Are You Eligible for a Graduate School Scholarship?

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Graduate school is expensive. There’s no getting around that. And while it’s true that most scholarships are geared towards undergrads, there are still some stellar opportunities for tuition assistance at the graduate level. Check out our roundup below, and see what you may qualify for. Don’t qualify for any? No worries. We will point you in the right direction towards your perfect scholarship.

If you have already begun your career, it pays to check whether your employer is willing to offer tuition assistance towards your degree. Under certain conditions- like a commitment to work a set number of years for that company-Some employers will even foot the entire bill!

Check out scholarships offered by your alma mater: Several colleges nationwide offer tuition assistance to their alumni who want to go on to graduate school. Although, this usually means you’ll have to attend grad school at the same university from which you’ve graduated.

Are you an athlete? The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Program awards scholarships to nearly 200 talented student-athletes in college, who also have a stellar academic record. The Walter Byers Scholarship Program also grants similar awards.

It is always a good idea to check in with professional associations in your field of study, too. Oftentimes, these associations will offer awards, or know of related associations that do.

For example, if you’re an accounting or finance candidate, the Daniel B. Goldberg Scholarship, is geared towards graduate students pursuing a career in government finance.

The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science has a Graduate Fellowship Program for those planning to study physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, engineering, computational sciences, and environmental sciences.

If you are aiming for a degree in the fields of history, philosophy, literature and languages, or fine arts, this will be of interest to you: Each year, the Council of Independent Colleges awards American Graduate Fellowships to two students that are worth up to $50,000 each. The fellowships are renewable for a second year. To qualify, you must be enrolled in a PHD program at one of 23 universities.

Pursuing your higher degree in social sciences, the Arts, or humanities? The U.S. Department of Education’s Jacob K. Javits Fellowships Program provides fellowships to students who have demonstrated academic achievement as well as financial need.

If you are a minority student, there are various organizations that can help you realize your higher education dreams. One such organization is the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute which offers Latino students a $5,000 scholarship towards graduate studies.

The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans are for those who hold green cards, a naturalized citizen born abroad, or children of naturalized citizens. If this is you, you could be eligible to receive up to $25,000 for two years of grad school in any field in the United States. Thirty fellowships are awarded each year.

There are many unconventional scholarships to be had as well, for instance:

Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society Rolex Scholarship:  If you live to scuba dive, check this one out! If chosen, you will spend about a year traveling and working with leaders in the field of underwater study. The maximum amount awarded is $25,000.​

For more information on the various scholarships available to you, check out scholarship portals like Scholarships or Fastweb, which allow you to search for grants you may be eligible for.