On a previous post, Wait…you’re charging me to go to school?, Mike covered the basics on how to apply for financial aid. In this post is a brief look at scholarships for graduate students. There are many scholarship links out there, so I’ll focus on one. Here’s the link to Colorado State University’s Student Financial Services scholarship webpage.
CSU Scholarship Opportunities – In this category, none really work for online CSU graduate students because you have to (a) be fulltime, (b) be on-campus, (c) be an undergrad, or (d) be working on a doctorate in Information Science and Technology. However, if you do trawl through these links, let us know if I’ve missed something.
Non-CSU Scholarship Opportunities – Some are for research achievement; some pay for travel to a conference; some are for those completing PhDs; some reward thesis excellence; some are discipline-specific (the arts, healthcare, wellbeing for women/children in developing countries, and – my favorite – potato-related studies); and some are geographic-specific (check out the Loveland/Berthoud link if you live there).
If you’re interested in working for the DoD, look at the Science, Mathematics and Resarch for Transformation (SMART) link (only specific disciplines are eligible).
If you don’t fit any of the categories above, that leaves just a few clearinghouses: Congressional Hispanic Caucus (though I found this site awkward to search), SPIN, and NextWave. In NextWave, click on the “Search grants” tab, and enter a search category. You’ll see lots of things listed other than scholarships, but if you scan down the “Program Types” column looking for “Student Scholarships,” you may find something that fits your situation.
Scholarship-granting agencies all have their own terms, deadlines, criteria, and submission procedures. When you’re searching, be wary of potential scholarship fraud Check out this information from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.
And, be sure to take a look at the Council of Graduate Schools website, which has lots of information on fellowships and financial aid.
Most scholarship search websites do not charge for the search; however, some websites may sell your name to other companies. When you register to participate in the search, you should consider whether you want to receive mailings from groups who may buy your name and address from the website owners.
It is no small task to trawl through the many options, but if you can dedicate a few hours, you might find something beneficial that fits your area of study (especially any potato enthusiasts out there).
If you missed it, make sure you read Part I of this blog series.