Incoming Student Scholarships

  • The Dean’s Scholarship grants recipients compensation for research and for conference travel. Additional benefits include the Dean's Scholar kickoff and reception, connection with other Dean's Scholars and with leaders across the college, and the chance to serve as program representatives to USF donors and Development initiatives.

    To be considered for the $15,000 Dean's Scholarship towards their first year of tuition, students must apply by the program's priority deadline.

    Dean's Scholarship

  • We award a limited number of merit-based scholarships to incoming students. These scholarships are a one-time award and are used to cover tuition costs in a student's first or second semester of our program. These scholarships do not require a separate application; all applicants are considered during the admission decision process.

  • Katharine Feeney’s professional life was spent in baseball. She grew up in ballparks across the country and worked her way up to become a top female executive in Major League Baseball (MLB). When she passed away unexpectedly in 2017, her family wanted to honor her 40-year career by establishing the Katharine Feeney Memorial Scholarship Fund to benefit female students in USF's Sport Management MS program.

    Scholarship includes: tuition scholarship of $10,000, and an internship.

    Eligibility: applicants must identify as female, be admitted into USF's Sport Management MS program for summer start, and demonstrate a financial need to attain an advanced degree.

    Learn More About Katharine Feeney

  • Alissa Head earned her master's degree in Sport Management from the University of San Francisco. When Alissa passed away in 2017, her family wanted to honor her commitment to education and a career dedicated to sport by establishing the Alissa Head Memorial Scholarship Fund. The scholarship will benefit students starting the USF's Sport Management MS program during the summer term.

    Scholarship includes: tuition scholarship of $5,000. 

    Eligibility: gain admission into USF's Sport Management MS program for a summer term start.

    Learn More About Alissa Head

  • USF Alumni and current students can be awarded the USF Double Dons Scholarship upon admission. The scholarship covers 20% of the program tuition, and may not be stacked with other USF scholarship awards.

    Double Dons on MyUSF

Sport Management Scholarships

  • Thanks to a partnership between the University of San Francisco’s Sport Management program and the Black Unified Sports Family (BUSF), a student in the Sport Management master’s program will receive $5,000 toward their degree.

    Scholarship includes: Tuition scholarship of $5,000

    Learn more about the BUSF Scholarship

  • PRIMETIME Sports & Entertainment is a Southern California-based sports marketing and media agency that focuses on the Latino market. This year, two USF students will be selected to each receive a $5,000 scholarship and an internship with PRIMETIME.

    Scholarship includes: Tuition scholarship of $5,000 and an internship with PRIMETIME

    Eligibility: Students selected for the award must demonstrate fluency in Spanish.

    More about the scholarship

  • Each year the San Francisco Giants, in partnership with the USF's Sport Management MS program, award a year-long sport management internship named in honor of long-time Giants marketing and business executive Pat Gallagher. The program will recognize one graduate student for academic and professional excellence.

    The goal of the internship is to provide the Gallagher Fellow with a comprehensive understanding of the business operations of the Giants Front Office and to provide them with hands-on experience in the field of professional sports management. The position will rotate through multiple business departments (4) of the Giants, which may include marketing, business development, communications, community relations and Giants Enterprises. The Fellow will also have the opportunity to job-shadow key Giants executives to learn about their areas of expertise as well as about opportunities in the sports management field.

  • Since Heather L. Hunter MA ’99 credits the University of San Francisco’s Sport Management program with launching her career in the sports industry, giving back to the program was a no-brainer. The result of her generosity is the new Heather L. Hunter Cohort 8 Scholarship, which will award $1,000 to a first-generation graduate student in the Sport Management master’s program.

    Scholarship includes: Scholarship of $1,000

    More About Heather L. Hunter

  • Dr. Stan Fasci lived a life in service. For 15 years, Dr. Fasci served as the Director of Administration for the Sport Management MS program before his retirement in 2014. Dr. Fasci was integral in both the growth of the Sport Management MS program as a whole, as well as to the professional development of hundreds of students who he worked with.

    Scholarship includes: Tuition scholarship of $2,500.

    Eligibility: Awarded by faculty to a second year student attending classes at the San Francisco campus.

  • Between 1999 and 2011, Peggy O'Leary supported students at the Orange County Campus as the Associate Director of Administration for the Sport Management MS program. Peggy was instrumental in the launch and establishment of the Southern California program, extending USF's reach to Southern California.

    Scholarship includes: Tuition scholarship of $2,500.

    Eligibility: Awarded by faculty to a second year student attending classes at the Orange County campus.

  • One of the greatest strengths of the Sport Management program is our vast alumni network. With alumni exceeding 2,500 and growing each year, Sport Management continues to make an impact in the sports industry. This scholarship was created in honor of our alumni for continuing to pay it forward by helping current students learn valuable career insights and life lessons.

    Scholarship includes: Tuition scholarship of $2,500.

    Eligibility: Awarded by the USF Sport Management Advisory Board to one second-year student attending classes at the San Francisco campus and one second-year student attending the Orange County campus.

External Scholarships

  • The John McLendon Minority Scholarship Foundation offers eight (8) $10,000 postgraduate scholarships to minority candidates planning to pursue a master’s degree in athletics administration/sport management.

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  • The NCAA awards up to 126 postgraduate scholarships annually. The scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are at least in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition.

    The one-time non-renewable scholarships of $10,000 are awarded three times a year corresponding to each sport season (fall, winter and spring). Each sports season there are 21 scholarships available for men and 21 scholarships available for women for use in an accredited graduate program.

    Learn More About the Scholarship

  • As a former Division I women’s basketball student-athlete and advocate for education, Natalie E. Williams embodied humility, a strong work ethic, and an intense passion for sports. Natalie was a member of USF Sport Management Cohort 19S when she passed away in 2018. In partnership with the N.E.W. (Natalie E. Williams) Scholarship Foundation, the USF Sport Management program will match the scholarship award of any USF Sport Management recipient.

    Scholarship includes: Tuition scholarship up to $2,000.

    Eligibility: Currently enrolled student in USF Sport Management MS program.

Additional Financial Aid


Several departments on campus, including the Koret Health and Recreation Center and the USF Athletic Department, offer a limited number of graduate assistantships. When assistantships become available, job postings are sent to the sport management office, who will then share the posting with all students currently enrolled in the program. The Office of Student Employment maintains a listing of currently offered on-campus jobs, which typically require an in-person interview after enrolling at the university.

Federal Direct Loan

The Federal Government provides significant assistance through the subsidized and unsubsidized direct loan program. The majority of students do take out some form of financial assistance.

Stories of the Impact of Scholarships