Scholarships, Fellowships And Grants

At USC Rossier, we are committed to helping students identify resources to fund their education. Both general and program-specific scholarships are available. While students may be automatically considered for some USC scholarships upon application, some scholarships require their own separate application. Review the list below and consult your program admissions director about additional resources for which you may qualify. Additional scholarships are listed on the USC Rossier Online site.

For more information on financing your graduate education, view our blog post, How to Pay for Grad School.

USC Rossier*

Funding Source Criteria Overview Deadline Month Amount
USC Rossier Scholars Candidates are selected by USC Rossier faculty and staff from a competitive pool. Selection is based on a comprehensive review of the admission application materials and interview if applicable. In addition to academic merits, candidates are assessed on qualities aligned with the mission of USC Rossier School of Education.

A separate scholarship application is not necessary. Scholarship recipients will be notified upon admission. These scholarships are awarded upon admission and only available for incoming graduate or professional students for use in the current academic year.

March Varies
Leo F. Buscaglia Endowed Fellowship Named for a well-respected scholar and USC alumnus, the Buscaglia Fellowship is for qualified admitted MAT students who attended a Title I high school and plan to begin their teaching career in an urban school. Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) applicants to USC Rossier on-campus programs are eligible to apply. The scholarship application will be sent once the MAT program application is complete. March Up to $50,000
Kelsey P. Dresser Memorial Scholarship This scholarship was established in memory of Kelsey P. Dresser, a promising first-year Master of Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) student who was dedicated to helping others. The scholarship is awarded to one MFT student each year, based on merit. The scholarship recipient will be notified upon admission; no application is necessary. March $15,000

USC Scholarships*

Funding Source Criteria Overview Deadline Month Amount
USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association This scholarship is awarded to outstanding undergraduate and graduate students at USC. Recipients are selected on the basis of academic achievement, personal merit, demonstration of financial need and contributions made to Asian Pacific American communities. March $1,000 – $3,000
USC Black Alumni Association Awarded to USC students who exemplify a strong commitment to, sound identification with, and a long-standing history of demonstrating a contribution to the African-American community. March $1,000
USC Lambda Scholarship for Outstanding Achievement This scholarship is awarded to incoming students who demonstrate academic achievement and a strong commitment to the LGBT community, regardless of gender or sexual identity. February $3,000
USC Latino Alumni Association The scholarship is for students pursing Undergraduate and Graduate degrees at USC who have demonstrated a strong commitment to the Latino/Hispanic community. March $1,000 – $5,000
USC Staff Assembly Scholarship The Staff Assembly Scholarship recognizes USC Staff members who best represent the USC staff community and who are also currently pursuing a degree at the university. The award can be applied towards tuition fees not covered by the University’s Tuition Assistance Benefit (TAB) program or other education-related expenses. May $1,000
USC Student Affairs – Norman Topping Student Aid Fund This scholarship is for students with high financial need who demonstrate an extraordinary level of community awareness in their pursuit of higher education at USC. June Varies
Town and Gown of USC Both new and continuing students are eligible to apply for Town and Gown Scholarships. Students are not eligible for this scholarship if they are taking less than 6 units in each of the fall and spring semesters. Funding is not awarded for summer sessions. December $10,000

External Fellowships, Grants and Scholarships – All Programs

Funding Source Criteria Overview Deadline Month Amount
American Association University Women (AAUW) A variety of grants and fellowships for graduate women students November/December $2,000 – $30,000
American Foundation for the Blind One scholarship of $500 awarded to a full-time graduate student. April $1,000 – $2,500
Best & Brightest Scholarship Program This academic scholarship is awarded to aspiring undergraduate and graduate college students pursuing careers in public service related fields. March $3,000
DAR American Indian This scholarship is awarded to Native American students of any age, any tribe and in any state striving to get an education at the undergraduate or graduate levels. February $4,000
Fred Scheigert Awarding three (3) students an individual prize of $3000, this competitive scholarship is available to full-time college students with low visual acuity who meet academic guidelines. March $3,000
Hawaii Community Foundation Various scholarships for residents of the State of Hawaii. February Varies
HSF General College This scholarship is awarded to students of Hispanic heritage seeking a graduate degree. February $500 – $5000
Korean American Scholarship Foundation This scholarship is awarded to students with a Korean heritage studying in the United States regardless of citizenship status (including Korean Nationals). June $500 – $5,000
Loretta Krause A scholarship of $500 is awarded to a graduate student in the field of education. June $500
Multiple OHA The University of Hawaiʻi (UH) Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) Higher Education Scholarship Program will provide scholarships for approximately 200 Native Hawaiian students pursuing college degrees March Varies
Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans  Fellowships for thirty New Americans (immigrants or the children of immigrants) who are pursuing graduate school in the United States. November $25,000 stipend per year with a $50,000 cap.

50% of tuition +$10,000 per semester

Roothbert Fund The Fund awards grants to persons entering a wide range of careers. However, preference will be given to those who can satisfy high scholastic requirements and are considering careers in education. February $2,000 – $3,000
Tillman Scholar The Tillman Scholars program supports our nation’s active-duty service members, veterans and military spouses by investing in their higher education. February Varies: $10,000 average
United Negro College Fund Various scholarships and grants available for African-American Students Varies Varies

Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy

Scholarship Name Information Deadline Month Amount $500 Annual Scholarship Provides financial assistance to students who are interested in pursuing master level degrees related to Community Counseling, Marriage and Family Counseling, Counseling Psychology, Guidance Counseling, Mental Health Counseling, and Clinical Psychology. April $500
The Violet and Cyril Franks Scholarship The Violet and Cyril Franks Scholarships promotes the application of psychology toward mitigation of the stigma of mental illness through support of promising graduate students whose work is consistent with this objective. May $5,000
Clinton E. Phillips Scholarship One-time award for licensed marriage and family therapists pursuing advanced training in an accredited or approved degree program in marriage or family therapy. January $4,000
Ronald D. Lunceford Scholarship Provides financial assistance to a student from an underrepresented ethnic population for admission into an MA, MS, or Ph.D. program which will qualify for licensure as a marriage and family therapist. January $4,000

Master of Arts in Teaching

Scholarship Name Information Deadline Month Amount
ACS-Hach Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Scholarship The ACS-Hach Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Scholarship is awarded to recent graduates and graduate students with limited work experience and an interest in becoming high school chemistry teachers. April $3,000-6,000
ACS-Hach Second Career Teacher Scholarship The ACS-Hach Second Career Teacher Scholarship is awarded to professionals in the chemistry field pursuing new careers as high school chemistry teachers. April $3,000-6,000
James Madison Fellowship Fellowship applicants compete only against other applicants from the states of their legal residence. To be eligible to apply for a fellowship, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Be a teacher, or plan to become a teacher, of American history, American government, or social studies at the secondary school level (grades 7–12).
  • Possess a bachelor’s degree or plan to receive a bachelor’s degree no later than August 31 of the year in which you are applying.
March $24,000
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Teachers for America’s Future – Graduate Scholarship The AFCEA Educational Foundation is offering competitive based scholarships to students actively pursuing a graduate degree or credential/licensure for the purpose of teaching STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) subjects at a U.S. school in grades K-12. April $2,500
Teacher Programs Fellowships Newberry Teacher Fellowships offer educators from the Chicago area the opportunity to curate digital collections and create teaching resources based on primary source research at the Newberry. May $1,000 stipend

Master of Arts in Teaching – TESOL

Scholarship Name Information Deadline Month Amount
California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE) Scholarship for current CABE members who are enrolled in a college/university and have declared a major leading to a bilingual teaching. January $2,000
The TESOL Ron Chang Lee Award for Excellence in the Implementation of CALL Technology in the ESL/EFL Classroom Sponsored by Ron Chang Lee, this award was created in 2018 to honor three TESOL members who have achieved excellence through the implementation of technology in teaching ESL/EFL. October $500-1,000
TOEFL Young Students Series Research Program The grants are designed to support foundational research that promotes high-quality language assessment related to young English learners between the ages of 8 and 15. April Up to $5,000

Doctoral Programs

Scholarship Name Information Deadline Month Amount
Dissertation Fellowships These fellowships of $20,000 each are designed to contribute to the support of the doctoral candidate to enable him or her to complete the thesis in a timely manner and are only appropriate for students approaching the final year of their Ph.D. work. February $20,000
Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships for Minorities Predoctoral fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies on behalf of the Ford Foundation. The awards will be made to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panels:

  • Have demonstrated 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.
  • Are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.
December 3 yrs of PhD support $24,000/yr
Josephine De Karman Fellowship Trust To graduate students in any discipline, including international students, who are currently enrolled in a university or college located within the United States. January $25,000
Summer Internship Program in Research for Graduate Students Interns in this eight-week program participate in research under the guidance of an ETS mentor. Salary and housing allowance provided. February $6,000, plus housing and a transportation allowance
The International Research Foundation (TIRF) Each year applicants who have been advanced to candidacy in legitimate PhD or EdD programs are invited to submit proposals for Doctoral Dissertation Grants (DDGs). April $5,000

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*Notice to USC employees and family immediate members: If an applicant receives USC employee benefits, tuition awards, research assistantships or graduate employment through USC, or outside sources that, when combined with a scholarships award are greater than the amount of tuition, the recipient must forfeit part or all of the scholarship award, depending on the size of the other award(s). For more information on the education benefit please visit: