The First Step Scholarship

National University wants to help remove barriers to higher education, including the financial commitment required for graduate school. This is why we’re offering three (3) new students a full tuition scholarship and two (2) new students a $20,000 scholarships in master’s and doctoral programs.

How It Works

To be considered for The First Step Scholarship, you must apply to NU, submit an essay, and start your master’s or doctoral program by April 24, 2023. There’s no application fee for NU. Recipients will be announced on or before June 9, 2023.

Essay Topic

Earning your degree is a long journey. What’s driving you to take that first step?

To Get Started

Simply submit the Request Information form to begin your scholarship application. Applicants will be required to submit either a 500-700 word essay (maximum two pages, double-spaced) or a 2-4 minute audio or video file.

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Request Information On The First Step Scholarship

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Why National University?

Our supportive ecosystem

NU’s holistic approach encompasses five aspects of well-being that create a supportive ecosystem.


We save students time and tuition with millions in scholarships, free e-books to military students, flexible payment options, general transfer credits, and more.


We support students every step of the way in their educational journey, providing academic resources to help them excel in their studies. This includes help with study skills, time management, and free tutoring.

Social & Emotional

We provide students with social and emotional resources and support to foster mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. Student case managers help students with resources for things like housing and food insecurity to mental health.

Family Life & Community

We understand the challenges faced by students who are working parents and offer support through flexible courses to help them balance family, work, and school, as well as student clubs and a virtual veterans center.


We offer degrees aligned with real-world careers and guidance designed to support students’ career goals — from career counseling to resume and cover letter review to interview preparation.

National University Accreditation

NU is a WSCUC accredited institution. WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001, WSCUC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
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