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

Rotary Local Scholarships

About: Rotary clubs offer scholarships for secondary, undergraduate, or graduate study. Rotary club scholarships are given by individual clubs and are open to anyone except Rotary members and their families. 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. Look at Rotary club locations and more information here Scholarships | Rotary International

P.E.O International Peace Scholarship

About: The International Peace Scholarship Fund, established in 1949, is a program which provides scholarships for selected women from other countries for graduate study in the United States or Canada. Members of P.E.O. believe that education is fundamental to world peace and understanding.

Maximum Award: $12,500 per student

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. Request more information about the scholarship at About the P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship (IPS) | P.E.O. International ( 

Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund

About: The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund aids people active in movements for social and economic justice. These need-based scholarships are awarded to students who are able to do academic work at the college or university level or are enrolled in a trade or technical program and who are active in the progressive movement. Early recipients worked for civil rights, against McCarthyism and for peace in Vietnam. Recent grantees have been active in the struggle against racism, sexism, homophobia and other forms of oppression; building the movement for economic justice; and creating peace through international anti-imperialist solidarity. Applicants must have participated in activities in the US, and there is a strong preference for applicants who plan on working in this country.

Maximum Award: $15,000 per student/per year

How to Apply: Applications are available at in January of each year until March 31. The official application should be completed and submitted online. The application link, instructions, and FAQs are available at

Deadline: Applications are due by April 1st of each year.

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 — poverty, hunger, injustice, disease, environmental degradation, climate change, conflict and violent extremism – the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development provides an opportunity to advance U.S. foreign policy interests and reflect the American people’s compassion and support of human dignity.

Maximum Award: 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.

How to Apply:  Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Applicants must be seeking admission to enter graduate school in the fall of 2023 for a two-year program at a U.S. university. They can be in the senior year of their undergraduate studies, graduating by June 2023, or they can be college graduates.  Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application. Apply here.

Deadline: Friday November 4th, 2022 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Other scholarships:

Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Private Loans

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