Graduate Scholarships and Grants

Graduate scholarships and grants help advance your education and future career. Often graduate students rely on assistantships or fellowships to help cover the cost of higher education. These opportunities are not always available. Graduate scholarships and grants make it possible for students to complete their educational goals.

Maryland Heath Care Students

Are you pursuing education in health care field? Do you plan on attending a Maryland institution of higher learning? If so, you may qualify for the Graduate and Professional Scholarship-Program Maryland. Each year, 40 to 200 graduate and postgraduate students in health care fields receive awards of $1,000 to $5,000 to pay for their studies. For more details, visit Maryland Higher Education Commission at http://www.mhec.state.md.us.

Honor Students Majoring in Education

Are you an honor student? Do your stellar grades qualify you for membership to Pi Lambda Theta, an international honor society and professional association in education? During odd years, $1,000 is offered to seniors or graduate majoring in education. To learn more about this graduate scholarship, visit Pi Lambda Theta at www.pilambda.org.

Nurse Practitioners or Cancer Research in Massachusetts

Are you pursuing graduate studies in cancer research or as a nurse practitioner? Are you also a female resident of Massachusetts? You might qualify for a $3,000 graduate scholarship from the General Federation of Womens Clubs of Massachusetts. To get additional details, visit GFWC of MA at www.gfwcma.org.

Law School Grad in Library School

If you are a law school graduate looking to pursue a library degree, you may qualify for a graduate scholarship from the American Association of Law Libraries. Scholarship amounts vary from year to year. For more information, visit their website at www.aallnet.org or call 312-939-4764.

University of Baltimore Students

Were you accepted into a degree-seeking program at the University of Baltimore? You may qualify for one of the UB Foundation Scholarships for graduate students. Each has different requirement including an application, transcripts, proof of GMAT, essays and letters of recommendation. Fall students must submit scholarships applications by June 1 and spring students must submit by December 1. Business students may want to consider the France Merrick Business Scholarship. Other graduate scholarships include the UB/Towson MBA Merit Scholarship, Henry A. Heinmuller Graduate Scholarship Fund, Wachovia MBA Scholarship, Graduate Business Association Scholarship, William H. Thumel, Sr. Graduate Scholarship, Laurence F. Milan Jr. Graduate Scholarship in Accounting, CLA Humanities Scholarship, Graduate Initiative Scholarship, Howard County General Hospital Award, Theodore and Helen Wilson Scholarship and Shady Grove Graduate Initiative Scholarship. To get all the details visit the UB Foundation Scholarship Application at www.ubalt.edu/downloads/foundationscholarship2011.doc.

Fullbright Graduate Scholarships for International Students

The Fullbright program seeks to strengthen relations between America and other countries. The program is funded by Congress with about 1,500 awards annually. Recipients of fellowships sponsored by the State Department can research, study or teach English in 140 countries. Grants for all fields are study are available through the Institute for International Education. To get additional details about this international opportunity, visit the US Department of State website, call 202-632-3238 or email fullbright at state.gov.

Minority Leaders

Are you a student leader of Hispanic, black or Native American descent? You might be eligible for the JP Morgan “Launching Leaders MBA Scholarship.” If you show excellence in investment banking, sales, training and research, you might have your MBA education completely paid. Graduates also have the assurance of joining a world leader in innovative banking and business. Get additional details about this scholarship in the fall at Careers.JPMorgan.com.

Minority and Female Sports Administrators

Minority and female college graduates pursuing a degree in sports administration or a related field may qualify for the National Collegiate Association (NCAA) Ethnic Minority and Women's Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship for Careers in Athletics. If you always wanted to work in intercollegiate athletics, you might be one of 13 females or 13 ethnic minorities to win money toward your graduate studies. The application process includes obtaining three recommendations and submitting all requirements by December 10, 2010. To get more information about this graduate scholarship for underrepresented students, visit the NCAA.org or contact Teaera Strum, Diversity and Inclusive, NCAA, P.O. Box 6222, Indianapolis, IN 46202-6222, email tstrum at ncaa.org or call 617-917-6222.

ACHE Student Associates

The Foster S. McGaw Graduate Student Scholarship was established by the Foundation of the American College of Healthcare Executives to help ACHE Student Associates pay for the costs of higher education. Between McGaw and other Dent Scholarships, ACHE awards up to 20 scholarships annually. Each scholarship is worth $5,000 for financial assistance to students in health care management graduate programs. Applicants must follow certain criteria including being a US or Canadian citizen, Student Associate in good standing, enrolled in full-time study for the upcoming fall term with financial need and not a previous recipient of the award. Applications are accepted each year between January 1 and March 31. For more information, visit ache.org.

Minority ACHE Student Associates

Like the Foster S. McGaw Graduate Student Scholarship, the Albert W. Dent Graduate Scholarship for minority students only helps African-American ACHE Student Associates finance the cost for their education. The scholarship is awarded annually with each award worth $5,000. Criteria is similar to that of the McGaw scholarships with a total of twenty awarded by both each year. Students in the residency part of their program are not eligible to apply for these graduate scholarships. For additional info, visit ache.org.

Pi Sigma Alpha Members

Are you politically-minded? If you belong to the National Political Science Honor Society, Pi Sigma Alpha, you might qualify for one of five Howard Penniman Scholarships for Graduate Study. Each one is worth $2,000 toward payment of costs related to graduate studies in political science. Applications must be received by May 1. Scholarships are only for students entering their first year of graduate study. Applicants must submit a completed application form, statement of involvement, statement about graduate study and career goals, letter of nomination from Chapter Advisor, letter of recommendation from two faculty members, official school transcript and passport-style black and white photo of applicant. Winners are announced on June 15. To find out more, visit apasnet.org/~psa/content_6112.cfm.

Emergency Nurses

Does the excitement and responsibility of emergency nursing appeal to you? You may qualify for the Emergency Nurses Association award to help pay for an advanced degree. Students must have a 3.0 GPA or better and meet other criteria established by the ENA. June 1 is the annual application deadline. Get additional details at ena.org.

North American Interfraternal Foundation Members

Are you a former member of a sorority, fraternity or honors organization? Check out the North American Interfraternal Foundation scholarship awards for graduate students. Scholarships and fellowships are awarded to graduate members of professional and social fraternities and sororities. Awards offered by NIF include James H. McLaughlin Scholarship, Lloyd D. Balfour Fellowship, Mary Louise Roller Panhellenic Scholarship and James Anson Fellowships. Find out more at nif-inc.net.

Students in Information Security

Do you want to enter the cutting edge world of information security? This rapidly growing field promises plenty of future employment opportunities. The International Information Security Certification Consortium, Inc. is a global leader in educating and certifying information security pros. If you're an information security leader, you might qualify for one of eight ISC Security Scholarships in the amount of $12,500 to pursue a degree in information security. Learn more at isc.2.org.

Native Americans

Any curriculum is covered by the Sequoyah Graduate Scholarships offered by the Association on American Indian Affairs. Get $1,500 toward a year of higher education in the field of your choice. Disbursement is made in two payments of $750 to the college, one in the fall and then one in the spring for satisfactory progress. Scholarship do not annually renew but students can apply every year. Applications must be complete or they will not be considered. To get additional details, visit indian-affairs.org/scholarships/sequoyah.htm.

Texas Advertising and Communication Students

Students attending graduate programs at the University of Texas College of Communication may qualify for one of many different scholarship awards. By completing one single application, graduate students are considered for scholarships from both their department and the Office of Student affairs. Scholarship criteria varies for awards from $1,000 to $20,000. Applications are available starting in March for numerous scholarships including the Morris Hite/Tracy Locke Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Advertising, Robert M. Gray Scholarship Fund, John Mack Carter Scholarship, Ralph E. Frede Public Relations Scholarship and more. The get more information about these graduate scholarship opportunities for advertising, communications and PR majors, visit communication.utexas.edu/students/scholarships/index.html.

American Speech Language Hearing Foundation

If you're committed to the field of communication sciences and disorder, you may qualify for one of the graduate scholarships from the American Speech Language Hearing Foundation. Funding deadlines for announced the first quarter of each year with graduate scholarship recipients announced in November.

The New Century Doctoral Scholarships award $10,000 to strong doctoral candidates. Up seven seven graduate student scholarships for $4,000 are supported annually in party by the Marni Reisberg Memorial Fund and Psi Iota Xi National Philanthropic Organization. Full-time students with a disability scholarship can compete for a $4,000 graduate scholarship supported by the American Business Clubs and Leslie Londer Fund. Minority students who are US citizen may compete for $4,000 graduate scholarships supported by the Foundation's Minority Scholarship Fund. International graduate students may qualify for $4,000 International Student Scholarships supported by the Kala Singh Memorial Fund. For additional details, visit ashfoundation.org/grants/GraduateScholarships.htm.

Italian American Students

Ethnic scholarships are an excellent way to cover the costs of higher education. If you are an Italian-American, check out the National Italian-American Foundation. The NIAF has $1,000,000 to give to motivated and dedicated students. Awards from from $2,000 to $12,000 with applications available online. Students need Microsoft Internet Explorer version 5.0 or later to view the pages for the NIAF Scholarship Application. Also explore additional scholarships offered by NIAF such as The Eleanor and Anthony DeFrancis Scholarship Fund for graduate and undergrad students attending CIT, MIT or Arizona school of astronomical studies, majoring in pure natural sciences. To explore all the graduate scholarship opportunities, visit niaf.org/scholarships/index.asp.

University of California Business and Economics Students

If you attend the Steven G. Mihaylo College of Business and Economics at the University of California Fullerton, you might qualify for one of their graduate scholarships. Graduate scholarships include the Michael A. Reagan Graduate Scholarship for $4,000 and the College of Business and Economics Alumni Scholarship, which awards two annual scholarships for $2,500. Criteria varies based on the type of scholarship and may include completing an application, signing a certification, answering questions and preparing an essay. Get more details at business.fullerton.edu/graduateprograms/costs/Scholarships.htm.

Foodies

Are you a food science major? You might qualify for one of the scholarships from IFT. Scholarships are distributed in two payments on August 15 and January 15 through department heads. Possible graduate scholarships include the $2,500 Frito-Lay Scholarship, the $5,000 General Mills Scholarship and more. To find out more, visit ift.org/knowledge-center/learn-about-food-science/become-a-food-scientist/scholarships/graduate-scholarships.aspx.

Graduate Awards

Much like graduate scholarships, graduate awards are free money. Check out the college where you earned your bachelor's to see if they offer graduate awards. For example, St. John's University allows laid off alumni to attend graduate programs for half price. Manchester College gives students a free year of coursework if they don't find a job within six months of graduation. Your alma mater may other special graduate awards. Check it out so you don't miss out on the free money!

Research Fellowships

If you're having trouble finding graduate scholarships, consider research fellowships. If your field of study requires research, you might be eligible for generous funding opportunities from your college and organizations in your field For example, science students can pursue a Graduate Research Fellowship Program for studying engineering, mathematics, science or technology. Fellows are expected to become future contributors and leaders in research, teaching and innovations in their chosen field.