terms the second year totaling $10.000.00, and two (2) terms the third year totaling $8,000.00. This stipulation may vary by student depending on the point in which the student applies for the scholarship (1st year, 2nd year, or 3rd year). It may also be impacted by unexpected life circumstances.
  3. This scholarship is designed to cover the coursework and comprehensive exam phase of the academic program.
  4. The dissertation phase of the academic program is not covered by the scholarship.
  5. The awarded scholarship will be forfeited at the point when the awardee advances through the academic program, completes the coursework, and begins the dissertation process.
  6. Undisbursed funds will be added to the interest accrued by the endowment. They will be distributed during subsequent awarding periods in late July or early August.
  7. Awardees that must take a leave of absence can request their scholarship to be held for them for twelve (12) months or one academic year.
  8. Recipients of this scholarship are not restricted from receiving other scholarships for which they qualify.

 

GSEP Endowed Faith/Missions Fellowship Fund

Eligibility Criteria:

The GSEP Endowed Faith/Missions Fellowship applies to both currently enrolled and new students and 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 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 to the following link: The GSEP Endowed Faith/Missions Fellowship.

Administration Policies:

  1. The application deadline is June 15th. A deadline extension can only be approved by the GSEP Dean.
  2. This scholarship is optimally designed to support three (3) years of coursework: Three (3) terms the first year totaling $7,000.00; three (3) terms the second year totaling $7,000.00, and two (2) terms the third year totaling $4,000.00. This stipulation may vary by student depending on the point in which the student applies for the scholarship (1st year, 2nd year, or 3rd year). It may also be impacted by unexpected life circumstances.
  3. This scholarship is designed to cover the coursework and comprehensive exam phase of the academic program.
  4. The dissertation phase of the academic program is not covered by the scholarship.
  5. The awarded scholarship will be forfeited at the point when the awardee advances through the academic program, completes the coursework, and begins the dissertation process.
  6. Undisbursed funds will be added to the interest accrued by the endowment. They will be distributed during subsequent awarding periods in late July or early August.
  7. Awardees that must take a leave of absence can request their scholarship to be held for them for twelve (12) months or one academic year.
  8. Recipients of this scholarship are not restricted from receiving other scholarships for which they qualify.

 

GSEP Endowed Board of Visitors Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria:

The GSEP Endowed Board of Visitors Scholarship applies to both currently enrolled and new students and 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:

The applicant must submit an essay (approximately 300 words) and three 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 to the following link: The GSEP Endowed Board of Visitors Scholarship.

Administration Policies:

  1. The application deadline is June 15th. A deadline extension can only be approved by the GSEP Dean.
  2. This scholarship is optimally designed to support one (1) year of coursework: Three (3) terms totaling $3,000.00.
  3. This scholarship is designed to cover the coursework and comprehensive exam phase of the academic program.
  4. The dissertation phase of the academic program is not covered by the scholarship.
  5. The awarded scholarship will be forfeited at the point when the awardee advances through the academic program, completes the coursework, and begins the dissertation process.
  6. Undisbursed funds will be added to the interest accrued by the endowment. They will be distributed during subsequent awarding periods in late July or early August.
  7. The scholarship will not be held for awardees that take a leave of absence.
  8. Recipients of this scholarship are not restricted from receiving other scholarships for which they qualify.

 

GSEP Diversity Scholarship (only available to NEW students)

Eligibility Criteria:

The GSEP Diversity Scholarship is awarded each year to two students of academic merit and achievement who contribute to the University's ethnic diversity enrolled in any Doctorate of Education or Ph.D. in Global Leadership and Change programs. These grants of approximately $50,000 over Years 1-3 cover 50 percent of each student's tuition per year, reflect the University's commitment to achieve a diverse student population for the educational benefit of all of its students, and to educate and train students from underrepresented groups.

The scholarship will be available for the first two years of coursework for students enrolled in any Doctorate of Education program or 2.5 years of coursework for students enrolled in the Ph.D. in Global Leadership and Change program. Students are not eligible for this scholarship once the dissertation phase of their program begins. 

Application Process:

Applicants wishing to apply for the GSEP Diversity Scholarship must submit an essay of up to 350 words personal narrative describing their past, present, and anticipated contributions and service to underrepresented groups. Applicants for the Diversity Scholarship must also complete the FAFSA. Application Deadline: June 15th.

Applications must be submitted electronically to the following link: Diversity Scholarship Education Application Link .

 External Scholarships

Students are encouraged to seek scholarships from private organizations. Below is an updated list of scholarships sectioned as follows: applicable to all GSEP Students, Psychology programs, Education programs, and Dissertation students.

Scholarships Applicable to All GSEP Students:

  • Niche $50,000 Back to School "No Essay" Scholarship Niche is giving one student $50,000 to help pay for tuition, housing, books, and other educational expenses. Deadline: September 30, 2022
  • Bridging the Dream Scholarship for Graduate Students The Sallie Mae Fund, in partnership with Thurgood Marshall College Fund, offers a scholarship aimed to help minority students and those from historically underserved communities attend graduate school. 10 students will be selected to receive a scholarship of up to $10,000 based on their demonstration of good moral character and leadership abilities. Deadline October 1, 2022
  • 2022 Annual Digital Monk Essay Scholarship Digital Monk offers a $500 scholarship to encourage smart young minds to speak up on one of the following topics: Are people who went to college more successful? Does social media improve people’s communication skills? Positive and negative effects of social media? The scholarship will be awarded to the best innovative essay. Deadline November 1, 2022
  • Living Well Scholarship + Healthy Eating Scholarship + Your Health Journey Scholarship Top Nutrition Coaching offers students who recognize the importance of developing a healthy lifestyle three $500 or $1000 scholarships. Deadline November 15, 2022
  • Completing the Dream Scholarship Program The Sallie Mae Fund offers students facing financial challenges the scholarship to complete their education program. 260 students will be selected to receive a one-time scholarship of up to $2,500. Deadline May 31, 2023
  • $5,000 Monthly Scholarship Sweepstakes Undergraduate and graduate students (and their parents) can enter to win 1 of 12 monthly scholarships worth $5,000 each. No essay or lengthy application is required. Please review Discover's scholarship flyer. See Official Rules for details.
  • 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 U.S. citizens or permanent residents 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 needs. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • ACB Scholarship Program  The American Council of the Blind's (ACB) Scholarship Program was established in 1982. The American Council of the Blind (ACB) and the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) have now partnered together to offer educational scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $7,500 for those attending a technical college or as an entering freshman, undergraduate, or a graduate student.
  • Gates Millennium 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.
  • Elevate Black Entrepreneurs Scholarship  A $1,000 semi-annual grant designed to empower the next generation of Black entrepreneurs. The scholarship is open to current or aspiring Black entrepreneurs across any field or business stage who will be considered. Winners will be selected on the merit of their business idea, and on the impact that additional support would have for them.
  • 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.
  • "$$$ Isn't Everything" Grant A winner will be selected every month for a $550 grant which exists to help reduce a little worry about money each month for a student and get a bit of time back to focus on important things. A new winner is announced and a new deadline at the end of every month.

  • My Hometown Heroes This is a national scholarship fund for college-bound cancer survivors enrolled in universities. They offer young adult cancer survivor scholarships and other forms of financial aid. Scholarship allocations are between $1,000-$5,000 each for the selected students. 

  •  45+ College Scholarships for Minority Students Purdue University Global provides minority students a continuously updated list of scholarship resources and tips for applying. 
  • EduMed Scholarships for Hispanic and Latino Students To help alleviate some of the burden that paying for a degree can cause, EduMed guides students who are of hispanic and Latino descent to get financial help with a list of scholarship resources. Please be aware of your eligibility.
  • The LGBTQ Scholarship Fund Point Education offers three scholarships to empower promising lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential to significantly impact society. 

 

Psychology Programs:

  • Hope for Healing FHE Health offers one $5000 award for undergraduate and one $5000 award to graduate students to support them pursue a vocation in addiction and mental health. Deadline Feb 6, 2023
  • Counseling and Psychology Scholarships College Consensus offers a list of top 25 counseling and psychology scholarships. 
  • CAMFT Scholarships & Grant The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) Educational Foundation is offering three scholarships and one grant in 2023 to deserving candidates. Each scholarship awarded will be in the amount of $4,000. The grant award is discretionary and will be in the amount of up to $2,500. Applications and nominations are now open until November 4, 2022. For more information and to apply/nominate, please click here.
  • HCAI Funding Opportunities The California Department of Health Care Access and Information (HCAI) is promoting funding opportunities, at least two of which are particularly relevant to GSEP's Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology students and alumni: The Advanced Practice Healthcare Scholarship Program and the Licensed Mental Health Services Provider Education Program. To determine if you are eligible for a program and what program you can apply for, please use the HCAI edibility tool. You can also click here for information on HCAI loan repayments, scholarships, and grants. For questions, contact Allied Healthcare Scholarship Program (AHSP) Support at hwdd-sch@hcai.ca.gov or (916) 326-3700. 
  • 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
  • APA Scholarships, Grants, & Awards American Psychological Association and its affiliated 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.
  • 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.
  • Mental Health Loan Assumption Program (MHLAP) MHLAP was created by the Mental Health Services Act (Act), passed by California voters in November 2004. The Act provided funding to develop a loan forgiveness program in order to retain qualified professionals working within the Public Mental Health System (PMHS). Through the Workforce Education and Training component of the Act, $10 million is allocated yearly to loan assumption awards.

 

Education Programs:

  • 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 the superintendency. Scholarships awards are $2,500.
  • 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 (DAAR)  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.
  • California Teachers Association Scholarships  Awards include effective communications by and for local chapters, excellence in public education media coverage, strong social justice, and human rights work, and more. Educational scholarship grants offer financial support to CTA members and their dependents throughout the academic year. Due annually on January 29. Award: $3,000 - $5,000.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Scholarship Program  Encourages students of color to become educators, school nurses, school counselors or school therapists and to promote professional growth for teachers and ESP members of color. Due annually on February 12. Award: $6,000
  • PraxisExam Guide to Scholarships for Future Teachers In addition to school-based financial aid opportunities, there are nationwide, state-wide, and local scholarships specifically for future teachers. These awards are offered by different organizations and people who wish to support those making the choice to become educators. The website linked above provides information on specific scholarships to future educators.

 

Dissertation Students:

  • Head Start and Child Care Research Dissertation Grants Two NEW 2022 Funding Opportunities for Early Childhood Dissertation Research are now open! The Early Care and Education Research Scholars grants support doctoral dissertations researching issues related to Head Start and child care. Both grant programs support work that informs policy and practice decisions and solutions, particularly for underserved/understudied populations, and utilizes the most rigorous research methodology. Due: Apr 05, 2022.
  • 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.
  • GoGrad Fellowships 

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