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Admission Scholarships

Accepted students may receive scholarships with admission to cover 3-6 units of coursework in the first year of their program. *

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

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.
Eligible applicants must submit a letter of recommendation from their school principal. Details about what to include in the letter and other eligibility requirements can be found on the Catholic school tuition rate policy.
The current tuition rate may be found on our Tuition page > TED Catholic School.
For more information, please contact Dr. Elena Flores, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, at (415) 422-6525 or florese@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.

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.

Graduate Assistantships

The School of Education awards a number of Graduate Assistantships each academic year to allow students to work with a faculty mentor in the areas of research, teaching or professional development. Selected students generally receive a tuition scholarship equivalent to 1-3 credits of coursework per academic year (for 65-200 hours of service). Award may be used during the summer, fall, or spring term.

  1. School of Education full-time faculty members will select students with whom they will work and supervise on the approved project or assignment.
  2. Students must be admitted to and enrolled in either a Masters or Doctoral program in the School of Education.
  3. The proposed project must have a strong mentorship component so students have opportunities that strengthen their research, teaching or professional skills.
  4. 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.


Download, print, & save this Application Form to your computer.

  • School of Education full-time faculty members select students with whom they will work.
  • Faculty member and student will fill out the application form (available to the faculty member) jointly.
  • Students will provide the following documents:
    An unofficial copy of current USF transcript;
    Current résumé.
  • Faculty members will provide the following documents:
    Completed application form signed by the student applicant and supervising faculty mentor;
    Letter of recommendation.

Email the completed application as one packet to Allison Rodrigues.

Higher Education and Student Affairs Internship

The Higher Education and Student Affairs program offers an optional internship experience for in-depth work in a specific area of student affairs. 

Students will devote up to 20-25 hours per week to one department within the USF Division of Student Life and other partnering departments. The compensation package varies but usually includes either housing or a stipend of up to $10,000 and some also include tuition remission of between 6-9 units. Details are found on the Higher Education and Student Affairs Internship page.


For more information, please contact Charlotte Salinas in Student Leadership and Engagement.

International & Multicultural Education Scholarship

The IME department awards between 3-6 units for any MA or EdD student in International and Multicultural Education or Human Rights Education

James Patterson Teacher Education Scholarships

Up to eight scholarships of $6,000 each were available to current students in the USF School of Education Teacher Education Program for Fall 2014.

Eligibility Criteria
  • Students must be Teacher Credential Candidates who are in their first year of the Teacher Education program.
  • Students who are committed to promoting literacy and instilling a lasting love of reading in their students.
  • Applicant must be in academically good standing with the School of Education and the University (GPA 3.0+).
  • Priority will be given to students in the Teaching Reading program (MATR); all Teacher Education students are eligible for consideration.
  • Demonstrated financial need may be considered.

Fall 2014 applications and essays were due in May 2014. Information for the next round of scholarships for future semesters is forthcoming.

Martin R. Muruli Fellowship

The Marin R. Muruli Fellowship will provide up to $7500 for a Kenyan student in any SOE program.

San Francisco Teacher Residency

Students enrolled in the SFTR program will receive 50% tuition remission and health care benefits during the program. Upon successful completion of all program requirements candidates are offered employment contracts to teach in one of San Francisco Unified's hard to staff schools or subjects. 

SFTR students must commit to San Francisco Unified for three years after completion of the program.


For more information, please contact the Teacher Education Department.

Social Justice Scholarship

This scholarship program recognizes and encourages USF School of Education students who are and/or seek to be transformative change agents in their schools, professions and communities. This scholarship is awarded to any School of Education graduate student who demonstrates outstanding dedication and vision for equitable conditions in schools and communities, domestically and internationally. Selected students can receive an award of 3 units of tuition. * Criteria include:

  • Previous and/or current experience in community service and engagement;
  • Commitment to developing partnerships with marginalized youth, schools and/or communities; and
  • Personal and professional background related to issues of marginalization and social justice.

Special Education Interns

Students enrolled in our MA in Special Education with a Mild/Moderate Credential are eligible to work full time in a bay area school district and be paid a full time teacher’s salary while they go through the program.


For more information, please contact Lenna Onishi in the Department of Learning and Instruction.


The TEACH Grant provides up to $4000* per year to graduate students who are completing course work needed to begin a career in teaching. In order to be eligible for this grant a student must:

  • Complete a 2014-2015 FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov
  • Download, print & submit a completed grant application;
  • Complete entrance counseling and sign an agreement to serve;
  • Be in the process of completing coursework and other requirements necessary to begin a career in teaching.

Students must ALSO qualify academically in ONE of the following ways:

  1. If the student is a graduate student during the first payment period (a first semester student), s/he must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.25 on a 4.0 scale, or the numeric equivalent;
  2. If the student is a graduate student beyond the first payment period (a continuing student), s/he must have a cumulative graduate GPA of at least 3.25 on a 4.0 scale, or the numeric equivalent, through the most-recently completed payment period; OR
  3. If neither (a) or (b) are applicable, a student must have a score above the 75th percentile on at least one of the batteries from a nationally-normed standardized graduate, or post-baccalaureate admissions test.

Within eight years of completing enrollment in a credential program, TEACH Grant recipients are required to:

  • Teach full-time for a minimum of four years.
  • Teach as a highly-qualified teacher at an elementary school, secondary school or educational service agency in a low-income school district, as defined in the Teacher Cancellation Low-Income Directory.
  • Teach in a high-need field, as defined by the Department of Education’s annual Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing, in the majority of classes taught during each elementary and secondary academic year.
  • Report the above information to the Department of Education within 120 days after ceasing enrollment and once a year thereafter.


This grant may convert to an Unsubsidized loan, including all applicable interest, if the above stated requirements are not met.

Students accepted into the San Francisco Teacher Residency Program are not eligible for the TEACH Grant.

If you are accepted into, or enrolled in, an eligible program and would like to apply for a TEACH Grant, please complete the TEACH Grant Request Form and submit it to your program coordinator listed below:

Ed Specialist (Special Education) CredentialAisha Bolds
Single and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (Branch Campuses)Sandi Fenderson
Single and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (Hilltop)Rebekah Werth

* The actual amount of the grant is determined annually and dependent on Federal funding

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.

* Scholarship funds include endowments from the SOE general scholarship, Oricello, Winberry, Oaks and Yellow Ribbon.