University/Private Financial Assistance

Pepperdine University requires that students understand and agree to the terms and conditions regarding all financial assistance policies. These policies are located on our website.

Special Achievement Scholarships

Many of the departments at Pepperdine award scholarships to students who demonstrate strong talent in the areas of athletics, music, art, theatre, debate, science, etc. If you are interested in applying for special achievement scholarships in areas such as music or theatre, please contact the appropriate academic division regarding application requirements and deadlines.

Athletics Department 310-506-4150
Business Department (Click here to email.) 310-506-4237
Communication/Journalism Department (Click here to email.) 310-506-4211
Fine Arts Department:
Art: Professor Ty Pownall
Art History: Dr. Cynthia Colburn
Instrumental: Professor Tony Cason
Music: Dr. Ryan Board
Theatre: Dr. Bradley Griffin
Natural Science Department 310-506-4321
Social Science Department 310-506-4372
Pepperdine University General Number 310-506-4000

Academic Scholarships

Pepperdine University's academic scholarship program rewards the academic achievement of a select group of entering fall freshmen and transfer students. Award recipients typically represent the students admitted to Pepperdine with the highest grade point averages (as Pepperdine calculates them) and the highest standardized test scores. The number of award recipients varies with each year. The awards are renewable for as many as four years total. Because academic scholarship funds are exhausted in the fall semester, academic merit based scholarships are not available for entering spring semester students. However, other forms of financial assistance including federal, state, and other institutional funds are available to spring semester students.

Students who receive academic scholarships must maintain at least a 3.25 Pepperdine cumulative GPA and full-time status, and may not be placed on academic or disciplinary probation while at Pepperdine. For those students who apply and qualify for need-based financial assistance, the academic scholarship will become part of the financial assistance package, coordinated with other awards.

Learn about our Faculty Staff Scholarship

Pepperdine Grant

Pepperdine Grant funds are made available from University resources. This grant is based on the student's total need and overall strength as an applicant to the University. The Pepperdine Grant is awarded as a supplement to a student's financial assistance package.

Church of Christ Scholarships

Pepperdine is committed to providing church-related scholarship assistance to students from the Church of Christ tradition. There are two Christian scholarship opportunities for applicants that demonstrate active participation in their home Church of Christ congregation.

1. Christian Leadership Award ($5,000)
STEP 1: Submit the general Pepperdine application by the January 5 deadline.

STEP 2: Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 15.
STEP 3: Submit an additional recommendation from a Church of Christ leader (minister, youth minister, elder, or deacon) by February 15.

2. Associated Women for Pepperdine (AWP) Scholarship ($5,000)
STEP 1: Complete the Church of Christ Scholarship application process (Steps 1-3 above).

STEP 2: Submit the AWP Scholarship application by February 15.

Diane and Guilford Glazer Scholarship

The Diane and Guilford Glazer Institute for Jewish Studies offers annual scholarships of $5,000 to qualified undergraduate students interested in the study of Judaism and Jewish-Christian relations. Glazer Scholars will participate in coursework, events, and summer programs with the Glazer Institute and play a critical role in the Glazer Institute as a student representative. The Glazer Institute welcomes applications from admitted undergraduate students as well as current undergraduate students in their freshman or sophomore years. See the full details and application instructions here.

Outside/Private Scholarships

Private scholarships, many of which are based on merit or special criteria, are an increasingly important source of funding for students. Pepperdine administers private scholarships which are called "restricted scholarships." Please see below for additional information. You may also research outside/private scholarship sources in scholarship books which can be found in most libraries, or refer to some suggested sites on our Outside/Private page. Outside/ Private scholarships must be coordinated with the need-based award according to established University policies. You may also research outside scholarships on the internet.

Pepperdine University Restricted Scholarships

Pepperdine University has many restricted scholarship and loan programs which are administered by the Office of Student Financial Assistance. These funds are provided by private donors who strongly believe in the importance of assisting worthy students who demonstrate ability to benefit from the educational system offered by Pepperdine University. Recipients of these scholarships and loans are selected on the basis of financial need and/or merit by the appropriate foundation or scholarship agency or by the Office of Student Financial Assistance.

Frank James "Buddy" Vinci and George B. Ellsworthe Scholarship

This scholarship was established to benefit students with financial need who are pursuing a bachelor's degree at Seaver College. Preference will be given to students whose academic work or personal involvement has demonstrated a commitment to promoting the health (mental or physical) and wellness of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) community. Emphasis will be on the actual service, volunteerism, employment, and extracurricular activities. Application must be submitted no later than August 3, 2018