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GSE Scholarships

Awards are made for the full academic year (fall, spring, summer) unless otherwise noted. Students not continuously enrolled each semester of the academic year lose their award for subsequent semesters and are not guaranteed reinstatement. Students may apply for more than one program, but they can receive support from only one program at a time.


To be eligible for GSE School-based Scholarships, students must

  • maintain enrollment in two courses for fall and spring semesters and one course during summer sessions;
  • demonstrate financial need by completing a FAFSA; and
  • meet minimum GPA requirements: 3.5 undergraduate GPA and 3.75 graduate GPA.

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

How to Apply

New Students

When completing the online admissions application, check "yes" to receiving GSE School-based Aid on the financial aid supplemental form. If you have already submitted your online admissions application, please contact Anisa Sanchez at

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

Continuing Students

Click on the Student Tab in the my.Fordham portal and find the GSE Financial Aid link under "My Accounts" to submit the application online.

Scholarship and Grant Programs

Listed below are all scholarship opportunities available through Fordham GSE. Please browse each section for more information on eligibility and criteria.

GSE Scholarship and Grant Programs

GSE Scholarships and Grants

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.

Graduate Assistantship

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.

AmeriCorps Alumni Scholarship

AmeriCorps alumni enrolling in a master's or professional diploma program are eligible for a 25% tuition scholarship.

Read more about this scholarship.

Catholic School Scholarships

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.

Public Interest Scholarship

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 6 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.

GSE Endowed Scholarships

Alice Field-McNally Reddy Scholarship

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.

Anna, Richard and Mary Sheehy Scholarship

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.

Dr. J.T. Vincent Lou, MD, Fellowship

The J.T. Vincent Lou Memorial Fellowship provides support to GSE students who demonstrate financial need. Recipients must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA and continue to demonstrate financial need throughout their program.

Eldridge A. Greening Endowed Scholarship

The Eldridge A. Greening Endowed Scholarship provides assistance for students with 10 years of professional experience in a non-educational background making a career transition. Recipients must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA throughout their program.

Ingrid and Harry Parsons Scholarship

The Ingrid and Harry A. Parsons Scholarship provides funding to students demonstrating financial need and academic merit.

Johanna Friscia-Helen McNulty Scholarship

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 MST program with no less than 18 credit accumulated;
  • minimum 3.5 GPA; and
  • have an undergraduate degree from Fordham University.

Joseph C. Zoller Scholarship

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.

Marion U. Blanchard Memorial Scholarship

The Marion U. Blanchard, PhD, Memorial Scholarship will provide financial support to students in religious communities, and who demonstrate academic merit (3.5 minimum GPA) and financial need.

Valerie Rowe Scholarship

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 MST programs.

Additional Scholarship and Grant Programs

Bilingual Counseling and Education - NYDOE Scholarship Opportunity

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.

Bilingual Extension Scholarship Program

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.