It’s more difficult for a grad student to find a scholarship, but difficult doesn’t mean impossible. Here are a few sources to tap during your search:
The U.S. government has a vested interest in an educated populace. To that aim, there are swaths of federal scholarships granted open to graduate study. Some examples would be the Fullbright Program scholarship, the National Science Foundation scholarship, and the National Institute of Aging scholarship.
Professional organizations can be a goldmine for graduate scholarships. If you are a member of any professional organizations, I recommend contacting them for information on any available scholarship opportunities. To give you an idea of how varied the organizations offering funding are:
- The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants offers a $2,500 scholarship for grad students pursuing degrees in specific fields of study.
- The Iroc Grape Chefs of America award $5,000 annually to qualifying graduates students.
- The Emergency Nurses Association has a perennial scholarship program open to its members.
- The Dan Schutte Scholarship is specifically for grad students pursuing a music degree in the pastoral niche.
Depending on your line of work, your employer may offer scholarships to employees. They get a better trained work force and you get the education you desire.
Receiving an employer-sponsored scholarship usually obligates you to their employment for a given amount of time. Depending on whether you’re going to stay in the same field will determine whether this is a worthwhile commitment to make.