Graduate Scholarships

Scholarship awards and application processes vary per program. Program application materials and financial need may be used to select scholarship recipients, so timely completion of the program application and the FAFSA or the ORSAA is strongly recommended. 

New! Scholarship Opportunities for Mental Health Fields

Current and admitted students pursuing a degree in counseling, therapy, or school psychology* can now apply for two new scholarships for 2024-25! Scholarship amounts are based on need and merit and can be up to $20,000. The deadline to apply is March 1.

Healthy Oregon Initiative (SHOI-like) Scholarships

Behavioral Health Workforce Initiative Scholarships

*Additional scholarship opportunities for all programs are listed in the Program Scholarship section below.

The graduate school offers two types of scholarships.

Need-Based Scholarships

  • No scholarship application required. All eligible graduate school applicants are automatically considered upon completion of their admissions application.
  • Awarded based on financial need and merit. Financial need is determined by the FAFSA or ORSAA. Merit is determined by application materials submitted and the interview.
  • Submission of the FAFSA or the ORSAA is strongly recommended.

Program Scholarships

  • Scholarship application and additional materials required.
  • Awarded at program’s discretion based on strength of submitted materials.
  • Submission of the FAFSA or the ORSAA is strongly recommended.
  • A complete graduate program admissions application must be received before applying for scholarships.

The chart below outlines the types of scholarships available based on program.

Scholarship Opportunities by Program


Need-Based Scholarships

Program Scholarships

Art Therapy X X
Education in Leadership
Educational Administration X  
Marriage, Couple, & Family Therapy X X
Professional Mental Health Counseling X X
Professional Mental Health Counseling—Specialization in Addictions X X
School Counseling X X
School Psychology X X
Student Affairs Administration


Teaching, Curriculum & Instruction X  
Teaching, Elementary X  
Teaching, Secondary X  

 Program Scholarships

Additional Resources

  • Lewis & Clark Office of Financial Aid
    The Financial Aid Office also hosts a website with information about searching for external scholarship opportunities. For example, students who are Oregon residents may be eligible for scholarships sponsored by the Office of Student Access and Completion. Your field’s professional organizations may also sponsor scholarships.
  • Graduate Assistantships

    GA positions are reserved for students in our Student Affairs Administration program. Any eligible position not filled will open to students in other GSEC programs. Graduate students who are not enrolled in our Student Affairs Administration program will be notified if a GA position becomes available. In addition, the Counseling Clinic offers assistantships for currently enrolled Counseling, Therapy, and School Psychology students. 

  • Oregon Teacher Scholar Program - Applications Now Open!
    Oregon Teacher Scholars is a new program to help diversify Oregon’s educator workforce. The Oregon Teacher Scholar Program offers scholarships of $12,000 a year (for up to two years) for culturally or linguistically diverse students pursuing licensure in teaching, school counseling, and school psychology. In addition to the scholarship, the program will provide recipients with mentoring, networking opportunities, and other resources. For instructions on how to apply, visit the Oregon Teacher Scholars Program webpage. Note, this scholarship is number 772 in the OSAC Scholarship Catalog.
  • Knowles Teaching Fellows Program
    Knowles Teaching Fellowships provide extensive financial and professional support for beginning high school science and mathematics teachers.
  • Troops to Teachers
    The Troops to Teachers program is for retiring military and Reserve Component personnel beginning new careers as teachers. The program provides financial assistance in terms of stipends and bonuses for qualified personnel. For more information visit the program website.
  • Federal TEACH Grant
    The Federal TEACH Grant provides up to $4,000 per year for students intending to teach in high need fields (math, science, bilingual education, English language acquisition, special education, reading specialist) at low-income schools. Upon accepting a Federal TEACH Grant, students incur a service obligation to teach full-time for four years in a high-need field at a low-income school within eight years of completing their program. Students who fail to fulfill their service obligation will see their Federal TEACH Grant converted to a Federal Unsubsidized Direct loan with interest accrued from the point the grant was initially disbursed.

    MAT students in the Math and Science cohorts, and MEd students with a focus in ESOL or Special Education are eligible to apply for the Federal TEACH Grant. Students in other cohorts whose career plan would allow them to fulfill the required service obligation may petition to participate. For more information and to start the application process, visit the Federal TEACH Grant information page.
  • External Scholarships
    Lewis & Clark’s Financial Aid Office web site includes information about other external scholarship opportunities, including online scholarship search engines, scholarship foundation websites, and general information about scholarships and financial aid.
  • Immigrants RisingInformation about graduate scholarships that don’t require proof of U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residency is available from Immigrants Rising.
  • Oregon Tribal Student Grant
    The Oregon Tribal Student Grant program offers grants for the school year to eligible Oregon tribal students to offset the cost of attendance for attending Oregon colleges and universities. New and current Oregon tribal students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as funding is limited. Please review their website for priority application deadline.
  • American Art Therapy Association (AATA) Scholarships
    AATA offers research grants and a number of diversity and financial need-based scholarships for art therapy students and professional level members. Our art therapy graduate students are required to sign up for a AATA membership during their first year of the program. These scholarship awards are available to AATA members only.
  • National Board for Certified Counselors Foundation Fellowships and Scholarships (NBCC)
    NBCC Foundation offers fellowships and scholarships for master’s-level counseling students. For more information including requirements, visit the NBCC website.