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Scholarships & Financial Aid

Scholarships for All Degree Programs

Presidio Graduate School believes students are making a great investment in their personal and professional development and the future of our world. PGS strives to make our programs affordable and your dreams attainable. All new and returning students interested in being considered for one of our scholarships must fill out a yearly FAFSA application. Please see specific scholarship requirements listed below. Additional scholarships may also be found through third-party online search sites.

Scholarships are awarded on a first come basis. Complete your fall application by the Round 2 deadline of April 17 for next best consideration. 

Big Idea Prize

Presidio Graduate School started as a big idea in 2003. The Big Idea Prize celebrates over a decade of turning big ideas into big impact by awarding a full ride scholarship* to a student with the best "Big Idea" to move the needle in sustainability. Includes a semifinalist nomination to the Echoing Green Fellowship, allowing the winner to bypass the first round. Congratulations to our Spring 2014 winner Hilary Abell and our Fall 2014 winner Aseya Kakar. All tuition and student fees for up to 2 years full-time, or 4 years part-time.

Board of Directors Distinguished Scholarship

The Board of Directors Distinguished Scholarship is for students whose personal talents distinguish them within the pool of admitted applicants. Up to $4,000

Board of Directors Diversity Scholarship

The Board of Directors Diversity Scholarship is awarded to students whose diverse life experiences and contributions to diverse groups distinguish them within the pool of admitted applicants. Up to $4,000

Presidio Leadership Scholar Award

The Presidio Leadership Scholar Award is presented to a select number of newly admitted students based on an essay of 500 words or less that describes the applicant’s strong alignment with the mission of the school, leadership potential, and work and volunteer experience. Up to $4,500

Richard M. Gray Scholarship

Richard M. Gray founder of Presidio Graduate School is honored through this scholarship. The school will award scholarships to selected continuing degree students. The scholarships will be awarded to those students who win a faculty-judged one to two-page proposal for a sustainable product or service which the winners may, or may not, seek to develop during their academic work in a Presidio program. Up to $3,000

Huey D. Johnson Scholarship

Established by the Fred Gellert Family Foundation, the Huey D. Johnson scholarship provides tuition support to students showing promise in environmental policy and business management, and will be awarded at the discretion of the President. The scholarship honors the legendary California environmentalist Huey Johnson, founder and president of the Resource Renewal Institute, former president of the Nature Conservancy and, from 1976-1982, Secretary of Resources for the State of California. $2,500 - $4,000

Invoking the Pause Scholarship

Launched in Spring 2013, the Invoking the Pause (ITP) Scholarship Fund is made possible by the generous support of Maggie Kaplan. Maggie Kaplan is the Executive Director of Invoking the Pause, an environmental grants program designed to advance public awareness and engagement about climate change issues. $1,000 - $3,000

Veterans Scholarship of Presidio

With administrative offices located in the Presidio, a former military base on the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula, Presidio Graduate School is committed to providing financial scholarships to U.S. Veterans. $2,500 - $4,500

Yellow Ribbon Program for Military Veterans

Presidio Graduate School is proud to support the military student population and their families through its participation in and commitment to the Yellow Ribbon Program, a provision of the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

Sustainability Blogger Scholarship

Are you a frequent blogger about sustainability and more specifically, one of Presidio Graduate Schools academic focus areas? Up to $2,700

Bhakti Chai Scholarship for Emerging Female Leaders

The Bhakti Chai Scholarship for Emerging Female Leaders provides tuition assistance for entrepreneurial female applicants with interest in the sustainable/organic foods industry and/or sustainable entrepreneurship. Up to $5,000.

Eric Sharp Memorial Scholarship Award

This award is presented to a returning or entering MPA student who is passionate about the social justice pillar of sustainability. This award is made in memory of Eric Sharp, C13 (PA2), his love for life, his classmates, and Presidio. Up to $3,000

Scholarships for MPA students

Graduate Community Service Merit Scholarship

In keeping with the school’s mission to educate the next generation of business and policy leaders in the sustainability field, Presidio will award Graduate Community Service Merit Scholarships on a competitive basis to a limited number of incoming MPA students who have demonstrated exceptional achievements in community service activities in either paid or volunteer positions.  $4,000 - $5,000

Public Administration Scholarship

Awarded to Master of Public Administration students, the Public Administration Scholarship is based on the strength of application and work experience in the public sector. $2,500 - $5,000 

Questions regarding Presidio scholarships should be directed to Admissions. 

Partner Scholarships

AASHE Scholarship

Newly admitted students who are members of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) qualify for a 15% tuition scholarship.

B Corp Scholarship

Newly admitted students who are employees of B Corp certified organizations qualify for a 15% tuition scholarship.

BALLE Scholarship

Newly admitted students who are members of BALLE qualify for a 15% tuition scholarship.

Good Food Merchants Guild Scholarship

Newly admitted students who are members of the Good Food Merchants Guild, or their employees, qualify for a 15% tuition scholarship.

Financial Aid

Financial aid application materials are available each December for the following academic year. Students wishing to be considered for assistance from federal, state, or institu­tional sources must complete all required forms, which can be found on the Alliant website. Check back periodically for special news and announcements on new scholarships, etc.

Current and incoming students should contact Carly Miles at cmiles@alliant.edu with all questions regarding financial aid policies, processes, or procedures. In addition, general questions can be answered via phone at 1-858-635-4700 or finaid@alliant.edu

Work-Study Program

The work-study program at Presidio Graduate School is administered and coordinated by Alliant University. The University receives funds each year from the federal government to administer the program and pay the students.

The work-study program provides part-time jobs for students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay for education expenses. A student’s work-study eligibility for the academic year is based on when the student applied for financial aid (students must complete the FAFSA form), financial need, whether or not the student has registered for classes in the upcoming school year, and the University's funding level. Students must also be U.S. or naturalized citizens.

Presidio Graduate School does not have an institutional work-study program; all funding received for work-study is from the federal government. As a result, funding is limited and students must fill out a FAFSA form and be financially eligible to receive a work-study award.