Students are encouraged to apply to funding offered through the School of Leadership and Education Sciences and other sources. Domestic students should also file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to applying for additional funding.

SOLES Departmental Scholarships

SOLES-wide Scholarships and Assistance Programs

Through the Dean's Office, SOLES offers multiple scholarships, grant and loan programs for all SOLES graduate students.

SOLES Diversity Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship program is to encourage multi-cultural understanding and increase diversity among professions supported by our degrees.  Awards made are intended to recruit and retain students from underrepresented ethnic and social groups. This program awards scholarships to graduate students who are pursuing teaching credentials, masters and doctoral degrees. There is no separate application in order to be considered for this scholarship. The components included in the application for admission are used to determine diversity scholarship awards.

W. Scott McIntyre Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship award is in memory of W. Scott McIntyre, who received his business degree from the University of San Diego. McIntyre was very interested in real estate and finance, however, he maintained a passion for education and those involved in furthering their goals through education. Despite an untimely death, his passion and generosity are recognized through this scholarship program named in his honor. The scholarship will be awarded to qualified students who share a similar passion for learning and are enrolled in one of the graduate programs in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences. The scholarship is made possible due to the generosity of a private donor from the San Diego Foundation. The scholarship recipient for 2017-18 was selected. Information regarding the 2018-19 application will become available in the summer. Apply for the W. Scott McIntyre Memorial Scholarship. 

SOLES Graduate Student Association Grant

In an effort to support the development of a professional, scholastic and social community within the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the SOLES Graduate Student Association (SGSA) awards a limited number of supplemental grants to graduate students who wish to participate in various professional development opportunities. View more information about the SOLES Graduate Student Association Grant

School of Leadership and Education Sciences Loan Program

Graduate master, doctoral and credential students may apply to take out a student loan from SOLES. First priority for funding is provided to students who are unable to receive need-based awards through Stafford or Graduate Plus loans, or students who are not enrolled in the minimum number of units in order to be eligible for federal funding. Approved loan amounts will not exceed $2,500/semester or $5,000/academic year. Maximum loan program amount will not exceed $10,000 and two consecutive years. Download the SOLES Loan Program Application

Diocese of San Diego Employee Scholarship

This is an annually renewable grant for students who are full-time employees of the Catholic Diocese of San Diego, including parish schools and agencies. The scholarship is based on unit enrollment and is subject to the amount of other academic scholarships. Applicants for the Diocesan of San Diego Employee Scholarship must be a SOLES student in good standing and be an employee who works full-time for the Diocese of San Diego. Applications are due two weeks prior to the start of the term. Download the Diocese of San Diego Scholarship Application

Yellow Ribbon Veteran's Benefit

SOLES welcomes veterans and their dependents and is proud to participate in in the Yellow Ribbon Program, a provision of the Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. For further information please contact Veteran Student Services or visit the USD Veteran's Affairs website.

University of San Diego Scholarships

Alumni Endowed Scholarship Fund

Created, funded and directed by USD alumni, the USD Alumni Endowed Scholarship Fund was launched in 2006 to provide much-needed scholarships for all USD students (graduate and undergraduate). This scholarship is open to current USD students with financial need, strong academic merit and who give back to USD and/or the local community. Typical awards are $2,000. Applications are accepted December through February and awarded the next academic year.

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