150 Scholarships for Graduate Students

Last updated: March 19, 2018

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.

 
3

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.

Health and Wellness Scholarship

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: August 31, 2018

Any full-time graduate or undergraduate accredited student with a GPA of 3.4 or higher is welcome to apply. Medical students may provide proof of pass/fail classes.

$1,000 September Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: September 20, 2018

All high school, college and graduate students are encouraged to enter. The winner will be chosen at random.

MBA Insight Scholarship

Amount: $500

Deadline: September 30, 2018

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. The winner will be determined at random.

Don't Text and Drive

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: September 30, 2018

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.

Shout it Out

Amount: $1,500

Deadline: September 30, 2018

Applicants must be currently enrolled in accredited university and be a U.S. citizen. Applicants are asked what they would say to the whole world, if they could, for a chance to win.

Lance Stafford Larson Student Award

Amount: $500

Deadline: October 31, 2018

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.

The Doc Cohen Franchising Scholarship

Amount: $1,500

Deadline: October 31, 2018

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.

Zombie Apocalypse

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: October 31, 2018

Students must be currently enrolled in accredited university and be a U.S. citizen. Applicants are asked how they would survive a zombie apocalypse for a chance to win.

Education Matters

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: November 30, 2018

For eligibility, students must be currently enrolled in accredited university and be a U.S. citizen. Applicants are asked to defend the importance of education for a chance to win.

Car Covers Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: December 15, 2018

Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited graduate program. Students will be given a creative writing prompt to determine the winner of the scholarship.

Burger King Scholars Program

Amount: $1,000-$50,000

Deadline: December 15, 2018

Applicants must have strong academic performance with a minimum GPA of 2.5. Must be passionate about serving the community, and be an employee/spouse/partner of an employee for graduate consideration.

$500 Graduate Student Scholarship

Amount: $500

Deadline: December 31, 2018

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.

Top 10 List

Amount: $1,500

Deadline: December 31, 2018

Applicants must be enrolled in accredited university and be a U.S. citizen. Applicants are asked to create a list of the top 10 reasons why they want to win the scholarship.

Unigo Scholarship

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: December 31, 2018

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.

Technology Addiction Awareness

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: January 30, 2019

Scholarship is open to students of any age and field of study. Applicants will complete an essay on technology addiction, and the top 10 finalists will be chosen based on creativity and content of the essay.

ASA Minority Fellowship Program

Amount: $18,000

Deadline: January 31, 2019

Applicants can be new or continuing graduate students, but preference will be given to students entering doctoral programs or students enrolled in strong mental health programs. Fellows will be selected on their commitment to research in mental health.

Vincint and Catherine Sansalone Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: February 1, 2019

Students must be enrolled in a math or science program at an accredited U.S. university. Must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher for consideration. Preference for students of Italian descent.

Beyonce Formation Scholars Scholarship Program

Amount: $25,000

Deadline:

In celebration of the anniversary of “Lemonade,” Beyonce Knowles-Carter's Formation Scholars program supports young women who are pursuing careers in the entertainment, creative arts, music, literature or African American studies. Participating schools include Berklee College of Music, Howard University, Parsons School of Design and Spelman College.

Goldman Sachs MBA Fellowship

Amount: $25,000

Deadline:

The MBA Fellowship is designed to increase interest in financial services among black, hispanic and native american business school students.

NEHA/AAS Environmental Health Scholarship

Amount: $2,000

Deadline:

This scholarship is available to students enrolled in a graduate program with a declared curriculum in Environmental Health Sciences. Must have at least one semester of classes remaining for eligibility.

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.

PIRG Fellowship

Amount: $25,500

Deadline:

The PIRG Fellowship is available to recent college graduates who are interested in the public interest movement. Must demonstrate academic excellence, leadership experience, top-notch written and verbal skills and an eagerness to learn.

NACME Scholars Program

Amount: Varies

Deadline:

To be eligible for the NACME Scholars Program, students must be currently enrolled in an engineering program at a partner university and maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher. Transfers must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.7 to be eligible.

NASA Harriett G. Jenkins Predoctoral Fellowship Project

Amount: $18,000

Deadline:

Applicants must be a U.S. citizen and be classified as a member of an underrepresented group. Students must be within the first three years of graduate study and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 for consideration.

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.

Goldberg-Miller Public Finance Scholarship

Amount: $15,000

Deadline:

The GFOA scholarship aims to recognize outstanding performances by graduate program students preparing for a career in state and local government finance. Applicant must be enrolled in a full-time course at the graduate level in college and be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada.

Frank l. Greathouse Government Accounting Scholarship

Amount: $10,000

Deadline:

The scholarship aims to recognize outstanding performance in accounting studies and to encourage careers in state and local government. The applicant must be full-time; graduate or upper level undergraduate and willing to pursue fields with a specific focus on government and its administration.

Minorities In Government Finance Scholarship

Amount: $10,000

Deadline:

The scholarship aims to recognize and encourage outstanding graduate or upper level undergraduate minority students enrolled in a course of study preparing for a career in state or local government finance. The applicant must be willing to pursue fields with a specific focus on government or nonprofit management.

Government Finance Professional Development Scholarship

Amount: $10,000

Deadline:

The scholarship aims to support the studies of part-time students with a career interest in state and local government finance. The applicant must be employed at least two years by one or more state or local governments and willing to pursue fields with a specific focus on government and its administration.

Mildred Sylvester Scholarship

Amount: $4,000

Deadline:

The scholarship is available to an outstanding 1st, 2nd or 3rd year veterinary student who is a current or past resident, high school or college graduate with a connection to the state of New Jersey.

Thomas J. Watson Fellowship

Amount: $30,000

Deadline:

The fellowship is a one-year grant for independent exploration outside the United States, awarded to graduating seniors which are nominated by campus advisors of one of 40 participating partner colleges. All majors and fields of inquiry are eligible. Please ask the respective campus advisor about internal deadlines. The national selection process begins in November. Awards are announced in mid-March.

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.

SimpliSafe STEM Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: November 30, 2018

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.

Cap Lathrop Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline:

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.

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.

GreenPal’s Scholarship

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: October 15, 2018

This scholarship supports and advocate entrepreneurial spirit of today's generation. Final winner of scholarship will receive four awards of $500 for each semester completed. Applicant must be graduating High School's Senior with a declared major or minor in the college of Business, Economics, or Finance.

HubShout Internet Marketing Scholarship

Amount: $100

Deadline:

The scholarship is to support the next generation of professionals or students with a demonstrated passion for Internet Marketing. There are two application Deadlines first is March 1st and next is November 1st of each year. The scholarship is open to students with at least one year of college.