GSEP offers a financial aid program that provides more than 75 percent of the student body with some type of assistance, and scholarships are a major component of this effort. As dean Margaret Weber said, “One of GSEP’s core values is to serve. Establishing scholarship programs is our way of lending a hand to those in or entering our Pepperdine family.”
It is with this ethos that GSEP established Waves EDGE (Education Development Growth and Excellence), a scholarship created this past spring to support students during the current economic downturn. Waves EDGE was open to all Pepperdine alumni interested in pursuing a GSEP degree starting in Summer or Fall 2009. Thirty-six alumni from the GSEP Education and Psychology Divisions, the Graziadio School of Business and Management, and Seaver College submitted applications, and a total of $125,000 was awarded to five alumni pursuing master’s degrees and 10 alumni pursuing doctoral degrees. Decisions were made based on financial need, clarity of career goals, and alumni affinity for the University’s mission. “Waves EDGE was created to demonstrate GSEP’s concern for all of our valued Pepperdine alumni, and to reach out to them in a meaningful way during these difficult economic times,” said Weber. “Our goal is to ensure that those that want to retool after recent job losses or enhance their skills with an advanced degree are not denied that opportunity due to any financial restrictions.”
The GSEP doctor of education in organizational leadership (EDOL ) program also instituted a scholarship to support its second-year students. Developed and funded by the EDOL faculty, the award is being offered to students who have demonstrated academic achievement, promise in the program, and need.