Scholarship & Loan Opportunities

The following opportunities are not an exhaustive list of available scholarships; we encourage all students to conduct their own research. Please note the Kroc School is not affiliated with the following opportunities.

USD Scholarship Opportunities

The University of San Diego and the Alumni Association offer a variety of scholarships you may qualify for.

Funding and Scholarship Opportunities

USD Alumni Scholarships

Military and Veteran funding options

Local Rotary Scholarships

About: Rotary clubs and districts offer scholarships for secondary, undergraduate, or graduate study. These scholarships can be supported with funds raised locally or with Rotary Foundation district or global grants. Contact your local club for application information and eligibility requirements.

Maximum Award: Varies between Rotary Clubs.

How to Apply: Research your local Rotary Club and any Scholarship opportunities available through their website:

Rotary Peace Fellowship

About: The Rotary Peace Fellowship is designed for leaders with work experience in peace and development. Our fellows are committed to community and international service and the pursuit of peace. Each year, The Rotary Foundation awards up to 50 fellowships for master’s degrees and up to 80 for certificate studies at premier universities.

Eligibility: Visit the Peace Fellowship Application page: for eligibility criteria and restrictions. Candidates must have at least three years between the completion of their most recent academic degree program (undergraduate or graduate degree) and their intended start date for the fellowship. Candidates currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program are not eligible to apply.

The 2025-26 Rotary Peace Fellowship application will be available online in February 2024. 

P.E.O International Peace Scholarship (IPS)

About: The P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund was established in 1949 to provide scholarships for international women students to pursue graduate study in the U.S. or Canada.

Maximum Award: $12,500 per student. Lesser amounts may be awarded according to individual needs.


  • The P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to women from outside the United States and Canada who are seeking advanced degrees from an accredited college or university in the U.S. or Canada with the expectation that students will return to their home countries to utilize their education to make a positive impact and foster global peace.
  • To qualify for her first scholarship, an applicant must have a full year of coursework remaining, be enrolled, and be in residence for the entire school year.
  • International students attending Cottey College are eligible to apply for a scholarship.
  • A student who is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada is not eligible. Note: A student with residency for tax purposes only is permitted.
  • Scholarships are not given for online courses, research, internships, or practical training if not combined with coursework.

How to Apply: The scholarship is based upon demonstrated need; however, the award is not intended to cover all academic or personal expenses. At the time of application, the applicant is required to indicate additional financial resources adequate to meet her estimated expenses. Examples of additional resources are personal and family funds, tuition waivers, work scholarships, teaching assistantships, study grants, and other scholarships.

Look for the online eligibility form on September 15, 2024:

Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund

About: The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund provides financial support for students who are active and emerging organizers in progressive movements for liberation, self-determination, and social and economic justice in their communities. These need-based scholarships are awarded to students who are enrolled at a college or university or in a trade or technical program.

Maximum Grant: $15,000 per year *(from July 1 through June 30), however, the average grant for 2023-24 was $7,500.

How to Apply: Applications are available from January 1st of each year until April 1. The application should be completed and submitted online. The application, required documentation, eligibility details, and FAQs are available at

Deadline: Applications are due by April 1st of each year. No late applications are accepted.

The Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship Program

About: The USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program seeks to attract outstanding individuals who are interested in pursuing careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). If you want to work on the front lines of some of the most pressing global challenges of our times — injustice, climate change, health, conflict, and poverty – foreign policy interests and reflect the American people’s compassion and support of human dignity. The Payne Fellowship, which provides up to $104,000 in benefits over two years for graduate school, internships, and professional development activities, is a unique pathway to the USAID Foreign Service.

Program Overview: The Payne Fellowship Program awards up to 30 fellowships valued at up to $52,000 annually for a two-year program. The award includes up to $24,000 per year toward tuition and mandatory fees for completion of a two-year master’s degree at a U.S. institution; a $18,000 stipend for each academic year for room, board, books, and other education-related expenses; and up to $10,000 per year in stipend, housing, transportation, and related expenses for summer placements. At the conclusion of two years of study, the Payne Fellow is expected to obtain a degree in international development or another area of relevance to the work of the USAID Foreign Service at a U.S. graduate or professional school approved by the Payne Program. Fellows who successfully complete the Payne Program and USAID Foreign Service entry requirements will receive appointments as Foreign Service Officers with the U.S. Agency for International Development.

For more information, how to apply, and deadlines:

Other Funding Resources

Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)