PSU's online graduate scholarship application for the 2019-20 academic year is open as of October 1, 2018 and will remain open until February 1, 2019 at 11:59pm.

Scholarships in the GSE

The Graduate School of Education (GSE) awards over 50 scholarships to incoming and current students in master's, doctoral, and/or licensure programs. Just complete one online application and you will automatically be considered for all applicable GSE scholarships. To read about the specific scholarships awarded through GSE, check out the PSU database of scholarships. For questions, contact

Scholarship calendar

  • October 1, 2018: PSU's online graduate scholarship application is open - time to start your application!
  • Scholarship Information Sessions will begin at the GSE Open House on Wednesday October 17 from 12:00-3:00pm. There will be additional sessions in December and January. Find out more on our Information Session page.
  • February 1, 2019 at 11:59pm PST: PSU's online graduate scholarship application closes; your application must be complete to be considered.
  • At the end of March 2019: We will begin to notify award recipients. Please note that you need to be admitted to a GSE program before you will be notified if you are a scholarship recipient.

Scholarship information sessions

Do you want to learn more about the scholarships offered by the GSE? Would you like some tips to tailor your scholarship application? Check back soon for information on scholarship information sessions held in the GSE.


  • All admitted incoming and current GSE students
  • Completing a master's, doctoral, graduate certificate, and/or licensure program
  • Attending PSU any term of the next academic year (2019-20)

Online scholarship application

Apply for all GSE scholarships through PSU's online graduate scholarship application. Complete this one application, and based on your responses you will be considered for all scholarships for which you meet the criteria. You may also choose to complete applicable parts of the Office of Graduate Studies (OGS) section to be considered for OGS-administered funds such as the Laurels Graduate Award.


  • The scholarship application is separate from the graduate program application, and we encourage you to complete both in the same timeframe. Scholarships are only awarded to admitted and current PSU students.
  • Start your application early. Reviewers look for passionate and well-written personal stories. Hearing your voice is important!
  • Edit and spellcheck your essays. Remember to have someone proofread them too.
  • If you will not be filing a FAFSA but do want to be considered for need-based scholarships, you should complete a Student Budget form (this is also linked to in the scholarship application). FAFSA-filers should NOT submit the budget form.
  • Seek out and ask for recommendations early. Recommendations must be submitted by February 1st (this is a hard deadline). Two recommendations are required, and the application allows for three submissions. (Fewer than 2 recommendations will be an automatic elimination from consideration.)
  • Don't forget to click "SUBMIT" at the end of the application. No changes may be made after submitting - however letters of recommendation can still be received until the deadline.

Starting your application

  • Visit PSU's online scholarship application. If you are a first time user, click "Create Account" and note your username and password so you will be able to log in again later. Or, if you have already created an online PSU scholarship application account, click "Log in here" with your username and password.
  • Read through the application first to familiarize yourself with its sections (the application is updated every year). Gather the information you will need to complete the application. Jot down the essay questions which apply to you.
  • Complete the PSU Graduation Application section, and the Graduate School of Education section. You may also choose to complete applicable parts of the Office of Graduate Studies section.

Saving and returning

The scholarship application may seem lengthy, but you can stop, save your work, and come back to your application at any time. Be sure to hit "Save & Logout" before you exit.

Finishing your application

You must click "Submit application" when you are done with your application, or your application will not be sent for consideration. Note: you may do this before your recommendations are all submitted. By clicking "Submit application," you indicate that you have finished your entry in the application. After you do this, your recommenders may still submit their recommendations up until February 1, 2018 at 11:59pm PST. However, once you hit the "Submit application" button, you will not be able to change anything you entered in your application, so only do this when you are sure you are finished (but don't put it off and forget to do it!).

Award notifications and disbursements

Official notification of scholarship and other financial aid awards will come from the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships (not from the GSE) via email starting in the month of March. If you do not request any change, scholarship disbursements will be given in Fall term (for awards up to $1500) or split equally between Fall, Winter, and Spring term for larger awards. Attendance at PSU is mandatory and award recipients will be required to accept or decline their awards in Banweb. Declined scholarships will be awarded to an alternate recipient. A thank you letter is also required of scholarship recipients.

If you have questions about the GSE section of the online application or other aspects of GSE scholarships, contact

If you have questions about the PSU Graduate section of the online application or other aspects of financial aid, please contact the PSU Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at or 503-725-3461.

Information about scholarships outside the GSE

Visit the Office of Graduate Studies for information about financing your graduate studies. And, you can also follow the GSE's Facebook page for posts on external scholarships for education and counseling students.