Students are encouraged to apply to scholarships, grants and loans 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.

Departmental Scholarships

SOLES Scholarships

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

Diocesan 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 Application

SOLES Diversity Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship program is to encourage multi-cultural understanding and increase diversity among public school faculty by recruiting individuals from underrepresented ethnic and social groups. This program awards scholarships to graduate students who are pursuing teaching credentials, certificates, master’s degrees, and/or doctoral degrees. The priority deadline to apply is April 1. Apply Online

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 application deadline for the 2014-15 school year has passed.  We are not accepting applications at this time.

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.

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

Meritorious Research Travel Award

This award provides funding for students who are the first, second or sole author of a paper and are in need of funds to travel to national or international meetings at which they will presenting their research in a paper session. Download Application

School of Leadership and Education Sciences Loan Program

Graduate master's, doctoral and credential students may apply to take out a student loan from SOLES. Students may annually apply for up to $2,500. Download Application

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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