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.
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.
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.
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.
This scholarship is awarded to USC undergraduate and graduate students of exceptional academic merit who demonstrated a commitment to serving the Asian Pacific community. Recipients are selected on the basis of academic merit and demonstration of financial need.
This scholarship is awarded to USC undergraduate and graduate students who exemplify commitment and identification with the African-American community. Recipients are selected on the basis of academic and personal merit, and demonstrated involvement within the African-American community.
The scholarship is awarded to USC undergrduate and graduate students who have demonstrated a strong commitment to the Latino/Hispanic community, as well as leadership aptitude and exceptional academic and professional potential.
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.
This scholarship is awarded to full-time incoming or current USC undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate academic strengths, leadership, and community involvement. Recipients must be a permanent resident of California and a U.S. citizen.
External Fellowships, Grants and Scholarships – All Programs
This scholarship is awarded to aspiring undergraduate and graduate students pursuing careers that impact the public good. Recipients are selected on the basis of academic merit and financial need. They must demonstrate leadership potential and commitment to contribute their academic and professional development toward the advancement of the public good.
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. All awards are judged based on financial need and academic achievement.
This scholarship is awarded to remarkable service members, veterans, and military spouses as they look to begin their next chapter as public and private sector leaders. Recipients must demonstrate clear academic goals, extraordinary leadership potential, and a deep desire to create positive change.
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.
The Violet and Cyril Franks Scholarship supports graduate students and their scholarly projects that use a psychological perspective to help understand and reduce stigma associated with mental illness.
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.
Master of Arts in Teaching
USC Presidential Teaching Scholarship
The USC Presidential Teaching Scholarship is awarded to incoming USC Rossier on-campus Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) students selected by the USC Rossier scholarship committee. A separate scholarship application is not necessary. Scholarship recipients will be notified upon admission.
Pass the Torch Teacher Scholarships
Teacher’s Test Prep offers two $5,000 scholarships: one to an aspiring elementary school teacher and one to an aspiring secondary school teacher. Funds are awarded directly to the recipient to help pay for living expenses that financial aid typically doesn’t cover so students can focus more time on preparing to become a credentialed teacher.
To qualify, applicants must be enrolled in a teacher preparation program in the US for the 2022-23 academic year and be able to demonstrate financial need. Note that they will request evidence of financial need, such as the receipt of Federal Student Aid, when notifying finalists.
U.S. citizens who demonstrate a commitment to civic responsibilities and to professional and collegial activities and who qualify for admission with graduate standing at an accredited U.S. university that offers a qualifying master’s degree program are eligible to apply. Applicants must be committed to teaching American history, American government, or civics classes where you will teach topics on the Constitution full-time in grades 7–12.
Up to $24,000, prorated over the period of study, not exceeding $12,000 for one academic year of study.
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.
These fellowships of $25,000 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.
The Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Applicants should be individuals with evidence of superior academic achievement and committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level in the U.S.
The purpose of this Fellowship program is to recognize and assist students whose scholastic achievements reflect Professor Von Karman’s high standards. DeKarman fellowships are open to PhD students in any discipline, including international students, who are currently enrolled in certain California universities. Special consideration will be given to applicants in the Humanities.
These programs seek applicants who are interested in pursuing scientific research under the guidance of ETS researchers and psychometricians. Applicants should have a background in at least one of the following research areas:
Assessment, Measurement and Psychometrics
Statistics and Data Science
Natural Language Processing and Computational Linguistics
Speech Recognition and Processing
$6,000, plus housing and a transportation allowance
*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: https://employees.usc.edu/tuition-assistance-employees/