Scholarships for Incoming and Continuing Students
The Graduate School of Leadership and Change program offers several scholarships for new and continuing students.
This $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to one Antioch University student accepted for the Summer/Fall MFA 2023 term, GSLC Summer 2023 Trimester, Fall 2023 Semester, or Fall 2023 quarter, who has demonstrated social courage by serving in the US Military or has contributed to one of the following national service programs: AmeriCorps, City Year, Peace Corps, and VISTA by completing at least one year of full-time service.
The deadline to apply is September 15, 2023.
The Founders’ Scholarship Fund (formerly the Guskin Scholars’ Fund) is a merit- and need-based tuition award that supports pre-candidacy PhD in Leadership and Change students who show evidence of leading change as scholars and/or practitioners consistent with the program’s purpose and University’s mission. Annual tuition scholarships will typically be in the amount of $2,000-6,000 but may be smaller or larger at the scholarship committee’s discretion. No scholarship, however, would exceed the cost of tuition. For further information, please contact [email protected]
The Matt Magrath Scholarship enables the PhD in Leadership and Change (PhDLC) to offer annual tuition scholarships to support the study of leadership and change (scholarship and practice) that directly impacts and improves the lives of individuals and communities addressing addiction. This scholarship fund was established by a generous gift from Matt’s family and members of Cohort 9 as a way to honor Matt’s courageous commitment to research and practice that improves the lives of those struggling with addiction, always guided by the ethics of care and compassion, and full of a love of life. Matt demonstrated his life-long pursuit to ‘win victories for humanity.’ For further information, please contact [email protected]
The Joanne E. McLean Scholarship for Leadership is a merit-based and need-based scholarship that supports pre-candidacy international doctoral students who are dedicated to leadership service to community, and have evidence as a scholar-practitioner of leading change that is consistent with the PhD in Leadership and Change (PhDLC) program’s purpose and Antioch University’s mission to further social, economic, and environmental justice. Canadian students will be given priority consideration in each year’s applicant pool. The fund was originally established by a generous gift from PhDLC alumnus Dr. David McLean in memory of his late wife, Joanne, who accompanied him to many residencies and who wholeheartedly supported his Antioch doctoral journey.
Antioch University’s PhD in Leadership and Change and the Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program
As a returned Peace Corps volunteer, the Coverdell Fellows Program is an opportunity to combine your academic and professional endeavors with your desire to work in underserved communities. To learn more about this exciting opportunity, please refer to information below.
The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program (formerly known as Fellows/USA) is a graduate fellowship program that offers financial assistance to returned Peace Corps Volunteers.
Incoming graduate students who have completed a Peace Corps experience are eligible to apply for a scholarship equal to 25% of tuition. This scholarship, if awarded, will be effective at the time of admission and will continue for the student’s three pre-candidacy years as long as satisfactory academic progress is maintained and as long as the second-year Change Project meets the requirements of the Coverdell Program.
Typically the program would admit one Coverdell Fellow per cohort for a total of approximately 3-5 in the program at any one time. If multiple Coverdell Fellow applications are submitted for any one cohort the scholarship committee will review applicant essays for a final determination of the award.
The Ruth Weisman and Mayneal Wayland Scholarship is merit-based and enables the PhD in Leadership and Change (PhDLC) program to offer annual tuition scholarships in support of scholarship and practice in leading change that directly impacts and improves the lives of women and/or girls in the United States or abroad. For further information, please contact [email protected]
Established initially by members of Cohort 17, the purpose of this fund and the desire of the donors is to support recipients’ fullest engagement with peer learners in the PhD in Leadership & Change Program. The SEF awards are to be used as financial assistance toward non-academic residency-related expenses including but not limited to travel, lodging, meals, and other activities at required residencies during the pre-candidacy years of the doctoral journey. For further information, please contact [email protected]
Funds to Support Continuing Students Research and Engagement
The Ethical Leadership for Social Justice Dissertation Research Fund has been established by a member of the PhD in Leadership and Change learning community to support students conducting dissertation research that explores the practice of ethical leadership in support of social justice (defined as anti-racist, pro-inclusive, and/or equitable practices) in communities and/or organizations. Awards of $2,500 are available for the life of the fund. For further information, please contact [email protected]
The Eula Johnson & Fitzgerald Cumberbatch Tuition Scholarship
The Eula Johnson & Fitzgerald Cumberbatch Tuition Scholarship has been established by Dr. Iris Cumberbatch, in honor of her parents and their belief in the power of education to change lives. This Scholarship Fund is designed to support parents from groups underrepresented in doctoral education who have advanced to candidacy in Antioch University’s Ph.D. in Leadership and Change program. Determination of annual awards each year will be based on both financial need and academic merit. For further information, please contact [email protected]
The Home Stretch Fund (HSF) has been established with a generous gift from Dr. Charlie Nelms to support eligible PhDLC students in the final trimester of candidacy in good academic standing and who are members of underrepresented populations. Based on national data, those most under-represented in doctoral programs are ethnic/racial minorities, first-generation students, and those from low-income communities. This criterion, in addition to well-documented financial need and limited access to other financial resources, requires candidates to have completed their data-gathering phase and be in the trimester in which they are completing their dissertation and preparing for their defense. For further information, please contact [email protected].
The Valentine Action Research Fund has been established to honor the legacy of James C. Valentine, the father of PhD in Leadership and Change (PhDLC) alumnus, Dr. Mike Valentine. With an initial founding family gift, $2,000 a year for the life of the fund will be available to support costs incurred by PhDLC students conducting approved action research dissertations with underserved populations. With the start of this fund, two research grants of up to $1,000 each are available each academic year. “Underserved populations” refers to communities within the United States or abroad that suffer from poverty and disparities in education, employment, health and/or other indicators of community well-being. For additional information email, [email protected].
The Elizabeth Holloway Grounded Theory/Situational Analysis Research Fund has been established by Dr. Greta Creech (Cohort 17) to honor Dr. Elizabeth Holloway, one of the GSLC’s Founding Faculty, and to support students conducting dissertation research utilizing Grounded Theory and/or Situational Analysis.
A number of fellowships and grants are available to graduate students through outside sources. The program suggests students searching www.finaid.org, www.wiredscholar.com, or www.fastweb.com for information on scholarships, fellowships, grants and loans.
We also encourage students to contact state education foundations, civic groups, employers or other organizations with which they or their family are affiliated. Local and university libraries may be a good resource for more information on resources.