The National Public Service Scholarship is for those students serving at the national level only, such as at federal and nonprofit agencies or institutions with a national scope and a mission to serve the nation in its entirety (e.g., the American Cancer Society), and who seek the doctorate to enhance their effectiveness in their professional roles in service to their country.

This scholarship is administered by the Office of the President, not the Office of Financial Aid. For more information, email


The scholarship provides for an annual academic year tuition remission of $1,500 and is renewable annually for three years with the condition that all eligibility requirements continue to be met.


Applications Due June 1


Applicants must:

  • Be employed by a federal or nonprofit agency or institution with a national scope and a mission to serve the nation in its entirety.
  • Have completed four courses or course equivalents or one KAM (credits transferred do not apply).
  • Not have received another merit-based Walden scholarship for the type of degree they are pursuing (i.e., doctorate).


Successful applications demonstrate a personal, continued commitment to public service and indicate how learning is applied to practice.


Applications must include:

  • Resume
  • Position statement addressing the applicant’s commitment to service and how the doctoral degree will enhance his or her effectiveness in his or her professional role
  • Current grade report
  • Letter of support from faculty mentor

All application materials must include the applicant’s name, email address, telephone number, and program of interest. Incomplete applications will not be forwarded to the selection committee.

Questions and application materials must be submitted electronically to


Annually for three years. The university must be in receipt of all of the applicant’s official documentation for scholarship funds to be disbursed. Receipt of this scholarship may reduce your loan eligibility and lessen your overall debt load.


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