Please note that many of the scholarships for the 2015-2016 academic year have already been awarded. If you have a question about the availability of a particular scholarship for this year, please contact the Financial Aid Office. Otherwise, check back Spring Semester 2016 for applying for scholarships for the 2016-2017 Academic Year.

Opportunity Scholarship

For All New Students

All newly admitted students are considered for the CIIS Opportunity Scholarship. There is no separate application for this scholarship. Awards are determined primarily on financial need and you are strongly encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Quick facts/guidelines: Opportunity Scholarship

  • Opportunity Scholarships are on a first-come first-serve basis
  • Complete the most current FAFSA as soon as possible
  • You must be fully admitted and enrolled full time
  • International students do not need to complete a FAFSA

Many of the scholarships listed below are funded by gifts from donors. The CIIS Development Office may contact you to write a letter of thanks for a donor-sponsored scholarship.  

Scholarships Requiring an Application

The following scholarships must be applied for and students should contact the Financial Aid Office about the specifics of each scholarship application.

Angeles Arrien Scholarships 

In honor of Angeles Arrien who founded CIIS's Anthropology program, a scholarship of $5,000 is awarded annually to a student who demonstrates a commitment to working in areas of Preservation of Cultural Heritage, Multi-Cultural Bridging and Collaborative Efforts, Elder Support, and Youth Support. Students in the Anthropology and Social Change Program are given priority in awarding this scholarship. Renewable for a second year depending on satisfactory academic progress.

Auen-Berger Endowed Scholarships 

Three scholarships of $2,500 each will be provided to second and third year Community Mental Health students who commit to two semesters of community service.

Cultural Integration Fellowship Integral Scholarships CULTURAL

Through the annual support of the Cultural Integration Fellowship, CIIS's long-time sister organization, two $2,500 scholarships are awarded to graduate students conducting approved integral studies research.

Paul Herman & Vern Haddick Scholarships

In honor of the faculty members who founded CIIS's Integral Counseling Psychology program, Paul Herman, CIIS awards one scholarship of $2,500 to a second or third year student in a master's in counseling psychology program who demonstrates an interest in working with the LGBTQ community.

J.C. Kellogg Foundation Integral Counseling Psychology Diversity Scholarships

For several years now, a gift from the J.C. Kellogg Foundation has supported a cohort of Integral Counseling Psychology students of color with a $10,000 annual scholarship each over three years. Recipients of this scholarship are not eligible for another scholarship including the Opportunity Scholarship.

Robert Joseph & Wilhelmina Kranzke Endowed Scholarships

In memory of his parents, Robert Barnhart's generous endowment supports two to four annual scholarships of $5,000 each for doctoral students conducting approved psychotropic research; sometimes Kranzke scholars can receive an additional $1,000 for qualifying travel pertaining to their research.

Stanislav Grof Scholarships

In honor of the work of Stanislav Grof, these scholarships are intended to support MA and PhD students who would like to do a research project or literature review in the wide-ranging fields of inquiry pioneered by Stanislav Grof including transpersonal psychology, psychedelic studies, prenatal and perinatal psychology, holotropic breath work, spiritual emergency, esoteric studies, and archetypal psychology. Recipients must sign up for a 1-unit independent study course with a supervising faculty member or conduct the work as part of their supervised dissertation or comprehensive exam. CIIS awards two scholarships of $2,500 each annually.

Theresa Sparks Scholarships

In honor of Theresa Sparks who is a transgender activist and Executive Director of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, CIIS awards two to four scholarships to second year PhD students enrolled in the Human Sexuality program who demonstrate a commitment to working with the LGBTQ community. Awards range from $1,250-$2,500 each.

Shirley Strong Beloved Community Fellowship

The Shirley Strong Beloved Community Fellow provides support for African-American students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts Completion Program to meet unmet tuition need over and above the Opportunity Scholarship and other financial aid. The awards range from $1,250 to $2,500. These annual awards are dependent on external funding.

Awarded Scholarships

The following scholarships are awarded annually through the recommendations of CIIS faculty in collaboration with the Financial Aid Office or solely by the Financial Aid Office based on the financial need of students. There is no application for these scholarships.

Arc of Justice Scholarships

Arc of Justice Scholarships will be awarded to formerly incarcerated men and women to complete their Bachelor of Arts degree in the School of Undergraduate Studies at CIIS. Depending on external funding and number of awardees, scholarships ranging between $7,500-$15,000 will be awarded annually.

Haridas & Bina Chadhuri Endowed Memorial Scholarships 

In honor of CIIS's founders, Haridas and Bina Chaudhuri, up to three $1,000 scholarships are awarded to students from India each year.

China Initiave Scholarships 

Established by an anonymous gift from two alumni, CIIS will offer two scholarships of $2,500-$5,000 each per year to students from China.

CIIS Alumni Scholarships 

Each year one student from three of CIIS' schools-The School of Professional Psychology & Health, the School of Consciousness and Transformation, the School of Undergraduate Studies-is awarded a scholarship supported by the annual donations of CIIS alumni. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $3,000.

CIIS Faculty & Staff Scholarships 

Each year one student from three of CIIS's schools-The School of Professional Psychology & Health, the School of Consciousness and Transformation, and the School of Undergraduate Studies-is awarded a scholarship supported by the annual donations of CIIS faculty and staff. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $3,000.

CIIS Trustee Scholarships 

Each year one student from three of CIIS's schools-The School of Professional Psychology & Health, the School of Consciousness and Transformation, and the School of Undergraduate Studies-is awarded a scholarship supported by the annual donations of CIIS's Board of Trustees. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $3,000.

Asia Cummings Endowed Memorial Scholarships  

Through donations from the Ernest Christian Klipstein Foundation and other donors, each year two students in the Bachelor of Arts Completion Program will receive a $2,500 scholarship.

Barbara Ann Garcia Scholarships 

In honor of Barbara A. Garcia who is the Director of the San Francisco Department of Public Health and who serves on the President's Advisory Council, CIIS awards $3,600 scholarships to undergraduate students who are employees of the San Francisco Department of Public Health. MA and PhD students who are employees of the San Francisco Department of Public Health may be awarded these scholarships in the amounts of $2,500 and $4,000 respectively.

Samuel Benjamin Hanser Endowed Memorial Scholarships

In memory of CIIS Somatic student Samuel B. Hanser, The Samuel B. Hanser Memorial Trust supports one $2,000 scholarship for a Somatic Psychology student annually.

Michael & Gityjoon Hebel Scholarships 

Michael & Gityjoon Hebel Scholarships will support CIIS students in Asian Studies. Priority will be given to students in Asian Philosophies and Cultures. Scholarships range from $2,000 to $5,000. 

Ali Akbar Khan Memorial Scholarship

In honor of the legendary musician, one student from India or MFA student will receive a $1,000 annual scholarship. Ali Akbar Khan was the 2007 recipient of CIIS's Haridas and Bina Chaudhuri Award for Distinguished Service.

Kal Krishnan Counsulting Services Scholarships

Kal and Carol Krishnan's philanthropy supports two to four annual scholarships of $1,000 - $4,000 for students in the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness program.

Elizabeth J. McCormack Scholarships 

Elizabeth J. McCormack served for many years as Chair of the CIIS Board of Trustees and received an Honorary Doctorate from CIIS in 2011. In her honor, at least two scholarships ranging from $1,000 - $4,000 are awarded annually.

The MCJ Amelior Foundation Scholarships

The MCJ Amelior Foundation supports scholarships in varying amounts for Drama Therapy students; these scholarships are available depending on external funding.

George Moscone Memorial Scholarships 

In honor of the late Mayor of San Francisco, George Moscone, CIIS awards scholarships of $3,600 to undergraduate students who are employees of the City and County of San Francisco. MA and PhD students who are employees of the City and County of San Francisco may be awarded these scholarships in the amounts of $2,500 and $4,000 respectively.

The John & Lisa Pritzker Family Fund Scholarships 

The Pritzker Family Fund supports three scholarships annually of $5,000 each for Community Mental Health students.

Kanwal Rehki Scholarship

In honor of Kanwal Rehki, 2010 recipient of CIIS's Haridas and Bina Chaudhuri Award for Distinguished Service, one scholarship of $1,000 is awarded to a student from India each year.

Laurance S. Rockefeller Memorial Scholarships 

The late Laurance S. Rockefeller remains CIIS's single largest benefactor and he is the namesake for CIIS's library. Two scholarships ranging from $1,000 - $4,000 are awarded in his honor annually.

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