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Graduate Professional Studies: Scholarships

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American University's School of Professional & Extended Studies offers a limited number of partial scholarships to qualified students to facilitate their participation in their programs. Scholarship opportunities are currently available for students participating in the Washington Semester Program and the Graduate Professional Studies. All students (domestic and international) are encouraged to apply.

All eligible students who submit a scholarship application are considered for the following two scholarships:


Students in this category must demonstrate a high level of academic achievement (3.5 GPA or higher), community engagement, extracurricular activities, honors, and potential contribution to their academic field of study while enrolled in the School of Professional & Extended Studies. The recipients of this award are identified through the evaluation of their admission application and supplemental materials.


Students in this category will be deemed scholars within their program of study. Students must have an average to above average GPA (3.0 or higher*). They must demonstrate moderate to high financial need, and should have contributed in some way to their field of study. To be considered for Travel Grants, Work Awards, Leadership Scholarships and the Science Health & Technology Scholarship, students must check the corresponding boxes on the SPExS Scholarship Application.


The Leadership Scholarships can be awarded in a variety of financial assistance including in the form of Tuition, Room & Board (including meal plan coverage) scholarships, and/or Work Awards. The dollar amount will vary based on funding and need. The Scholarship Committee expects students to have a 3.0 GPA or higher* and demonstrated leadership experience. Education Award: Awarded to students that are the first in their immediate family to attend a college or university. Students applying for an Education Award should desire a future career within their program of study.

Advancement Award: Awarded to underrepresented populations. This award is provided to increase diversity and opportunities for students from these populations within the School of Professional & Extended Studies. Students attending specifically designated colleges such as historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and Hispanic-serving institutions are encouraged to apply. Students applying for an Advancement Award should desire a future career within the program of study.


Awarded to students pursuing study in the areas of Science, Health, and Technology. This is specifically designed for students in the Washington Semester Public Health Program and the Graduate Professional Studies Biotechnology Program. Special consideration is given to applicants from underrepresented or underserved populations including women, though all students are encouraged to apply. Students are asked to complete a separate application to be considered for this award, highlighting their background in these fields and future career plans.

*Exceptions may be made for students below 3.0 GPA that have demonstrated need.

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