Graduate scholarships help students pay for college as they pursue graduate-level academic or professional degrees. Graduate students have a variety of options to reduce the cost of their degree, including fellowships, teaching assistantships, and even stipends. However, these resources can be difficult to obtain in the already-competitive environment of graduate academics and a graduate education can still be overwhelmingly expensive even with assistance. Scholarship programs focused on graduate students can be a big help.
Eligibility requirements for graduate scholarships can vary based on the source and type of scholarship. Many graduate scholarships focus on academic merit, financial need, institution alumni status, subject, industry, heritage, and more. They are offered by corporations, government agencies, universities, and professional and nonprofit organizations. The application requirements will be determined by the scholarship granting organization and may include the following:
- Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution or currently enrolled in a bachelor’s program
- Are affiliated with a cultural or ethnic community related to the scholarship
- Meet specific undergraduate GPA or other academic requirements
- Are pursuing a field of study related to the scholarship, such as Counseling or Engineering
- Considering employment with the scholarship’s provider
- Are an alumnus of the relevant college or university
- Be a legal U.S. resident
- Participate in community service or volunteer activities
The above list outlines just a few of the eligibility requirements you may encounter when searching for graduate scholarships. You can expect requirements to vary considerably at the graduate level and meeting the requirements does not guarantee you will be granted the scholarship. Below is a sampling of graduate scholarships to demonstrate the different types of scholarships available:
Types of Graduate Scholarships
- AKA EAF Scholarships: Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation, Inc. awards graduate scholarships based on academic merit and financial need to full-time students who demonstrate a commitment to community service and involvement.
- Albert W. Dent Graduate Student Scholarship: Minority students enrolled in their final year of a healthcare management graduate program are eligible for these $5,000 scholarships, established by the the American College of Healthcare Executives.
- APF Graduate Student Scholarships: Each year, the American Psychological Foundation and the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology partner to hand out 15 scholarships of amounts from $1,000-$5,000 for graduate student research.
- ASH Foundation Graduate Student Scholarship: The American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation awards $5000 scholarship to full-time graduate students pursuing degrees in communications sciences and disorders programs based on academic merit.
- CIA Graduate Scholarship Program: This scholarship awards up to $18,000 in tuition per calendar year and requires one 60 to 90-day work experience with the CIA in Washington D.C. prior to completing your graduate degree.
- Emerging MCH Graduate Student Scholarship: To encourage participation and interest in maternal and child health, the AMCHP, Realityworks, and Go Beyond have partnered to offer this $2,500 scholarship.
- IEEE Charles LeGeyt Fortescue Scholarship: The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers confers several scholarships, but at $24,000, this one for a year of master’s work in electrical engineering is one of the largest.
- Institute for Thermal Processing Specialists MS Degree Scholarship: Grad students studying food science or a related subject may apply for this $2,000 award. The IFT also offers a $2,000 scholarship for those seeking advanced degrees in sensory science.
- Marine Technological Society scholarships: Eligibility requires a $25 per year membership, but the MTS offers a handful of scholarships for students enrolled in marine-related fields.
- NACA East Coast Graduate Student Scholarship: Grad students in one of six upper-East Coast states who are interested in a career in student personnel services or a similar area may apply.
- NASA Aeronautics Scholarship: A $35,000 stipend and $10,000 summer internship at a NASA research center are the highlights of this program for graduate students.
- SIOP Graduate Student Scholarships: By submitting a summary of their dissertation research, graduate students pursuing careers in industrial and organizational psychology may win one of four scholarships for up to $3500 from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.
- The Desk and Derrick Club Of Dallas Scholarship: This Dallas, Texas-based organization awards funds in varying amounts to undergraduate and graduate students planning to study or pursue employment in the energy industry.
- The LAGRANT Foundation Scholarship: The LAGRANT Foundation awards graduate scholarships in the amount of $5,000 to students planning to increase ethnic diversity in the fields of public relations, marketing, and advertising.
- Western Regional Graduate Program: This is a tuition-reciprocity program offered through the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education that lets graduate students attend out-of-state WICHE institutions and pay in-state resident tuition rates.
- Varsity Tutors Scholarship: Varsity Tutors holds a monthly scholarship contest in which students must write an essay in response to a monthly prompt. Visitors to the Varsity Tutors scholarship webpage are able to vote via social media for submitted entries. The top five entries with the most votes are reviewed by Varsity Tutors at the end of the month and one winner is subsequently chosen to receive the $1,000 college scholarship.