Scholarships and Discounts

School of Education students may access a variety of financial aid opportunities to fund their studies at Azusa Pacific University. Below are some of the discounts and scholarships available to students in the School of Education, and students are also encouraged to contact Graduate and Professional Student Financial Services for more information on scholarships, fellowships, grants, and loan assumptions.

MOU Partner Tuition Discounts

The School of Education and the School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences offer a 10 percent tuition discount for eligible employees of the following districts, counties, and charter schools who will start in a graduate education program through the School of Education or a graduate physical education program through the School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences.

Please note: The School of Education’s doctoral program (Ed.D. in Educational Leadership) is not eligible for any MOU discount. The discount cannot be combined with other institutional aid.

  • Apple Valley Unified School District
  • Arcadia Unified School District
  • Colton Joint Unified School District
  • Corona-Norco Unified School District
  • County of Orange
  • Duarte Unified School District
  • Hesperia Unified School District
  • Moreno Valley Unified School District
  • Orange County Superintendent of Schools
  • Oro Grande Unified School District
  • Pasadena Unified School District
  • Perris Union High School District
  • Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District
  • San Bernardino City Unified School District
  • San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools
  • San Jacinto Unified School District
  • Temecula Valley Unified School District
  • Walnut Valley Unified School District

School District Employees: If your district is not listed, please have your district office email schoolofeducation@apu.edu to express an interest in establishing an MOU with Azusa Pacific University.

Students fill out the 2019-20 MOU Discount Form and provide proof of employment along with a form every year of enrollment. Contact Student Financial Services for complete eligibility details.

School of Education Alumni Tuition Discounts

APU’s School of Education offers a 15 percent alumni tuition discount for Azusa Pacific alumni starting in a graduate program.

Students must maintain continuous half-time enrollment 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.

Notes on Eligibility: The School of Education’s doctoral program (Ed.D. in Educational Leadership) and the Clear Administrative Services Credential (CASC) program are not eligible for the alumni tuition discount. APU doctoral alumni are also not eligible for the School of Education alumni discount. Additionally, the alumni discount cannot be combined with other institutional aid, such as School of Education scholarships. Students who are eligible for both may to choose to receive either the alumni discount or an APU scholarship. Contact Student Financial Services for complete eligibility details.

Alice V. Watkins Scholarship

This scholarship honors Dr. Alice V. Watkins, former dean of APU’s School of Education. Dr. Watkins was passionate in encouraging students in their teacher preparation goals. This scholarship assists students enrolled in an APU teaching credential program. Awards are based on the endowed fund amount and may vary year to year. Awards range from $500 to $1,000 and are available each fall and spring. Download the 2019–20 Alice V. Watkins Scholarship Application (PDF).

Dan and Judy Watkins Scholarship

This scholarship honors Dan and Judy Watkins’ appreciation of adult learners who are transitioning into a teaching career. This scholarship assists students who completed their undergraduate degree in a non-traditional format and who are currently enrolled in the APU Multiple Subject Teaching Credential program. Preference is given to full-time Christian workers and/or their family member(s). Awards are based on the endowed fund amount and may vary year to year. Awards range from $1,000 to $1,500 and are available each fall and spring. Download the 2019-20 Dan and Judy Watkins Scholarship Application (PDF).

Ernest L. Boyer Teacher Scholarship

This scholarship is in memory of the late Ernest Boyer, the noted educator who served as president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. His friends and family established a fund to provide awards for students who are planning careers as teachers. Azusa Pacific University is honored to be one of five institutions selected to provide an annual award. Students enrolled in a teaching credential program are eligible to apply. Criteria include Dr. Boyer’s values, including commitments to community, character, and service, and creating a climate for learning. This scholarship has already been awarded for 2019-20.

Lillian B. Wehmeyer Scholarship

This scholarship is in memory of the late Dr. Lillian B. Wehmeyer, former faculty in the School of Education doctoral program, who lived with a passion for assisting doctoral students in successful research. APU School of Education doctoral program students who are attending on a half- or full-time basis and who demonstrate satisfactory academic progress, evidence a commitment to service, and show financial need may apply for an award ranging from $1,000 to $3,000. Awards are based on the endowed fund amount, may vary year to year, and are available each fall and spring. Download the 2019-20 Lillian B. Wehmeyer Scholarship Application (PDF).

Marvin O. Johnson Scholarship

This scholarship honors the memory of the late Marvin O. Johnson who was a passionate educator throughout his lifetime teaching career. This scholarship assists serious-minded and spiritually-sensitive students who are enrolled full-time in a teaching credential and/or master’s degree program preparing for classroom education (K-12). Applicants must maintain a 3.0 GPA, be enrolled in consecutive fall and spring terms, and desire to teach in the public school system. Awards are based on the endowed fund amount and may vary year to year. The award is typically $2,500 and applications are accepted fall and spring. Download the 2019-20 Marvin O. Johnson Scholarship Application (PDF).

School of Education Student Teaching Scholarship

Application to the School of Education Student Teaching Scholarship is by invitation only to students with demonstrated financial hardship who are enrolled in a combined degree and teaching credential program (Multiple Subject, Single Subject, or Special Education) with a GPA of 3.7 or higher. Applicants must be cleared for clinical practice (student teaching) in the upcoming term for which they are applying. Awards are typically $4,000 each, and five scholarships are available each fall and spring.

Simmerok Family Encouragement Scholarship

This scholarship represents Dr. Bruce Simmerok’s vision of encouraging graduate students. As a faculty member and administrator at APU, Dr. Simmerok had a heart for helping others succeed, particularly those in online programs. The scholarship is available to School of Education students in degree programs who demonstrate financial need. Awards are based on the endowed fund amount, may vary year to year, and are available each fall and spring. Download the 2019-20 Simmerok Family Encouragement Scholarship Application (PDF).

Victress Bower Scholarship

Residents of Riverside or San Bernardino counties may qualify for this externally funded scholarship. Students must already be credentialed, teaching, and seeking an additional credential or master’s degree in special education. Awards are based on the external funds available, may vary year to year, and are available each fall and spring. Download the 2019-20 Victress Bower Scholarship Scholarship Application (PDF).

View additional outside financial aid opportunities—including scholarships, fellowships, grants, and loan assumptions—available to School of Education students.

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.