Grants & Student Development Funds

Apply for Graduate Student Development Funds and other grants. 

Outside scholarship opportunities are not assciated with the Saint Mary's MFA Program.  The MFA Program does not administer these scholarships and cannot provide advising on these scholarships. 

American Association of Japanese University Women

One of the main objectives of the American Association of Japanese University Women (AAJUW) is to assist the advancement of women through education. In order to achieve this goal, the AAJUW has been offering scholarships to outstanding female college students each year since the organization was founded in 1970. The fund for scholarships is raised by the members conducting various activities (see Activity Section for details) and donations from individuals and organizations supporting our goals. The amount of scholarship per recipient is $2,000 for 2014.

American Association of University Women

One of the world’s largest sources of funding for graduate women, AAUW is providing more than $3.7 million in funding for more than 244 fellowships and grants to outstanding women and nonprofit organizations in the 2014–15 academic year. Due to the longstanding, generous contributions of AAUW members, a broader community of women continues to gain access to educational and economic opportunities — breaking through barriers so that all women have a fair chance.

Fellowship and grant recipients perform research in a wide range of disciplines and work to improve their schools and communities. Their intellect, dedication, imagination, and effort promise to forge new paths in scholarship, improve the quality of life for all, and tackle the educational and social barriers facing women worldwide.


American Indian College Fund

The American Indian College Fund was established in 1989 to provide scholarships to American Indian/Alaska Native students attending tribal colleges, and to fund and create awareness about the community-based accredited tribal colleges and universities that offer students access to knowledge and skills alongside Native culture, language, and values.

The American Indian College Fund also provides scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students attending any other accredited public and non-profit private college all across the United States.



Armenian Students' Association

In order to be eligible for an ASA Scholarship, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be of Armenian descent.
  • Must be enrolled as a full-time student and have completed one full year of academics at a four-year accredited U.S. college by June 2015 OR must be enrolled in a two-year college and are transferring to a four-year college or university as a full time student in the Fall 2015.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen OR must possess appropriate Visa status in order to study in the U.S.


Benton Community Foundation

BCF awarded over $190,000 in scholarships to Benton County residents in 2014.  Information concerning types of scholarships available and the criteria to qualify for an award is included in the above link. 


College Committee on Inclusive Excellence (CCIE)

The College Committee on Inclusive Excellence (CCIE) welcomes proposals for programs and professional development that advance the College's vision on inclusive excellence: "We of Saint Mary's College of California are dedicated to treating all people with dignity and respect in ways that acknowledge and engage diverse backgrounds and ideas. Our policies, practices and behaviors foster a safe and inclusive community and promote learning that is equitable, collaborative and inspired by the presence of God in and among us."



The CrossLites Scholarship Contest is open to High School, College, and Graduate School students. As an applicant you will write a reflective essay (400-600 words) based on one of Dr. Parker’s quotes or messages. Applicants will be competing against students of their level. You may enter only one essay per application a year, into the contest.


Dalai Lama Trust

The Dalai Lama Trust, Washington, DC, is pleased to announce its fifth round of graduate scholarship grants for the academic year. Ten to fifteen exceptional candidates of Tibetan descent will be selected to receive scholarhip awards of up to US $10,000.


Daughters of the American Revolution Scholarship Funds

The NSDAR awards multiple scholarships to students showing dedication to the pursuit of degrees in diverse disciplines including history, law, nursing, and education.

The DAR Scholarship Committee awards scholarships to qualified applicants regardless of race, religion, sex or national origin. All multi-year scholarships, typically renewable up to four years, must be for consecutive years of attendance at an accredited college or university in the United States. The only exception is the American Indian Scholarship that is available for students pursuing vocational training.


Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation

ELA Scholarships are available only to women graduate students with physical disabilities who are enrolled in a college or university in the United States. These scholarships are awarded on an objective and nondiscriminatory basis to those meeting specific requirements.



  • Scholarship matching service – from their database of 1.5 million scholarships.
  • Alerts straight to your inbox – emails keeping you informed of every scholarship match.
  • Scholarships for everyone – whether you’re a college freshman or a returning adult.
  • Student life guide – from decorating your dorm room to balancing work and school.


Graduate & Professional Student Development

Saint Mary’s College Graduate and Professional Student Development Fund supports and encourages independent academic research and professional development for graduate and professional students through the distribution of grants to individual students.


International Food Service Editorial Council

A combination of your work experience and current and past education should indicate that you are preparing for a career in writing or public relations within the foodservice or food and beverage industry. This is a key requirement.


iModules Scholarship Program

iModules is proud to be able to give back to our clients and the communities they serve by helping students with their academic pursuits. Now in its eighth year, the iModules Scholarship Program annually provides individual financial scholarships to students enrolled in secondary or higher education institutions that are current iModules clients. This year we are awarding even more scholarships.

15 scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $1,500 for the 2015-2016 school year. Application Deadline is April 1, 2015.

Students must meet the minimum qualification to be eligible for a scholarship:

  • Full-time student for the Fall 2014 semester
  • Attending or will be attending a school that is an iModules client for Fall 2014
  • A minimum “C” grade point average

The initial account creation process takes less than 30 minutes. After the initial account creation, students will be asked to 1.) submit an application, and then 2.) submit an essay. The essay is based on two questions, and we ask that they answer the questions in less than 250 words each. The entire process is done online using Encompass tools. Visit to read the essay questions and learn more about the program.


Korean American Scholarship Foundation

The Korean American Scholarship Foundation (KASF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3), volunteer-managed organization established to:

  1. Provide scholarships to the Korean American students,
  2. Encourage community and civic service as an integral part of leadership development, and
  3. Nurture the sense of pride and confidence in Korean cultural heritage and tradition.

Our evaluation criteria include:

  1. Financial need,
  2. Scholastic achievement,
  3. Recommendations,
  4. Essay, and
  5. Extracurricular activities (including community service).


Lasallian Educator Fellowship Program

The Lasallian Educator Fellowship Program is a collaboration between Saint Mary's College (SMC), Kalmanovitz School of Education and the District of San Francisco New Orleans.  Its purpose is to prepare quality educators for our Lasallian schools.  Saint Mary's College's commitment to furthering the Catholic Lasallian mission is at the heart of this program.

This fellowship program is designed for Saint Mary's graduates whose vocation is to become an educator (teacher, counselor and/or administrator), for other college graduates who aspire to become Lasallian educators, and to non-credentialed personnel who serve in Lasallian schools.

Saint Mary's offers this tuition-free credential program (Lasallian Fellowship) in exchange for three years of  salaried service at one of the Lasallian Catholic schools.


Literary and Performing Artists Collaborative Grants

Funder: Creative Work Funds

Deadline: 12-06-13 Letter of Inquiry

Amount of Award: $10,000 to $40,000

Brief Synopsis of Program:

Grants are awarded to creative partnerships between literary and performing artists and nonprofit organizations in California. The CWF grant program emphasizes the creation of new work and must feature a lead artist with a strong track record and a strong collaboration between that artist and a nonprofit organization.

See PDF Link at the bottom of this page for more Grant Opportunities in differing areas of study!

Public Employee Memorial Scholarship Fund

The ICMA-RC Vantagepoint Public Employee Memorial Scholarship Fund (ICMA-RC Memorial Scholarship Fund) was founded in 2001 to honor the lives of our nation's police officers, firefighters, and other local and state government employees who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The fund provides financial assistance to the surviving spouses and children of employees who have died in the line of duty and are planning to attend an accredited two-year community college, four-year accredited university, or vocational school full-time.


Reedsy National Creative Writing Scholarship 

As the world’s leading marketplace of book publishing talent, Reedsy is passionate about nurturing the next generation of fiction authors. This scholarship is designed to award a student whose writing displays a clear and unique voice with the potential to thrive in the competitive literary landscape. 

The scholarship must be applied to tuition and other education-related expenses. A wire transfer for $1,000 will be made payable to the recipient’s educational institution directly.

To be eligible, applicants must be: 

  • United States Citizens or Permanent Residents; and
  • Accepted to, or currently enrolled in an accredited college, university, or graduate program within the United States.