Scholarships for Graduate Students

Last updated: January 07, 2019

With over 53 billion dollars in funding available for graduate students to support the careers of their dreams, it can be a challenge to find the perfect scholarship match. Opportunities are growing in the world of higher education and beyond, as the choice to enroll in graduate school is often the catalyst for better employment opportunities and a higher salary. But many students find themselves asking, “at what cost?”

With so many unique and substantial funding options available, earning a graduate degree is a privilege that everyone deserves if you have the drive and are ready to put in the time commitment.

To help fund your graduate degree, follow our guide and use the interactive tool to sort through over 150 scholarship opportunities for graduate students based on your field of study and award amount.

 

How to Pay for College

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Scholarships

There are hundreds of scholarships for graduate students, which are awarded by local organizations, private companies, societies and more.

 
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Grants

Grants don’t need to be paid back and are based on your financial circumstances. They are usually funded by the federal government, your state or college.

 
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Fellowships

While scholarships usually fund tuition, fellowships typically cover graduate study, research projects and abroad experiences without needing to be paid back.

 
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Student Loans

You can borrow money from the government or a bank, but it needs to be paid back with interest. The federal government offers many loan options—fill out the free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to see if you qualify for financial aid. If you need help, use our interactive guide to learn how to answer every question.

 
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Federal Work-Study Program

Provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to pay education expenses.

 
 

If you’re just beginning the process of finding suitable scholarships, make sure you’re prepared for the application process by starting a folder with the assets below.

Scholarship Application Preparation

Start early and do your research. The application process for graduate school can be lengthy. A great way to start is with broad research, networking and visits to help narrow down the search. Once you determine your top 5-10 schools, you can better organize the specific application deadlines throughout the process.
Not all scholarships are based off of your GPA, but most need to verify your education credentials to qualify. Try to get certified copies of your undergraduate transcript early, so you have plenty of time to meet the deadline.
Many graduate programs require applicants to send test scores with your application. The most common standardized test is the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test, but depending on your field of study, other standardized tests such as the LSAT, MCAT, or GMAT may be required.
Letters of recommendation are a true judgement of your character—something that can’t be revealed through your test scores or transcript. Reach out to former teachers, counselors or managers, so that they can speak to your qualifications. Determine the specific guidelines for each letter of recommendation and provide these specifications, to make this as easy as possible for your letter writers.
This is typically a short statement of intention, in which you explain your academic background, your goals and how the graduate program will help you reach those goals. Admissions committees like to see developed research as it pertains to your area of interest, so try to be as clear and concise as possible.
This is your opportunity to get creative and show your personality as more than just an application candidate. Find ways to express your background, your challenges, goals, motivations and passions.
 

Scholarship Opportunities for Graduate Students

Instructions: Click through the dropdowns below to sort by your intended major, award amount or if you’re looking for need-based aid. Click the box for a larger view.

Lewis B. Barber Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: February 24, 2019

This merit-based scholarship aims to provide financial aid to students who graduate from public or private high school in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry or Lee counties in Florida. Applicant must pursue certification to teach deaf/blind or attend seminary/pre-seminary school to study church, Christian music or Christian education.

John & Ruth Childe Scholarship

Amount: $1,950

Deadline: February 24, 2019

The scholarship awards students from Lee County in Florida with a physical disability to pursue higher education in a college, university or technical school. Applicant must be able to describe give proof of disability.

Paul B. & Aline Flynn Scholarship

Amount: $3,000

Deadline: February 24, 2019

The scholarship awards students who graduate from a public or private high school in Charlotte, Collier, Lee, Hendry or Glades counties. and pursuing a degree in Communication or Journalism. All High School Seniors, Undergraduates, and Graduates are eligible to apply.

Doris W. Frey Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $2,750

Deadline: February 24, 2019

The scholarship awards students studying Christian ministry/youth ministry, teaching, Christian counseling, nursing or medicine. Students must graduate from a public or private high school in Charlotte, Collier, Hendry, Glades or Lee County. All High School Seniors, Undergraduates, and Graduates are eligible to apply.

The Paul and Ellen Ruckes Scholarship

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: April 1, 2019

The Paul and Ellen Ruckes scholarship is applicable for both undergraduates or graduates who are studying in the field of engineering or in the computer, physical, or life sciences. Students can use one application form to apply for more than one scholarships listed on the site. All applicants must be U.S. citizens or naturalized citizens.

The Delta Gamma Foundation Florence Margaret Harvey Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: April 1, 2019

The scholarship is applicable for both undergraduates or graduates who are studying full-time in the field of rehabilitation or education of persons who are blind and/or visually impaired. Students can use one application form to apply for more than one scholarships listed on the site. All applicants must be U.S. citizens or naturalized citizens.

American Baptist Financial Aid Program

Amount: $3,000

Deadline: April 30, 2019

Student must be a member of an American baptist church for a minimum of one year to be eligible. Must be preparing to enter an accredited university or graduate program in the United States or Puerto Rico as a full-time student with a GPA of 2.75 for consideration.

Bradford-Sullivan Forest Landowners' Association Scholarship

Amount: $1,500

Deadline: April 30, 2019

The scholarship is for a student majoring in forest management, forest products, or a closely related field. Students should be current students at a two or four year college or university. In order to apply a student needs to have graduated from a high school or lived in one of the following counties in Pennsylvania: Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Wyoming, Pike, Wayne, Lackawanna, and Luzerne.

Harold Bettinger Scholarship

Amount: $4,000

Deadline: May 1, 2019

This scholarship is intended for horticultural students majoring in business and/or marketing with the intent to apply their education to a horticulture-related career or business for consideration.

ALPFA Scholarship Program

Amount: Varies

Deadline: May 1, 2019

ALPFA (Association of Latino Professionals For America) works to empower and develop Latino men and women as leaders of character for the nation, in every sector of the global economy by providing various scholarship rewards. Applicants need to be premium member of the ALPFA to be eligible for the scholarship.

Because College is Expensive

Amount: $500

Deadline: June 30, 2019

Open to all students or students planning on enrolling within 12 months. Winners will be chosen at random.

ABC Humane Wildlife Control & Prevention, Inc. Academic Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: July 1, 2019

Applicants must be currently enrolled at a university or college recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Awards are granted to female students studying, or planning to study, the fields of engineering, mathematics, technology or science (excluding the social sciences).

Chuan Ai Lu Engstrom Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: December 1, 2019

Any full-time graduate or undergraduate accredited student with a GPA of 2.5 or higher is welcome to apply. Applicants are asked to discuss their vision for electronic design, engineering and manufacturing in the global economy.

Don't Text and Drive

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: September 30, 2019

Students of any age and field of study may apply. Applicants will complete an essay on texting and driving, and the top 10 finalists will be chosen based on creativity and content of the essay.

Lance Stafford Larson Student Award

Amount: $500

Deadline: October 31, 2019

Award is given to the applicant who submits the best paper on a computer-related topic. There will be one award for undergraduates and a second for graduate students.

SimpliSafe STEM Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: November 30, 2019

SimpliSafe scholarship is for students in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. The program provides financial assistance to Bachelors, Masters, or PhD students enrolled in STEM degree programs. Applicant must be a US Citizen or legal permanent resident.

Hawai'i Community Foundation Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Deadline: January 1, 2020

Hawaii Community Foundation is providing a wealth of financial support to qualified students throughout Hawaii. With over 250 scholarships, Hawaii students can surely find a scholarship that applies to them.

Kalamazoo County Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Deadline: March 1, 2019

The scholarship focuses on the sources of aid available in Kalamazoo County, including scholarships offered by the Kalamazoo Community Foundation. There are many scholarships available for both undergraduate and graduate students. See the description of individual scholarship for details.

Grand Rapids Community Foundation Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Deadline: April 1, 2019

Grand Rapids Community Foundation is offering multiple scholarships that benefit students of many ages, academic abilities and areas of interes The general scholarship online application enables a person to qualify for 50 scholarship funds.

Dr. Harold Kerzner Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Deadline: May 1, 2019

The scholarship is open to all students who are pursuing graduate or undergraduate degrees in Project Management or related fields of study from accredited, degree-granting colleges and universities. Undergraduate, Graduate and Doctoral students are eligible to apply. There are four academic scholarships valued at up to the US $7,500 each which are offered to students who fulfil the criterion.

Dwaraka R. Iyengar PMI Dallas Chapter Area Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: May 1, 2019

The scholarship is open for applicants who are enrolled in or applying to a project management related degree program or a field benefiting from project management.The eligible students must be attending or planning to attend an accredited degree program that lives and goes to school in the PMI Dallas Chapter area.

James Rankin Memorial Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: May 1, 2019

The scholarship is open for applicants who are enrolled in or applying to a project management related degree program or a field benefiting from project management. The eligible students must be from Dallas/Fort Worth or attending or planning to attend an accredited degree program in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Students in Texas, USA attending or planning to attend an accredited degree program at any college or university in the USA are also eligible to apply.

Wayne K Latham Project Management Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: May 1, 2019

The scholarship is open for applicants who are enrolled in or applying to a project management related degree program or a field benefiting from project management. The eligible students must be from Dallas/Fort Worth or attending or planning to attend an accredited degree program in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Students in Texas, USA attending or planning to attend an accredited degree program at any college or university in the USA are also eligible to apply.

Pedro Zamoro Public Policy Fellowship

Amount: Varies

Deadline:

Candidates should have strong research, writing and organizational skills and willingness to work in a professional office. Fellows must commit to working a minimum of 30-hours per week for 16 weeks. Proof of eligibility to work in the U.S. required for acceptance.

Cap Lathrop Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: June 1, 2019

The Cap Lathrop Scholarship is offered to Alaska Natives with preference given to descendants of Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI) who are majoring in broadcast, telecommunications, business, engineering, journalism, and other media-related fields. The applicant must be pursuing a 2-year, 4-year, or graduate degree program with a major in broadcast, telecommunications, business, engineering, journalism, and other media-related fields.

MetLife Foundation Scholarship

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: February 6, 2019

MetLife Foundation contributes corporate funding towards students pursuing a four-year degree in communications, STEM and other public service related industries. Must be a resident of participating states for consideration.

The Recovery Village® Health Care Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: June 30, 2019

A $1,000 award will be given to a student pursuing a health-related degree program. Areas of study that will be considered include, but are not limited to, counseling, social work, emergency medicine, pre-med, nursing, psychology (with a focus on addiction counseling or a substance-abuse related field). Applicants must submit an essay no more than 500 words describing why they are passionate about health care, with a focus on substance abuse and mental health. Essays can draw from personal or professional experience.