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Graduate Scholarships, Financial Aid, and Tuition Reduction Programs

Mount St. Mary’s College (MSMC) offers graduate scholarships, loans, and a generous tuition reduction program for those who are eligible. The criteria and requirements for the MSMC scholarship program and tuition reduction program are listed below. Contact the Office of Student Financing with FAFSA and other financial aid-related questions. Academic department contact information is provided for questions pertaining to academic scholarships.

Graduate Merit Scholarships, 2014-2015

Mount St. Mary’s College is pleased to offer a Graduate Merit Scholarship Program marked by its commitment to academic excellence. Ten (10) Graduate Merit Scholarships in the amount of $2,500 will be awarded to eligible new or continuing students in the Mount’s Master’s Degree Programs (Education, Religious Studies, Humanities, Psychology, Nursing, Business Administration, Creative Writing, and Film & Television) for study during the 2014-2015 academic year. These graduate scholarships for women and men will be granted in the form of tuition credit awarded in three installments over the course of the 2014-2015 academic year. See application for details.

Scholarship Program for Hispanic American Students and/or Students With Financial Need

Mount St. Mary’s College (MSMC) is pleased to announce the formation of a new Graduate Transitions Program Cohort supported by a five year grant from the US Department of Education Promoting Postbaccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans (PPOHA) Program. This Program is marked by its commitment to supporting the needs of Hispanic American students and/or students with financial need who are entering into graduate level academic study. As part of this Title V Post-baccalaureate Transitions Program, approximately fifteen (15) Graduate Scholarships in the amount of $5,000 each will be awarded to eligible new students in the Mount’s Graduate Degree Programs (Physical Therapy, Education, Religious Studies, Humanities, Counseling Psychology, Nursing, or Business Administration) for study during the 2013-2014 academic year. These Graduate Scholarships will be granted as tuition credit and are non-renewable. Recipients will receive tuition credit in three installments over the course of the academic year, Fall, Spring, and Summer. Scholarship students with financial need and Hispanic American scholarship students meet regularly with faculty and advisors to ensure student academic progress and success. See Graduate Transitions Scholarship Application for details.  No applications are currently being accepted due to the fact that this GRANT EXPIRES as of 2013-2014.  Information about new grant funding will be posted here as available.

Graduate Academic Scholarships, 2014-2015

Mount St. Mary’s College is pleased to announce the availability of Graduate Academic Scholarships for Fall 2014. Twenty (20) Graduate Academic Scholarships in the amount of $2,500 are available to eligible candidates for the Fall 2014 incoming class of graduate students.  These graduate scholarships will be granted in the form of tuition credit awarded in three installments over the course of the 2014-2015 academic year. Preference will be given to those interested in earning a degree in religious studies.  See application for details.

Women’s University Club Scholarship (pending availability; not available every year)

Requirements:

  • MSMC Graduate Student
  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Maintain at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Demonstrated leadership characteristics

Contact the Dean of the Graduate Division, Dr. Linda A. Moody, for more information, at (213) 477-2560.

M.S. Education and Teacher Credentialing Programs

Shane G. Alexon Memorial Scholarship (pending availability)

Contact the Chair of the Education Department at (213) 477-2620 to request an application. Nominations may either be made by faculty members or interested students. Interested students must email the application to the Department Chair by September 1. Awards are announced in the Education Department newsletter.

Larry and Eileen Crain Endowed Scholarship Fund

Requirements:

  • Enrolled in MSMC’s Teacher Credential Program
  • An employee of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles
  • Eligible students apply each year and are selected by the faculty of the Teacher Credential Program

Applicants should contact the Chair of the Education Department at (213) 477-2620 to request an application. Nominations may either be made by faculty members or interested students. Interested students must email the application to the Department Chair by September 1. Awards are announced in the Education Department newsletter.

The William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship Fund for Future Teachers (est. in 2005) for undergraduate or graduate students in education. Students are jointly selected by the Chair of the Education Department and the Director of Financing. To be awarded for one to three students annually.

Requirements:

  • Good academic standing
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Commitment to working in public schools upon graduation.
  • Must be U.S. Citizen

Applicants for this education scholarship should contact the Chair of the Education Department at (213) 477-2620 to request an application.  Nominations may either be made by faculty members or interested students. Interested students must email the application to the Department Chair by September 1. Awards are announced in the Education Department newsletter.

The Dr. and Mrs. F. Roman Young Endowed Scholarship

Requirements:

Enrolled in the Master of Science Program in Instructional Leadership

  • Three years experience as a public school teacher or administrator
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Commitment to teacher leadership in urban Los Angeles schools

Applicants should contact the Chair of the Education Department for more information at (213) 477-2620 to request an application. Nominations may either be made by faculty members or interested students. Interested students must email the application to the Department Chair by September 1. Awards are announced in the Education Department newsletter.

Helen Reiman Wood Endowed Scholarship Fund

Requirements: Must be a graduate student in special education, preferably one who is interested in helping the developmentally disabled.

Applicants should contact the Chair of the Education Department at (213) 477-2620 to request an application. Nominations may either be made by faculty members or interested students. Interested students must email the application to the Department Chair by September 1. Awards are announced in the Education Department newsletter.

Education Grants for Catholic Educators

Full-time teachers and administrators working in Catholic schools may be eligible for significant tuition reductions. Those working in schools outside the LAUSD boundary area should refer to the “Tuition Reduction Program for MSMC Graduate Students”. Individuals with at least one full year of teaching experience in a Catholic school who are working at a Catholic school within the LAUSD boundary area may be eligible for our Catholic Educator Scholars (CES) program which offers significant tuition reduction. Contact the Chair of the Education Department at (213) 477-2620 for information about the CES program, eligibility requirements, and application deadlines.

Center for Cultural Fluency Graduate Internship (3 units of tuition waived/semester). Contact the Director of the Center for Cultural Fluency at (213) 477-2620. Nominations may either be made by faculty members or interested students. Interested students must email the Department Chair by September 1. Awards are announced in the Education Department newsletter.

M.S. Nursing Program

Advanced Education Nursing Traineeships from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Available only periodically. Applicants should contact the Director of the MSN Program at (213) 477-2980.

MSMC Graduate Nursing Initiative 

In light of Mount St. Mary's mission, historic commitment to the education of nurses, and as part of the MSMC Graduate Nursing Initiative, MSMC agrees to provide a 25% tuition reduction to any employee of a Catholic-owned hospital who is admitted to the Master of Science in Nursing program. In order to receive this tuition reduction, employees of Catholic-owned hospitals must present a letter or other document indicating they are currently employed by the Catholic-owned hospital to the MSMC Business Office at the time of registration and before the beginning of each semester.  All MSMC College policies, admissions and academic requirements, financial policies, and other institutional policies are applicable to students who are employees of Catholic-owned hospitals.  Contact Graduate Admissions for further details at (213) 477-2800.

M.A. Religious Studies Program

Limited scholarships are available on a per course basis only. Contact the Director of the Graduate Religious Studies Program at (213) 477-2640.

CSJ Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship is for a graduate Religious Studies student. Contact the Director of the Graduate Religious Studies Program at (213) 477-2640.

Monsignor James O’Gorman Endowed Scholarship Fund

Requirements:

  • For in-service training development of lay teachers for religious instruction anywhere in Southern California
  • Must have completed as many as half of the required units ( which is currently 18 units) while maintaining a 3.5 GPA
  • Contact the Religious Studies Graduate Program Director at 213.477.2640

Robert I. and Catherine M. Ryan Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship is for a Religious Studies graduate student. Need based. The Director of the Graduate Religious Studies Program works with Student Financing to determine the recipient of the award. Contact the Director of the Graduate Religious Studies Program at (213) 477-2640.

John Knight Scholarship

Contact the Director of the Graduate Religious Studies Program at (213) 477-2651.

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program

TA Program - A limited number of fellowships are available to doctoral students in the DPT program. Contact the Director of the DPT Program at (213)477-2601.

Ida Mave and Enoch Carlson Endowed Physical Therapy Scholarship (a minimum of $1,000 will be awarded from this scholarship per year).

Requirements:

  • Student must be Enrolled in the 3rd year of the DPT Program
  • Student must keep at least a 3.25 GPA. This merit based scholarship is for the “over and above” student and is not need based.
  • Students must submit a brief essay on an ethical issue in order to be qualified (to be designed by DPT staff, who will also collect applications).
  • Applicant must submit 2 letters of recommendation: 1) One must come from an instructor in the DPT program who can speak to your commitment to the profession. 2) The second reference may come from a clinical instructor or a member of the community who can speak to your understanding of ethical issues.
  • Students must apply by January 8, 2010 for monies to be awarded in the spring for the purpose of funding for summer clinicals. Contact the Director of the DPT Program at (213) 477-2601.

The Belief Foundation Leadership in Physical Therapy Endowed Scholarship Fund

Requirements:

  • Students must be enrolled in the second year of the program
  • Students must have a 3.25 GPA
  • Students must demonstrate leadership in the DPT Program, College, American Physical Therapy Association or Community
  • Students must submit a portfolio detailing their leadership experience including an essay on their perspective on Leadership

This is a merit based scholarship. Contact the Director of the DPT Program at (213) 477-2601.

Tuition Reduction Program for MSMC Graduate Students

A tuition discount of an amount specified by the College each year (2013-2014 is 35%) may be awarded to those graduate students who fulfill one of the following requirements:

  • Members of Catholic religious communities, Catholic diocesan priests and Catholic deacons in good standing, upon verification from appropriate religious authority.
  • Laypersons enrolled in graduate programs who are full-time (40 hours per week) employees of a Roman Catholic diocese or parish as listed in the current diocesan directory or in "The Official Catholic Directory"; (P.J. Kennedy & Sons, pub.), upon written verification of employment. This employment must be the major source of income for the student.
  • Laypersons who are chaplains in hospitals or prisons and who are full-time employees of a Roman Catholic diocese or a Roman Catholic institution (according to "The Official Catholic Directory"); written verification of employment required.

The student must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in order to qualify for the wavier. Workshops and Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are not included in this waiver. It is the student's responsibility to complete and file a Tuition Discount Application form with the Business Office prior to registration. At each subsequent registration period, the student may verify employment by submitting a copy of their most current paycheck stub to the Business Office.

Corporate Tuition Discount Program

Southern California Gas Company - Employees of Southern California Gas Company who are admitted to a Mount St. Mary's College graduate program may be eligible for a 15% tuition discount.  Contact Graduate Admissions for details at 213-477-2800.

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