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.
Alice V. Watkins Scholarship
This scholarship honors Dr. Alice V. Watkins, former dean of the School of Education at APU. Dr. Watkins has a passion for encouraging students in their teaching credential goals. This scholarship financially assists students enrolled in a teaching credential program. Awards range from $500 to $1,000. Download the 2018–19 Alice V. Watkins Scholarship Application (PDF).
Bessie Maria Lyles Memorial Scholarship
In honor of the life of Bessie Maria Lyles, this scholarship supports students entering the field of special education, specifically those from backgrounds underrepresented in the special education teaching ranks and/or those who have personal experience with disabilities and the additional supports required for student success. Applicants must be in good academic standing and demonstrate academic aptitude that indicates a likelihood for program completion. Two scholarships of $2,500 each will be awarded. Download the 2018-19 Bessie Maria Lyles Memorial 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 financially assists graduates of the liberal studies program at Los Angeles Pacific University who enroll in a graduate Multiple Subject Teaching Credential program. Preference is given to full-time Christian workers and/or their family member. The award amount varies depending on available funding. Download the 2018-19 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. Download the 2019-20 Ernest L. Boyer Teacher Scholarship Application (PDF).
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. This scholarship assists doctoral program students in the School of Education who are attending on a half- or full-time basis and who demonstrate satisfactory academic progress, commitment to service, and financial need. This is a one-time award and cannot be combined with the Research Assistantship. The annual awards range from $1,000 to $3,500. Download the 2018-19 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. The award is $2,500 for each of two consecutive terms for a total of $5,000. Download the 2018-19 Marvin O. Johnson Scholarship Application (PDF).
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 has a heart for helping others succeed. The scholarship assists School of Education students, including those in online programs, who are admitted and enrolled in the fall term and demonstrate financial need. Awards vary depending on available funding. Download the 2018-19 Simmerok Family Encouragement Scholarship Application (PDF).
Victress Bower Scholarship
Residents of Riverside or San Bernardino counties may qualify for this scholarship. Students must already be credentialed, teaching, and seeking an additional credential or master’s degree in special education. Awards vary based on available funding. Download the 2018-19 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.
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.
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
Students fill out the 2018-19 School of Education MOU Agreement Discount (PDF) form and provide proof of employment along with a form every year of enrollment. 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.