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Financial Aid & Scholarships

Financial Aid & Scholarships

The PLU School of Business has many scholarship and financial aid awards available. Please select from which type you’d like to view, and use the menu to jump between the options.

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The Dean’s Excellence Graduate Scholarship

Application deadline:
Students entering Summer or Fall 2019 should apply by May 1, 2019
Students entering Spring 2020 should apply by December 1, 2019

Criteria: Applicants to a PLU School of Business graduate program with high academic standards, and who have demonstrated a purposeful life of achievement, inquiry, integrity, leadership and service may apply for this scholarship. Specifically, the applicant must:

  • Have submitted a complete application for admission to the PLU MBA program
  • Have a minimum average GPA in all previous college or university coursework of 3.0
  • Demonstrate evidence of living a purposeful life of achievement, inquiry, integrity, leadership and service to the community

Terms of the award: The Dean’s Excellence Graduate Scholarship is divided into two equal allocations for the fall and spring semesters. The fall portion is dispersed automatically. In order to receive the spring portion the student must:

  • Enroll full-time
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

Emilie 'Lee' Zulauf MBA Scholarship

Mr. Tom Carlson, a PLU 1965 BS Math graduate, established the Emilie “Lee” Zulauf MBA Scholarship in 2017 in memory of Emilie Zulauf a PLU Education graduate. Mrs. Zulauf was the wife of Dwight Zulauf, PLU’s first Dean of the School of Business.  Mr. Carlson was impressed by her story of the difficulty she overcame earning her MBA while staying a very active and involved stay-at-home mother and community member.

Award amount: $1,149

Number of awards: One

Criteria: To be awarded to an MBA student.  Preferably a student raising a family while earning their degree.

Application deadline:  Already awarded for ’19-’20 school year.

Gladys M. Knutzen Memorial MBA Scholarship

Mr. and Mrs. Victor F. Kuntzen established the Gladys M. Knutzen Memorial MBA Scholarship in 1991 in memory of Victor’s sister. Victor is a retired Boeing vice president and controller. He also served as a Pacific Lutheran University Board of Regent from 1969 until 1983. Victor died in 1997. Blessed be his memory. This scholarship is intended to encourage qualified candidates to reach their greatest possible potential through education.

Award amount: $4,858

Number of awards: One

Criteria: For current students. Graduate student standing in the MBA, enrollment in 8 or more credits in a graduate program in business, academic achievement, Financial need, based on the FAFSA (applicants must submit the FAFSA to PLU by March 1). Need is affected by many factors and all students are encouraged to apply.

Application deadline: Already awarded for ’19-’20 school year

Gundar King MBA Scholarship

Gundar King was a professor, dean, scholar, essayist and promoter of higher education.  He spent his entire academic career at Pacific Lutheran University.  Both colleagues and students benefited from his wisdom and fellowship.  Gundar was a guiding spirit in directing the growth of the School of Business.  He was instrumental in establishing a Master of Business Administration program at PLU.

Award Amount: $1,143

Application Deadline: Already awarded for ’19-’20 school year

Criteria:  For current students. Graduate student standing in the MBA, enrollment in 8 or more graduate credits in Fall 2018. Awarded to a graduate student in the MBA program from the Baltic States with financial need.  If no recipient is available, then the scholarship should be awarded to a deserving MBA student without geographic restrictions.

Murray-Danielson Management Award Scholarship

The Murray-Danielson Management Award Scholarship was established and funded by Kenneth P. Murray, who received a BA and MBA from Pacific Lutheran University, and Sherman Danielson who graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a BA.

Award amount: $2765

Application deadline: Already awarded for ’19-’20 school year

Number of awards: One

Criteria:

  • United States citizen
  • Full-time (8 credit per semester) Junior, Senior or Graduate student
  • 3.00 minimum GPA (Junior/Senior) or 3.33 minimum GPA (Graduate)
  • Leadership skills

PLU Business Network Scholarship

This highly competitive scholarship, sponsored by the PLU Business Network, is open to graduate business students who display high academic standards and leadership within the School of Business. Selected candidates will be interviewed by the PLU Business Network Board of Directors.

Award Amount: $1808

Application Deadline: Already awarded for ’19-’20 school year

Criteria:

  • Full-time (8 credits per semester) in the MBA
  • 3.00 minimum GPA
  • Leadership, Communication and Time Management Skills

The Dean’s Excellence Graduate Scholarship

Application deadline:
Students entering Summer or Fall 2019 should apply by May 1, 2019

Criteria: Applicants to a PLU School of Business graduate program with high academic standards, and who have demonstrated a purposeful life of achievement, inquiry, integrity, leadership and service may apply for this scholarship. Specifically, the applicant must:

  • Have submitted a complete application for admission to the PLU MBA program
  • Have a minimum average GPA in all previous college or university coursework of 3.0
  • Demonstrate evidence of living a purposeful life of achievement, inquiry, integrity, leadership and service to the community

Terms of the award: The Dean’s Excellence Graduate Scholarship is divided into two equal allocations for the fall and spring semesters. The fall portion is dispersed automatically. In order to receive the spring portion the student must:

  • Enroll full-time
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

Graduate Assistantship

The graduate assistantship program offers graduate students an opportunity to participate in academic and administrative activities that will enhance their graduate education experience, as well as provide financial assistance. In general, assistantship awards are for interactions and opportunities involving time commitments between five and 10 hours per week.

Award amount: A limited number of paid assistantships are available during the academic year. Students received payment based on the hours they perform work in the program office or for the faculty member. Assistantships are considered taxable income.

Number of awards: Varied

Terms of the award: Students are required to provide service to the university through assistance with academic and administrative activities.

Eligibility: To be eligible for a graduate assistantship, an applicant must be:

  1. admitted to one of the PLU graduate programs,
  2. maintain a minimum cumulative 3.0 graduate grade point average, and
  3. be enrolled full-time [8 credits or more except J-term] during the semester/term of the fellowship.

Criteria: Criteria for awarding assistantships may include any combination of the following:

  1. skills and abilities
  2. academic merit
  3. potential for success
  4. contribution to the mission of the graduate program and university

Application Deadline: May 1 is the priority application date for assistantship consideration for the coming academic year.  Applications received after the priority date will be reviewed as funds are available.

How to apply:

  1. Complete the online Graduate Assistantship Application.
  2. Upload a current resume to the Graduate Assistantship application.

In addition to the information on the Assistantship application, the applicant’s admission file may be assessed.

The PLU Alumni Grant

The PLU Grant provides a 10 percent discount on tuition for PLU graduates who enroll in a PLU master’s level degree or approved master’s level certificate program. Restrictions apply to those students who are also PLU employees. The discount begins immediately upon admission.

Murray-Danielson Management Award Scholarship

The Murray-Danielson Management Award Scholarship was established and funded by Kenneth P. Murray, who received a BA and MBA from Pacific Lutheran University, and Sherman Danielson who graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a BA.

Award amount: $2765

Application deadline: Already awarded for ’19-’20 school year

Number of awards: One

Criteria:

  • United States citizen
  • Full-time (8 credit per semester) Junior, Senior or Graduate student
  • 3.00 minimum GPA (Junior/Senior) or 3.33 minimum GPA (Graduate)
  • Leadership skills

PLU Business Network Scholarship

This highly competitive scholarship, sponsored by the PLU Business Network, is open to graduate business students who display high academic standards and leadership within the School of Business. Selected candidates will be interviewed by the PLU Business Network Board of Directors.

Award Amount: $1808

Application Deadline: Already awarded for ’19-’20 school year

Criteria:

  • Full-time (8 credits per semester) in the MBA
  • 3.00 minimum GPA
  • Leadership, Communication and Time Management Skills

The Dean’s Excellence Graduate Scholarship

Award amount: Varies

Priority application deadline: March 15, 2019

Number of awards: Varies

Criteria: Applicants to the MSF program with high academic standards, and who have demonstrated a purposeful life of achievement, inquiry, integrity, leadership and service may apply for this scholarship. Specifically, the applicant must:

• Have submitted a complete application for admission to the PLU MSF program
• Have a minimum average GPA in all previous college or university coursework of 3.0

Terms of the award: The Dean’s MSF Graduate Scholarship is divided into two equal allocations for the fall and spring semesters. The fall portion is disbursed automatically. In order to receive the spring portion the student must:

  • Enroll full-time
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

Graduate Assistantship

The graduate assistantship program offers graduate students an opportunity to participate in academic and administrative activities that will enhance their graduate education experience, as well as provide financial assistance. In general, assistantship awards are for interactions and opportunities involving time commitments between five and 10 hours per week.

Award amount: A limited number of paid assistantships are available during the academic year. Students received payment based on the hours they perform work in the program office or for the faculty member. Assistantships are considered taxable income.

Number of awards: Varied

Terms of the award: Students are required to provide service to the university through assistance with academic and administrative activities.

Eligibility: To be eligible for a graduate assistantship, an applicant must be:

  1. admitted to one of the PLU graduate programs,
  2. maintain a minimum cumulative 3.0 graduate grade point average, and
  3. be enrolled full-time [8 credits or more except J-term] during the semester/term of the fellowship.

Criteria: Criteria for awarding assistantships may include any combination of the following:

  1. skills and abilities
  2. academic merit
  3. potential for success
  4. contribution to the mission of the graduate program and university

Application Deadline: May 1 is the priority application date for assistantship consideration for the coming academic year.  Applications received after the priority date will be reviewed as funds are available.

How to apply:

  1. Complete the online Graduate Assistantship Application.
  2. Upload a current resume to the Graduate Assistantship application.

In addition to the information on the Assistantship application, the applicant’s admission file may be assessed.

The PLU Alumni Grant

The PLU Grant provides a 10 percent discount on tuition for PLU graduates who enroll in a PLU master’s level degree or approved master’s level certificate program. Restrictions apply to those students who are also PLU employees. The discount begins immediately upon admission.

Murray-Danielson Management Award Scholarship

The Murray-Danielson Management Award Scholarship was established and funded by Kenneth P. Murray, who received a BA and MBA from Pacific Lutheran University, and Sherman Danielson who graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a BA.

Award amount: $2765

Application deadline: Already awarded for ’19-’20 school year

Number of awards: One

Criteria:

  • United States citizen
  • Full-time (8 credit per semester) Junior, Senior or Graduate student
  • 3.00 minimum GPA (Junior/Senior) or 3.33 minimum GPA (Graduate)
  • Leadership skills

PLU Business Network Scholarship

This highly competitive scholarship, sponsored by the PLU Business Network, is open to graduate business students who display high academic standards and leadership within the School of Business. Selected candidates will be interviewed by the PLU Business Network Board of Directors.

Award Amount: $1808

Application Deadline: Already awarded for ’19-’20 school year

Criteria:

  • Full-time (8 credits per semester) in the MBA
  • 3.00 minimum GPA
  • Leadership, Communication and Time Management Skills

The PLU Alumni Grant

The PLU Grant provides a 10 percent discount on tuition for PLU graduates who enroll in a PLU master’s level degree or approved master’s level certificate program. Restrictions apply to those students who are also PLU employees. The discount begins immediately upon admission.