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Pepperdine University Provides Scholarships and Fee Waivers to Recently Laid-Off Workers



March 8, 2023 – Malibu, CA – Four schools across Pepperdine University now provide opportunities, including fee waivers, scholarships, extended deadlines and more, for workers affected by recent tech layoffs.
“Over 150,000 people have been affected by tech layoffs in this year alone. That means over 150,000 people, many skilled and loyal employees, are experiencing financial upheaval and all its subsequent effects. We hope that through these initiatives, Pepperdine will be able to alleviate some of the pressures that come with such turbulent times by providing an accessible, exemplary education that will launch workers into their new professions,” said Pepperdine University President Jim Gash.
Pepperdine Graziadio Business School offers fee waivers, priority scholarship consideration for select programs and extended application deadlines.

“Keeping with our long tradition of equipping working professionals with the tools to accelerate their careers, we welcome those affected by the recent tech layoffs. Although the abrupt loss of a job can certainly be a significant setback, it may present an opportunity to pause, reassess options and choose a direction that better suits one's long-term interests and aspirations,” said Arman Davtyan, Assistant Dean, Enrollment Management of Graziadio Business School. “Whether looking to expand their skill set, transition to a new function or gain preparation for management and leadership, students will find valuable learning opportunities within our robust portfolio of degree programs.”

Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology provides application fee waivers and opportunities to request extended deadlines. Laid-off workers may also be eligible for up to $7,000 in scholarships.

“With highly rated master’s and doctoral programs in psychology, education, organizational leadership and social entrepreneurship, students at the Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology build a strong network, valuable skills and diverse perspectives that lead to achieving their goals and making a lasting, meaningful difference in the world,” said Luke Phillips, Executive Director of Marketing and Enrollment at Pepperdine GSEP.

With application fee waivers, Pepperdine School of Public Policy guarantees a minimum scholarship of $10,000 annually and waived requirements for professional letters of recommendation for those with four years or more of work experience.

"The School of Public Policy has been a launching pad for purpose-driven careers in the nonprofit and government sectors for 25 years,” said Pete Peterson, Dean, Braun Family Dean's Chair at Pepperdine School of Public Policy. “With a massive wave of ‘Baby Boomer’ retirements across government at all levels, incredible new opportunities exist for those who can combine private sector experience with our public policy education.”

Pepperdine Caruso School of Law has committed to offering flexible application deadlines for its Certificate in Dispute Resolution, Master of Dispute Resolution degree program, and all seven Master of Laws programs. Sessions begin in May and August, and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. All applicants are automatically considered for scholarships.

"Professionals in any field can advance in their careers by becoming skilled in conflict management," said Sukhsimranjit Singh, assistant dean of graduate law programs. “The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution is the #1 program in the country for this specialty. We offer degree programs for both lawyers and non-lawyers and shorter-term professional skills programs that provide intensive training, which participants can implement immediately in their fields of work."

To be eligible for these offers from Pepperdine University, individuals must submit documented proof of being recently laid off due to organizational restructuring or downsizing, not issues related to job performance.

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Founded in 1937, Pepperdine University is an independent, Christian university located 30 miles west of Downtown Los Angeles in scenic Malibu, California. The University enrolls approximately 10,300 students across its flagship liberal arts school, Seaver College; the Caruso School of Law; the Graziadio Business School; the Graduate School of Education and Psychology; and the School of Public Policy. Pepperdine is committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values, where students are strengthened for lives of purpose, service, and leadership. Follow Pepperdine on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.


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