Financial Aid & Scholarships

Excellence in Education Graduate Scholarship

These scholarships aim to increase the number of underrepresented students in the program and classroom, and support those who plan to teach in high needs areas

Award amount: from $5,000 – $20,000
Number of awards: The number of awards vary depending on the qualifications of the candidates.
Terms of the award: These scholarships are awarded for 1 year and have the possibility of renewal for 2 consecutive years

Eligibility:

  1. Students applying to the MAE with certification program may apply for this scholarship.
  2. Preference will be given to under-represented students, specifically minority students and/or students seeking an endorsement in a high need area. (i.e. math, science, special education or English language learners).
  3. The applicant must have a 3.25 minimum cumulative GPA in a previous degree, on a 4.0 scale.

Application Deadline: February 1
Applications received after the deadline will only be considered if funds are available.

How to apply:
To apply for the Excellence in Education Graduate Scholarship, please submit the following items:

  1. A completed application to study in the MAE with certification program
  2. Excellence in Education Graduate Scholarship application form (submit it online)
  3. A scholarship application essay
    • Respond to this question: Describe how your diverse experience shaped your understanding of social justice. Explain how this will influence your future as an educator.
    • No more than 5 pages, double-spaced
    • Upload the essay to the online scholarship application form
  4. A letter of recommendation
    • The letter should address your community, civic, and multicultural engagement.
    • This is a separate letter of recommendation from the two you will submit with your program application.
    • Please send the link to the online recommendation form to your recommender, and ask that the form be submitted by February 1.

The Martinez Foundation Scholarship for New Teachers

Pacific Lutheran University is privileged to partner with The Martinez Foundation to offer scholarships to graduate students of color who wish to become teachers and help eliminate the achievement gap in Washington public schools.

Award amount: The amount will vary depending on the number of qualified applicants.
Deadline: February 1
Number of awards: The number of awards vary depending on the qualifications of the candidates.

Criteria:

  • Compatibility with the mission of PLU’s School of Education and Kinesiology : “The Professional Education Programs at PLU aim to cultivate the intellect, not just for its own sake, but also as a tool of conscience and an instrument for service. In supporting this mission, departmental faculty members and candidates seek to model the values of competence, care, difference, leadership, and service. We strive to honor these core values in pursuit of excellence and in the cultivation of personal, supportive relationships with students, colleagues in neighboring schools, districts, faculty within PLU, and with other universities.”
  • Evidence of excellence or potential for excellence in teaching, scholarship, or leadership in professional education
  • Expressed commitment to The Martinez Foundation
  • Identify ethnicity as a person of color
  • Demonstration of financial need

Terms of the award: The Martinez Foundation Scholarship is an annual, non-recurring award. Scholarships are awarded per year. In addition to The Martinez Foundation Scholarship, PLU will commit additional scholarship funds to each candidate. There are several service commitments expected of recipients. Please see the scholarship application for details.

How to apply: Detailed instructions on the application requirements can be found on the Martinez Fellowship Program Overview and Application 2017-18. You can also refer to the Martinez Fellowship Brochure for more information.

Shereen Paff Special Education Scholarship

Lloyd and LaVerne Paff established this scholarship in memory of their daughter, Shereen, as a fitting way to continue the work she loved. Shereen Paff devoted her life to the improvement of education for children. Her vocation enabled her to realize her life ambition, primarily, to work with children who had disabilities, and secondly, to work with children who were gifted. Shereen and children loved one another because of her empathy with them. Often, upon entering a classroom, she would greet the instructor and then go directly to the children to talk with them.

Award amount: Funding for this award will vary from year to year, but will have a range of $4,500 and up per individual award.
Number of awards: The number of awards vary depending on the qualifications of the candidates.
Deadline: March 7

Criteria:

  • Must have applied to the MAE-Teacher Residency Certification or MAE-Alternative Routes, or be a current BAE student.
  • Have a a 3.5 GPA
  • Must be seeking an endorsement in Special Education.
  • Earn a minimum of 16 credit hours in the PLU Special Education program during the summer with a minimum of a 3.5 GPA before the award will be disbursed.
  • Recipients must devote their energies toward providing a quality education experience for students with exceptional needs; demonstrate the ability to establish empathy and maintain quality relationships with children; evidence outside community involvement, with emphasis toward youth activity; and possess the potential to be an outstanding educator by demonstrating the qualities of inspirational and academic leadership.
  • Demonstration of financial need

Terms of the award: Funds from the Paff Scholarship will be distributed Fall and Spring of the school year. All funding is conditional upon fulfilling the criteria listed above by the end of Summer. Recipients will be notified in mid to late March if they are selected to receive a Paff Scholarship.

How to apply: Detailed instructions on the application requirements can be found on the Shereen Paff Special Education Scholarship Application.

Graduate Fellowships

The graduate fellowship program offers MAE students an opportunity to participate in academic and administrative activities that will enhance their graduate education experience, as well as provide financial assistance.

Award amount: Varies depending on responsibilities of the appointment.
Number of awards: The number of awards vary depending on the qualifications of the candidates.
Criteria:

  • Compatibility with the mission of PLU’s School of Education and Kinesiology.
  • Evidence of excellence or potential for excellence in teaching, scholarship, or leadership in professional education.

Terms of the award: Students are required to provide service to the university through assistance with academic and administrative activities. Terms of service will depend on the position.
How to apply: Admitted students should complete the application form and submit a current resume directly to the Education Department.
Education Graduate Fellowship Application Form

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.

Federal TEACH Grant

A Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant is different from other federal student grants because it requires you to take certain kinds of classes in order to get the grant, and then do a certain kind of job to keep the grant from turning into a loan. Award amount: up to $4,000 Deadline: Applicants are considered for this award when their FAFSA application is being processed. Number of awards: n/a Criteria: There are very specific criteria for this award, including teaching in a high-need field in a location that serves low-income families. You can read more at the TEACH Grant page on the Federal student aid website. Terms of the award: There are also very specific terms for this award including GPA and service requirements. You can read more at the TEACH Grant page on the Federal student aid website. How to apply:

    • Fill out the FAFSA
    • Contact the PLU financial aid office and ask about the program. The student services coordinator for MAE students is Marci Pecchia, pecchime@plu.edu, 253-535-7165

Unsubsidized Stafford Loans (Direct Loans)

Although payments are deferred while you are enrolled at least half-time, unsubsidized loans accumulate interest while you are in school. If you can, it is recommended that you try to pay the interest on these loans while you are in school. Loan amount: LOAN of $20,500 per year Deadline: Applicants are considered for this loan when their FAFSA application is being processed. The loan is processed by PLU and disbursed to pay your tuition. Number of awards: n/a Criteria: You do not need to demonstrate need to qualify for these loans. Detailed information is available at the Federal student aid website. Terms of the loan: This loan accumulates interest while you are in school, and when you are in your forbearance “grace period.” It is a loan, so it must be paid back with interest. When you fill out the FAFSA, there is a tool that estimates what your student loan repayment amounts will look like. Detailed information, including current interest rates,  is available at the Federal student aid website. How to apply:

  • Fill out the Free Application For Student Aid – Please note, the FAFSA must be filled out each year that you are enrolled.
  • Once you receive your PLU award notification, you must log onto PLU’s Secure Area of Banner Web, Financial Aid Services, to Accept or Decline the loan.  Step-by-step instructions can be found on the Student Services documents page under Graduate Student Checklist.
  • If you choose to accept the loan, you must also “Sign In” to studentloans.gov to complete the required Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note.

PLUS Loan (Direct Loans)

Although payments are deferred while you are enrolled at least half-time, unsubsidized loans accumulate interest while you are in school. If you can, it is recommended that you try to pay the interest on these loans while you are in school. These loans differ from Unsubsidized Stafford Loans in that they have a higher interest rate and require a credit check. Loan amount: LOAN to meet any unmet need up to the total estimated cost of attendance for the program. Deadline: Applicants are considered for this loan when their FAFSA application is being processed. The loan is processed by PLU and disbursed to pay your tuition. Number of awards: n/a Criteria: You do not need to demonstrate need to qualify for these loans. Unlike the Stafford loan, borrowers must pass a credit check. Detailed information is available at the Federal student aid website. Terms of the loan: This loan accumulates interest while you are in school, and when you are in your forbearance “grace period.” It is a loan, so it must be paid back with interest. When you fill out the FAFSA, there is a tool that estimates what your student loan repayment amounts will look like. Detailed information, including current interest rates,  is available at the Federal student aid website. How to apply:

  • Fill out the Free Application For Student Aid – Please note, the FAFSA must be filled out each year that you are enrolled.
  • Once you receive your PLU award notification, you must log onto PLU’s Secure Area of Banner Web, Financial Aid Services, to Accept or Decline the loan.  Step-by-step instructions can be found on the Student Services documents page under Graduate Student Checklist.
  • If you choose to accept the loan, you must also “Sign In” to studentloans.gov to complete the required Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note.

Yellow Ribbon ProgramPLU Graduate Programs are yellow ribbon

Pacific Lutheran University is proud to partner with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to offer an unlimited number of full-tuition Yellow Ribbon Scholarships to qualified veterans or their dependents. For detailed information about this benefit and eligibility, see the Department of Veterans Affairs Yellow Ribbon Program FAQ. For more information about using your post 9/11 GI benefits at PLU, please contact PLU’s Veterans Benefits Coordinator Neshell Henkel Chabot at 800-678-3243, 253-535-7161, or henkelnd@plu.edu.


Vocational Rehab & Other Benefits

At PLU, we are committed to assisting you with getting the most from your benefits. If you qualify for Vocational Rehab, or any other benefits, our dedicated Student Services Coordinator will work with you to help you fill out the paperwork you need for the VA. Please contact Neshell Henkel Chabot at 800-678-3243, 253-535-7161, or henkelnd@plu.edu.