Pepperdine Scholarships for Continuing Students

For GSEP Pepperdine Scholarship purposes, 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 (Exceptions apply. For more information, please click here). 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. 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. Please note: 100% online (Psychology @ Pepperdine) students are not eligible.

Please click here for the full GSEP Pepperdine Scholarship Policies.

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. Spring 2018 applications are ongoing. An application and an attachment of your personal statement are required. A Pepperdine email is required to submit the application electronically. Please click here and log in with your Pepperdine email to submit your application along with an attachment of your personal statement.

Olaf H. Tegner Endowed Scholarship

Awarded to students in the following Education programs only: Master of Arts in Education (MAE), Master of Arts in Teaching with Preliminary Teaching Credential (MAETP), Master of Science in Administration (ELA), Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy (ELAP), Master of Arts in Learning Technologies (MALT), and Doctor of Education in Learning Technologies (DELT) programs provided that the candidates are current teachers or individuals who aspire to be in the teaching profession. Application deadline: November 8, 2017.

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. Application deadline: November 8, 2017. 

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. Application Deadline: August 1st.

Chester H. McCall Endowed Scholarship

Awarded to students in the Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership program. Eligibility is based on financial need. Application Deadline: August 1st.

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. Application Deadline: August 1st.

Danhakl Family Foundation Fellowship

Awarded to students in any program that have demonstrated 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. Application Deadline: August 1st.

E.V. Pullias Endowed Scholarship

Awarded to students presently enrolled in the following Education programs only: Master of Arts in Education (MAE), Master of Arts in Teaching with Preliminary Teaching Credential (MAETP), Master of Science in Administration (ELA), Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy (ELAP), Master of Arts in Learning Technologies (MALT), and Doctor of Education in Learning Technologies (DELT) programs. Eligibility is based on high academic merit and interest in the teaching profession. Application Deadline: August 1st.

Glen and Gloria Holden Scholarship

Awarded to students in any program that demonstrate financial need. Application Deadline: August 1st.

Harry & Izelle Shafer Scholarship

Awarded to gifted and talented students in any program who offer great promise for leadership in our country or its supporting institutions. Application Deadline: August 1st.

John & Rebecca Barton Scholarship

Awarded to gifted and talented students in any program who offer great promise for leadership in our country or its supporting institutions. Application Deadline: August 1st. 

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. Application Deadline: August 1st.

Pepperdine Black Alumni Council Scholarship

Awarded to second-year African American students with a 3.2 GPA who demonstrate financial need as well as leadership and commitment to service. A letter of recommendation is required in addition to the application. Application Deadline: August 1st.

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. Application Deadline: August 1st.

Sally Edwards Endowed Scholarship

Awarded to students in any program that demonstrate financial need. Preference is given to students from Hawaii. Application Deadline: August 1st.

Additional Scholarships Available

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

Application Process:

Contact Senior Advancement Officer, Kerri Heath, for more information by calling 310.258.2880 or emailing Kerri.Heath@pepperdine.edu.

Urban Fellows Grant

Awarded to Psychology and Education students doing 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 Endowed GSEP 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 Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology PhD in Global Leadership and Change program. This fund seeks to reduce financial barriers for this targeted population and increase their representation in positions such as designers, developers, technology managers, teachers, and organizational leaders. It also seeks to increase Pepperdine's involvement in church and community activities. Recipients must demonstrate a strong commitment to Christian values and be actively engaged in both the church and the broader community. Scholarship recipients must agree to complete a technology/leadership project in collaboration with a GSEP approved local or global partner before the end of the academic year in which the fellowship is awarded.

Application Process:

The applicant must submit an essay (approximately 300 words) and two letters of recommendation from church and community leaders. The essay should address the applicant's eligibility with particular emphasis on their ongoing involvement in and contributions to the church and the broader community. It should address their experience with technology and explain their planned technology/leadership project. Scholarships can be renewed annually with proof of good academic standing and an approved technology/leadership project plan. Applications must be submitted electronically with the heading "GSEP Fellows Fund". All materials must be sent to the following email address: gsep-deans-office@pepperdine.edu

Application Deadline: July 15th

Contact the Dean's Office for more information at 310.568.5616 or gsep-deans-office@pepperdine.edu.

The GSEP Endowed Faith/Missions Fellowship

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 explain their missions philosophy and delineate how it intersects with their academic and community projects, both locally and globally. Scholarships can be renewed annually with proof of good academic standing and an approved global leadership project plan. Applications must be submitted electronically with the heading "GSEP Endowed Faith/Missions Fellowship". All materials must be sent to the following email address: gsep-deans-office@pepperdine.edu

Application Deadline: July 15th

Contact the Dean's Office for more information at 310.568.5616 or gsep-deans-office@pepperdine.edu.

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:

Applications consist of a letter of interest and three letters of recommendation from academic and personal references. Applications must be submitted electronically with the heading "GSEP Endowed Board of Visitors Scholarship". All materials must be sent to the following email address: gsep-deans-office@pepperdine.edu

Application Deadline: July 15th

Contact the Dean's Office for more information at 310.568.5616 or gsep-deans-office@pepperdine.edu

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 program are not considered new students.

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. 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. Please note: 100% on-line (Psychology@Pepperdine) students are not eligible. Additional scholarship policies and criteria are included below.

Please note: Students may apply for and receive more than one scholarship; however, the total award will not exceed 25% of tuition. Students who withdraw or take a leave of absence will forfeit scholarship awards. Students who request a deferral will be allowed to defer scholarships only once, after which all Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology scholarships will be forfeited. Please note: 100% on-line (Psychology@Pepperdine) students are not eligible for Pepperdine Scholarships. 

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 three (3) priority deadlines in addition to payment of application fee. Amounts vary from $1,000 -$3,000 split into two (2) consecutive semesters of enrollment in the fall. Spring awards will be a single disbursement. The student must be accepted, enrolled and must have paid their deposit to receive the scholarship award. Applies to newly enrolled students. This scholarship can be combined with other scholarships with the exception of the Colleagues Grant, Federal and Institutional Military Scholarships/Benefits, Athletic Scholarships, GSEP Diversity Scholarship, Education Divisional Scholarship and Psychology Divisional Scholarship. Students receiving third-party scholarships will require further approvals. Click here for more details and priority deadlines.

Kick Start: $1,000 (one-time award)

Eligibility is based on cumulative GPA, completion of an application for admission, and payment of application fee at an Information Session hosted by an Enrollment Services Officer. The student must be enrolled to receive the scholarship award for the first semester of enrollment. Applies to newly enrolled students. This scholarship can be combined with other scholarships with the exception of Colleagues Grant, Federal and Institutional Military Scholarships/Benefits, Athletic Scholarships, GSEP Diversity and Scholarship. Students receiving third-party scholarships will require further approvals. Click here for more details and priority deadlines.

Alumni Connect. Reconnect. Scholarship: $1,500 (one-time award)

Eligibility for the Alumni Connect. Reconnect. The scholarship is based on the referral of a new applicant who is accepted, deposits and enrolls at Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology, by a GSEP alum. The recipient is chosen by a scholarship committee based on the Connect. Reconnect. recommendation form submitted by the alum. The recommendation must explain why the applicant should receive the scholarship and be submitted to GSEP Alumni Relations Office by posted deadline. A copy of the recommendation form can be downloaded by clicking here. This scholarship can be combined with other scholarships, with the exception of the Colleagues Grant, Federal and Institutional Military Scholarships/Benefits, Athletic Scholarships, GSEP Diversity Scholarship, Education Divisional Scholarship and Psychology Divisional Scholarship. Students receiving third-party scholarship will require further approvals. Click here for more details and priority deadlines.

Application Required

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

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.

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

Application Process:

Visit the City Year Alumni website for more information.

The Endowed GSEP 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 Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology PhD in Global Leadership and Change program. This fund seeks to reduce financial barriers for this targeted population and increase their representation in positions such as designers, developers, technology managers, teachers, and organizational leaders. It also seeks to increase Pepperdine's involvement in church and community activities. Recipients must demonstrate a strong commitment to Christian values and be actively engaged in both the church and the broader community. Scholarship recipients must agree to complete a technology/leadership project in collaboration with a GSEP approved local or global partner before the end of the academic year in which the fellowship is awarded.

Application Process:

The applicant must submit an essay (approximately 300 words) and two letters of recommendation from church and community leaders. The essay should address the applicant's eligibility with particular emphasis on their ongoing involvement in and contributions to the church and the broader community. It should address their experience with technology and explain their planned technology/leadership project. Scholarships can be renewed annually with proof of good academic standing and an approved technology/leadership project plan. Applications must be submitted electronically with the heading "GSEP Fellows Fund". All materials must be sent to the following email address: gsep-deans-office@pepperdine.edu

Application Deadline: July 15th

Contact the Dean's Office for more information at 310.568.5616 or gsep-deans-office@pepperdine.edu.

The GSEP Endowed Faith/Missions Fellowship

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 explain their missions philosophy and delineate how it intersects with their academic and community projects, both locally and globally. Scholarships can be renewed annually with proof of good academic standing and an approved global leadership project plan. Applications must be submitted electronically with the heading "GSEP Endowed Faith/Missions Fellowship". All materials must be sent to the following email address: gsep-deans-office@pepperdine.edu

Application Deadline: July 15th

Contact the Dean's Office for more information at 310.568.5616 or gsep-deans-office@pepperdine.edu.

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:

Applications consist of a letter of interest and three letters of recommendation from academic and personal references. Applications must be submitted electronically with the heading "GSEP Endowed Board of Visitors Scholarship". All materials must be sent to the following email address: gsep-deans-office@pepperdine.edu

Application Deadline: July 15th

Contact the Dean's Office for more information at 310.568.5616 or gsep-deans-office@pepperdine.

External Scholarships and Grants

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:

MFT students:

Psychology students:

PsyD students:

Educational Administrators:

Teacher Preparation students:

Dissertation students:

Grants

A grant 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.

For Prospective Teachers: Federal TEACH Grant

Students who plan to become teachers in a high-need field in a low-income area may apply for the TEACH Grant. In order to apply for this grant, students must complete TEACH Grant Counseling and the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (ATS) online at the TEACH Grant website.

Eligible students will receive up to $4,000 per year of graduate study toward the teaching credential. Due to sequestration, award amounts for the TEACH Grant could change annually.

TEACH Grant recipients agree to serve as full-time teachers in certain schools with certain high-need fields for at least four consecutive academic years within eight years of completing the degree. If the grant recipient does not meet these requirements, the grant will convert to an Unsubsidized Loan that must be repaid with interest.

For more information, please visit the Federal Student Aid Teach Grant website.

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