Scholarships and Discounts

There are many financial aid options available to help make your education dreams a reality. Below are some of the discounts and scholarships available to students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; individuals applying to undergraduate programs are also encouraged to inquire with the Undergraduate Enrollment Services Center, while those interested in graduate programs are encouraged to contact Graduate and Professional Student Financial Services.

Department of Biology and Chemistry

Robert and Roberta Wright Science Scholarship

This scholarship is open to allied health, biology, biochemistry, and chemistry students accepted into the premedical track who have completed one biology, biochemistry, or chemistry course at the 300 level or higher. Each year, one recipient is selected and awarded up to $1,000. Applicants must be in good academic standing and must submit a CV and an essay detailing their goals for pursuing a career in medicine. Scholarship applications are due in March.

Women of Excellence—Chemistry

This scholarship is awarded to one junior female chemistry or biochemistry major who excels in her chemistry courses and demonstrates service to the department. Each year, the awardee is selected during the spring semester and awarded up to $500.

Department of Engineering and Computer Science

Power Settlements Scholarship

This scholarship is open to any APU computer science major who has been an intern in software development. Each year, $1,000 is awarded to each student whose internship meets the established requirements. Applicants must be sophomore, junior, or senior students, enrolled full-time, and in good standing (not on academic probation) with the program and the university. View Power Settlements Scholarship eligibility requirements, and complete the Power Settlements Scholarship form to apply.

Thomas Plew Scholarship

The faculty consider a pool of top computer science majors and choose 1-2 based on academic excellence and department service. This award is renewable dependent on maintaining a strong GPA and being visibly engaged in department events.

Ken and Brenda Anderson Scholarship

Computer science and computer information systems majors with a 3.2 or higher GPA can apply for this scholarship. Preference is given to non-California students. Applications for this scholarship will be sent to all qualifying students at the end of the fall semester. Although this is a nonrenewable scholarship, recipients may reapply upon completion of the one-year scholarship term.

Department of English

Esselstrom Prize

All English majors or creative writing minors with at least junior standing are eligible to compete for the Esselstrom Prize, an annual cash award of $1,000. Eligible students should anonymously submit a portfolio of their work in at least two genres to the Department of English. The portfolios will then be evaluated by a panel of judges, including APU creative writing faculty and at least one outside reader. The prize is named for David Esselstrom, Ph.D., now professor emeritus, who taught creative writing at APU for 34 years, and was chair of the Department of English for 12 of them. Winning this prize, or even being named a finalist for it, makes our English and creative writing students more competitive as applicants to MFA or M.A. programs, extending Esselstrom’s legacy of strong support for creative writers at APU.

Department of Global Studies, Sociology, and TESOL

Boyd Clarke International TESOL Student Scholarship

This scholarship is open to new and current students in APU’s on-campus, online, and field-based TESOL programs. Each year, up to $1,000 is awarded to two different recipients. Applicants must be enrolled full-time and should be in good standing with the program and university (not on academic probation or conditionally admitted). Scholarship applications are due November 30 and June 30 and include a 500-word essay. Download the Boyd Clarke International TESOL Student Scholarship Application (PDF) for more information.

Charles and Shirley Stapleton Graduate Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship is open to new and current students in APU’s on-campus, online, and field-based TESOL programs. Each year, up to $500 is awarded to two different recipients. Applicants must be enrolled full-time and should be in good standing with the program and university (not on academic probation or conditionally admitted). Scholarship applications are due November 30 and June 30 and include a 500-word essay. Download the Charles and Shirley Stapleton Graduate Endowed Scholarship Application (PDF) for more information.

Tsern Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Scholarship

The Tsern TEFL Scholarship is open to new graduate students who have been accepted to APU’s field-based TESOL program and who are committed to teaching English in China during the two years of their academic program. This award recognizes Christian scholars who will perpetuate the mission of Azusa Pacific University during their academic studies and later as language educators. A two-year, renewable grant of $5,000 (totaling $10,000) will be awarded to up to five different recipients.

Applicants must be enrolled full-time and should be in good standing with the program and university (not on academic probation or conditionally admitted). Recipients will be distinguished by the rigor and dedication they apply to their graduate studies, the skill and effort they apply to their craft of teaching, and the integrity and Christ-like compassion they demonstrate to their students and colleagues. Apply by April 1, for priority consideration for one of five available scholarships. The final deadline is May 1. Download the Tsern TEFL Scholarship Application (PDF) for more information.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Alumni Tuition Discounts

APU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) offers a 15 percent alumni tuition discount for APU alumni starting in the following graduate programs:

Students must maintain continuous enrollment at least half-time for the fall and spring terms. Students must be in good academic standing and maintain satisfactory academic progress with a minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0. If qualifications are met, the discount may be renewed each year until graduation. This discount cannot be combined with other institutional aid. Contact Student Financial Services for complete eligibility details.

Note: This information is current for the 2019-20 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.