GSE Scholarships

The Graduate School of Education provides merit and need-based (scholarships and assistantships) aid awards to students. The GSE Office of Financial Aid implements school policies relating to school-based financial aid. Awards are made for the full academic year (summer, fall, spring) unless otherwise noted. Students not continuously enrolled each semester of the academic year may lose their award for subsequent semesters and are not guaranteed reinstatement.

Eligibility

To be eligible for GSE school-based scholarships, students must:

  • maintain enrollment in two courses (six credits) for summer, fall, and spring semesters;
  • demonstrate financial need by completing a FAFSA; and
  • meet minimum GPA requirements: a 3.5 undergraduate GPA and a 3.75 graduate GPA.
  • Only U.S. citizens and Eligible Non-Citizens (as determined by FAFSA) are eligible to apply for and receive GSE scholarships. 

Note: Fordham University’s Federal School Code is #002722.

How to Apply

New Students

New students must apply for GSE school-based aid (graduate assistantships/scholarships) during the admissions application process. When completing the online admissions application, check "yes" to receiving GSE school-based aid on the financial aid supplemental form. GSE aid applications will be reviewed once a student has officially been notified by the Admissions Office of their acceptance into a program. 

There is no financial aid application deadline for new students; however, awards are issued based on the availability of funds. 

If you have already submitted your online admissions application, please contact the GSE Financial Aid Office at gseschoolaid@fordham.edu or Anisa Torres-Sanchez, Director of GSE School-Based Aid, at anitorres@fordham.edu.

Continuing Students

Continuing students must apply for GSE school-based aid (graduate assistantships/scholarships) via the my.Fordham.edu portal by the February 1 deadline for the next academic year. Late applications will not be accepted. Students will need to click on the “Student Tab” via the my.Fordham.edu portal and choose the GSE Financial Aid link under "My Accounts," to submit an application online for either a scholarship or a graduate assistantship.

Scholarship and Grant Programs

Listed below are all scholarship opportunities available through Fordham GSE for incoming students and continuing students, for both campus-based and online-based degree programs. Please browse each section for more information on criteria.

Incoming students may apply to more than one scholarship program.

Continuing students may re-apply for GSE school-based aid for each academic year by the February 1st deadline. Late applications will not be accepted.

Incoming students and continuing students who wish to be considered for the Catholic School Scholarship must complete a separate application that may be obtained via the Center for Catholic School Leadership and Faith-Based Education webpage. Read more and apply.

GSE Scholarship and Grant Programs

  • Horizons Teacher Scholarships

    A limited number of need-based scholarships are awarded to qualified students who are leaving established careers to prepare for careers in education full-time. The awards may be renewed each year if comparative financial need continues and the student is enrolled for 12 or more credits each semester.

    Opportunity and Excellence Scholarships

    A limited number of need-based competitive scholarships are awarded to qualified persons with financial need and academic merit who are admitted to a degree program (excluding Teach for America and Department of Education) to prepare for careers in schools or professional practice. Students must be enrolled for at least 6 credits per semester to qualify for this award.

    Scholarships for Partners in Innovation and Excellence

    Scholarships are awarded to selected teams and cohorts from schools or school districts with which Fordham Graduate School of Education has a formal partnership agreement for educational renewal, curriculum improvement, restructuring, or other school innovation or excellence objectives. Application procedures and deadlines, as well as the amount or percentage of the scholarship, vary in each partnership. Contact your school principal or the deans’ office to find out whether your school has a partnership with the Graduate School of Education and whether you may participate in partnership-related courses with scholarship support.

  • Assistantship awards are work-study funding that provide tuition remission for one course per semester. Graduate Assistantships are made in recognition of academic achievement, special competencies, and/or academic potential. They provide opportunities for academic and professional development. There are two types of assistantships: Research and Administrative.

    Read more about Graduate Assistantships.

  • Incoming students who are AmeriCorps alumni enrolling in a master’s degree or advanced certificate program  are eligible for a 25% tuition scholarship.

    Read more about this scholarship. The scholarship is good for the first year of a student’s program and is not renewable.

  • A limited amount of aid is available for persons employed as full-time professionals in Catholic or other religiously affiliated nonpublic schools.. The scholarship covers 40-50% of tuition charges up to six credits per semester.

    Students are responsible for meeting all eligibility criteria and reviewing scholarship details. Read more and apply.

  • Only incoming students may apply for this scholarship. This is a dean’s scholarship and the only scholarship that may be combined with any other GSE aid offer. The scholarship is good for one year and is not renewable.

    A limited number of need and merit-based scholarships are available to financially disadvantaged GSE students who are committed to pursuing careers focusing on socio-economically underrepresented or disadvantaged populations. The award is tuition-specific and students must take at least six credits to qualify. Recipients will receive $3,000 per semester for their first academic year. For students starting at GSE in the summer semester, the full year includes the summer, fall, and spring semesters, and for those starting in the fall semester, the full year includes the fall and spring semesters.

    Learn more about the Public Interest Scholarship.

Donor Based Scholarships

Donor based scholarships have very specific and limiting criteria. Scholarships are awarded based upon availability of funding. Please read the descriptions and requirements for each scholarship below and apply to those for which you meet the criteria.

All students will be considered for these scholarships. Students who are selected by the Scholarship Committee will be notified and will receive an award letter.

  • The Marion U. Blanchard, PhD, Memorial Scholarship will provide financial support to students in religious communities, and to those who demonstrate academic merit (3.5 minimum GPA) and financial need. If you meet the criteria for this scholarship, download the application to apply here.

  • The Brother John J. Cody Family Endowed Scholarship provides financial aid support to current full-time and/or part time students enrolled in a Special Education program in the Graduate School of Education. Students must have at least six credits towards the degree and meet financial need. If you meet the criteria for this scholarship, download the application to apply here.

  • The scholarship fund will be used to provide financial aid support to current, full-time and part-time students in the Graduate School of Education, with a preference for students enrolled in the Center for Catholic School Leadership and Faith-Based Education for whom affordability may be an obstacle, and who might otherwise be unable to attend the university. If you meet the criteria for this scholarship, download the application to apply here.

  • The Eldridge A. Greening Endowed Scholarship provides assistance for students with 10 years of professional experience in a non-educational background who are making a career transition. Recipients must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA throughout their program. If you meet the criteria for this scholarship, download the application to apply here.

  • The Dr. J.T. Vincent Lou Memorial Endowed Fellowship provides financial aid support to current full-time and/or part time students studying within the Graduate School of Education for whom affordability may be an obstacle, and who might otherwise be unable to attend the university. If you meet the criteria for this scholarship, download the application to apply here.

  • The Johanna Friscia-Helen McNulty Scholarship is named for two outstanding educators and long-time members of the Fordham University School of Education Alumni Association. The scholarship will be awarded to a student who fulfills the following criteria:

    • matriculated in an M.S.T. program with no less than 18 credits accumulated;
    • minimum 3.5 GPA; and
    • have an undergraduate degree from Fordham University.

    If you meet the criteria for this scholarship, download the application to apply here.

  • The Fortuny R. Melina and Dora D. Melina Fund provides financial aid support to full-time graduate students enrolled in the GSE for whom affordability may be an obstacle, and who might otherwise be unable to attend Fordham. If you meet the criteria for this scholarship, download the application to apply here.

  • The Ingrid and Harry A. Parsons Endowed Scholarship provides scholarship awards to deserving students enrolled in Fordham's Graduate School of Education. Students must demonstrate financial need and/or merit to be considered. If you meet the criteria for this scholarship, download the application to apply here.

  • The Alice Field-McNally Reddy Endowed Memorial Scholarship provides financial support to students who demonstrate financial need and academic merit (minimum 3.0 GPA). Preference is given to students pursuing degrees in Special Education. If you meet the criteria for this scholarship, download the application to apply here.

  • The Valerie A. Rowe Scholarship provides merit-based aid to a full-time student in the Early Childhood and Childhood Education; Early Childhood Special Education; or Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education M.S.T. programs.

    Award selections are made at the beginning of the fall semester and recipients are awarded for the fall semester. 

    If you meet the criteria for this scholarship, download the application to apply here.

  • The Anna, Richard, and Mary Sheehy Memorial Scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate financial need and academic merit (minimum 3.5 GPA) with a preference given to students changing careers. If you meet the criteria for this scholarship, download the application to apply here.

  • The Testa Family Endowed Scholarship provides financial aid support to part-time or full-time students at the GSE for whom affordability may be an obstacle, and who might otherwise be unable to continue attending the university. If you meet the criteria for this scholarship, download the application to apply here.

  • The Joseph C. Zoller Scholarship provides financial support to students who are graduating seniors of Fordham University, and demonstrate financial need and academic merit (minimum 3.0 GPA). Preference is given to candidates who plan to teach in an elementary or secondary school in the New York metropolitan area.

    Award selections are made at the end of the spring semester and recipients are awarded in the summer semester.

    If you meet the criteria for this scholarship, download the application to apply here.

Additional Scholarship and Grant Programs

 

  • For new teachers and clinicians, this scholarship program provides selected individuals with an opportunity to pursue a Master's Degree in specified bilingual and monolingual areas of education and pupil personnel services. A full scholarship is offered in exchange for a service commitment to work in a high-need New York City public school.

    Read more about the Bilingual Counseling and Education NYCDOE Scholarship.

  • The Intensive Teacher Institute in Bilingual Special Education (ITI-BSE) was created to address the shortage of certified bilingual and English as a second language (ESL) special educators in New York State. The ITI-BSE collaborates with school districts, preschools, and institutions of higher education (IHEs) approved by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to assist participants in meeting the requirements for a bilingual education extension and ESOL certification requirements in special education.

    Fifteen credits are provided for bilingual education and ESL coursework for special education teachers, for teachers of students with speech and language disabilities (TSSLDs), and for pupil personnel service professionals (i.e. school guidance counselors, school social workers, or school psychologists). Tuition assistance is provided for up to $310 per credit.

    Read more about eligibility and requirements.

  • Learn more about the ECO scholarship here