Scholarships & Aid

In addition to general School of Education scholarships, School Counseling students may also be eligible for the following program-specific funding opportunities.

Scholarships for First Year Students

The following competitive scholarships will be offered to 2 first year School Counseling students. Each award is given in the form of tuition remission of 3 credit units of their first year at USF. Application requirements and deadlines for these scholarships are announced by the department.

Social Justice Scholar

School counselors have great potential to be transformative change agents who collectivize with urban schools and communities to harness students’ cultural strengths. This scholarship is awarded to a School Counseling graduate student who demonstrates outstanding dedication and vision for equitable conditions in urban schools.

  • Criteria: Student must demonstrate
    - previous and current experience in community service and engagement;
    - commitment to developing partnerships with under-resourced youth in school contexts; and
    - plans to conduct fieldwork in a diverse public school in high-need community.
  • The applicant must be from an under-represented ethnic or racial group.
  • Application Process: Submit a copy of your résumé and a 1-2 page, single-spaced essay describing how you fit the above criteria. The essay should also delineate your experience and vision to work with under-resourced youth in school contexts.

Bilingual Advocate Scholar

There are at least 112 languages spoken in the San Francisco Bay Area. We believe that bilingual/multilingual school counselors possess important cultural assets (such as languages spoken) that have the potential to support students, their families, and a successful school environment.  Criteria include:

  • Criteria: Student must demonstrate
    - fluency (includes oral and/or written communication) in at least one language other than English;
    - previous experience (or strong interest in) using bilingual skills in working with children, youths, and families; and
    - language fluency congruent with languages spoken by ethnic minority students in San Francisco and Bay Area schools will be prioritized.
  • Application Process: Submit a copy of their résumé and a 1-2 page single-spaced essay application about the importance of bilingualism/multilingualism in schools. Such essay will also contain concrete plans of outreach to work with students, parents, and school personnel with respect to the importance and promotion of languages as cultural strength in the school environment.

Scholarships for Second Year Students

The following competitive scholarships will be offered to second year School Counseling students. Each award is given in the form of tuition remission of 3 credit units during the fall semester of their second year at USF. Please, see information below for specific scholarship criteria.

School counseling program class representatives

Two second year students will be selected to serve as School Counseling Class Representatives under the Graduate Assistantship funding. Class representatives are chosen through faculty nomination. The faculty are asked to nominate second year students who demonstrate:

  • Criteria: Student must demonstrate
    - outstanding dedication to the School Counseling Program;
    - leadership qualities; and
    - strong commitment to social justice.
  • Class representatives work together to coordinate a social justice initiative to be developed with the Program Coordinator. Class representatives work closely with the Coordinator and faculty to ensure the needs of the program are being met. Duties include administrative tasks, first year orientation, program events for faculty and students, alumni data collection, regular meetings, information collection for the website, newsletter, graduation, SCP board, and community building with peers and colleagues.
  • Application Process: After student is selected by faculty and the SCP Coordinator, student must submit a Graduate Assistantship Application which includes a résumé and two single-spaced paragraphs outlining plans for a social justice initiative and outreach for the upcoming academic year as School Counseling Class Representatives. 
  • Application Deadline: June 1
  • Inquiries should be directed to Donna Sellers, the Counseling Psychology Department Program Assistant. 
  • More information about the School of Education Graduate Assistantship can be found on the Financial Resources page.

Research Scholarship in ethnic identity, coping & Mental Health

Research Assistant to conduct research on topics related to academic development, immigration, racism, poverty, coping, identity, and mental health among Asian American and Pacific Islander youth and their families.

  • Responsibilities include literature searches and summaries, survey development, coding, data collection, and data entry. Experience in SPSS 19.0 and in conducting literature searches is required. Verbal and written fluency in an Asian or Pacific Islander language is desired but not required. Research scholars receive a total of 3 credit units of tuition remission for 4 hours/week of work during the academic year.
  • Applicants should submit their résumé and a 1-2 paragraphs describing their research interests and previous experience to Dr. Christine Yeh.

Research Scholarship in Social Justice Orientation & Educational Outcomes

A 3 credit unit tuition remission for the fall semester is offered to a graduate research assistant in the School Counseling Program. Areas of research include themes related to social justice orientation development in youths, the development of critical consciousness of systems of oppression and transformational resistance. Other themes of research may include school cultural climate, bilingualism, and other cultural factors associated with the educational achievement in Latina/o students.

  • Research activities/schedule is 4 hours/week during the academic year. Research experience and activities may include, but are not limited to literature searches, summarizing articles, organization of research information, writing, transcribing and coding qualitative data, quantitative data entry and analysis using statistical packages such as SPSS.
  • Applicants should submit their résumé and a two-paragraphs essay describing their research interests and/or experience. Applications are due by the end of the spring semester and should be submitted to Dr. Pérez-Gualdrón.

Scholarships for LGBT Students

There are two scholarships available for students in the School Counseling Program who identify as LGBT or have a strong commitment to LGBT concerns and a working knowledge of LGBT issues.

Research Scholarship: Lesbian, gay, bisexual & Transgender Mental Health

Research Assistant to conduct research on topics related to identity development, social supports, academic achievement, school climate, relationships, inter- and intra- group dynamics, and mental health amongst LGBT populations.

  • Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, literature searches and summaries, organization of research information, writing, transcribing and coding qualitative data, quantitative and qualitative data entry and analysis, and data collection.
  • Experience in qualitative data analysis and conducting literature searches is preferred, but not required. While experience working in the area of LGBT concerns is also preferred, it is not required. The ideal candidate should have a strong commitment to LGBT concerns and a working knowledge of LGBT issues. The Research Assistant will receive a 3 credit unit tuition remission for 4 hours of research activities during the school year.
  • Applicants should submit their résumé and 1-2 paragraphs describing their research interests and/or experience. Applications should be submitted to Dr. Christine Yeh.

LGBT Advocate in schools Scholar

The purpose of this award is to encourage and advance LGBT scholarship within the field of school counseling. This scholarship will be awarded to a School Counseling graduate student with a demonstrated commitment to LGBT issues within school-based settings. Criteria include:

  • Criteria: Student must demonstrate
    - Commitment to working with and/or on issues related to LGBT issues within school-based settings;
    - Knowledge of issues relating to LGBT youth and families, and
    - Previous or current experience (or strong interest) providing LGBT support, education and/or advocacy within schools and/or communities.
  • The applicant must identify as lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, and/or queer.
  • Application Process: Submit a copy of your résumé and a 1-2 page (single-spaced) essay describing how you fit the above criteria. The essay should also describe how you hope to address issues pertinent for LGBT youth within school-based settings in your future professional role. Applications should be submitted to Dr. Christine Yeh.