Applying for Scholarships at Marylhurst

Marylhurst awards a range of scholarships to degree-seeking students who need financial assistance. When you apply for financial aid, you are automatically considered for Marylhurst scholarships. But, know that some scholarship require a separate application. Check out the scholarship information below for details. And please contact us at or 503.699.6253 if you have questions or need help with any step in the financial aid application process.

Graduate Scholarships

We award graduate scholarships to students seeking a master’s degree in the:

  • Master of Arts in Applied Theology
  • Master of Divinity (M.Div.)
  • Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (M.A.I.S.)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)
  • Master of Education (M.Ed.)
  • Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)

Scholarship deadline for the 2016-17 academic year: July 1, 2016.  Download the graduate scholarship application.

M.A. in Art Therapy Counseling & M.S. in Food Systems and Society
We also award graduate scholarships to M.A. in Art Therapy Counseling students and the M.S. in Food Systems and Society students. No scholarship application is needed for these programs. Students are automatically considered for these scholarships as part of their admissions application.

Undergraduate Marylhurst Scholarships

Once you complete the general financial aid application process, you will be automatically considered for any available undergraduate scholarships, including those that become available later in the school year. Because funds are limited, we encourage you to apply as early as possible for maximum consideration; scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Transfer Scholarship – Up to $3,000 per year

If you’re considering transferring your college credit to Marylhurst to complete your bachelor’s degree, we want to help you by offering you a transfer scholarship of up to $3,000. This scholarship is renewable each year you are taking classes at Marylhurst. Receive $3,000 if you are enrolled full-time (fall, winter and spring). Prorated amounts are available if you plan to attend less than full time. For example, half-time is $1,500 per year and 3/4 time is $2,250 per year.

Criteria for the Transfer Scholarship

  • 3.0 cumulative GPA and minimum of 30 transferable credits from a regionally accredited institution (that’s it!)

You are automatically considered for this scholarship when you apply to Marylhurst.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship – Up to $6,000 per year

If you are a member of Phi Theta Kappa (one of the largest community college honor societies), you may be eligible to receive up to $6,000 annually from Marylhurst to pursue your bachelor’s degree with us. The scholarship is renewable each year you are taking classes with Marylhurst.

To learn more about this unique scholarship opportunity for Phi Theta Kappa members, contact our Office of Admissions at or 503.699.6268.

Military Service Scholarship

We’re a military friendly school and that means providing financial resources to our military students. Marylhurst offers a scholarship to those who are:

  • Currently serving on active duty,
  • Have been honorably discharged from active duty in any branch of the United States armed forces, or
  • National Guard or Reserve personnel who have been federally mobilized for more than 30 days for purposes other than training.

Download the Military Scholarship application

Program Specific Undergraduate Scholarships

Music and Music Therapy 
If you plan to pursue your bachelor’s in music or music therapy, you may be eligible for several scholarships. Learn more about these options.

English and Writing – Binford Scholarship
The Binford Writing Scholarship is available to new students who have a strong interest in writing. Preference is given to community college transfer students and English majors; we’ll consider other applicants with a strong interest in writing on a funds-available basis. Deadline to apply is May 1.

Under 21 Oregon Residents – Juan Young Trust Foundation Scholarship
This scholarship is for students who are Oregon residents under 21 years of age at the time of application. Preference is given to students who are lineal descendants of former Kienows/Thriftway Grocery employees. Deadline is Feb. 29.

The Lamb Foundation Scholarship for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) – One time award of up to $500.00

This scholarship is available to Marylhurst students who are enrolled in the PLA program and have demonstrated financial need through their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Students must have registered for the LRN 100 course. Contact Marylhurst’s Office of Financial Aid at or 503.699.6253 to learn more about this scholarship.

Opportunity Plus Scholarship –  Community College – Up to $3,600 per year

Marylhurst University has created the Opportunity Plus program to help transfer students from area community colleges complete their bachelor’s degrees. The program provides financial assistance to community college students who demonstrate high academic achievement and financial need. Students who qualify for the program will receive up to $3,600 per year (fall through summer enrollment), or $900 per quarter.

To qualify, you must:

  • Complete an AAOT or ASOT degree from a regionally accredited institution (for example, Clackamas Community College or PCC) with a minimum 3.30 GPA
  • Demonstrate financial need

To learn more about this unique program and to submit application materials, please contact our Office of Admissions at or 503.699.6268.

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Did you qualify for a scholarship? Congratulations! Because our scholarship funds are available due to the generosity of our donors, we ask that you complete some additional tasks as part of receiving your scholarship – like sending a “thank you” letter.

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Scholarships are a great resource for helping you finance your education. Even before you submit specific applications for scholarships, make sure to apply for financial aid. When we receive your financial aid application, we’ll consider you for various Marylhurst scholarships – even beyond what’s listed here. And apply early because some funds are limited and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.