Scholarships for Graduate Students

Last updated: April 23, 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.

The Doc Cohen Franchising Scholarship

Amount: $1,500

Deadline: October 31, 2021

This scholarship will support a student majoring in business, finance, marketing, food service, hospitality or entrepreneurship. Must be a US citizen attending an accredited university. Must submit a 10-page business plan on a franchise concept.

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans

Amount: 50% of tuition

Deadline: October 28, 2021

Available to full-time graduate students 30 years and younger. Applicants must have been born to US immigrants, naturalized as a U.S. citizen or the child of a U.S. citizen, adopted, possess a green card, or be a refugee. Eligibility is based on applicant's demonstration of the relevance of graduate education to long-term career goals.

Don't Text and Drive Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: September 30, 2021

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.

MBA Insight Scholarship

Amount: $500

Deadline: September 30, 2021

Open to all currently enrolled MBA students and students planning to enroll within the next 12 months as well as a legal U.S. citizen. To enter, applicants must leave a review of their GMAT Test Prep Company and/or Admissions Consulting Company. The winner will be determined at random.

Motorola Solutions Foundation Public Safety Explorer Scholarship

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: September 30, 2021

The National Exploring Committee will award five scholarships to students studying in the public safety, health, law enforcement or aviation fields. Applicants should demonstrate leadership, character education and experiences. Must also provide three letters of recommendation.

Endowment for South Asian Students of Indian Decent

Amount: $3,500

Deadline: September 30, 2021

Students must be a PA or NJ resident for 12 months before registering as a medical student in a fully accredited PA medical school. Applicants must also be a South Asian Indian or descendant of a south Asian Indian immigrent to the United States.

Florida Stormwater Association Educational Foundation's Scholarship

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: August 6, 2021

The scholarship awards financial aid to qualified students attending Florida colleges and universities who are interested in pursuing stormwater research, management or finance. Graduate student applicants in colleges or schools of engineering, natural science, public administration (or closely related fields) are eligible to apply.

NBCC Foundation Military Scholarship

Amount: $8,000

Deadline: July 31, 2021

Scholarships are available for service members, veterans and their spouses pursuing a career in professional counseling. Candidates must be enrolled in a CACREP-accredited counseling master's program.

Car Covers Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: December 15, 2021

Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in an accredited American institution. Students must answer the question, "how to make your car last forever?", to apply.

Because College is Expensive

Amount: $500

Deadline: September 30, 2021

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

Health and Wellness Scholarship

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: August 31, 2021

Any full-time graduate or undergraduate accredited student with a GPA of 3.7 or higher is welcome to apply.

Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: July 31, 2021

The goal with this scholarship is to create an even-playing field where students are not given an advantage for standardized test scores, GPA, financial need or academic circumstances. Applicants must be a U.S. resident enrolled in an accredited university.

$500 Graduate Student Scholarship

Amount: $500

Deadline: December 31, 2021

Current graduate students, adults, and college students planning to enroll in graduate school and/or any college offering a post-secondary degree are eligible. Must be currently enrolled in an accredited university to be considered.

Unigo Scholarship

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: December 31, 2021

Applicants must be currently enrolled in accredited university and be a US citizen. Applicants are asked to create 140-character tweet for a chance to win.

College Express Grad School Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: August 31, 2021

Applicants must register on CollegeExpress.com and provide a sentence on ther preferred format for a graduate program: in-person, hybrid, or online. A winner will be randomly chosen.

Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: August 27, 2021

This scholarship helps defray the costs associated with the Architect Registration Examination (ARE). Applicants must be a current Associate AIA member, holding an active National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) record and be eligible to sit for the Architect Registration Examination (ARE).