Scholarships and Resources for Graduate Students

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Last updated on June 15, 2018 by our Product Team

We know paying for graduate school can be a daunting task. Luckily, there are numerous scholarships offered by different organizations across the nation intended to help you cover your graduate school expenses. Below, we have compiled a list of scholarships organized by your area of graduate study. Check out these available scholarships, but note that they represent a small handful of those available. This list is a good starting point, but add to this information wtih your own further research.

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Scholarships for Art Graduate Students

Two Ten Footwear Design Scholarship. This award is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. It’s an unconventional scholarship, but perhaps this award will open up a new career path to art students. Any student interested in pursuing a career in footwear design will be considered.

Carole Fielding Student Grants These University Film & Video Association grants are not traditional scholarships, but instead small grants intended to help undergraduate and graduate students finish works of art in film and television. Categories for projects include: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental, Animation, Multimedia and Research.

School of Visual Arts Scholarships This prestigious school, located in New York City, offers a number of scholarships for students. While the list on their website is not intended to be comprehensive, it’s a great place for students to begin their searches.

New York University Tisch Scholarship Guide . New York University offers a downloadable scholarship guide for art students. Browse for opportunities and you’ll find the type of funding, the source, requirements, deadlines, restrictions and other information. Again, this list is meant to be a jumping off point, not necessarily the only source of art school funding.

Scholarships for Education Graduate Students

Federal TEACH Grant . This grant, which is up to $4,000 annually, is available to graduate students studying to be teachers. Among the requirements, students need to focus on low-income and/or high-need teaching demographics like special education or bilingual students. Visit the below website for a list of requirements—and be sure to read carefully!

Applegate/Jackson/Parks Future Teacher Scholarship . This $1,000 scholarship is for undergraduate or graduate students pursuing a career in education. Submit between October 1 and December 31 of each calendar year.

Michigan State University Graduate Endowed Scholarships . More than 25 scholarships are available annually to new and current graduate students pursuing a career in the field of education. Students should visit the below link for more information, because requirements and scholarships are sometimes added for recruitment purposes. Students should complete and submit an online application at the start of each calendar year, typically from mid-January through mid-February.

American of Association of School Administrators (the Superintendents Association) Educational Administration Scholarships . This $2,500 grant is available to a graduate student with the goal of becoming a superintendent. The application is available on April 15 and due by July 30.

If you are willing to teach in low-income neighborhoods, focus your career on special needs students, or if you’re willing to travel to teach, the scope of funding available widens greatly. Use this list as a jumping off point for your own research.

Scholarships for Engineering Graduate Students

American Society of Mechanical Engineers : Student members of ASME may be considered for over $200,000 worth of funding for undergraduate and graduate scholarships. Once a student submits an application for funding, applicants are typically considered for many scholarships, including the ASME Foundation Scholarships, the Garland Duncan Scholarships, the Sylvia W. Farny Scholarship and the Kate Gleason Scholarship, among others.

Society of Women Engineers Scholarships : There are a number of scholarships available to future women engineers. The scholarship amounts given to individuals vary widely, but in 2013, the organization awarded just over half a million dollars in funding.

American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) : This organization provides scholarships for American Indian engineering students. Details on the 2014-2015 academic scholarships will be posted soon.

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) : This scholarship is available to students that have completed 1 term of graduate level work and have received approval for a research topic. Students must be a member of The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and must continue to be a member during the duration of the scholarship.

Davidson Fellows Scholarships : This is an interesting scholarship for extraordinary young people who have completed remarkable work in the field—at a very young age. The scholarship is open to people under the age of 18 who are working on graduate-level work.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Foundation : This scholarship is available to students with a GPA above 3.0 who are pursuing a graduate degree in a number of engineering fields, including electrical, chemical and nuclear specializations. Students must take the GRE to be considered. Like many scholarships dispersed by organizations, a student must be a member to be considered.

Scholarships for Medical School Students

National Institute of General Medical Sciences . About 170 students are chosen each year for the Medical Scientist Training Program—with the goal of finding talented investigators who can combine basic science and clinical research. As part of this program, students receive tuition allowance, stipend and some coverage for travel and supplies.

National Health Service Corps . This award of up to $60,000 in loan repayment is for those who are licensed primary care medical, dental, and mental and behavioral health providers and agree to work in a “Health Professional Shortage Area” for at least two years.

Herbert W. Nickens Medical Student Scholarships . These five $5,000 scholarships are for medical students in their third year who have demonstrated that they are dedicated to the elimination of “inequities in medical education and health care and have demonstrated leadership efforts in addressing educational, societal, and health care needs of racial and ethnic minorities in the United States.”

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine offers a number of external scholarships for students that attend their school. In addition, the Mayo Clinic offers similar scholarships for their students, made possible by those who donate to the school.

Another bit of advice for future medical students: the more you save as an undergraduate, the more you’ll save in the long run. Consider the goal of earning a bachelor’s degree tuition-free. Is it a high bar to try to reach? Of course, but medical students are high-achievers and it’s certainly a possibility. Here’s a scholarship to help you achieve that goal:

Gallagher Student Health Careers Scholarship Program . These $5,000 scholarships are available to undergraduate students in their junior or senior years—who also plan to have careers in health or medicine.

Scholarships for Technology Graduate Students

Generation Google Scholarship (available to undergraduate and graduate students). This $10,000 scholarship is available to underrepresented students, including African American, Hispanic, American Indian, or female applicants pursuing a career in technology; the scholarship must be used toward tuition and related costs.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Scholarships . Don’t let the name convince you that these scholarships are only available to engineering students—they’re also available to those pursuing higher education focused on technology. Graduate students must have a GPA of higher than 3.0 and maintained this GPA throughout award period. These scholarships of between $1,000 and $5,000 are merit and need-based. Students must be a member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers to be considered.

The Center for Women in Technology . This organization offers a number of awards for women. For example, the Student Seed Fund aims to recruit and retain women in the field of technology. Additionally, CWIT scholars receive funding, usually in the range of $10,000 to $22,000 to be used toward tuition, fees and related expenses.

National Science Foundation . These grants are awarded to universities to support smart students who have a financial need. The goal is to help these students finish a STEM-related degree. The universities awarded these scholarships choose recipients.

Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship . Xerox offers undergraduate and graduate students between $1,000 and $10,000. The scholarships are available to black, Hispanic, Asian Pacific Islander, Native American and Alaskan students who have tuition and related expenses not covered by financial aid or other scholarships.

Some scholarships are available only to students or applicants of specific universities or programs. Here are two of those scholarships:

Massachusetts Institute of Technology fellowships, traineeships and scholarships. The fellowship and traineeships typically offer tuition, along with a stipend to help with living costs, while scholarships offer only full or partial tuition.

Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley Fellowship Program . Carnegie Mellon makes a handful of scholarships available to graduate students based on merit. Students applying for the Software Management program should consider this scholarship.

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