Graduate School Scholarhips

Graduate School Scholarships

There are many options available when it comes to finding graduate school scholarships in 2013.  If you are looking for a scholarship for graduate school, take a look at the following ideas.

Getting Ready for Graduate School Scholarship Applications

When apply for graduate school scholarships, make sure to give yourself a head start.  From the moment you realize you wish to attend graduate school, you should gather the information from the different universities that interest you.  Speak with the department where you wish to study, as well as with the financial offices of the universities you are considering.  Both are excellent sources of information regarding graduate school scholarships for which you might be eligible.

Admission to graduate school and applying for graduate school generally require letters of recommendation.  Consider the professors who have seen you excel through several courses and at least one recent employer who also can provide confirmation of high esteem for your skills in the workplace.   It is also a good idea to send them all a current resume.  Make sure to allow your professors and employers ample time to prepare the letters of recommendation, rather than waiting until the last minute.  It is a good idea to gather all the information for the scholaships for which you are applying and pass the relevant details on to your professors and employers all at once.  That way, they can have an easier time to acomódate your request for letters of recommendation.

Professional Organizations Paying for Graduate School

Professional societies and organizations are an excellent source of graduate school scholarships.  If you do not yet belong to professional organizations related to your field of study, consider joining several.  After joining, find out about what kinds of scholarships and research grants are available for graduate students. Corporations usually establish foundations that sponsor grants and awards for graduate students who are studying in related areas of their business operations.  Some graduate students even find a corporate sponsor for their graduate research project.

Employers Paying for Graduate School

For those currently employed and considering graduate school, you may wish to speak with the human resources department of your workplace.  Depending on the area of your studies and its fit to the company’s needs,  Remember, if your employer pays for all or part of your graduate school tuition, fees, and books, they will likely require a contract from you concerning your commitment to them for a specified number of years after you complete your graduate studies.

The AFCEA has the CSC Defense Graduate Scholarship of $3,000 for two graduate students.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens aged 35 or under, working in a field related to communications, computer science, or electronics.  The student should have a GPA of 3.2 or more and be working toward a master’s degree or Ph.D. in a field such as communications, computer science, electronics, electrical or systems engineering.  For further details, contact the Educational Foundation via e-mail at or call  (703) 631-6138 or 1-800-336-4583, extension 6138.

How the U.S. Government Pays for Scientists’ Graduate School Education

The United States government, under the Department of Defense awards the SMART Scholarship to help graduate students in the fields of science, math, engineering and technology to pay for graduate school.

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Sometimes graduate school scholarships are offering each year from foundations dedicated to help the advancement of disabled students, minorities, veterans, and women.

You will also want to investigate grants to help you pay for graduate school.

The Screen Actors Guild Foundation awards the Woodbury University’s Matching Scholarship Program, for graduate-level students. The program of study can be in a discipline related to the entertainment industry.

 Additional Graduate School Scholarships

The Gates Foundation Awards Scholarship to Help Pay for Graduate School

>Gates Millennium Scholarships
These scholarships are for low-income minority students seeking undergraduate and graduate degrees.

>Gates Cambridge Scholarships
The Gates Cambridge Scholarships are for those who wish to pursue studies and research at Cambridge University.  Applicants should be from outside the United Kingdom and be committed to improving the lives of others.
>Gates Public Service Law Scholarships
These scholarships are for graduate students at the University of Washington who pursue careers in public service law.

How to Pay for Graduate School

Advanced planning is important when it comes to figuring out how to pay for graduate school. We recommend the following to help you plan how to pay for graduate school. The Graduate School Funding Handbook

Cash for Grad School (TM): The Ultimate Guide to Grad School Scholarships (Harperresource Book)

With some research, graduate students will find opportunities for graduate school grants and scholarships for graduate school.