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Financing Your Graduate Education

How will you pay for your graduate studies at SPU? Consider a varied menu of scholarships, assistantships, and loans — each designed to meet your specific needs. We’ll help you find what’s available. Opportunities include:

General

  • Ethnic Diversity Scholarship  — For students of color who have been admitted to an SOE graduate program. The application for the 2015-2016 academic year is now closed. The application for the 2016-2017 academic year will re-open in February 2016.
    • To be eligible for the Ethnic Diversity Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria.
      • Be admitted to a graduate degree or certification program.
      • Be enrolled at least half-time (3 credits) each quarter during the academic year.
      • Maintain all graduate student requirements for continuation in the program.
      • Demonstrate financial need.
      • Belong to an under-represented ethnic minority group.
  • Phi Delta Kappa Graduate Fellowship — For graduate students enrolled in an education program.
  • Kingswood Scholarship — Available to educators currently employed in Christian schools. The application for the 2015-2016 academic year is now closed. The application for the 2016-2017 academic year will re-open in February 2016.
    • To be eligible for the Kingswood Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria.
      • Be admitted to a graduate degree or certification program.
      • Be enrolled at least half-time (3 credits) each quarter during the academic year.
      • Maintain all graduate student requirements for continuation in the program.
      • Demonstrate financial need.
      • Be employed half-time or more in a state-approved Christian elementary or secondary school.
  • Graduate assistantships (part-time employment), are arranged through the Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and are not considered part of your financial aid award. Doctoral students receive priority for these positions, but master's students are also encouraged to apply. All positions have been filled for the 2015-2016 academic year. Please contact Megan Hamshar for more information regarding positions for the 2016-2017 academic year.

The School of Education Scholarship Committee awards scholarships based on available funds.

Teacher Education

  • Teacher Loan Forgiveness  for Direct Federal Stafford Loans and Teacher Cancellation for Federal Perkins Loans.
  • Teach Grants for candidates endorsing in high-need fields who commit to working in a low-income school for four years.
  • Professional Educator Standards Board Conditional Scholarships for candidates in the Alternative Routes Program.
  • Martinez Fellows Scholarship  — Supports students of color who commit to teach in a Washington state public school. The application is now closed for the 2015-2016 academic year. It will re-open in Spring 2016.
  • PhysTEC Noyce Scholarships for future physics teachers earning a certificate from Seattle Pacific University.
  • Science Leadership Scholarship for candidates from diverse backgrounds earning an endorsement in one of the sciences.

School Counseling

  • The William and Carol Rowley Scholarship for candidates earning an M.Ed. or Ph.D. in school counseling. The application for the 2015-2016 academic year is now closed. The application for the 2016-2017 academic year will re-open in February 2016. 
    • To be eligible for the William and Carol Rowley Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria.
      • Be admitted to either the PhD in Counselor Education or the MEd in School Counseling program.
      • Be enrolled at least half-time (3 credits) each quarter during the academic year.
      • Maintain all graduate student requirements for continuation in the program.
      • Demonstrate financial need.
  • American Counseling Association Foundation Annual Graduate Student Scholarship Competitions
  • Additional funding opportunities for School Counseling

Doctoral

Federal and need-based aid is administered through Student Financial Services and may also include loans or work/study options:

Learn more about financing your graduate education through scholarships, loans, or assistantships at the Financial Aid Programs section of the Graduate Catalog.

Contact

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Megan Hamshar

Graduate Programs Manager

Email: mego@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2378
Office: Peterson Hall 308

Ricky Dos Remedios

The Martinez Foundation

Teachers are at the heart of our society and play a central role in addressing the widening achievement gap in Washington and across the nation. Through the Martinez Fellows Scholarship Program, the Martinez Foundation prepares and supports diverse and highly qualified teachers who will raise expectations, accelerate learning, and work to close this opportunity gap.

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