Presidio Graduate School offers need-based and merit-based scholarships to assist new and current students, based both on generous donations and our institutional commitment to creating affordable education for all.
Below is a summary of the scholarships we offer and an overview of how we allocate them based on funding availability, eligibility criteria, and application deadline. Please note that priority is given to full-time students.
Economic Access Scholarships
We’re all about igniting the passion of changemakers and empowering them to create impact at scale. To us, there’s no greater honor than to witness the transformation of our students into leaders capable of effecting sustained systemic change. To that end, we’re committed to our goal that no qualified students are turned away due to lack of funding. Click below to learn more and apply.
Academic Leadership Scholarships
Solving the world’s unprecedented challenges in an era of disruption, uncertainty, and rapid business change requires a new brand of leadership. We’re proud to recognize selected students who embody our core values by demonstrating ethical leadership, an exceptional commitment to equity and inclusion, promotion of social justice, and a drive for sustainability. Click below to learn more and apply.
John A. Spiekhout Scholarship
John A. Spiekhout was a pillar of his community who believed passionately in social justice. The John A. Spiekhout Scholarship honors his legacy through generous funding from his family, including alumna Rebekah Helzel, Linda Mantel, and the Helzel Family Foundation, and is awarded to a student each year to recognize academic excellence. Click below to learn more and apply.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to our mission—from our staff to all of our programs—because we know that solutions to the world’s biggest challenges are best achieved when everyone contributes. In furtherance of this commitment, we launched a generous need-based scholarship in August, 2020 with the main goal that no qualified students are turned away due to lack of funding.
To support this impactful scholarship effort, please visit our donation page and consider making a contribution.
How does this work?
The economic access scholarship is an aid fund available to new and continuing students who demonstrate a financial need based on their estimated family contribution (EFC) and/or extenuating circumstances to help subsidize the cost of studying at Presidio Graduate School.
What is an extenuating circumstance?
Our financial aid officers can make adjustments in some cases for loss of income or benefits, death, divorce or separation of a parent or spouse, unusually high medical bills, or problems obtaining parental data due to a family situation. You may choose to disclose such circumstances to complement your Estimated Family Contribution FAFSA score. If you select this option, i.e., if your EFC score does not fairly reflect your current financial situation, you will have to provide more explanation and documentation to support the indicated circumstance.
How to apply (current students):
Step 1: Register for the next semester.
Step 2: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) for the 2020-21 academic year.
Step 3: Complete this request form to demonstrate your financial need.
Step 4: Our team will evaluate your needs based on your documents and the estimated family contribution per FAFSA® or the circumstances that you shared.
Scholarship application deadline for current students: Published course registration deadline for the upcoming term.
You should expect a response within two weeks after the published course registration deadline.
How to apply (new students):
Step 1: Complete the admissions application and interview with the Director of Admissions.
Step 2: Receive your acceptance decision from the Director of Admissions.
Step 3: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) for the 2020-21 academic year.
Step 4: Complete this request form to demonstrate your need.
Step 5: Our team will evaluate your needs based on your documents and the estimated family contribution per FAFSA® or the circumstances that you shared.
Scholarship application deadline for new students: Published final admissions application deadline for the upcoming term.
You should expect a response within two weeks after receiving the acceptance notification and submitting the scholarship application form.
Availability and Renewal
This scholarship is available for students to apply for every semester and will be renewed annually or when new financial aid award years are available, whichever is sooner. Renewal conditions will be moved to every semester in case students used extenuating circumstances to qualify for the scholarship in lieu of Estimated Family Contribution (EFC).
We award academic leadership scholarships to students who can prove academic excellence and demonstrate traits valued by PGS including ethical leadership, exceptional commitment to equity and inclusion, promotion of social justice, and drive for sustainability.
How does this work?
We extend an academic leadership scholarship to new or current students who can prove academic excellence in addition to having strong personal and professional traits that align with our core values.
You can apply for both academic leadership scholarships and economic access scholarships. The availability of academic leadership scholarships is limited to the level of existing institutional funds, in addition to any donor-based funds.
Minimum eligibility criteria:
- New students must have earned a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.75 and/or a compelling track record as a social/environmental change agent.
- Continuing students must have completed at least 12 credits at PGS with a minimum GPA of 3.75 and/or a compelling track record as a social/environmental change agent.
- Students must be enrolled in a full-time course load to be eligible to receive the scholarship.
How to apply (current students):
Step 1: Complete the academic leadership scholarship application online.
Step 2: Complete a personal statement (in approximately 750 words) reflecting on your journey that led to your academic excellence, as well as your personal and professional traits (ethical leadership, exceptional commitment to equity and inclusion, promotion of social justice, and drive for sustainability) that guided your path and how they tie to your future aspirations.
Step 3: Request two professional (non-PGS faculty, mentors, supervisors, etc.) letters of recommendation that could affirm academic excellence and personal and professional traits.
Step 4: The academic scholarship committee will evaluate your application and notify you of their decision at least two weeks before the start of the semester.
Application deadline: The deadline to apply is the published registration deadline.
You should expect to hear back about the award two weeks from the published registration deadline.
How to apply (new students):
New students follow the same process as above, with the exception of furnishing an undergraduate (Bachelor’s) transcript to meet the minimum requirements.
Step 1: Complete the academic leadership scholarship application online.
Step 2: Complete a personal statement (in approximately 750 words) reflecting on your journey that led to your academic achievements, as well as your personal and professional traits (ethical leadership, exceptional commitment to equity and inclusion, promotion of social justice, and drive for sustainability) that guides your path and how they tie to your future aspirations.
Step 3: Request two professional (faculty, mentors, supervisors, etc.) letters of recommendation that could affirm academic excellence and personal and professional traits.
Step 4: The academic leadership scholarship committee will evaluate your application and notify you of their decision at least two weeks before the start of the semester.
Application deadline: We accept applications on a rolling basis throughout the entire application cycle. You should expect to hear back about the award two weeks from the scholarship form submission date.
Eligibility determination: In both cases (new and continuing students), the scholarship committee will review and vote to determine eligibility.
What is the award? The award is a set amount of discount per credit hour ($150 scholarship/unit).
Terms and conditions:
- The academic leadership scholarship is an annual award. If awarded, you must maintain your GPA and full-time enrollment status to keep the scholarship for the two consecutive semesters. Lowering the enrollment status may result in forfeiture of your scholarship.
- Eligibility for this scholarship will apply starting in the Spring 2021 term and will not be applicable to cover previous semesters. It cannot be refunded or reimbursed and only applies as a credit towards tuition.
- By accepting this scholarship, you will be forfeiting other scholarships/grants awarded (except an approved economic access scholarship) by the institution as tuition discount and this will impact the total Cost of Attendance for Federal Financial Aid loans per federal guidelines.
John A. Spiekhout was a pillar of his community who believed passionately in social justice. The John A. Spiekhout Scholarship honors his legacy through generous funding from his family, including alumna Rebekah Helzel, Linda Mantel, and the Helzel Family Foundation, and is awarded to a student each year to recognize academic excellence.
The next available opportunity to apply for this scholarship will be in May 2021. Meanwhile, meet our current Spiekhout Scholar, Cathy Sims.
The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award is a post-service benefit earned by individuals who complete approved terms of national service in AmeriCorps programs. The award is named after Eli Segal, a pioneer of national service and the first CEO of the federal Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).
Eligibility: Full-time students maintaining a GPA above 3.0
Quantity available: Matching award up to $5,000, with a maximum of three awards granted per year
After successfully completing your AmeriCorps term of service, you are eligible to receive the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. You can use the award to repay qualified student loans and to pay current educational expenses at Presidio Graduate School. This matching award will be awarded to a select number of incoming students and will match your award up to $5,000. This matching award is available through the generous gift of Suzanne Farver and is open to all recipients of the Segal AmeriCorps Educational Fund used towards their tuition at Presidio Graduate School.
To learn more about the Segal AmeriCorps Matching Education Fund, please visit the Fund’s website.
You can find additional scholarships through third-party online search sites and organizations, some examples of which are listed here*:
The Sallie Mae Fund: College
FastWeb Scholarship Search
“School Soup” and GoodCall Scholarship Search
College Affordability Guide
Hebrew Free Loans
Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships
Public Service Loan Forgiveness Programs
* Notice: Presidio Graduate School does not sanction or endorse any company or organization providing scholarship funds. These are posted strictly as a courtesy in an effort to assist students looking for additional sources of funding. Each website has been reviewed, however, no in-depth background checks are performed on individual companies. We advise students to use good judgment when submitting applications. Please be aware of the potential for online scholarship scams and please contact our office immediately to report suspicious behavior.
Here, you will find additional detailed information regarding scholarships, eligibility, and your rights and responsibilities.
Awarding & packaging: awarding philosophy
We award scholarships to students who have demonstrated financial need, in accordance with federal and PGS policies. We award financial aid based on the concept of equity packaging. In other words, we evaluate students’ need after evaluating the estimated family contribution compared to the cost of attendance.
Students who come from lower-income families qualify for greater percentages of grant and scholarship funding. The equity (gifted funds portion) can change from term to term based on the total amount available from all funding sources and the number of eligible students. The minimum grant is based on available funds from University Grant Funded Aid Program monies.
Packaging policy: basic funding
Those who qualify for basic funding may receive a minimum grant and are eligible to apply for loans, including federal or private loans.
Scholarships are “free money” that you do not have to repay. Scholarships are awarded to the extent permitted by guidelines and funding levels. The level of scholarship aid can vary from year to year (or within a single year) depending on your eligibility, the availability of funds, and/or your budget. The information you provide allows us to determine the proper amount to award. This is known as equity packaging.
We award loans after we have determined your eligibility for scholarships and funding. These loans include unsubsidized federal loans; Federal Plus Loans; any Title IV program; and other federal, state, private, or institutional student financial aid programs.
From time to time, we must adjust standard budgets as a result of mandatory fee changes, required enrollment period changes, and so forth. To the extent possible, awards are re-adjusted to equity when this occurs.
If you receive additional loans and/or grants and scholarships (other than those awarded or administered by our office) after your aid is packaged, adjustments may be needed to avoid excessive awards. Depending on the additional aid and existing policies, loans and/or unmet needs are generally reduced first.
Complex federal and state regulations dictate the manner in which we determine eligibility and provide assistance. Our goal is to balance regulation compliance with your day to day needs.
Generally, financial aid eligibility is determined based on the cost of attending PGS (which can be found on our website and the student handbook), accounting for your expected family contribution from earnings, assets, and other resources. Financial aid eligibility is the amount of need-based funding you may receive from University sources, federal programs such as unsubsidized or Plus loans, and fellowships and scholarships from outside organizations.
Other resources include, but are not limited to, untaxed income, gifts, and benefits from government programs (Social Security, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Veterans Benefits, and Vocational Rehabilitation, etc.).
Your expected family contribution is based on the income and asset information reported on the FAFSA. Some students may be selected for a process called verification. The U.S. Department of Education requires us to verify the information used to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by collecting supporting documentation from students who are selected for verification during FAFSA processing. If you are selected for verification, you will receive notification from the Department of Education via the Student Aid Report. The Student Financial Services Office also notifies you about the verification process and may request additional documents. Your financial aid package is conditional, and subject to change, until the verification process is completed, and funds cannot be released to you. Once the verification review is complete, the hold on your financial aid will be removed.
Note: The following should only be used to estimate a contribution from income and assets. The actual amount used to determine financial aid eligibility will be calculated when the completed application is reviewed.
Student and spouse contribution from earnings and assets
Your prior-year income (2018 income for the 2020-2021 school year) and that of your spouse is used to determine the amount you are expected to contribute toward your educational costs. However, Student Financial Services may make an exception when this amount does not adequately reflect your current ability to contribute to your educational costs.
Generally, based on federal methodology, you are expected to contribute a portion of your income and assets. Different allowances and protections are made, which are detailed on the Department of Education website.
When completing the financial aid application and estimating the amount of savings, you should allow for moving or travel expenses, repayment of existing consumer debts, and other expenses so that the savings amount will not be overstated.
Students’ rights and responsibilities
You have the right:
- To know what financial aid programs are available at your school.
- To know the deadline for submitting applications for each available program.
- To know how financial aid will be distributed, how decisions are made, and the basis for these decisions.
- To know how your financial need was determined. This includes how costs for tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, travel, personal and miscellaneous expenses, etc., are considered in your budget.
- To know how much of your financial need had been met as determined by the financial aid advisor at the school or college.
- To know what resources (such as parental contribution, other financial aid, your assets, etc.) were considered in the calculation of your need.
- To know what portion of the financial aid you received must be repaid, and what portion is grant aid. If the aid is a loan, you have the right to know what the interest rate is, the total amount that must be repaid, the repayment procedures, the length of time you have to repay the loan, and when repayment is to begin.
- To know how the school determines whether you are making satisfactory progress, and what happens if you are not.
- To request an explanation of the various programs in your student aid package.
You have the responsibility:
- To complete all application forms accurately and submit them on time to the right place.
- To provide correct information. In most instances, misreporting information on financial aid applications is a violation of law and may be considered a criminal offense.
- To return all documentation, verification, corrections, and/or new information requested by either the Student Financial Services Office or the agency to which you submitted your application.
- To read and understand all forms that you are asked to sign and to keep copies of them.
- To accept responsibility for all the arrangements that you sign.
- To be aware of your school’s refund procedures.
All schools must provide information to prospective students about the school’s programs and performance. You should consider this information carefully before deciding to attend a school.