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Graduate Scholarships, Financial Aid, and Tuition Reduction Programs

Mount Saint Mary’s University (MSMU) offers graduate scholarships, loans, and a generous tuition reduction program for those who are eligible. The criteria and requirements for the MSMU scholarship program and tuition reduction program are listed below. Contact the Financial Aid Office with FAFSA and other financial aid-related questions. Academic department contact information is provided for questions pertaining to academic scholarships.

Graduate Merit Scholarships

Mount Saint Mary's University is pleased to offer institutional scholarships. These scholarships are merit-based and competitive, and are awarded to new students at time of admissions by our various academic programs. Faculty admission committees automatically considers all applicants for a scholarship opportunity. The amount of a scholarship varies depending on the promise and merit of a student’s application.  

The Transitions Scholarship

Mount Saint Mary's University (MSMU) is pleased to offer new Fall 2018 applicants the Title V Graduate Transitions Scholarship, supported by a five year grant from the US Department of Education Promoting Postbaccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans (PPOHA) Program. This Program is marked by its commitment to supporting the needs of Hispanic American students and/or students with financial need who are entering into graduate level academic study. As part of this Title V Post-baccalaureate Transitions Program, approximately fifteen (15) Graduate Scholarships in the amount of $5,000 each will be awarded to selected new students entering in Fall 2018 in one of the Mount's Graduate Degree Programs for study during the 2018-2019 academic year. These Graduate Scholarships will be granted as tuition credit installments over three semesters (Fall 2018, Spring 2019, and Summer 2019,) and are non-renewable.

To apply, visit The Transitions Scholarship page.

SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE
Priority deadline is July 1st, 2018. Scholarship applications will not be considered unless an applicant has been admitted for graduate study, and FAFSA applications are submitted. Applications submitted after the priority deadline will be considered on a first-come first-serve basis.

Ahmanson Veteran Scholarship Initiative

The Ahmanson Veteran Scholarship Initiative (AVSI) supports the young men and women returning in record numbers from Iraq and Afghanistan, whose abilities and experience make them ideal college student candidates. Recognizing that public colleges and universities are not the perfect fit for all students and that the transition from military life to student life can have its challenges, the AVSI is designed to provide returning veterans the support needed to attend and ultimately graduate from private institutions of higher learning.

Women’s University Club Scholarship (pending availability; not available every year)

Requirements:

  • MSMU Graduate Student
  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Maintain at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Demonstrated leadership characteristics

Contact the Dean of the Graduate Division, Dr. Linda A. Moody, for more information, at 213.477.2560.

MS Education and Teacher Credentialing Programs

Shane G. Alexson Memorial Scholarship (pending availability)

Contact the Chair of the Education Department at 213.477.2620 to request an application. Nominations may either be made by faculty members or interested students. Interested students must email the application to the Department Chair by September 1. Awards are announced in the Education Department newsletter.

Larry and Eileen Crain Endowed Scholarship Fund

Requirements:

  • Enrolled in MSMU’s Teacher Credential Program
  • An employee of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles
  • Eligible students apply each year and are selected by the faculty of the Teacher Credential Program

Applicants should contact the Chair of the Education Department at 213.477.2620 to request an application. Nominations may either be made by faculty members or interested students. Interested students must email the application to the Department Chair by September 1. Awards are announced in the Education Department newsletter.

The William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship Fund for Future Teachers (est. in 2005) for undergraduate or graduate students in education. Students are jointly selected by the Chair of the Education Department and the Director of Financing. To be awarded for one to three students annually.

Requirements:

  • Good academic standing
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Commitment to working in public schools upon graduation.
  • Must be U.S. Citizen

Applicants for this education scholarship should contact the Chair of the Education Department at 213.477.2620 to request an application. Nominations may either be made by faculty members or interested students. Interested students must email the application to the Department Chair by September 1. Awards are announced in the Education Department newsletter.

The Dr. and Mrs. F. Roman Young Endowed Scholarship

Requirements:

Enrolled in the Master of Science Program in Instructional Leadership

  • Three years experience as a public school teacher or administrator
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Commitment to teacher leadership in urban Los Angeles schools

Applicants should contact the Chair of the Education Department for more information at 213.477.2620 to request an application. Nominations may either be made by faculty members or interested students. Interested students must email the application to the Department Chair by September 1. Awards are announced in the Education Department newsletter.

Helen Reiman Wood Endowed Scholarship Fund

Requirements: Must be a graduate student in special education, preferably one who is interested in helping the developmentally disabled.

Applicants should contact the Chair of the Education Department at 213.477.2620 to request an application. Nominations may either be made by faculty members or interested students. Interested students must email the application to the Department Chair by September 1. Awards are announced in the Education Department newsletter.

Education Grants for Catholic Educators

Full-time teachers and administrators working in Catholic schools may be eligible for significant tuition reductions. Those working in schools outside the LAUSD boundary area should refer to the “Tuition Reduction Program for MSMU Graduate Students”. Individuals with at least one full year of teaching experience in a Catholic school who are working at a Catholic school within the LAUSD boundary area may be eligible for our Catholic Educator Scholars (CES) program which offers significant tuition reduction. Contact the Chair of the Education Department at 213.477.2620 for information about the CES program, eligibility requirements, and application deadlines.

Center for Cultural Fluency Graduate Internship (3 units of tuition waived/semester). Contact the Director of the Center for Cultural Fluency at 213.477.2620. Nominations may either be made by faculty members or interested students. Interested students must email the Department Chair by September 1. Awards are announced in the Education Department newsletter.

MS Nursing Program

Advanced Education Nursing Traineeships from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Available only periodically. Applicants should contact the Director of the MSN Program at 213.477.2980.

MSMU Graduate Nursing Initiative

In light of Mount Saint Mary's mission, historic commitment to the education of nurses, and as part of the MSMU Graduate Nursing Initiative, MSMU agrees to provide a 25% tuition reduction to any employee of a Catholic-owned hospital who is admitted to the Master of Science in Nursing program. In order to receive this tuition reduction, employees of Catholic-owned hospitals must present a letter or other document indicating they are currently employed by the Catholic-owned hospital to the MSMU Business Office at the time of registration and before the beginning of each semester. All MSMU College policies, admissions and academic requirements, financial policies, and other institutional policies are applicable to students who are employees of Catholic-owned hospitals. Contact Graduate Admissions for further details at 213.477.2800.

MA Religious Studies Program

Limited scholarships are available on a per course basis only. Contact the Director of the Graduate Religious Studies Program at 213.477.2640.

CSJ Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship is for a graduate Religious Studies student. Contact the Director of the Graduate Religious Studies Program at 213.477.2640.

Monsignor James O’Gorman Endowed Scholarship Fund

Requirements:

  • For in-service training development of lay teachers for religious instruction anywhere in Southern California
  • Must have completed as many as half of the required units (which is currently 18 units) while maintaining a 3.5 GPA
  • Contact the Religious Studies Graduate Program Director at 213.477.2640
Robert I. and Catherine M. Ryan Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship is for a Religious Studies graduate student. Need based. The Director of the Graduate Religious Studies Program works with Student Financing to determine the recipient of the award. Contact the Director of the Graduate Religious Studies Program at 213.477.2640.

John Knight Scholarship

Contact the Director of the Graduate Religious Studies Program at 213.477.2651.

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program

TA Program - A limited number of fellowships are available to doctoral students in the DPT program. Contact the Director of the DPT Program at (213)477-2601.

Ida Mave and Enoch Carlson Endowed Physical Therapy Scholarship (a minimum of $1,000 will be awarded from this scholarship per year).

Requirements:

  • Student must be Enrolled in the 3rd year of the DPT Program
  • Student must keep at least a 3.25 GPA. This merit based scholarship is for the “over and above” student and is not need based.
  • Students must submit a brief essay on an ethical issue in order to be qualified (to be designed by DPT staff, who will also collect applications).
  • Applicant must submit 2 letters of recommendation: 1) One must come from an instructor in the DPT program who can speak to your commitment to the profession. 2) The second reference may come from a clinical instructor or a member of the community who can speak to your understanding of ethical issues.
  • Students must apply by January 8, 2018 for monies to be awarded in the spring for the purpose of funding for summer clinicals. Contact the Director of the DPT Program at 213.477.2601.
The Belief Foundation Leadership in Physical Therapy Endowed Scholarship Fund

Requirements:

  • Students must be enrolled in the third year of the program
  • Students must have a 3.25 GPA
  • Students must demonstrate leadership in the DPT Program, University, American Physical Therapy Association or Community
  • Students must submit a portfolio detailing their leadership experience including an essay on their perspective on Leadership

This is a merit based scholarship. Contact the Director of the DPT Program at 213.477.2601.

Tuition Reduction Program for MSMU Graduate Students

A tuition discount of an amount specified by the College each year (2017-2018 is 35%) may be awarded to those graduate students who fulfill one of the following requirements:

  • Members of Catholic religious communities, Catholic diocesan priests and Catholic deacons in good standing, upon verification from appropriate religious authority.
  • Laypersons enrolled in graduate programs who are full-time (40 hours per week) employees of a Roman Catholic diocese or parish as listed in the current diocesan directory or in "The Official Catholic Directory"; (P.J. Kennedy & Sons, pub.), upon written verification of employment. This employment must be the major source of income for the student.
  • Laypersons who are chaplains in hospitals or prisons and who are full-time employees of a Roman Catholic diocese or a Roman Catholic institution (according to "The Official Catholic Directory"); written verification of employment required.

The student must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in order to qualify for the waiver. Workshops and Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are not included in this waiver. It is the student's responsibility to complete and file a Tuition Discount Application form with the Business Office prior to registration. At each subsequent registration period, the student may verify employment by submitting a copy of their most current paycheck stub to the Business Office.

Corporate Tuition Discount Program

Southern California Gas Company - Employees of Southern California Gas Company who are admitted to a Mount Saint Mary’s University graduate program may be eligible for a 15% tuition discount. Contact Graduate Admissions for details at 213.477.2800.

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