The Nonprofit Professional Merit Scholarship

A matching-fund scholarship

What it is:

The Nonprofit Professional Merit Scholarship is a matching scholarship that Antioch University awards. The maximum the University awards is equal to 25% of a student’s total tuition in the MA in Nonprofit Management degree program. Award of the scholarship is contingent upon your full acceptance into the MA in Nonprofit Management program and evidence of a matching-tuition scholarship award from an outside funding source.

How it works:

You obtain outside funding for tuition from one or more of these sources:

  1. an employing organization,
  2. a charitable foundation, or
  3. an established scholarship fund

You then provide written documentation of this funding and attach it to an MA in Nonprofit Management Scholarship application.  The best way to do apply for funding is to prepare a case statement, as nonprofit organizations do when they apply to funding sources.  Check out AULA’s guide on how to write your case statement for assistance with this process.

If AULA awards you with the Nonprofit Professional Merit Scholarship, the University will match any amount of outside funding up to a maximum equal to 25% of MA in Nonprofit Management degree tuition ($7,500). For example, if you have obtained $7,500 from outside funding and you have also received the maximum matching Nonprofit Professional Merit Scholarship award of $7500, your tuition is then reduced by one-half to approximately $15,000 for the complete MA in Nonprofit Management degree program.

A smaller amount of outside funding will be matched by a smaller scholarship award from the University.  This will result in a corresponding level of tuition reduction. For example, if you receive $3,000 in outside funding, the University will award a matching $3,000 Professional Merit Scholarship, and your program tuition will be reduced from $30,000 to $24,000. The Nonprofit Professional Merit Scholarship award covers 25% of your tuition each academic quarter for the duration of your enrollment in the MA in Nonprofit Management program. The award is contingent upon your satisfactory academic progress.

How to apply:

Complete all four steps below to be considered for the Nonprofit Professional Merit Scholarship:

Step 1.  Complete and submit an application to the MA in Nonprofit Management degree program.

Step 2.  Complete and submit an Antioch University Financial Aid application.

Step 3.  Complete and submit an MA in Nonprofit Management Program Scholarship Application.

Step 4.  Provide written documentation of a matching contribution from one or more of the three funding sources listed above and attach it to your MA in Nonprofit Management Program Scholarship Application.

Nonprofit Professional Merit award criteria:

The scholarship committee will evaluate all applications for this scholarship on the following criteria:

  • Quality of writing in application documents
  • Strength of ideas/arguments in application documents                                                   
  • Undergraduate preparation (GPA, coursework)                               
  • Work/volunteer history                                                                               
  • Content of letters of recommendations submitted with the program application

Scholarship application deadline:

For entry in Spring Quarter 2015, applicants must have completed all four steps of the application process no later than February 20. Because of limited scholarship funds, if you submit an application later in the application period, you may not receive a scholarship award for the Spring quarter, but you may be considered for a Nonprofit Professional Merit Scholarship award for a subsequent quarter as well as for other scholarship awards.