Student Life
Signature Scholarship Programs

In order to help meet the University’s strategic student success goals, Student Life has implemented highly targeted scholarship programs that combine ongoing support and financial assistance so that students who qualify by virtue of their unique circumstances are more likely to attend (and stay) in college through graduation.

The journey that a student takes to become a Pacific graduate is full of successes and challenges.  Along this path, it is important for each student to have an advocate(s) who can help them to achieve their dreams and find their purpose.  The Pacific Student Life professionals are proud to provide this ongoing support and work tirelessly in offering a safety net for our students.  Our goal is to ensure that they have the knowledge, confidence, skills, and opportunities to help them achieve their dreams.

In order to help meet the University’s strategic student success goals, Student Life has implemented highly targeted scholarship programs that combine ongoing support and financial assistance so that students who qualify by virtue of their unique circumstances are more likely to attend (and stay) in college through graduation:

Bishop Scholars Program: 

Founded by Methodist ministers in 1851, Pacific’s ongoing and invaluable relationship with the United Methodist Church (UMC) is affirmed through a series of Commitments.  These Commitments include partnering with the church, both nationally and locally, to improving college access, enhancing the Bishop’s Scholars Program, facilitating alternative break experiences centered on service, and developing consortia with other United Methodist institutions.  Members of the Bishop’s Scholars Program receive scholarship funding, participate in mentoring and leadership development consistent with UMC’s teachings and Pacific’s Commitments, have special access to important Religious Life programs, gain insight on how they can make a difference in their community, and engage with nationally recognized speakers who visit Pacific.

Pacific PROMISE Scholars:

The Pacific PROMISE Scholars is a program that supports students who were formerly part of the California state foster care system.  According to recent statistics, there are over 60,000 children in California who receive foster care or are living with a foster care family. Since only 2.5% of foster care children are expected to graduate from college, it is imperative to offer these students the tools they need to achieve their academic goals and to find a direction for their lives. Unfortunately, many foster, temporarily homeless, and disconnected youth are not familiar with higher education and the emotional and financial support possessed by their traditional peers. Members of the Pacific PROMISE Scholars program receive a comprehensive and holistic portfolio of services to ease their transition into the collegiate environment and ensure that they are both successful in and outside the classroom.

Military-Affiliated Student Support:

Starting college can be a difficult especially if you are transitioning out of active military service.  Research has shown that Military-Affiliated Students (Active, Reserve, Veteran, and Dependent) often have different needs from traditional-aged college students since they are frequently older, have families, and often are working while attending school.  In order to meet the needs of these students, Pacific has a comprehensive Veteran’s service program which provides these students with tutoring, mentoring, counseling, and other essential and transitional services. The goal is to give them the help they need to be academically successful and fully integrated into the University community.

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