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Scholarships for Enrolled Students

Keep Costs Down with Scholarships

Because they do not have to be paid back and can be used for tuition, fees, and other education expenses, scholarships are an ideal source for funding your education.

Whether you are seeking a Capella scholarship or one from an outside source, advance planning is required. Although scholarships can be need-based, merit-based, or a combination of the two, most are highly competitive and have an extensive application and review process.

Typically, outside funding sources accept applications on an annual basis or 6 to 9 months before the funds are distributed. Funding is typically awarded based on an academic year, beginning with the fall quarter. Few, if any, funding options are available if you wait until your scholarship, grants, and loans are exhausted. Emergency funding is not available.

In addition to completion of a scholarship application form, you may be required to submit a transcript, rèsumè, letters of recommendation, and an essay. Review committees use these materials to determine which applicants to consider for scholarships.

Scholarships Offered by Capella University

Capella offers several scholarships to currently enrolled students in a variety of programs. Most are awarded to several students once per year. Applications are only accepted during the specified time period. For more information about each scholarship, contact an enrollment counselor at 866.933.5975, email us or visit iGuide if you are a current student.

$4,000 Robert C. Ford Scholarship

This scholarship is funded by Capella in honor of Dr. Robert C. Ford, who served as dean of the Capella University School of Human Services from 1997 until his death in 2001.

How much is the award?

Eight $4,000 scholarships are available each year; typically, 2 are awarded each quarter. The funds are distributed evenly over 4 consecutive quarters. Recipients may qualify for the scholarship for up to 3 years, for a total of 12 quarters, in one degree program.

When is this scholarship available?

The Robert C. Ford Scholarship is offered 4 times per year. Applications are accepted beginning mid-September, early December, mid-March, and mid-June.

Who is eligible?

Current Capella learners enrolled in any degree program who demonstrate academic and professional objectives reflective of Dr. Ford's mission to help people help themselves, while serving traditionally underserved and disadvantaged members of society, and who have successfully completed first course and who demonstrate financial need.

$2,500 School Psychology Specialist Certificate Scholarship

This scholarship is available to current students enrolled in the Specialist Certificate Program in School Psychology who bring a unique perspective to the field of school psychology.

How much is the award?

Two $2,500 scholarships are available twice a year. The funds are distributed evenly over 2 quarters of the practicum.

When is this scholarship available?

This scholarship is offered twice per year. Applications for Winter quarter are accepted mid-October to mid-November; the Summer quarter award, early April to mid-May.

Who is eligible?

Current learners in the Specialist Certificate in the School Psychology program who have completed at least 20 quarter credit hours, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.8, and are student members of NASP (National Association of School Psychologists).

$2,500 School Psychology Master's Degree Scholarship

This scholarship is available to students enrolled in the School Psychology master's degree specialization and who bring a unique perspective to the field of school psychology.

How much is the award?

Four $2,500 scholarships are available twice a year. The funds are distributed evenly over 2 consecutive quarters.

When is this scholarship available?

This scholarship is offered twice per year. Applications for Winter quarter are accepted mid-October to mid-November; the Summer quarter award, mid-March to late April.

Who is eligible?

Current learners in the School Psychology master's degree specialization who have completed at least 20 quarter credit hours, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.8, and are student members of NASP (National Association of School Psychologists).

$5,000 Helene Krivosha School of Education Scholarship

Capella has funded this scholarship in honor of Helene Krivosha, a founding member of Capella University Board of Directors, who served on the board from 1994 – 2004.

How much is the award?

Two $5,000 scholarships are awarded each year — one to a MS learner and one to a doctoral learner. The funds are distributed evenly over 4 consecutive quarters.

When is this scholarship available?

This scholarship is offered once per year. Applications are typically accepted mid-March to late April.

Who is eligible?

Master's or doctoral degree learners in the School of Education who demonstrate academic excellence as well as financial need, and who are currently enrolled and have successfully completed at least 4 quarters in their MS or doctoral program in education.

$2,500 Scott Sathers Memorial Scholarship

Scott Sathers was a beloved and valued staff member of Capella University who died in the collapse of the Iā€“35W bridge in August 2007 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His parents and wife, along with Capella, established this scholarship in his memory.

How much is the award?

Two $2,500 scholarships are awarded in the fall of each year.

When is this scholarship available?

This scholarship is offered once per year. Applications are accepted late June to early August.

Who is eligible?

Current Capella learners enrolled in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Sport Psychology master's degree specializations, who have successfully completed their first course, have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and can demonstrate financial need.

Additional Scholarship Sources

When searching and applying for scholarships, do not provide your social security number, credit card, bank information, or send money — it may be a scam.

Other organizations committed to funding education have made scholarships available. Contact the scholarship sponsor to learn more about your eligibility and the application process.

Fulbright Program for U.S. Students

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers grants for U.S. graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists to study, conduct research or be an English teaching assistant abroad for one academic year. View program details.

U.S. Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship

Capella students are eligible for this one-year full scholarship because Capella is one of the select institutions to earn the Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAEIAE) designation from the National Security Agency (NSA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). View program details.

Nursing Scholarships

In addition to Capella's scholarship and grant opportunities, there are many other scholarship programs available to help you fund your nursing degree.

Military Scholarships

There are numerous scholarships available to current service members, their family members, and veterans of all the branches of the military. Learn more about military benefits.

Disability Scholarships

Scholarships are available for students with specific types of disabilities. Learn more about scholarship opportunities and eligibility requirements.

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