American University's School of Professional & Extended Studies
offers $1 million annually in scholarship funding to qualified students to
facilitate their participation in our programs. Scholarship
opportunities are open to students who have already been admitted to the Washington Semester program.
All eligible students who submit a scholarship application are considered for the following two scholarships:
Dean's Ambassador Scholarship:
Students in this category must demonstrate a high level of academic
achievement (3.5 GPA or higher), community engagement, extracurricular
activities, honors, and potential contribution to their academic field
of study while enrolled in the School of Professional & Extended
Studies. The recipients of this award are identified through the
evaluation of their admission application and supplemental materials.
Program of Study Scholars:
Students in this category will be deemed scholars within their
program of study. Students must have an average to above average GPA
(3.0 or higher*). They must demonstrate moderate to high financial need,
and should have contributed in some way to their field of study.
Students are eligible to receive one or more of the following
Tuition Adjustment- based on member school agreements
Room & Board Grant
Travel Grants are only applicable to students participating in one of
the Washington Semester Program travel electives. If a student is
awarded a travel grant and then later decides not to participate in a
travel elective, the student will forfeit the travel grant.
awards are a form of financial assistance, which provides students the
opportunity to work part-time within the School of Professional &
Extended Studies. Please note: a Work Award is not a Federal Work Study
SPExS Leadership Scholarships:
The Leadership Scholarships can be awarded in a variety of financial
assistance including in the form of Tuition, Room & Board (including
meal plan coverage) scholarships, Travel Grants, and/or Work Awards.
The dollar amount will vary based on funding and need. The Scholarship
Committee expects students to have a 3.0 GPA or higher* and demonstrated
Education Award: Awarded to students that are the first in
their immediate family to attend a college or university. Students
applying for an Education Award should desire a future career within
their program of study.
Advancement Award: Awarded to underrepresented populations.
This award is provided to increase diversity and opportunities for
students from these populations within the School of Professional &
Extended Studies. Students attending specifically designated colleges
such as historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), Tribal
Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and Hispanic-serving institutions are
encouraged to apply. Students applying for an Advancement Award should
desire a future career within the program of study.
Science, Health, and Technology Scholarship:
Awarded to students pursuing study in the areas of Science, Health,
and Technology. This is specifically designed for students in the
Washington Semester Public Health Program and the Graduate Gateway
Biotechnology Program. Special consideration is given to applicants from
underrepresented or underserved populations including women, though all
students are encouraged to apply. Students are asked to complete a
separate application to be considered for this award, highlighting their
background in these fields and future career plans.
*Exceptions may be made for students below 3.0 GPA that have demonstrated need.