Outside Scholarships

Financial Assistance from Outside Sources

  • The San Diego Foundation offers more than 100 different scholarships through just one application, a database of scholarships offered by local and national organizations, and a Scholarship Seekers’ Toolkit.
  • National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) offers numerous scholarships that are available to graduate students, undergraduate student leaders and associate members on an annual basis.
  • The USD Office of Sponsored Programs offers information about outside sources of grants and fellowships. For more information, please call (619) 260-6825.
  • Phi Delta Kappa offers a variety of fellowships for graduate students.
  • The College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007 established a Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. This program discharges any remaining debt after 10 years of full-time employment in public service. The borrower must have made 120 payments as part of the Direct Loan program in order to obtain this benefit. 

Minority Student Scholarships / Fellowships

  • The American Indian Graduate Center Scholars (AIGC) offers fellowships and loans for service to American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate and graduate students.
  • DAR Scholarship, funded through the Daughters of the American Revolution National Society, awards multiple scholarships to students showing dedication to the pursuit of degrees in diverse disciplines including education. Scholarships are awarded to qualified applicants regardless of race, religion, sex or national origin.
  • The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Scholarship Awards is afforded to Latino students who have a history of performing public service-oriented activities in their communities and who plan to continue contributing in the future. There is no GPA or major requirement. Students with excellent leadership potential are encouraged to apply.
  • Through its Fellowship Program for Minorities, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation's college and university faculties. Administered by the National Research Council (NRC) since 1979, these programs provide fellowship support at the predoctoral, dissertation and postdoctoral levels. Eligibility is limited to U.S. citizens who can demonstrate superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. 
  • The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) has scholarship available to students pursuing or planning to pursue a first graduate degree.
  • Latino College Dollars is a search resource provided by The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF).
  • League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) National Scholarship Fund brings together local fundraising efforts with corporate partners to provide over $750,000 in scholarships to all levels of degree-seeking students each year.
  • In an effort to promote and ensure higher education opportunities for minority youth, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Students are encouraged to apply for each award that aligns with their eligibility.
  • 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.

Female Student Scholarships

  • American Association of University Women (AAUW) Educational Foundation offers fellowships and grants to support women. Eligibility available to most degree seeking candidates including doctoral candidates completing dissertations or scholars seeking funds for postdoctoral research leave from accredited institutions. Students are encouraged to apply for each award that aligns with their eligibility.
  • The P.E.O makes loans and scholarships available to qualified women who desire higher education and are in need of financial assistance.

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