Scholarships and Discounts
There are many financial aid options available to help make your education dreams a reality. Below are some of the discounts and scholarships available to students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; individuals applying to undergraduate programs are also encouraged to inquire with the Student Services Center, while those interested in graduate programs are encouraged to contact Graduate and Professional Student Financial Services.
Department of Biology and Chemistry
Robert and Roberta Wright Science Scholarship
This scholarship is open to allied health, biology, biochemistry, and chemistry students accepted into the premedical track who have completed one biology, biochemistry, or chemistry course at the 300 level or higher. Each year, one recipient is selected and awarded up to $1,000. Applicants must be in good academic standing and must submit a CV and an essay detailing their goals for pursuing a career in medicine. Scholarship applications are due in March.
Women of Excellence—Chemistry
This scholarship is awarded to one junior female chemistry or biochemistry major who excels in her chemistry courses and demonstrates service to the department. Each year, the awardee is selected during the spring semester and awarded up to $500.
Department of Engineering and Computer Science
Power Settlements Scholarship
This scholarship is open to any APU computer science major who has been an intern in software development. Each year, $1,000 is awarded to each student whose internship meets the established requirements. Applicants must be sophomore, junior, or senior students, enrolled full-time, and in good standing (not on academic probation) with the program and the university. View Power Settlements Scholarship eligibility requirements, and complete the Power Settlements Scholarship form to apply.
Thomas Plew Scholarship
The faculty consider a pool of top computer science majors and choose 1-2 based on academic excellence and department service. This award is renewable dependent on maintaining a strong GPA and being visibly engaged in department events.
Ken and Brenda Anderson Scholarship
Computer science and computer information systems majors with a 3.2 or higher GPA can apply for this scholarship. Preference is given to non-California students. Applications for this scholarship will be sent to all qualifying students at the end of the fall semester. Although this is a nonrenewable scholarship, recipients may reapply upon completion of the one-year scholarship term.
Department of English
All English majors or creative writing minors with at least junior standing are eligible to compete for the Esselstrom Prize, an annual cash award of $1,000. Eligible students should anonymously submit a portfolio of their work in at least two genres to the Department of English. The portfolios will then be evaluated by a panel of judges, including APU creative writing faculty and at least one outside reader. The prize is named for David Esselstrom, PhD, now professor emeritus, who taught creative writing at APU for 34 years, and was chair of the Department of English for 12 of them. Winning this prize, or even being named a finalist for it, makes our English and creative writing students more competitive as applicants to MFA or MA programs, extending Esselstrom’s legacy of strong support for creative writers at APU.
Department of Sociology, TESOL, and Modern Languages
Boyd Clarke International TESOL Student Scholarship
This scholarship is open to new and current students in APU’s on-campus, online, and field-based TESOL programs. Each year, up to $1,000 is awarded to two different recipients. Applicants must be enrolled full-time and should be in good standing with the program and university (not on academic probation or conditionally admitted). Scholarship applications are due November 30 and June 30 and include a 500-word essay. Download the Boyd Clarke International TESOL Student Scholarship Application (PDF) for more information.
Charles and Shirley Stapleton Graduate Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship is open to new and current students in APU’s on-campus, online, and field-based TESOL programs. Each year, up to $500 is awarded to two different recipients. Applicants must be enrolled full-time and should be in good standing with the program and university (not on academic probation or conditionally admitted). Scholarship applications are due November 30 and June 30 and include a 500-word essay. Download the Charles and Shirley Stapleton Graduate Endowed Scholarship Application (PDF) for more information.
Tsern Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Scholarship
The Tsern TEFL Scholarship is open to new and current graduate students in APU’s on-campus, online, and field-based TESOL programs who are committed to serving Christ by teaching English. Each year, up to $2,000 is awarded to eligible recipients. This award recognizes Christian scholars who will perpetuate the mission of Azusa Pacific University during their academic studies and later as language educators. Applicants must be enrolled as full-time students and should be in good standing with the program and university (not on academic probation or conditionally admitted). Recipients will be distinguished by the rigor and dedication they apply to their graduate studies, the skill and effort they apply to their craft of teaching, and the integrity and Christ-like compassion they demonstrate to their students and colleagues. Scholarship applications are due November 30 and June 30 and include a 1,000-word essay. Download and complete the Tsern TEFL Scholarship Application (PDF). Please note that for the Tsern award, in addition to the questions on the application form, also discuss how your integrity and Christ-like compassion will be demonstrated to your students and colleagues.
Department of Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics
Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics Fellowships
Each year, the Department of Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics awards two fellowships to incoming freshmen pursuing a four-year degree in applied mathematics, mathematics, or physics. The fellowship gives exceptional students financial support ($3,000 per year for four years) and special opportunities to help optimize their APU experience. Fellows serve as tutors, teaching assistants, and/or research assistants and lead seminars for students and faculty on mathematics and Christian faith, based on books such as:
- The Soul of Science: Christian Faith and Natural Philosophy (Crossway Books, 1994) by Nancy R. Pearcey and Charles B. Thaxton
- For the Glory of God (Princeton University Press, 2003) by Rodney Stark
- Mathematics Through the Eyes of Faith (HarperOne, 2011) by James Bradley and Russell Howell
- Mathematics in a Postmodern Age: A Christian Perspective (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2001) by Russell Howell and W. James Bradley
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Alumni Tuition Discounts
APU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) offers an alumni tuition discount for APU alumni starting in the following graduate programs:
Students must be in good academic standing and maintain satisfactory academic progress with a minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0. Students must be enrolled at least half-time. If qualifications are met, the discount may be renewed each term. APU will pay $500 per term (up to $2,000 over the course of the program). This discount cannot be combined with other institutional aid. Contact Student Financial Services for complete eligibility details.
Note: Award and eligibility are applicable for the 2022-23 academic year and apply to students admitted beginning fall 2020. The discount is subject to change.
TeachBeyond Employee Tuition Discount
APU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers a 15 percent tuition discount (savings of over $2,700) to employees of TeachBeyond for the following online or on-campus programs:
Additionally, the field-based TESOL programs are also available to TeachBeyond employees at an already-discounted tuition rate.
Note: This information is current for the 2022-23 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.