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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. For example, students beginning in the Fall term are continuing students in the subsequent Spring term and are eligible to apply for these scholarships in the Spring provided the applications are open.

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 a master of science program in the education division and 100% online (Psychology @ Pepperdine) students are not eligible. These scholarships can be combined with other scholarships with the exception of 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) in order to remain eligible.

View GSEP Pepperdine Scholarship Policies


 

L.A. Sherriffs 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

Students must be enrolled full-time in a Psychology program and must be Mexican or Mexican-American. The student must also be enrolled for the subsequent spring trimester as the funding is awarded in the spring term.

Application Process:

  • A three-page essay and one letter of recommendation from a Pepperdine University faculty member or clinical supervisor are required. Please click here for application details and requirements.
  • Application deadline is 3:00 P.M. on September 15th

Contact Lauren Summiel for more information by emailing Lauren.Summiel@pepperdine.edu.

Urban Fellows Grant

Awarded to Psychology and Education students doing a practicum or clinical experience in an underserved community.

Application Process:

Application and personal statement required

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


 

The 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 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 to the following link: The GSEP Endowed Fellows Fund

Governing Policies:

  1. The application deadline is July 15th of each year. 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 July 15th of each year. 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 July 15th of each year. 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. 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 students in one of GSEP's Doctor of Education Programs. The applicant must be working on a doctoral dissertation; African American woman 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.


 

Additional Scholarships

An application is required to be considered for the scholarships listed below. The application deadline is July 26, 2019.

The criteria for each scholarship can be found below. 

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 preliminary teaching credential program. Eligibility is based on recognition of academic excellence and 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 students in the Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership program with a preference for a Taiwanese student. If this is not attainable, then the award may be given to an Asian student, with the exception of a Chinese student or a student from China.

Claudette S. McLinn Endowed Scholarship

Awarded to students in any GSEP on-ground or hybrid face-to-face program, in exception to master of science programs in the education division. Eligibility is based on recognition of academic excellence.

Danhakl Family Foundation Fellowship

Awarded to students in any GSEP on-ground or hybrid face-to-face program, in exception to master of science programs in the education division. 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.

Diana Hiatt-Michael Endowed Scholarship

Awarded to students with financial need who are graduates of Seaver College and are enrolled in the Master of Arts in Teaching with Preliminary Teaching Credential program.

Glen and Gloria Holden Scholarship

Awarded to students in any GSEP on-ground or hybrid face-to-face program, in exception to master of science programs in the education division. Applicants must demonstrate financial need.

GSEP Technology Scholarship

Awarded to students in any GSEP on-ground or hybrid face-to-face program, in exception to master of science programs in the education division. Eligibility is based on recognition of academic excellence. 

Harry & Izelle Shafer Scholarship

Awarded to students in any GSEP on-ground or hybrid face-to-face program (in exception to master of science programs in the education division) 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 on-ground or hybrid face-to-face program, in exception to master of science programs in the education division. 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 are 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 on-ground or hybrid face-to-face program (in exception to master of science programs in the education division) 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.

Linda M. Gage AWP Endowed Scholarship

Awarded to students in any GSEP on-ground or hybrid face-to-face program, in exception to master of science programs in the education division. 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 are 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. Eligibility is based on recognition of academic excellence.

Michael Y.F. Chau Scholarship

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

Pepperdine Black Alumni Council Scholarship

Awarded to African American students (GSEP on-ground or hybrid face-to-face programs only, in exception to master of science programs in the education division) in their second year of study or above with a 3.2 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 on-ground or hybrid face-to-face program, in exception to master of science programs in the education division.  Eligibility is based on recognition of academic excellence. Preference is given to students from Hawaii.

Yolanda Aguerrebere Endowed Scholarship

Awarded to students in any GSEP on-ground or hybrid face-to-face program, in exception to master of science programs in the education division. Eligibility is based on recognition of academic excellence.

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 GSEP Doctor of Education program to the GSEP Doctor of Philosophy in Global Leadership and Change, and transfers from a 100% online (Psychology@Pepperdine) program to the on-ground Psychology programs are 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 a master of science program in the education division and 100% online (Psychology@Pepperdine) students are not eligible. 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. These scholarships can be combined with other scholarships with the exception of 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)

All Pepperdine University alumni, faculty, staff, and current students are invited to enhance the reputation of the GSEP through the $1,500 Give-a-Gift-of-Education Scholarship Program for new students. Members of the Pepperdine family are uniquely able to identify and refer the type of bright, values-centered leaders needed to maintain the school's outstanding student body and alumni network.

Once accepted to a GSEP degree program, any candidate referred by a Pepperdine alum, faculty, staff, or current student will receive a $1,500 scholarship. Follow this link for the referral form.

Note: Give-a-Gift-of-Education 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
  • Ph.D. in Global Leadership and Change
  • Master of Science Programs in Education
  • Master of Arts Program in Psychology Online (100%)

 

Education for Life: Amounts vary (one-time award)

Eligibility is based on cumulative GPA and receipt date of application for admission by one of the priority deadlines.

To be considered for a scholarship please apply by one of the following deadlines.

  • Apply online.
  • Be admitted into a program.
  • Accept your offer of admission by submitting your corresponding Intent to Enroll form (which will be sent to you electronically via e-sign upon admission) and pay any applicable tuition deposit fee to confirm your scholarship award and reserve space in the Spring 2019 term. Please note that the deposit is refunded or applied towards your Spring 2019 tuition.

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
  • Master of Science Programs in Education
  • Master of Arts Program in Psychology Online (100%)
Fall 2019 Application Deadline
  • To be considered for a $1,000 apply by July 8, 2019

 

Merit Scholarships

GSEP is excited to announce new scholarship opportunities for qualifying applicants, effective Fall 2019. These merit-based scholarships are for first-time, full-time students enrolling in GSEP's programs. The scholarship is awarded over the course of three academic terms and a 3.0 GPA or higher must be maintained during that time. Scholarship amounts range from $5,000 to $7,500. Submission of your Intent to Enroll form and tuition deposit is required before the scholarship will be awarded. These scholarships are limited and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis

Applicants must have a cumulative 3.5 GPA or higher to qualify. If a 3.5 GPA is not met, applicants can write a 250-300 word essay on one of the two following prompts:  Community Service or Contribution to Diversity. To apply for the scholarship, applicants who meet the criteria should reach out to their enrollment officer to express their interest. 

Note: Give-a-Gift-of-Education Scholarship does 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 programs.

*Merit Scholarships cannot be combined with any other scholarships with the exception of the Give-A-Gift-of-Education scholarship. The Doctor of Philosophy in Global Leadership and Change program is not eligible for this combination.


 

Evelyn B. Blake Scholarship

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. No additional application is required.


 

GSEP Boeing Tuition Discount

Awarded to employees of The Boeing Company pursuing one of the following GSEP programs in Education:

MA in Social Entrepreneurship,
MS Leadership in Learning Technology,
MS in Organizational Leadership,
MS in Learning Design and Innovation,
Ed.D in Organizational Leadership,
Ed.D in Learning Technologies,
Ed.D in Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy,
Ph.D in Global Leadership and Change

Recipients of the GSEP Boeing Tuition Discount must be enrolled full-time and be in good standing with The Boeing Company. The discount cannot be applied towards previous terms.

For additional questions, contact the GSEP Financial Aid Office at 310.568.5775 or gsepfaid@pepperdine.edu.


 

Application Required

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


 

L.A. Sheriffs 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.


 

City Year University Partnerships Program

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:

  • 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 the university's Admissions Office and added to your applicant
  • Step 3. To identify and verify your City Year affiliation: Please contact the Enrollment Office by calling (800) 888-4849 or (310) 258-2850 or emailing gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu to get the application fee waived and be considered for the scholarship described above. Please state that you served with City Year and reference our partnership.

Visit the City Year Alumni website for more information.

Note: The City Year University Partnership scholarship does not apply to applicants who are applying for the following programs:

  • Master of Science Programs in Education
  • Master of Arts Program in Psychology Online (100%)

 

E.V. Pullias Endowed Scholarship

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. See procedural for E.V. Pullias and Olaf H. Tegner Endowed Scholarships for how to apply.

Olaf H. Tegner Endowed Scholarship

Awarded to new students in the following Education programs only: Master of Arts in Teaching with Preliminary Teaching Credential (MAT). Candidates must be current teachers or individuals who aspire to be in the teaching profession. See procedural for E.V. Pullias and Olaf H. Tegner Endowed Scholarships for how to apply.

Candidates for the E.V. Pullias and Olaf H. Tegner Endowed Scholarships please adhere to the following procedure:

  •  Write a 500 words essay that addresses the following prompt: What makes a great teacher?
  • The essay should be 1) reflective of inspirational teachers in their own lives and 2) aspirations about their role as professional educators after the MAT program
  • Essays need to be submitted with a resume and picture of the candidate
  • All essays and supporting documents need to be submitted no later than Monday, July 8th, 2019, by 6 PM PST to Erika Kercheval, erika.kercheval@pepperdine.edu
  • Admitted candidates can apply any time after admissions

 
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 July 15th of each year. 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 July 15th of each year. 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: The GSEP Endowed Board of Visitors Scholarship

Administration Policies:

  1. The application deadline is July 15th of each year. 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.

External Scholarships

Scholarships Applicable to all GSEP students:

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

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

 

>MFT students:

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

 

Psychology students:

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

 

PsyD students:

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

 

Educational Administrators:

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

 

Teacher Preparation students:

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

 

Dissertation students:

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

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