Financial Aid & Scholarships

The PLU Department of Kinesiology has many scholarship and financial aid awards available.  Applicants who want to be considered for scholarship should indicate on the admission application. No separate application is needed.

Graduate Assistantships are also available for admitted students. Priority application deadline for Graduate Assistantship is March 15.

Applicants can also look for federal financial aid for graduate students, military aid, or external scholarships.

Faculty Excellence in Kinesiology Scholarship
Amount: $7,500
Number awarded: 1
Criteria:
At least 16 previous credits of course work in Kinesiology, Exercise Science or Physical Education.
Minimum GPA of 3.4
Notes: Scholarship is given for a 1 year period only. Recipient must be a full time student in the MS Kinesiology degree to receive award.

Emerging Leader in Kinesiology Scholarship
Amount: $5,000
Number awarded: 2
Criteria:
A GPA of 3.25 or higher
Evidence of leadership experience or potential as demonstrated in the program application. Consideration is given to previous work (paid or volunteer), previous leadership positions held, and personal or professional vision as expressed in the application letter. An interview may be required as part of the scholarship application process.
Note: Scholarship is given for a 1 year period only. Recipient must be a full time student in the MS Kinesiology degree to receive award.

Kinesiology Achievement Scholarship
Amount: $1,000-$3,000
Number awarded: as funding permits
Criteria:
Admission to the MS in Kinesiology program
Evidence of financial need and potential academic or professional promise.
Scholarship Application Deadline: February 15 is the priority application date for scholarship consideration. Applicants received after the priority date will be reviewed as funds are available.

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.

A limited number of assistantships are available during the academic year. In general, assistantship awards are for interactions and opportunities involving time commitments between five to twelve hours per week. Students receive payment based on their hourly work as student employees.

Assistantships are considered taxable income.

These opportunities include:

  • Graduate Lab Supervisors – overseeing the Kinesiology lab including holding open lab hours and assisting with laboratory and equipment maintenance and associated tasks.
  • Graduate Teaching Assistants – teaching in the undergraduate physical activity program and/or assisting faculty in undergraduate major courses as assigned.
  • Graduate Research Assistants – working under the direction of a faculty member or members in the design and execution of research projects. Responsibilities may include supervising undergraduate students on projects.

Award amount: Awards vary depending on hours worked. Amounts typically vary between $1,750 – $4,200 per semester.

Number of awards: varied

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

  • admitted to the MS Kinesiology program
  • maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 graduate grade point average and
  • be enrolled full time during the semester/term of the assistantship

Criteria
Criteria for awarding assistantships may include any combination of the following: (a) skills and abilities (b) academic merit (c) potential for success, and (d) contribution to the mission of the Department of Kinesiology and University. In addition to the assistantship application, information in the applicant’s admission file may be assessed.

Application Deadline: March 15 is the priority application date for assistantship consideration. Applicants received after the priority date will be reviewed as funds are available.

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.