08 Jun

The Ultimate List of Graduate School Scholarships

graduate school scholarships

Graduate scholarships are harder to find than undergraduate scholarships, but there are some excellent ones available. With tuition of graduate schools averaging between $30,000 and $40,000 for one year, it’s likely that scholarships for graduate students can help make a graduate degree affordable. These scholarships for graduate school students can set you on the best financial path to success.

Business Scholarships

Daniel B. Goldberg Scholarship (Finance)

Provided by: Girard Miller Foundation
Eligibility: Must be a full-time graduate student in a program that prepares for careers in state or government finance, a citizen or permanent resident of Canada or the United States, and has an educational recommendation
Deadline: February 10th
Available to: Graduate students with at least a Baccalaureate degree or equivalent
Award amount: $14,000

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The Girard Miller Foundation grants one student this scholarship each year. The student must have an outstanding performance in a finance program that prepares graduate students for a state or government finance career. Applicants need to apply with their resume, transcripts, letters of recommendation, and proposed career plan.   

 

HubShout Internet Marketing Scholarship (Internet Marketing)

Provided by: HubShout
Eligibility: Must have at least a 3.0 GPA, have completed at least one year of college, and have a demonstrated passion for Internet Marketing
Deadline: March 1st and November 1st
Available to: Students with at least one year of college completed
Award amount: $1,000

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HubShout's Internet Marketing Scholarship will be in the form of a check payable directly to your college. If an applicant wins a scholarship, he or she must be able to accept it and submit a photo to be placed on the website within two weeks or the award will be forfeited. HubShout awards two scholarships per year on March 15th and November 15th.

 

AfterCollege Business Student Scholarship (Marketing)

Provided by: AfterCollege, Inc.
Eligibility: Must have at least a 3.0 GPA, be enrolled in a Business degree program, and be a legal resident of the United States
Deadline: June 30th
Available to: Currently enrolled college students 18 or older
Award amount: $500

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AfterCollege, Inc. dedicates itself to helping college students find jobs after graduation and affording their education through undergraduate and graduate student scholarships. This scholarship is for Business students in a Business-related program, such as Accounting, Political Science, Human Resources, or Economics.

 

AICP Scholarship Program (Insurance Business)

Provided by: AICP
Eligibility: Must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA and currently pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in a Business-related field
Deadline: June 2nd
Available to: Full-time undergraduates and graduates with at least four completed graduate credits and taking at least two graduate courses
Award amount: $1,500

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The Association of Insurance Compliance Professionals (AICP) awards three of these scholarships per year to those pursuing insurance-related degrees or other Business programs. The Committee bases its decision on a student’s academic performance, extracurricular involvement, and interest and dedication in the insurance industry. Past winners are eligible to apply for the scholarship in future years.

 

AICP Scholarship Program (Accounting, Finance)

Provided by: AICP
Eligibility: Must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA and currently pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in a Business-related field
Deadline: June 2nd
Available to: Full-time undergraduates and graduates with at least four completed graduate credits and taking at least two graduate courses
Award amount: $1,500

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This scholarship is also available for students in Risk Management, Actuarial Science, Finance, Economics, and other finance and business-related programs. Applicants must include official transcripts and letters of recommendation with their application.

 

The Institute of Internal Auditors Scholarship

Provided by: Internal Auditor
Eligibility: Must be currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree program relating to internal auditing
Deadline: May 31st
Available to: Undergraduates and graduates in relevant degree program
Award amount: $1,000

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Internal Auditor magazine awards this scholarship to six students annually. The scholarship is essay-based, and the Committee seeks informative, well-written essays to win. Essays must be between 300 and 500 words and written in English. The student must cite all references appropriately.   

 

Acorn Equality Fund Scholarships

Provided by: Acorn Equality Fund
Eligibility: Must retain permanent residence in particular Illinois counties and attend an accredited post-secondary educational facility
Deadline: September 23rd
Available to: LGBT students or children of LGBT parents
Award amount: $1,000 to $5,000

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The Acorn Equality Fund seeks to provide financial assistance for students involved in the LGBT community. The Fund bases awards on academic performance, extracurricular activities, essays, and letters of recommendation. There are three separate scholarships available:

  • Luke Scholarship, based on financial need and academic performance
  • Acorn Scholarship, based on academic performance, volunteerism, and LGBT community advocacy
  • McKeon Scholarship, based on academic performance, volunteerism, and LGBT political advocacy 

Nursing Scholarships

NURSE Corps Scholarship Program

Provided by: NURSE Corps
Eligibility: Must be a U.S. citizen, enrolled in a nursing degree program and begin taking classes before September 30th, and not have any liens from debt
Deadline: May 11th
Available to: Diploma, Associate, Baccalaureate, and Graduate nursing students
Award amount: Monthly stipend of $1,334

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NURSE Corps gives preference to applicants with a high financial need for the scholarship. Academic performance, recommendation letters, and essay responses are also factored into the selection process. There will be approximately 225 scholarships awarded each year the program is in existence and winners receive the scholarship funds monthly. Applicants would be eligible to re-apply for funds for the next year if they won an award for the current year.  

 

Nursing School Scholarship

Provided by: NursingTrack.com
Eligibility: Must be currently enrolled in a nursing program or enrolling in one within the next six months
Deadline: August 31st
Available to: Undergraduate, Graduate, and nursing certification students
Award amount: $1,000

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The Nursing School Scholarship bases about 1/3 of its selection from the application itself and about 2/3 from the essay response to the given question. Essays must be between 600 and 800 words. NursingTrack.com notifies winners via snail mail and e-mail within 30 days of the deadline. The student must be able to have funds disbursed to the school within six months of notification, or the scholarship will be forfeited.  

 

AACN Impact Research Grant

Provided by: American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)
Eligibility: Must be conducting critical-care research with a Principal Investigator who is an AACN member
Deadline: October 1st
Available to: Doctoral students in nursing programs currently pursuing their Ph.D., or those who have completed a Master's nursing program
Award amount: $50,000

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The information packet for this grant becomes available in June each year. Students or alumni of graduate nursing programs who are conducting research into critical care may be awarded the scholarship to help with funding. The Principal Investigator of the research will be required to present the findings at the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition.

 

Gerrie Helwig Scholarship

Provided by: Florida Council of Perioperative Registered Nurses
Eligibility: Must have a 3.0 minimum GPA and plan on entering or have completed a perioperative nursing internship.
Deadline: October 1st
Available to: Nursing students who have finished at least two semesters at an accredited nursing program
Award amount: $250

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This scholarship is designed to assist nursing students with interest in perioperative nursing financially. Applicants need to send a summary of their interest in the field and a letter of recommendation from their school’s Dean with their application.

 

Exceptional Nurse Scholarship

Provided by: ExceptionalNurse.com
Eligibility: Must be a full-time nursing student, or have been accepted to an accredited nursing student, and have a disability
Deadline: June 1st
Available to: Undergraduate or graduate nursing students, or those accepted to and entering a nursing program for the awarded year
Award amount: $500

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This scholarship aims to help nursing students with disabilities. Applicants must submit a Medical Verification of Disability form, complete a one to two-page essay, submit transcripts, and send at least three letters of recommendation with their application.

 

Criminal Justice Scholarships

AICP Scholarship Program

Provided by: AICP
Eligibility: Must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA and currently pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in a Business-related field
Deadline: June 2nd
Available to: Full-time undergraduates and graduates with at least four completed graduate credits and taking at least two graduate courses
Award amount: $1,500

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The AICP Scholarship Program focuses on students in Business-related fields, which may include some Criminal Justice programs from accredited institutions. The scholarship requires official transcripts, a resume, a letter of recommendation, and a summary of why the student wishes to move ahead in his or her chosen career.

 

Religion/Theology Scholarships

Presbyterian Study Grant

Provided by: Presbyterian Church
Eligibility: Must be an active member of the Presbyterian Church, enrolled full-time at an accepted seminary, meet specific degree requirements, and have a financial need based on Expected Family Contribution
Deadline: May 15th
Available to: Graduate students planning church-related careers
Award amount: $4,000

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The Presbyterian Church requires its scholarship winners to demonstrate readiness for ministry within the Church. The Church will award the scholarship up to three times to the same student, if he or she reapplies, and gets accepted each year.  

 

International Relations Scholarships

Jim & Anna Hyonjoo Lint Scholarship

Provided by: Lint Center for National Security Studies
Eligibility: Must be currently enrolled in an accredited institution pursuing a degree in International Affairs, Counterintelligence, or National Security
Deadline: July 31st
Available to: Currently enrolled college students of a related field
Award amount: $1,500

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This scholarship requires applicants to submit an original 600 to 800-word essay that relates to the importance of the student’s chosen field. The essay should also relate to how the Lint Center for National Security Studies aids in the goals of the field.

 

Food-Related Majors Scholarships

Scholarship for Growing the Future

Provided by: International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA)
Eligibility: Must work at least 13 hours per week during the school year for an IDDBA organization, be a current college student or enrolling in one in the upcoming academic year, and have a minimum 2.5 GPA
Deadline: January 15th and August 15th
Available to: High school seniors, undergraduates, and graduates
Award amount: $2,000 up to twice per year

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The IDDBA awards this scholarship to those who are involved in one of its organizations and attend school. The applicant’s degree choice does not matter, but he or she must demonstrate the willingness and ability to prepare for a successful future.

 

Athletics Scholarships

Southwestern Tack Scholarship Program (Equestrian)

Provided by: Southwestern Tack Store
Eligibility: Must be currently enrolled in a college degree program that supports the equine industry, be a college student who has participated in horse events in the past year, or is a high school student enrolling in college who currently participates in horse events
Deadline: September 1st
Available to: High school students accepted into a degree program, and undergraduates and graduates currently enrolled in a degree program
Award amount: $500

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Southwestern Tack Store breaks down its scholarship into three different awards of $500 each. One program is for current college students enrolled in a veterinary-related field that supports the equine industry. Another program is for college students participating in horse events. The third program is for high school students who’ve been accepted to college and participate in horse events.

 

Education Scholarships

Inspire Our Future Scholarship

Provided by: Teacher.org
Eligibility: Must be a United States citizen, currently enrolled in an accredited college or university, have a minimum 3.5 GPA, and be enrolled in an education-related program
Deadline: April 1st
Available to: Current college students at least 18 years old
Award amount: $500

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Teacher.org devotes its scholarship to those entering the education field to assist them in paying for their education-related expenses. The award requires its applicants to complete a 500 to 700-word essay in addition to the application. Winners will be notified by e-mail or phone, and the prize will be forfeited if Teacher.org can’t contact the winner within 72 hours.

 

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant

Provided by: United States Department of Education
Eligibility: Must have a current FAFSA on file, be enrolled in a TEACH-eligible program at a qualified school, maintain a minimum 3.25 GPA, demonstrate financial need, and receive TEACH Grant counseling
Deadline: Varies per year
Available to: Undergraduates, post-baccalaureate, or graduate students enrolled in a TEACH-eligible program
Award amount: Up to $4,000

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Before an applicant is eligible to receive the TEACH Grant, he or she must sign an agreement that they will teach in a high-need field or school, such as an elementary school serving low-income families.

 

Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program

Provided by: Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program
Eligibility: Grad school baccalaureate students in STEM majors
Deadline: Last Tuesday in August each year
Available to: Junior baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate students
Award amount: $58,000,000 split between 55 to 70 awards

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This scholarship program works a bit differently than others. The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program awards the benefit to accredited institutions to split between students entering a K-12 education program in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The schools can decide how to divide the award among their students.

 

STEM Scholarships

AfterCollege STEM Inclusion Scholarship

Provided by: AfterCollege, Inc.
Eligibility: Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and working toward a degree in a STEM-related field
Deadline: June 30th
Available to: Undergraduates and graduates
Award amount: $500

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This scholarship is open to students in accredited institutions who are studying in STEM-related fields, such as Biological Sciences, Engineering, Computer Science, Math & Statistics, and Physical Sciences.

 

MyBioSource Scholarship “S.T.E.M. Majors”

Provided by: MyBioSource
Eligibility: Must be enrolled for the following Fall semester with an intended major in a STEM field
Deadline: June 30th
Available to: High school seniors and undergraduate and graduate STEM majors
Award amount: $1,000

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MyBioSource awards five recipients $1,000 to help with education-related expenses in their STEM programs. MyBioSource doesn't require a transcript until after it chooses to grant an applicant a scholarship. Applicants must write a 250-word essay about their decision to enter a STEM field as part of the application.

 

SAPA Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program

Provided by: Sino-American Pharmaceutical Professionals Association
Eligibility: Must be a U.S. citizen, have a minimum 3.3 GPA, have a 2000 SAT score or 30 ACT score, and plan to attend a four-year degree program in a life sciences field
Deadline: June 20th
Available to: High school seniors planning to attend a four-year institution
Award amount: $1,000

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Applicants must be planning to enter an accredited program in a life sciences field, such as Chemistry, Biology, or Zoology, to be eligible for this scholarship. SAPA requires an essay of 600 words explaining why the applicant has chosen his or her field, a list of awards, two letters of recommendation, transcripts, and a list of Honors or Advanced Placement courses.

 

CuraDebt Scholarship

Provided by: CuraDebt
Eligibility: Must be enrolled in an accredited United States college or university and pursuing a bachelor’s or graduate degree in a STEM field
Deadline: January 31st
Available to: Undergraduates and graduates, or high school seniors with at least a 3.0 GPA
Award amount: $500

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The company focuses this scholarship on STEM students to foster an interest in the economic future of the United States. CuraDebt requires applicants to include a unique response to its current question or scenario that allows for creativity through video, graphics, writing, and more.

 

Construction Scholarships

MRCA Foundation Scholarship

Provided by: Midwest Roofing Contractors Association, Inc. (MRCA)
Eligibility: Must be involved in MRCA and enrolled in a trade school, college, or university pursuing a certified trade program or a high school senior intending to do so; applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA
Deadline: June 16th
Available to: High school seniors, undergraduates, and graduates
Award amount: To be determined annually

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MRCA requires a typed, one-page essay focused on their interest in their chosen career path, official transcripts, at least two letters of recommendation, and a written statement from the student's educational institution.

 

Unspecified/Undeclared Majors Scholarships

InfoParrot Scholarship of Academic Excellence

Provided by: InfoParrot
Eligibility: Must be currently enrolled in an institution or have been accepted to one for the upcoming school year
Deadline: December 31st
Available to: High school seniors who have been accepted into an accredited institution; undergraduates and graduates
Award amount: $1,250

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InfoParrot is an internet technology company that started its scholarship in 2015. All applicants are required to complete a 1,000 to 1,600-word essay. Applicants can apply once per year, and previous winners are eligible to apply again.

 

MigVapor Scholarship (Anti-Smoking)

Provided by: MigVapor
Eligibility: Must be enrolled in a two-year or four-year college as an undergraduate or graduate
Deadline: November 1st, May 31st
Available to: Full-time students at least 18 years old
Award amount: $1,900, $700, and $400 (1st, 2nd, and 3rd place)

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The MigVapor Scholarship goes to college students who demonstrate a high degree of knowledge and interest in encouraging smokers to quit. Applicants are required to write an 800-word, evidence-based essay. MigVapor awards three scholarships of different amounts during the Fall and Spring semesters.

 

Getting Real About Distracted Driving Scholarship (Safe Driving)

Provided by: Comedy Defensive Driving
Eligibility: Must be planning to attend, or currently attending, an accredited institution or continuing education program
Deadline: May 31st, December 31st
Available to: High school seniors, graduates, and undergraduates
Award amount: $1,000

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For this scholarship, applicants will create an advertisement designed to educate the public about distracted driving while from using cell phones, eating, drinking, etc. Comedy Defensive Driving judges only the advertisement and bases its award on that alone. Applicants do not need to meet financial or academic requirements to win.

 

Crown & Caliber Entrepreneur’s Scholarship (Budding Entrepreneurs)

Provided by: Crown & Caliber
Eligibility: Must be enrolled in a college or university and have a solid business plan for an online startup
Deadline: May 31st
Available to: Undergraduate and graduate students
Award amount: $1,000

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Crown & Caliber was once a startup organization, so it focuses its scholarship for students who have an entrepreneurial mindset and aspire to start a business in the future. Applicants will need to create a business proposal plan for an online startup. Crown & Caliber will submit its favorites to experts, who will provide feedback on the top submissions. The company will then select one winner to receive the scholarship.

 

Walter J. Travis Memorial Scholarship (Golf Careers)

Provided by: The Walter J. Travis Society, Inc.
Eligibility: Must be enrolled in a two-year or four-year accredited institution and pursuing a career in a golf-related field; alternatively, you can be an excellent amateur golfer seeking a different career choice
Deadline: June 1st
Available to: Undergraduates and graduates
Award amount: $1,000

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The Walter J. Travis Society dedicates its scholarship to the golfer of the same name to promote and support amateur golf. Applicants must have a significant interest and involvement in golf and preferably are enrolled in a golf-related program, like sports journalism or golf course architecture.

 

Margarian Scholarship

Provided by: The Margarian Law Firm
Eligibility: Must be a current student who has proven academic and personal achievements
Deadline: June 1st
Available to: High school juniors or seniors, undergraduate students, and graduate school students
Award amount: $1,000

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The Margarian Law Firm does not have requirements for degree programs or career choices. Instead, it leaves its application form broad so applicants can explain why they believe they deserve the scholarship. The Margarian Law Firm selects winners based on both academic and personal achievements, so letters of recommendation, transcripts, a personal statement, and a resume of achievements must be included with an application.  

 

Oz Moving & Storing College Scholarship

Provided by: Oz Moving & Storage
Eligibility: Must not be an employee, or relative of an employee, of Oz Moving & Storage; applicants must be currently enrolled in college or planning to attend within 12 months
Deadline: June 15th
Available to: High school seniors, undergraduates, and graduates
Award amount: $1,000

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Oz Moving & Storage focuses its scholarship on students who demonstrate creativity, quality, and uniqueness of its open-ended questions asked in the application. There are no academic or financial requirements to apply.

 

The FormSwift Scholarship Program (Business Plan)

Provided by: FormSwift
Eligibility: Must not be a FormSwift employee or related to one; must be currently enrolled in a two-year or four-year college or entering college upon graduation from high school
Deadline: March 15th, June 15th, September 15th, December 15th
Available to: Graduating high school seniors, undergraduates, and graduates
Award amount: $1,000

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FormSwift awards this scholarship four times throughout the year. To apply, students must create a business plan infographic in the startup, clothing, restaurant, transportation, or non-profit industries.

 

ShirtSpace DIY T-Shirt Contest

Provided by: ShirtSpace
Eligibility: Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA; Art-related majors are preferred, but not required
Deadline: June 15th
Available to: High school seniors applying to college, undergraduate student, or graduate student
Award amount: $2,500

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ShirtSpace is a t-shirt design company that awards its scholarship to the most creative design by its applicants. A runner-up will receive a $100 credit to the website.

 

National Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship (Pledge)

Provided by: Goldberg & Osborne
Eligibility: Must be currently attending, or planning to attend, college or a trade school and pledge never to text and drive
Deadline: June 30th
Available to: High school seniors, undergraduates, and graduates
Award amount: $1,000

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Goldberg & Osborne awards this scholarship to students based on the promise that they won't text and drive. Goldberg & Osborne gives away one scholarship every other month. If the applicant hasn't yet decided on a college to attend, he or she can state ‘Undecided’ on the application.

 

English Language Contest

Provided by: Writers’ Square
Eligibility: Must be a currently enrolled student; only one writing submission per student
Deadline: April 30th, July 30th, October 30th
Available to: All students from 1st grade to college
Award amount: $100 to $1,000

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This is a writing contest that is split into divisions based on grade levels. Writers’ Square submits all essays to its Google+ page for fans to read and vote. Writers’ Square judges choose their favorites for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Honorable Mention, and the audience also awards a favorite in each division. Essays must adhere closely to the topic, and be clear, concise, and creative.  

 

Digital Privacy Scholarship

Provided by: DigitalResponsibility.org
Eligibility: Must be a U.S. citizen and current student (or entering in the upcoming school year)
Deadline: June 30th
Available to: High school students to adult students
Award amount: $1,000

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The Digital Privacy Scholarship is intended to help students learn the importance of digital privacy and keeping themselves protected online. Applicants must submit a 140-character message explaining how they'll take responsibility of their digital profiles. DigitalResponsibility.org chooses ten finalists based on creativity of the message. The finalists will then write a 500 to 100-word essay about digital privacy to win the scholarship.

 

Delete Cyberbullying Scholarship Award

Provided by: Delete Cyberbullying
Eligibility: Must be a U.S. citizen planning to attend, or attending, college in the upcoming school year
Deadline: June 30th
Available to: High school sophomores, juniors, and seniors, undergraduates, and graduates
Award amount: $1,000

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To win this scholarship, applicants must submit an original essay of 500 words that responds to one of the question options. Delete Cyberbullying bases its decision on content and creativity of the essay and the student’s dedication to fighting cyber-bullying.

 

MyBioSource All Majors Scholarship

Provided by: MyBioSource
Eligibility: Must be currently enrolled in college or university for the upcoming Fall semester
Deadline: June 30th
Available to: High school seniors, undergraduates, and graduates
Award amount: $1,000

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MyBioSource requires that applicants submit a 250-word essay on why they chose their intended major and why they believe they should win the scholarship. MyBioSource awards five $1,000 scholarships for all majors each year.

 

The Clubs of America Scholarship Award for Career Success

Provided by: Clubs of America
Eligibility: Must be a U.S. citizen currently enrolled in college with a 3.0 GPA minimum
Deadline: August 31st
Available to: Undergraduates and graduates
Award amount: $1,000

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The Clubs of America Scholarship Award helps students achieve their career goals by assisting with tuition and other college-related costs. Along with the application, students must submit a 600-word essay about their current college program, future career goals, and where they see themselves in 10 years. A video essay is also an acceptable submission, but it also must be transcribed to text.

 

The Annual Dream Horse Press Poetry Chapbook Prize (Poetry)

Provided by: Dream Horse Press
Eligibility: No specific requirements other than an interest in writing poetry
Deadline: June 30th by mail, July 5th electronically
Available to: Anyone who writes poetry and can legally win a prize in his or her state
Award amount: $500 plus ten copies of winner's chapbook

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This is a poetry contest in which applicants will submit 20-28 pages of original poetry to Dream Horse Press for consideration. In addition to the $500 award, the winner also receives ten printed copies of his or her poetry. Each manuscript entered requires a $17 non-refundable fee.

 

NextStepU Free Tuition Scholarship

Provided by: NextStepU
Eligibility: Must be a U.S. or Canada legal resident and not an employee or family member of an employee of NextStepU or its affiliates
Deadline: June 30th
Available to: Students at least 15 years old enrolling in college within the next three years, or currently enrolled
Award amount: $2,500

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To enter to win this scholarship, applicants must create an account with NextStepU. The company awards a prize twice per year, and the money must be able to be sent to the student’s college by Fall 2019.  

 

Resume Companion Scholarship

Provided by: Resume Companion
Eligibility: Must be enrolled, or soon-to-be enrolled, in a full-time college program for the semester for which they’re applying
Deadline: July 14th
Available to: High school seniors, undergraduates, and graduates
Award amount: $1,000

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Resume Companion focuses its scholarship on an applicant’s ability to create an outstanding resume for a fictional or non-fictional character.

 

Creative Safety Supply Scholarship

Provided by: Creative Safety Supply
Eligibility: U.S. citizens currently enrolled in a college program with a minimum 3.0 GPA
Deadline: July 15th, December 15th
Available to: Undergraduates and graduates
Award amount: $1,000

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Creative Safety Supply awards its scholarship based on transcripts and two essays. The company sends the grant money directly to the winner's school for tuition.

 

Brian Bolton Graduate/Mature Student Essay Competition (Non-Religious/Free Thinkers)

Provided by: Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF)
Eligibility: Must be a student in North America currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program who meets age requirements
Deadline: July 15th
Available to: Undergraduates age 25-30, graduates up to age 30
Award amount: $200 to $3,000

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This scholarship has at least seven awards, including honorable mentions. Applicants must submit a 600 to 750-word essay describing the relationship between religious liberty and religious imposition.

 

Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship

Provided by: Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship Fund
Eligibility: U.S. legal residents currently enrolled in high school or college or planning to attend within 12 months
Deadline: July 31st
Available to: High school, undergraduate, and graduate students
Award amount: $1,000

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Gen and Kelly Tanabe are educational authors who help students fund their education through this scholarship. Applicants must fill out a short form and complete a 250-word response to one of the given prompts.

 

Raise Me Up Scholarship (Students of Divorced or Single Parent Households)

Provided by: Schultz & Associates
Eligibility: Must be enrolled in college, university, or law school and have a minimum 3.0 GPA; Must have been raised in a divorced or single parent household
Deadline: August 1st
Available to: Full-time undergraduates and graduates
Award amount: $1,000

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Shultz & Associates is a law firm practicing family law. Through its scholarship, it helps to honor students who have beaten the odds and obstacles facing single parent and divorced households to excel in their academic and personal lives. Applicants must submit a written essay, video, or photographs with summaries explaining how their families worked together to raise them properly.

 

Prepping for Grad School

As an undergraduate student, you had plenty of preparation for graduate school. You’ve already experienced learning how to motivate yourself and be as productive as possible, which are excellent foundation pieces for your future education building blocks. But, graduate school comes with more autonomy than you may be used to when it comes to choosing your advisors and completing coursework.

Graduate programs require a lot of heart and dedication. Your professors will expect you to treat your studies as the beginning of your lifelong career rather than academics. They’ll see you as someone who is serious about the path you’ve chosen and is willing to demonstrate the critical thinking skills necessary to bring something new to your field through research and studies. Once you enter graduate school, people begin to view you as more of an expert in your field, rather than a student learning about it.

One of the best ways you can prepare yourself before entering graduate school is by aligning your finances. Scholarships can help bridge the gap between tuition and loans to relieve some of the financial burden graduate school can bring. Since you’ll be busy learning, researching, and networking, finding ways to alleviate other stressors can make or break your graduate school success.