Leadership Studies Scholarships

Mary Woods Scherr Scholarship for the Empowerment of Women in Leadership

Dr. Mary Scherr was a professor in the Master’s and Doctoral programs in the Leadership Studies Department for over 20 years. Dr. Scherr established this annual scholarship for graduate students who are pursuing a degree in the Department of Leadership Studies and who have a passion for justice and peace. The 2016-17 Academic Year application deadline is Monday, October 3, 2016. Download the Mary Woods Scherr Scholarship for the Empowerment of Women in Leadership.

Dean's Graduate Merit Award

The Dean’s Merit Scholarship Award is awarded to selected students who have demonstrated academic merit and show a strong potential for success in their field of study. Students awarded this scholarship are invited and expected to collaborate with faculty on teaching or faculty research projects. The award helps offset direct USD educational costs of one year and is applied as a university credit to USD educational expenses (e.g. USD tuition, fees, campus room and board) incurred by the student. 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 dean's merit awards.

MA in Nonprofit Leadership and Management Scholarship Program

All students admitted to the MA in Nonprofit Leadership and Management program are invited to apply for a practitioner scholarship of $1,000 to $2,000 per year for up to three years. Scholarship eligibility is contingent upon the student being employed at least 20 hours per week for a 501(c) organization. Consideration will also be given to students that work at a government agency directly serving nonprofits, or those that demonstrate they volunteer in a skilled position for at least 20 hours a week at a designated nonprofit. The application deadline has passed.

Student Affairs-SOLES Collaborative (SASC) Graduate Assistantships

These assistantships are available to incoming and continuing students in the MA in Higher Education Leadership only. Read more.

Doctoral Graduate and Research Assistantships

These assistantships are available to incoming and continuing students in the PhD in Leadership Studies only. Read more.

Doctoral Student Extraordinary Expense Award

This award is available to incoming and continuing students in the PhD in Leadership Studies only. Extraordinary expenses are defined as those non-routine expenses directly related to collecting/analyzing data for the dissertation. Grants cover special expenses students may incur to distinguish the dissertation in its field national or internationally, travel to/from residence and libraries or archives that will make the dissertation exceptional, residency expenses associated with travel to libraries or archives, travel outside the region in order to interview participants, specialized software, photographic supplies etc. View the description and application.