Scholarships & Financial Assistance
Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU) seeks to support our students any way within our reach. To demonstrate this commitment, SCU offers scholarships and assistance to students with high academic standards and/or financial need. Please review the scholarships and assistance opportunities below. To apply for one or multiple scholarships, please fill out our Student Scholarship Application. For our financial assistance opportunities, please contact your Admissions Advisor to inquire and apply.
Please note: Several the scholarships require a unique essay pertaining to the criteria of the scholarships that you will be applying for. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that for these unique scholarship opportunities that you submit a supplemental essay statement. In this case, you can email this statement directly to email@example.com.
Financial Assistance for New Students
Financial Assistance for Canadian Students
The institutional-based Financial Assistance Award for Canadian Students was created to provide Canadian Students in their transition to the United States. Student must exhibit good moral and ethical standards. Applicants must have a cumulative 2.75 GPA in all undergraduate courses prior to matriculation at SCU. Eligible recipients must be pursuing a Chiropractic or Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine degree and attending full-time. The award will be $500 per term.
Relocation Assistance Program
The Relocation Assistance Program was developed to help students who are relocating to SCU from areas within the U.S. more than 250 miles away from the SCU campus. Student applying for this program must demonstrate financial need. Funding is limited and will be awarded until exhausted.
Alumni Referral Assistance Program
An eligible student pursuing a degree or certificate can receive a scholarship in the name of the SCU alumni who referred the student. Applicants for the Alumni Relations Referral Assistance Program at entrance with SCU must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 in all their undergraduate coursework and demonstrate participation in community service or outreach at their prior institution. Interested applicants must notify the Office of Admissions of the referring alumni’s contact information (full name, email, and phone number) for verification by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and notifying their Admissions Advisor.
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Dana Goodrich Deane Scholarship
The Goodrich Deane family has created a scholarship to honor SCU alum, the late Dana Goodrich Deane (DC, 1992). The Dana Goodrich Deane Memorial scholarship provides an opportunity to financially assist Chiropractic students with demonstrated financial need, in their 4th trimester or beyond, maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher, with demonstrated community service, and who have expressed an interest in lifestyle medicine (mind body medicine, food as medicine, yoga,) in achieving their education goals. This scholarship is typically awarded every 2 years to 2 chiropractic students each scholarship year. Each student can receive up to $15,000.00 per year eligible for 2 years, or $5,000 per trimester, if fewer than 2 years remain in the program. This scholarship is funded in partnership with the Nutri-West company in memoriam of Dr. Paul White.
Dr. Charles L. Cooke Scholarship
The Charles L. Cooke Scholarship was created to assist African American chiropractic students upon entrance to SCU. The applicant must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 from undergraduate coursework at the time of matriculation. Interested applicants must write an essay on a topic that will discuss ways to further the recognition and acceptance of chiropractic within the African American community. If selected, the award is a one-time $1000 for the first term of enrollment. Funding is limited and will be awarded until exhausted for the year.
Dr. James W. Fitches Fellowship
The Dr. James W. Fitches Fellowship is available to chiropractic students in their first term who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Eligibility criteria includes a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better, demonstrated financial need, an essay activity in extra-curricular support of the chiropractic profession. If selected, the award is a one-time $1000 for the first term of enrollment. Funding is limited and will be awarded until exhausted for the year.
Dr. Stephen and Mrs. Alice Kwan Care and Love Scholarship
The Dr. Stephen and Mrs. Alice Kwan Care and Love Scholarship is a merit and need-based academic scholarship available to candidates for admission to our Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) graduate program at SCU. The scholarship award amount covers 50% of the DACM program tuition each term the student remains eligible. Applicants must demonstrate commitment to integrative healthcare, must have demonstrated financial need, and must have an entering grade point average (GPA) of 3.4 or higher. In addition to the SCU Scholarship application, 3 letters of recommendation from supervisors and/or previous or current faculty of courses taken must be submitted as well. These letters can be emailed directly to email@example.com. Upon notification of scholarship selection, scholarship recipients must also agree to other terms as indicated by the donors.*
The Presidential Scholarship was established by Dr. John Scaringe at the time of his inauguration as President of the Southern California University of Health Sciences to recognize and acknowledge outstanding students at SCU who exhibit leadership in evidence-based, integrative healthcare. The Presidential Scholarship will be awarded once a year. The recipient must be an SCU student in the 6th term or above enrolled in SCU College of Eastern Medicine or Los Angeles College of Chiropractic. Applicants for the Presidential Scholarship must: have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or better, demonstrate a history of leadership in evidence based, integrative health care during their time at SCU, and submit a 500-600 word defining evidence-based practice and integrative medicine. If selected, the award is a one-time $2500 upon notification of selection.
Standard Process Scholarship
This application allows you to apply for the Standard Scholarship. The whole food philosophy of Standard Process was developed in 1929 by the company’s founder, Dr. Royal Lee, who believed“the best sources of vitamins and minerals are found in whole foods.” This scholarship was created by Standard Process to assist 2 Chiropractic Students and 1 Acupuncture student per year with educational expenses, such as tuition and fees.The deadline to submit all application materials is May 22, 2020.**NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE**
The Health Equity Scholarship for Black and African Descent Students
SCU is preparing to launch the Health Equity Scholarship for Black and African Descent Students to encourage and support such students in their pursuit of professional graduate programs in Integrative Health. We are committed to supporting students from all backgrounds and communities and recognize the historic underrepresentation of Black physician assistants, acupuncturists, and chiropractors. This competitive scholarship will benefit Black students entering SCU’s professional graduate programs. The number of scholarships and award amounts vary year to year but may cover up to 50 percent of tuition.
The Legacy Scholarship
Legacy Scholarship has been designed to acknowledge and recognize the children and grandchildren of SCU alumni who have also chosen to pursue a career in complementary and alternative health care. Students who are awarded the Legacy Scholarship will receive a 5% discount on tuition for each of their 10 terms at SCU provided they maintain a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative GPA . The applicant for this scholarship must provide appropriate documentation of their relationship with the alumnus.Apply for Scholarships