Students who are already enrolled in the Counseling Program are encouraged to apply for scholarships. Applications will be evaluated based on high standards of academic achievement, leadership, and service to the profession of Counseling. Financial need may also be a factor in some scholarship decisions.

Application deadline is March 15, 2021

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Aurora Diversity Scholarship

This $4200 Scholarship is awarded to a student who has completed at least one regular semester of enrollment in the SMU Counseling Program, and who identifies as a member of an under-represented/marginalized minority group. The award is also based on a proven track record of achievement in the Program based on academic merit, leadership, engagement, and counseling-related professional or volunteer experiences, particularly activities focused on the promotion of diversity in the Counseling Program.

Scholarship Award: $2100 for two semesters
Required enrollment: 6 credit hours
Minimum GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0 is required in order to continue to receive funds.

Applications due April 10 for the following Fall term. Complete the online application here.

Eligibility Criteria (Also see General Requirements for All Scholarships)

  • Must maintain minimum enrollment of 6 credit hours during each regular semester of the academic year (excludes summer).
  • Recipients should represent groups traditionally under-represented in the Counseling Field, with preference given to members of traditionally marginalized minority groups.
  • Brief essay describing financial need and academic merit (500 word limit)
  • Bilingual ability will be given consideration, but is not an essential factor
  • Recipients should have a demonstrated track record of dedication to the Counseling field, as evidenced by volunteering, paid employment, internships, research, leadership, and/or scholastic achievement.
  • Preference may be given to students who qualify for financial aid through FAFSA or who demonstrate financial need.
  • GPA of 3.0 or greater during each semester of enrollment in the Counseling Program, and good academic standing during each semester of enrollment
  • Scholarship will be revoked if GPA, academic standing, and/or enrollment standards are not met.

Celestial Achievement Scholarship

This $4200 Scholarship is awarded to a student who has completed at least one regular semester of enrollment in the SMU Counseling Program, and who has a proven track record of achievement in the Program, based on academic merit, leadership, engagement, and counseling-related professional or volunteer experiences. The Scholarship is primarily merit-based, although financial need may be considered.

Scholarship Award: $2100 for two semesters

Required enrollment: 6 credit hours

Minimum GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.5 is required in order to continue to receive funds. 

Eligibility Criteria (Also see General Requirements for All Scholarships)

    • Must maintain minimum enrollment of 6 credit hours during each regular semester of the academic year (excludes summer).
    • Recipients should have a demonstrated track record of dedication to the Counseling field, as evidenced by volunteering, paid employment, internships, research, leadership, and/or scholastic achievement.
    • Brief written statement describing achievements aligned with the Scholarship’s focus (500 word limit)
    • Preference may be given to students who qualify for financial aid through FAFSA or who demonstrate financial need
    • Minimum GPA of 3.5 and good academic standing in all semesters of enrollment in the Counseling Program.
    • Scholarship will be revoked if GPA, academic standing, and/or enrollment standards are not met.

Discovery Travel Scholarship

This $500 scholarship assists students who wish to study abroad or at SMU-in-Taos. Up to four awards of $500 each may be made each academic year, depending on availability of funds. Scholarships are applicable to only coursework within the SMU Master of Science in Counseling degree. Awards are made on a first-come, first-served basis. Scholarship awards not used for the course and semester identified in the application will be revoked. Preference will be given to students who have not received this award previously. Evidence of financial need is not required to apply or to receive the Discovery Travel Scholarship.

Scholarship Award: $500 for summer only in study abroad/Taos

Required enrollment: 3 credit hours

Minimum GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0 is required in order to continue to receive funds.

Applications due April 10 for the subsequent Summer Session. Complete the online application here.

Nova Summer Scholarship

This $2100 Scholarship is awarded to one student per academic year who demonstrates financial need and academic merit, including GPA, leadership, and service to the Counseling profession, to be awarded for the summer session in the current academic year. Financial need is demonstrated through the FAFSA application and eligibility for financial aid, as well as through the application essay. This scholarship may not be applied to study abroad or SMU-in-Taos courses.

Scholarship Award: $2100 for summer only

Required enrollment: 6 credit hours

Minimum GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.5 is required in order to continue to receive funds.

Applications due April 10 for the subsequent Summer Term. Complete the online application here.

Eligibility Criteria (Also see General Requirements for All Scholarships)

  • Self-nomination
  • Brief written statement describing financial need and academic merit (500 word limit)
  • Must have already completed a minimum of six credit hours of enrollment at the time of application
  • Overall GPA 3.5 or greater in the Counseling Program and good academic standing in all terms of enrollment
  • Preference will be given to students with demonstrated academic, professional, and/or leadership achievements

Linda Graham Diversity Scholarship

The Linda Graham Diversity Scholarship provides a $1000 tuition discount to up to two students in an academic year. The scholarships are available for any regular semester (i.e., Fall or Spring). The Linda Graham Diversity Scholarship is designed to assist students from underrepresented or traditionally marginalized groups in the counseling profession to continue their graduate education.

Eligibility: (Please read all eligibility requirements carefully)

  • Applicants should identify as members of under-represented, traditionally marginalized groups in the profession of Counseling, such as members of ethnic, racial, cultural, sexual, or gender minorities, and persons with limitations in mobility, vision, or hearing, or other physical ability differences.
  • Current enrollment in at least six (6) credit hours and planned enrollment in at least six (6) credit hours in the semester in which the award is applied. The award will take the form of a $1000 tuition reduction in the semester following the award announcement.
  • Evidence of financial need, as explained in a brief essay (not to exceed 300 words) and as demonstrated by eligibility for financial aid (FAFSA).Good academic standing (Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher)
  • A completed FAFSA application for the academic year in which you are applying (you are not required to qualify for financial aid or to accept loans or other financial aid to apply for Counseling program scholarships). For FAFSA information, see: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa. For other SMU financial aid and information about other scholarship opportunities, see: https://www.smu.edu/admission/financialaid.
  • Students may only apply for one Counseling Program scholarship in any given application window.
  • Students who are already the recipient of a Counseling Program scholarship are considered ineligible for additional Counseling Program scholarships until their award period has elapsed. Students may not apply for or be awarded concurrent scholarships from the SMU Counseling Program.
  • Students who are already Counseling Program scholarship recipients are not eligible for additional scholarships for the duration of the award.
  • Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Please read all eligibility requirements and application forms carefully. This scholarship application requires a brief essay (300 word maximum). Applications without the essay will not be accepted.
  • Scholarships may be revoked due to changes in academic standing, enrollment in under six credit hours, or disciplinary/remediation circumstances.
  • All scholarship awards are dependent on availability of funds.

Linda Graham Taos Scholarship

The Linda Graham Taos Scholarship provides a $500 tuition discount to one student in an academic year for summer study at SMU-in-Taos. The Linda Graham Taos Scholarship is applicable to only coursework within the SMU Master of Science in Counseling degree. The award is made on a first-come, first-served basis. An award received for one course may be used for a different Taos course than originally intended, but must be used in the same semester indicated in the application. Evidence of financial need is not required to apply or to receive the Linda Graham Taos Scholarship.

Eligibility: (Please read all eligibility requirements carefully)

  • First-time attendee for study at SMU-in-Taos
  • Recipients of financial aid (during regular semesters) preferred but not required
  • Part-time or full-time Summer enrollment (3 or 6 credit hours)
  • Applicable for Summer study in SMU-in-Taos only during the current academic year, for courses that are part of the MS in Counseling program curriculum (i.e., Counseling Diverse Communities and Sexual Counseling/Therapy)
  • A completed FAFSA application for the academic year in which you are applying (you are not required to qualify for financial aid or to accept loans or other financial aid to apply for Counseling program scholarships). For FAFSA information, see: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa. For other SMU financial aid and information about other scholarship opportunities, see: https://www.smu.edu/admission/financialaid.
  • Students may only apply for one Counseling Program scholarship in any given application window.
  • Students who are already the recipient of a Counseling Program scholarship are considered ineligible for additional Counseling Program scholarships until their award period has elapsed. Students may not apply for or be awarded concurrent scholarships from the SMU Counseling Program.
  • Students who are already Counseling Program scholarship recipients are not eligible for additional scholarships for the duration of the award.
  • Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
  • Scholarships may be revoked due to changes in academic standing, cancellation or withdrawal of enrollment in the Taos summer course, or disciplinary/remediation circumstances.
  • All scholarship awards are dependent on availability of funds.