Assistantships and Scholarships

Appalachian State University light pole banner in front of fall leavesThe program, department, and university offer several different kinds of resources to help students finance their graduate education. Read below for information about graduate assistantships, scholarships, and loans.

Graduate Assistantships

LES Department Assistantships

  • Students interested in graduate assistantships in the Department of Leadership and Educational Studies (home department) should note their interest in their online application. Once the application has been processed and the student has confirmed acceptance of admission, an email with an attached resume should be submitted to Jackie Ward (wardjc@appstate.edu). The priority deadline for fall terms is April 1, but applications are accepted until all positions are filled. A limited number of graduate assistantships are also available for summer terms; the deadline for summer terms is April 15 or until the positions are filled.

Division of Student Development Assistantships

  • The Division of Student Development runs its own process for graduate assistantships. In addition to a stipend, students also receive a scholarship that covers in-state tuition. Applications need to be completed in January in order to be considered for the February interviews. Read more here.

Other Assistantships at ASU

  • Assistantships are available throughout the university. New positions are posted as they become open.
     

Scholarships

Jim Jackson Scholarship

  • This scholarship is to assist students enrolled in Higher Education Graduate Program who can demonstrate a need for financial assistance. Students must have taken at least 6 hours and have a minimum of 3.0 as a GPA. Apply here.

Mary Kistler Scholarship

  • Established in 1991 by Mr. Thomas L. Kistler in loving memory of his wife, Mary Jane Kistler, this scholarship is designed to assist students enrolled in educational leadership programs. Incoming and continuing students may apply for this scholarship. Apply here.

Out-of-State Tuition Scholarships

  • A very limited number of Out-of-State Tuition Scholarships are available each year. To apply, please send an email with an attached resume to Mr. Anthony Jones, Interim Program Director, Higher Education (jonesap1@appstate.edu). The priority deadline is March 15.

University Scholarships

Federal Loans

For information about federal student loans, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid.
 

For More Information

  • For more information about graduate assistantships, click here.
  • To view assistantship openings, click here.
  • For more information about assistantships and scholarships, contact Dr. Vachel Miller, Program Director at millervw@appstate.edu or 828-262-2280.