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Graduate Merit Scholarships

The University of San Francisco provides merit scholarships to students admitted to its graduate degree programs. The amount of the award as well as terms and conditions for participation vary for each School and College.

A limited number of Graduate Merit Scholarships are allocated to the School of Education every academic year to support research, teaching and administrative assignments for qualified students.


  1. Students must be admitted to and enrolled in a Masters or Doctoral Program in the School of Education.
  2. Student applicants MUST be recommended by a School of Education full-time faculty member with whom they will work, and who will supervise the project or assignment.
  3. All student-faculty applications are considered on a case-by-case basis.
  4. For students who have applied for or may be receiving other assistance, this scholarship may affect the eligibility for this or another scholarship. In this case, applicants are advised to consult the University's Financial Aid Office before applying.


  1. Successful applicants generally receive a tuition scholarship equivalent of between 1-3 credits of coursework per academic year (for between 65-200 hours of service). Semester substitutions, mergers and partial grants will not be considered.
  2. Disbursal of the award may differ from the term or period of time of service to the project.
  3. The student MUST be enrolled in at least the number of credits being awarded during the specified award term to receive the entire award. Unused award amounts may be forfeited.


There are two application deadlines. April 15th for the following summer and fall semesters, November 15th for the following Spring semester. Award notifications to students and faculty are mailed. The Financial Aid Office will credit student accounts after enrollment and according to their disbursement schedule.


  1. Applicants should submit the following required documents in a single packet:
    1. Completed application form signed by the student applicant and supervising faculty member;
    2. An unofficial copy of the student's current USF transcript;
    3. Student's up-to-date- resumé;
    4. Faculty letter of recommendation (may be separate or included in the application form).
  2. Email the completed application as one packed to Allison Rodrigues.

Allen and Dorothy Calvin Doctoral Dissertation Grant

The Allen and Dorothy Calvin Doctoral Dissertation Grants are awarded on a competitive basis to promising School of Education doctoral students to assist with their doctoral research. The School of Education Doctoral Program Policies Committee will review the applications.


All School of Education doctoral students who have been advanced to candidacy are eligible to apply. Up to $1,000 will be awarded twice per academic year (one each semester) after a competitive review process.



  • Spring: Application due by USF Census Date / Scholarship awarded in March.
  • Fall: Application due by USF Census Date / Scholarship awarded in October.


Applications may be submitted via email to Connor Cook, Doctoral Program Assistant, or may be mailed to:

Doctoral Program Policies Committee
USF School of Education
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco CA 94117-1071

For more information, please contact Connor Cook.

Catholic Educator Reduced Tuition Rate

Eligibility This reduced tuition rate is available to students who are Catholic school teachers/employees or students who are connected to a Catholic organization and who are applying to the teacher credential program.
Conditions Eligible applicants must submit a letter of recommendation from their school principal. This letter should verify the applicant’s suitability for the program, commitment to Catholic education, and verification of employment or significant volunteer work at a Catholic school.
Amount The current tuition rate may be found on our Tuition page > TED Catholic School.
Deadline Check with the School of Education.
Application Check with the School of Education.
Contact For more information, please contact Sandra Fenderson, Teacher Education Regional Programs Coordinator, at (415) 422-5639 or safenderson@usfca.edu .

The Conference Presentation Stipend

All currently enrolled Masters and Doctoral School of Education students are eligible to apply for the Conference Presentation Stipend to assist in conference expenses. (Special status students are not eligible to apply.) Applications will be reviewed by the applicant's department chair and faculty members.

Eligibility Applicants must have been officially accepted to present (e.g., individual presentation, panel presentation, poster presentation) at a professional - national or international - conference related to their field(s) of study.

The Conference Presentation Stipend:

  • can only be used to cover conference-related costs such as travel/transportation, registration, accommodations and/or printing/duplicating costs;
  • is granted as reimbursement after all receipts of covered expenses have been submitted (original receipts must be submitted to the Dean's Office immediately after the conference);
  • can fund a student for only one conference per term, determined as per the date of the conference (Term 1: January-July / Term 2: August-December).
Amount The Conference Presentation Stipend cannot exceed $200 per term.
Application Interested students should:

Application should be submitted to the student's Department Chairperson. Guidelines (PDF)

Contact For more information, please contact your Department Program Assistant.

Teacher Education Department Scholarships

Partial tuition, need-based scholarships are being offered on a competitive basis to a limited number of newly-admitted graduate students to the Teacher Education Department (TED) of the University of San Francisco for Fall and Spring semesters. Applicants must demonstrate financial need, as outlined in the application. Persons of color are particularly encouraged to apply for these awards.

For more information, please contact the Teacher Education Department.

James Patterson Teacher Education Scholarships

For more information, please contact the Teacher Education Department.