First Command Educational Foundation Frizzell Scholarship Essay

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Introduction

As a veteran preparing for graduate school, you’ve no doubt researched your best degree options and schools, what you will need for your admission applications, and how you plan to pay for school. For many military veterans, the GI Bill is the first option to help alleviate the cost of school. While it’s an excellent source of aid for veterans, it may be limited and not fully cover all education expenses such as books and fees.

In this guide, you’ll find funding tips you can use in addition to, or in place of, the GI Bill. Many of the sources listed below are tailored to veterans, their spouses or family members looking for alternative options to pay for school. You will also find a checklist for applying for scholarships and numerous resources for finding additional aid opportunities.

Grad School Without Debt

What many veterans (and spouses and dependents if benefits were transferred to them while serving) do not know is that their GI Bill education benefit can be used in conjunction with other forms of financial aid.

In addition to the GI Bill, there are three basic types of education funding veterans are not required to pay back:

  • Scholarships
  • Grants
  • Fellowships

There are hundreds of scholarship sources available to veterans and their families. From the federal and state governments, to private companies, to veteran organizations and even schools themselves, everyone wants to help veterans and their families succeed in their pursuit toward a better education.

When selecting scholarships, ensure the money can be used for graduate work. Many scholarships and grants are designated for undergraduate work only. It is usually stated in the scholarship information or on the application how and when the scholarship money must be used.

Scholarships for Military Veterans

There are two different types of scholarships in regard to the Post 9/11 GI Bill: those that are applied directly towards tuition and those that can be used for anything.

If using direct tuition scholarships, the award money is applied before the VA pays anything towards the difference. In some cases, all tuition could be paid through scholarships leaving nothing left for the VA to pay. This would leave veterans using the New GI Bill a monthly housing allowance and book stipend.

For scholarship awards that can be used for anything, the VA would pay toward tuition as prescribed by law, in addition to paying the housing allowance and book stipend. It is important to note entitlement use is the same in both cases — 30 days of entitlement use per full month of school — however, the second student is getting more “bang for their buck” from their GI Bill than the first.

Many private companies and veteran service organizations award scholarships annually that help veterans go back to school. One such scholarship is the AMVET Scholarship Program. Eligible veterans can get up to $1,000 annually up to four years.

Google SVA Scholarship

Candidate must be an Active Duty or veteran student currently enrolled in or accepted to a college degree program in computer science, computer engineering or closely-related subject.

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Amount$10,000

Application DeadlineNovember 2

Anne Gannett Award for Veterans

For veterans who are former music students who interrupted their education to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces and wish to resume music study in pursuit of a music career.

Apply now

Amount$2,000

Application DeadlineMay 1

Army Nurse Corps Association (ANCA) Scholarship

Offered to those currently serving or honorably discharged veterans of a U.S. Army component (Army, National Guard or Reserve) who is currently enrolled in a nursing or nurse anesthesia undergraduate or graduate program. Must not be currently receiving from a U.S. Army component (GI Bill benefits or ROTC scholarship.)

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Amount$3,000

Application DeadlineMarch 21

Friedl Richardson Scholarship for Veterans Pursuing a Career in Law

Candidate must be a U.S. citizen, show proof of military service and be enrolled in an accredited law degree program.

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Amount$1,000

Application DeadlineAugust 1

VFW Auxiliary Continuing Education Scholarship

Applicant must be a VFW Auxiliary member for a period of at least one year immediately prior to application. Financial need is considered in making this award.

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Amount$1,000

Application DeadlineFebruary 1

Veterans United Foundation Scholarship

Candidate must be Active Duty member or veteran currently pursuing a postsecondary degree, or planning to in the upcoming year.

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Amount$2,000

Application DeadlineApril 30; October 31

Sports Clips Help a Hero Scholarship

Candidate must be: retired, honorably discharged, or Active Duty military, or member of the National Guard or reserve; separated with or currently hold an E-5 or below rank; and demonstrate financial need.

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AmountUp to $5,000

Application DeadlineApril 30; November 15

Army Women’s Foundation Legacy Scholarship Program

Open to females currently serving or who have served honorably in the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard, and their children.

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AmountUp to $2,500

Application DeadlineJanuary 15

Illinois Veteran Grant (IVG) Program

For veterans who have served at least one year of Active Duty or served in a foreign country at the time of hostilities regardless of length of duty. Must be enrolled in an Illinois public educational institution. Pays eligible tuition and fee costs. Must be Illinois resident both at time of entering service and when applying for program.

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AmountVaries

Application DeadlineOngoing

Woman Marines Association (WMA) Scholarships

The WMA sponsors several scholarships for candidates who are currently serving, or have served, in the United States Marine Corps. Requires an essay demonstrating the applicant’s community service and career goals. Must also be nominated by a WMA member.

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Amount$1,500 to $3,000

Application DeadlineFebruary 28

Donaldson D. Frizzell Scholarship

Military candidates must be active, guard, reserve and retired members of the U.S. uniformed services. Selections are based on merit, strength of applicant’s recommendations and applicant’s essay.

Apply now

AmountVaries

Application DeadlineMarch 31

SVA-NBC Universal Scholarship

Open to veterans pursuing a degree at an accredited U.S. college or university. Applicants must submit an essay. Sponsored by Comcast/NBC Universal and the Student Veterans of America.

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Amount$12,000

Application DeadlineNovember 2

New Mexico Vietnam Veteran’s Scholarship

Candidate must be a Vietnam Veteran and a New Mexico resident both at the time of entering military service and currently for the previous ten years. Must attend a New Mexico postsecondary school.

Apply now

AmountTuition, fees and books

Application DeadlineVaries by school

New York State Veterans Tuition Awards

Open to veterans who served in Vietnam, Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf or in other hostilities. Must be a New York State resident enrolled in a New York State institution.

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AmountVaries by tuition amount up to $6,370

Application DeadlineJune 30

Col. Edwin L. Overholt, M.D. Family Scholarship for Wisconsin Veterans

Applicant must be a Wisconsin resident, an Armed Forces veteran, and enrolled full-time or accepted into a healthcare field. Financial need is a considering factor.

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Amount$1,000

Application DeadlineMarch 1

Georgia’s HERO Scholarship Program

Open to active members of the Georgia National Guard who have deployed overseas. Must be a Georgia resident for 12 months immediately prior to first day of school and attend a Georgia postsecondary institution.

Apply now

AmountUp to $2,000/year; $8,000 total

Application DeadlineOngoing

Captain Sean P. Grimes Physician Assistant Educational Scholarship Award

Graduate applicants must be Active Duty, veteran or retiree of the Army, Army Reserve, Army National Guard or Reserve. Must be used toward education for physician’s assistant. Financial need is a consideration.

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Amount$1,000

Application DeadlineFebruary 1

Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) Scholarships

Military member applicant must be current member of the AAAA. Graduate students must submit a short essay detailing life experiences, goals and work history. This is a merit-based award.

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Amount$1,000 to $4,000 annually

Application DeadlineMay 1

PNC-SVA “Serving with Integrity” Scholarship

Sponsored by the Student Veterans of America and PNC Bank. Applicants must be honorably discharged from Active Duty military service or currently serving in Guard or Reserve.

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Amount$10,000

Application DeadlineNovember 2

Donald P. Weber Veterans Memorial Scholarship

Open to veterans who are Wisconsin residents attending a University of Wisconsin school. Financial need is a considering factor in this award.

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Amount$1,000/ year for a maximum of 4 years

Application DeadlineApril 15

506th Airborne Infantry Regiment Association Scholarships

Military applicant must have served with the 506th Airborne Infantry Regiment. Awards made on the basis of the applicant’s overall academic excellence, quality of chosen postsecondary institution and financial need.

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Amount$1,000

Application DeadlineApril 30

Hope for Kansas Heroes Endowment Scholarship

Applicant must be a U.S. citizen and resident of Kansas. Open to Active Duty military and veterans, and members of their families. Financial need is considered for this award. Sponsored by the Epsilon Sigma Alpha Foundation.

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Amount$500

Application Deadline February 1

Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) Member Scholarships

The FRA offers a number of scholarships for association members. In addition to FRA membership, applicants must be affiliated with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps or U.S. Coast Guard. Some of these scholarships give preference to those applying for funding of a post-graduate program.

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Amount $5,000

Application Deadline April 15

Honorably Discharged, Separated or Retired Veterans Who Move to Texas Tuition Waiver Program

Program provides waiver of difference between resident and non-resident tuition at a Texas public college or university for veterans moving to Texas.

Apply now

AmountVaries. Partial tuition waiver

Application DeadlineOngoing

Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) Non-Member Scholarships

Offered to U.S. Navy, Marine and Coast Guard personnel, past and present. FRA membership is not required.

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Amount$3,000 to $5,000

Application DeadlineApril 15

Col. Mike Randerson Scholarship

A successful applicant must be honorably discharged from military service and attending Columbia College of Missouri.

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Amount $1,000

Application DeadlineFebruary 28

Col. Charles E. McGee Scholarship

Candidate must be a degree-seeking student at Columbia College of Missouri who has is an honorably discharged veteran.

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Amount$1,000

Application DeadlineFebruary 28

Disney-SVA Scholarship

Candidate must be a student veteran pursuing a degree in a STEM subject program at an accredited college or university and maintaining a 3.0 GPA.

Apply now

Amount $10,000

Application DeadlineNovember 2

Darlene Hooley for Oregon Veterans Scholarship

Candidate must have served in the military during the Global War on Terrorism. Must be a current Oregon resident attending an Oregon educational program.

Apply now

Amount Varies

Application Deadline March 1

Imagine America Foundation Military Award Program

To be eligible, candidate must be Active Duty, reservist, or honorably discharged or retired from the military and in financial need. Limited to those enrolled in a designated participating colleges.

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Amount$1,000

Application Deadline December 31

Tillman Military Scholars Program

Available to Active Duty military personnel and to veterans of all branches of the U.S. Military, including the Reserve and National Guard. Must pursue degree on a full-time basis.

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Amount$1,500 to $23,000

Application DeadlineMarch 3

eLearners.com Military Scholarship

Open to Active Duty military and veterans of all branches of the U.S. military.

Apply now

Amount$1,000

Application DeadlineSeptember 2

AFCEA STEM Majors Scholarships for Graduates

Available to Active Duty military and veterans, including Reservists and National Guard, of the Enduring Freedom or Iraqi Freedom operations. Must major in STEM subject (including but not limited to) cybersecurity, intelligence and homeland security.

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Amount$2,500

Application DeadlineMay 1

Carolyn Tolley, ASI Health Services HSE Scholarship

Sponsored by the American Society of Safety Engineers and the Texas Safety Foundation. Must be a resident of Texas, a student ASSE member, and attending a Texas college or university studying occupational safety and health. Open to everyone, but preference given to veterans.

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Amount$2,000

Application Deadline June 30

AT&T Military Veterans’ Scholarships

Open to veterans of all branches of the U.S. military. Employment by AT&T is not a requirement.

Apply now

AmountVaries

Application DeadlineJuly 31

AMVETS National Scholarship Program

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Special scholarships are available to Iraqi Freedom or Enduring Freedom veterans who were disabled as a result of combat service so they can either go back to school or attain a new skill. One such scholarship is the AFCEA Education Foundation’s Disabled War Veterans Scholarship. With contributions from the Microsoft Corporation, they award $2,500 that can be used at any four-year accredited college including online or distance learning.

American Airlines Veteran’s Initiative Scholarship

Military veterans who are pursuing aviation or aeronautical education or training are eligible. Personal factors considered include achievements, teamwork, leadership skills, motivation, and community service involvement.

Apply now

Amount$5,000

Application Deadline November 16

Colorado Technical University Wounded Warrior Scholarship

Open to U.S Armed Forces (including National Guard and Reserve) Active Duty members or veterans currently receiving medical treatment for injuries (over 30 percent) suffered in the line of duty.

Apply now

AmountFull tuition, approx. $15,000 annually

Application DeadlineSeptember 15

New York State Military Enhanced Recognition Incentive and Tribute – MERIT Scholarship

Available to members of the U.S. Armed Forces at any time on or after August 2, 1990 and who became severely and permanently disabled as a result of injury or illness suffered or incurred in combat or during training for combat. Must be New York State resident attending a postsecondary institution in New York State. Also open to spouses, children, and other financial dependents.

Apply now

AmountUp to $22,487

Application DeadlineJune 30

Edward T. and Mary A. Conroy Memorial & Jean. B. Cryor Memorial Scholarship Program

Open to veterans who: were POW’s during the Vietnam Conflict or suffered a 25 percent or greater permanent disability as a result of military service and are no longer eligible for federal veterans’ educational benefits. Must be a Maryland resident at the time of application.

Apply now

AmountVaries, no to exceed costs of tuition and mandatory fees

Application DeadlineJuly 15

The United States Senator Daniel K. Inouye Memorial Scholarship

Disabled veteran applicant must additionally be a current Japanese American Veterans Association member or a direct descendant of Nisei military service member of World War II.

Apply now

Amount$5,000

Application DeadlineMay 15

URS Wounded Warrior Scholarship Fund for Graduate Students

For use at the University of Maryland-University College. Preference is given to veterans pursuing degrees in cybersecurity, information technology and information management. Financial need is a factor.

Apply now

AmountVaries

Application DeadlineJuly 15

Colorado Technical University Wounded Warrior Scholarship

RON KNESS

Ron served 36 years in the military. His last assignment was the 34th Infantry (Red Bull) Division Command Sergeant Major/E-9. He was also Supervisor of Military Personnel Services, which included the Education Benefits Section, and now uses this vast knowledge as our resident military expert on GI Bills, scholarships, and other military-related financial aid for higher education.

Scholarships for MBAs

While data on the average cost of an MBA can vary widely, depending on whether you're attending a full-time or executive program, the good news is that business schools dole out millions of dollars in scholarships. In fact, Poets & Quants reported in 2014 that the top 25 business schools award $232.7 million a year in scholarships.

The school where you're studying should be your first stop in looking for scholarships for MBAs. However, if that's not enough money to cover your entire tuition bill, outside organizations, professional associations and foundations can help you bridge that gap. Here's a look at some scholarship opportunities for MBA students.

Additional Resources for MBA Students

  • Beta Gamma Sigma is an honor society for business excellence that has scholarships available at several partner schools. They also offer networking opportunities. 
  • National Black MBA Association provides black MBA students with scholarships, career coaching and other programs. 
  • National Society of Hispanic MBAs is an organization for Hispanic MBA students. Hispanic MBA students should investigate scholarships, discounts and leadership programs available through NSHMBA. 

Graduate Scholarships for Women

In a dramatic contrast to a few generations ago, when women weren't welcomed at institutions of higher education, women are now earning more advanced degrees than men. In fact, women made up 57.9 percent of the enrolled students at the master's and graduate certificate-level and 51.0 percent at the doctoral-level, according to a 2014 report by the Council of Graduate Schools.

Despite this, the cost of graduate school can be a challenge for female students, especially considering that salaries for women still lag behind those of their male counterparts.

Fortunately, graduate scholarships for women can help fund an advanced education. Here's a look at several prominent scholarships and fellowships available to women. However, your local community, religious organization, professional association or college or university may have additional scholarship opportunities available, so treat this list as a starting point.

Additional Resources for Women

Graduate Scholarships for Military Members, Spouses & Children

For military veterans who want to transition into a new civilian career or military spouses or kids who want to advance their own careers, a graduate degree can help accomplish that goal. The G.I. Bill helps many veterans pursue higher education. However, not everyone qualifies for those benefits, and G.I. Bill benefits do expire, so graduate scholarships for military members can help bridge that gap and minimize student loan debt. 

Here’s a list of graduate school scholarships available to past or current military members and/or their families.

Additional Resources for Military Members, Spouses & Children

Graduate Scholarships for Minorities

The number of minority students earning graduate degrees is rising, but it's still a relatively small group. In fact, the percentage of black students who earned a master's degree was 12.5 percent in 2009-2010, up from 9 percent in 1999-2000, reports the National Center for Education Statistics. Also, the number of Asian and Pacific Islander students who earned a master’s degree grew from 5.8 percent in 1999-2000 to 7 percent in 2009-2010. On the other hand, the percent of American Indians who earned a master’s degree remained a static .6 percent between 1999-2000 and 2009-2010.

In many cases, the high cost of graduate studies can deter minority students from pursuing an advanced degree. The pay-off on a master's degree varies depending on the field of study. However in general, a graduate degree can yield higher salary and lower unemployment rates, finds a report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.

Fortunately, graduate scholarships for minorities can help fund an advanced education. Here's a look at several prominent graduate scholarships available to minority students.

Richard Metzler Scholarship

  • Aid Amount: Up to $5,000
  • Application Due Date: January 22
  • Apply Now

Offered by the Foundation for Excellence in Management Consulting (FEMC), this scholarship is awarded to students who "exemplify a commitment to the management consulting profession, his/her community, and to the understanding of the consultant's role as an agent of positive change," according to the website. Candidates must submit an application form, three essays, up to two recommendation letters, a resume or CV, a verification of enrollment and transcripts from all secondary institutions.

Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarship Program

  • Aid Amount: Up to $10,000
  • Application Due Date: January 27
  • Apply Now

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners awards scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students who have an interest in pursuing a career in fraud examination or a similar anti-fraud profession. Graduate students must be enrolled in 6 semester hours (or equivalent) per term. Candidates are judged on their completed scholarship application, overall academic achievement and letters of recommendation, as well as their fraud-related interests, activities, goals and desired career path. Three letters of recommendation are required, and it's recommended that at least one letter be submitted by a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). Students are encouraged to meet with a local ACFE Chapter to meet a CFE.

Mary Elizabeth Lockwood Beneventi MBA Scholarship

  • Discipline: Business
  • Aid Amount: $2,000
  • Application Due Date: February 15
  • Apply Now

Full-time graduate students majoring in business administration with a minimum GPA of 3.25 are eligible to apply for this scholarship, which is awarded by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Applications are judged without regard to gender, race, color, religion, national origin or disability. Candidates should submit a scholarship application, statement of career objectives, academic transcripts, two to four letters of recommendation, list of extracurricular activities and proof of U.S. citizenship. 

Daniel B. Goldberg Scholarship

  • Aid Amount: $13,000
  • Application Due Date: February 19
  • Apply Now

This scholarship is awarded by the Government Finance Officers Association to a full-time graduate student in a program that prepares students for careers in state and local government finance. Applicants must submit an application form, a statement of a proposed career plan in state and local government finance, academic transcripts, a resume, academic adviser or dean's letter of recommendation, and optional letters of recommendation from graduate program faculty.

"Business Plan" Scholarships for Students with Disabilities

  • Aid Amount: $1,000
  • Application Due Date: April 1 and November 1
  • Apply Now

Any undergraduate or graduate student with a documented disability (physical, mental, behavioral, etc.) who is enrolled at an accredited college, university or trade school is eligible to apply for this scholarship. To apply, they must write an essay on what they learned from writing a business plan. Scholarships are awarded twice a year based on originality, writing style and quality of ideas.

AICP Scholarship Program

  • Aid Amount: $1,500
  • Application Due Date: June 3
  • Apply Now

Graduate students who are taking at least two courses from an accredited education institution and have completed four graduate courses in their chosen program are eligible to apply for this scholarship, which is awarded through the Association of Insurance Compliance Professionals (AICP). Candidates must also have declared a major in the field of insurance, actuarial science, economics, finance, management, mathematics, risk management, statistics or a business-related field. The scholarship selection subcommittee considers the following factors: grade point average, involvement in extracurricular activities and level of educational interest and dedication to the insurance industry.

National Black MBA Association Scholarship

  • Aid Amount: Up to $10,000
  • Application Due Date: June 24
  • Apply Now

Financially active members of the National Black MBA Association are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Required application materials include an online application, a 500-word essay, a resume, a transcript and a headshot.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation Graduate Scholarship

  • Aid Amount: Not specified
  • Application Due Date: August 15
  • Apply Now

Merit and financial assistance scholarships are available as a one-time award. The purpose of these scholarships is to promote life-long learning. Graduate scholarship applicants must be enrolled full-time (online and accelerated courses are accepted). Applicants are judged on their demonstrated exceptional academic achievement and/or financial need, as well as leadership, volunteer, civic and academic services.

SHRM Foundation Student Scholarship

  • Aid Amount: Not specified
  • Application Due Date: November 1
  • Apply Now

Students who are active SHRM student members as of November 1 are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Applications are judged based on chapter involvement and commitment to the HR profession (35%), academic achievement (30%), additional leadership and service activities/work experience (25%) and financial need (10%). To apply, submit a completed application, a resume and one or two letters of reference.

Paul Hagelbarger Memorial Scholarship

  • Aid Amount: Minimum of $2,000
  • Application Due Date: November 20
  • Apply Now

Graduate students studying accounting in the state of Alaska are eligible to apply for this scholarship, which is awarded by the Alaska Society of CPAs. Applications are judged based on students' academic achievement, financial need and their intent to pursue a career in public accounting in Alaska.

Forté Fellows Program

  • Aid Amount: Not specified
  • Application Due Date: Not specified
  • Apply Now

Forté Fellowships are available to women enrolled in MBA programs at participating business schools. Candidates submit a fellowship application through the sponsoring school and should demonstrate exemplary leadership in one or more ways: academic leadership, team leadership, community leadership and creative leadership.

Internal Auditor Magazine Scholarship

  • Aid Amount: $1,000
  • Application Due Date: Various
  • Apply Now

Internal Auditor Magazine awards six $1,000 scholarships to the undergraduate or graduate students who write the most informative and intuitive essays on internal auditing subjects. Each quarter has a different prompt question. Students can email their scholarship application and essay.

Prospanica Tuition Benefits Program

  • Aid Amount: Up to $10,000
  • Application Due Date: Not specified
  • Apply Now

The Prospanica Foundation provides tuition benefits of up to $10,000 to students at several participating graduate business schools. Candidates must be a member of Prospanica, express interest in the tuition benefit prior to the first add/drop period, and submit a one-page essay on how the scholarship will help further their education. If approved, the student's tuition benefit is applied to their account throughout the length of the program.

Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship

  • Discipline: Geoscience
  • Aid Amount: $5,000
  • Application Due Date: January 4
  • Apply Now

Female graduate students studying the geosciences in the United States who have at least one year remaining in a master's or doctoral program are eligible for this scholarship from the Geoscience Information Society. A new scholar is named each year, and every scholar is eligible for up to two years of support. Applicants must submit unofficial GRE scores, all post-secondary unofficial academic transcripts, unofficial graduate academic transcripts (if applicable) and a CV. Applicants are also required to write a 500-word abstract about their research interests.

AAUW Selected Professions Fellowships

  • Discipline: Architecture, computer/information sciences, engineering, mathematics/statistics; Additional fields for racial minorities include MBA, law, doctorate in medicine
  • Aid Amount: Not specified
  • Application Due Date: January 10
  • Apply Now

This fellowship is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who identify as female and are pursuing a full-time master's degree in disciplines where women are traditionally underrepresented.

Irene and Daisy MacGregor Memorial Scholarship

  • Discipline: Psychiatric nursing
  • Aid Amount: Not specified
  • Application Due Date: February 10
  • Apply Now

The Daughters of the American Revolution awards this scholarship to two graduate students who have been accepted into or are pursuing an approved course of study in the field of psychiatric nursing at an accredited medical school, college or university. Recipient must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.25 to renew the scholarship. When candidates are equally qualified, preference is given to females.

Ethnic Minority and Women's Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship for Careers in Athletics

  • Discipline: Sports administration or similar
  • Aid Amount: $7,500
  • Application Due Date: February 15
  • Apply Now

Applicants must be students or student-athletes at an active NCAA member institution who are at least in their final season of NCAA athletics eligibility or will not be using any remaining athletics eligibility. They must also have an overall undergraduate minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 or its equivalent. Candidates should be seeking admission or have been accepted into a sports administration or other graduate program that will assist the applicant in obtaining a career in intercollegiate athletics. This includes a position as an athletics administrator, coach, athletic trainer or other career that provides a direct service to intercollegiate athletics. The applicant's course work, involvement in extracurricular activities, commitment to pursuing a career in intercollegiate athletics and promise for success in that career will be factored into the final decision.

Financial Success for Single Mothers Scholarship

  • Discipline: Not specified
  • Aid Amount: $750
  • Application Due Date: October 1
  • Apply Now

This scholarship is open to single mothers who have enrolled in at least six units at a two-year college, trade school, four-year college or graduate school and have a minimum 2.3 college GPA. Candidates must submit a 450-700 word essay answering this question: "How can single mothers use Roth IRAs to enhance their financial position?"

AAUW American Fellowships

  • Discipline: Not specified
  • Aid Amount: Not specified
  • Application Due Date: November 15
  • Apply Now

This fellowship covers the living expenses of women scholars who are completing dissertations. Candidates must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Applications are assessed based on scholarly excellence; quality and originality of project design; and active commitment to helping women and girls through service in their communities, professions, or fields of research.

Amelia Earhart Fellowship

  • Discipline: Aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering
  • Aid Amount: $10,000
  • Application Due Date: November 15
  • Apply Now

In honor of the legendary pilot Amelia Earhart, the Zonta International Foundation awards this annual fellowship to 35 women of any nationality pursuing a Ph.D. or doctoral degree in aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering.

P.E.O. Scholar Award

  • Discipline: Doctoral degree
  • Aid Amount: Not specified
  • Application Due Date: November 20
  • Apply Now

Applicants must be nominated by a local Philanthropic Education Organization (P.E.O.) Sisterhood chapter and be a citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States or Canada. The recipient must be within two years of completing her doctoral level degree, and she must have one full academic year of work remaining at the time the award payment is made. She must be enrolled full time in her program at an accredited college or university. Preference is given to a woman who is well-established in her program.

AAUW International Fellowships

  • Discipline: Not specified
  • Aid Amount: Not specified
  • Application Due Date: December 1
  • Apply Now

This fellowship is awarded to women who are pursuing graduate or postgraduate studies or research in the U.S. and are not American citizens or permanent residents. Candidates must have earned the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree. Recipients are chosen based on academic achievement and commitment to helping women and girls. Up to five fellowships are renewable for a second year. After completing their studies, recipients are encouraged to return to their home countries to become leaders.

AAUW Career Development Grants

  • Discipline: Any
  • Aid Amount: Not specified
  • Application Due Date: December 15
  • Apply Now

The Career Development Grants are aimed at helping women who hold a bachelor's degree that was received before June 30, 2011. Applicants must be planning to advance or change their careers or reenter the workforce. The grants may not be used for doctorate-level work, but they can provide support for a second bachelor's degree, a master's degree, certification program or specialized training. Preference is given to women pursuing their first advanced degree or credentials in nontraditional fields.

Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship

  • Discipline: Computer science, computer engineering or closely related technical fields
  • Aid Amount: $10,000
  • Application Due Date: Not specified
  • Apply Now

Female students studying computer science, computer engineering or a related technical field in an undergraduate or graduate program in the U.S. are eligible to apply. Scholarships are available in selected other countries as well. Candidates should have a strong academic record and show passion for increasing women's role in computer science. The Google Anita Borg Scholars will be invited to the annual three-day Google Scholars Retreat at the Googleplex in Mountian View, California.

Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship

  • Discipline: Business
  • Aid Amount: $1,000 or $7,000
  • Application Due Date: Set by local Zonta club
  • Apply Now

This scholarship is aimed at helping women pursue undergraduate and master's degrees in business management. Women of any age who are pursuing a business or business-related program, who demonstrate outstanding potential in the field, and are living or studying in a Zonta district or region are eligible to apply. Applicants from geographic areas where no Zonta clubs are located will also be considered.

Women's Independence Scholarship Program (WISP)

  • Discipline: Not specified
  • Aid Amount: $250-2,000
  • Application Due Date: Two months before the start date of the program
  • Apply Now

This scholarship is intended to help women who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have survived intimate partner abuse and have been separated from their abuser for one to seven years. Candidates must also demonstrate a critical need for financial assistance and have a plan to use the training to reenter the job market, train for a new industry or advance their career. Candidates must have sought services from a nonprofit domestic violence agency, and that agency must be willing to act as sponsor.

VFW Auxiliary Continuing Education Scholarship

  • Discipline: Not specified
  • Aid Amount: $1,000
  • Application Due Date: February 15
  • Apply Now

This scholarship is open to current VFW auxiliary members and their spouses or children who are at least 18 years of age or older. The qualifying member must have been an auxiliary member for at least one full year by the application deadline. Applicants must fill out an application and write an essay of no more than 300 words describing how the scholarship will help them achieve their goals.

Donaldson D. Frizzell Scholarship

  • Discipline: Not specified
  • Aid Amount: Not specified
  • Application Due Date: April 14 (or until 2,500 completed applications are received)
  • Apply Now

First Command Educational Foundation awards $30,000 in scholarships to traditional and non-traditional students. These scholarships are open to U.S. uniformed services, their spouses and dependents, as well as First Command Financial Services’ clients and their families, dependent family members of First Command Advisors and field office staff members, and non-contractual ROTC students. Applicants for the non-traditional student scholarships must submit at least one letter from a supervisor or professor, an additional letter from a personal or professional contact, and pass First Command’s free online course.

AFCEA STEM Majors Scholarships for Graduate Students

  • Discipline: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM including Cyber Security, Intelligence and Homeland Security-related disciplines)
  • Aid Amount: Not specified (up to tuition, laboratory fees, mandatory fees and books)
  • Application Due Date: April 22
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Candidates for the graduate school scholarship must be currently enrolled in their second semester and have at least two semester-equivalent courses per term, plus a minimum GPA of 3.5 or higher. Applicants should submit current transcripts and at least two letters of recommendation from faculty in the major of study. Graduate students are also required to submit a resume.

Veterans United Foundation Scholarship

  • Discipline: Not specified
  • Aid Amount: Up to $20,000
  • Application Due Date: April 22
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This scholarship is awarded to the surviving spouse or child of a deceased veteran of the U.S. Military and is non-renewable. The Veterans United Foundation awards up to three scholarships based on finance need, involvement in church, community or sports, and a typed essay describing how losing a parent or spouse has impacted the candidate and what they hope to pursue through college and beyond.

AMVETS Scholarship

  • Discipline: Not specified
  • Aid Amount: $1,000-4,000
  • Application Due Date: April 30
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AMVETS awards three scholarships to veterans, active duty or guards/reserves. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need, academic promise and merit. The scholarship is designed to assist those who have exhausted government aid. Some of the scholarships are renewable provided the awardee meets academic standards.

NFMC Anne Gannett Biennial Award for Veterans

  • Discipline: Music
  • Aid Amount: $2,000
  • Application Due Date: May 1 in odd-numbered years
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This scholarship is awarded during odd-numbered years to veterans who are former music students who curtailed their education to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. Candidates must be returning to music study with the intent to pursue a career in music.

Army Aviation Association of America Scholarships

  • Discipline: Not specified
  • Aid Amount: $1,000-4,000
  • Application Due Date: May 2
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To qualify for this scholarship, you must be a current member of the Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA), the spouse of a current AAAA member or deceased member, the child or grandchild of a current or deceased member, or the unmarried sibling of a current or deceased member. The Families of the Fallen scholarship is specifically for surviving spouses and children of those who were killed in action or training accidents while serving in the Army Aviation community.

AT&T Veterans Scholarships

  • Discipline: Not specified
  • Aid Amount: Not specified
  • Application Due Date: July 31
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Scholarships are available to veterans and one dependent of a fallen hero. Applicants must submit a 2,500-word essay on the important lessons they learned from military service and how it impacted their life. Applications must also include their full name, branch of service, years served, schools enrolled in and year achieved, and contact details.

Friedl Richardson Scholarship for Veterans Pursuing a Career in Law

  • Discipline: Law or related discipline
  • Aid Amount: $1,000
  • Application Due Date: August 1
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This scholarship is open to veterans who are enrolled at an accredited school and plan to pursue a career in law. Applications must have a minimum GPA of 2.8 and provide proof of service in the armed forces.

Google SVA

  • Discipline: Computer Science, Computer Engineering or a degree in a closely related field
  • Aid Amount: $10,000
  • Application Due Date: November 2
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Eight scholarships are awarded to veterans who are studying computer science, computer engineering or a closely related field and have received an honorable discharge or are currently in good standing with their branch of service. Applicants must be enrolled full-time. To apply, candidates need to submit a copy of a resume/CV, an unofficial copy of current university transcripts, two letters of reference and responses to three essay questions. Scholarship recipients are invited to attend Google’s Summer Annual Scholars’ Retreat.

Disney-SVA Scholarship

  • Discipline: Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM)
  • Aid Amount: $10,000
  • Application Due Date: November 2
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Through the Veterans’ Initiative Heroes Work Here, Disney awards three scholarships to student veterans pursuing a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM). Applicants need a minimum GPA of 3.0 and must submit two one-page essays along with letters of appreciation, proof of enrollment and proof of military service.

PNC-SVA “Serving with Integrity” Scholarship

  • Discipline: Finance, business administration or a related field
  • Aid Amount: $10,000
  • Application Due Date: November 2
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The PNC Foundation awards two scholarships to veterans studying finance, business administration or similar. Applicants must submit a current resume, proof of military service, proof of enrollment, a letter of recommendation, a personal statement and a response to an essay prompt.

SVA-NBC Universal Scholarship

  • Discipline: Marketing, public relations, production, development, entertainment business or similar
  • Aid Amount: $12,000
  • Application Due Date: November 2
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Student Veterans of America and NBCUniversal award scholarships to two student veterans who are interested in pursuing a career in the entertainment industry. Applicants should answer two essay prompts and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Applications must include proof of military service, proof of enrollment and a resume.

Tillman Military Scholars Program

  • Discipline: Not specified
  • Aid Amount: Not specified
  • Application Due Date: Not specified
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The Pat Tillman Foundation chooses up to 60 scholars each year, providing not only financial support but also an invitation to the annual Pat Tillman Leadership Summit, invitations to partner conferences and access to veteran affinity groups. The scholarship program is open to veterans and active-duty military members from all branches and current spouses of veterans or active-duty service members. Applicants must submit a resume, financial worksheet, character recommendations, proof of military service and two essay questions.

eLearners.com Military Scholarship

  • Discipline: Not specified
  • Aid Amount: $1,000
  • Application Due Date: Not specified
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eLearners and EducationDynamics periodically awards $1,000 scholarships to a student who is a veteran, active duty service member or spouse of a service member.

Government Finance Officers Association Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship

  • Discipline: Public administration, governmental accounting, finance, political science, economics or business administration
  • Aid Amount: $8,000 
  • Application Due Date: February 19
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This scholarship is open to minority students who are pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies with the intent to pursue a career in state or local government finance. In addition to the $8,000 non-renewable scholarship, the winner also receives travel expenses and admission to attend the Government Finance Officers Association's annual conference.

The Lagrant Foundation Scholarship Program

  • Discipline: Advertising, marketing or public relations
  • Aid Amount: $5,000 
  • Application Due Date: February 28
  • Apply Now

The Langrant Foundation (TLF) provides scholarships, career and professional development workshops, mentors and internships to racial minority students in the advertising, marketing and public relations fields. Candidates must submit an application form, reference letter from a college professor or an internship adviser, current resume, unofficial academic transcripts and headshot. Official transcripts are required for students selected as a finalist. Recipients must attend TLF scholarship activities and make a one-year commitment to stay in contact with TLF for professional guidance and support.

LITA / LSSI Minority Scholarship in Library and Information Technology

  • Discipline: Library and information studies 
  • Aid Amount: $2,500
  • Application Due Date: March 1
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Each year the Library and Information Technology Association, a division of the American Library Association, and Library Systems and Services, Inc., awards the LITA/LSSI Minority Scholarship to a student who shows a strong commitment to the use of automated systems in libraries and is a member of a minority group. To be eligible, you must be studying in an ALA Accredited Master of Library Science (MLS) program and must not have earned more than 12 credit hours towards a Master of Library Science degree.

American Library Association Spectrum Scholarship

  • Discipline: Library and information studies 
  • Aid Amount: $5,000
  • Application Due Date: March 1
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Librarians don't always represent the diverse communities they serve, so the Spectrum scholarship is designed to help librarians of color advance their careers. To be eligible, you must attend an ALA-accredited graduate program in library and information studies or an ALA-recognized NCATE School Library Media program and maintain a minimum course load of two classes each semester.

AAA Minority Dissertation Fellowship Program

  • Discipline: Anthropology
  • Aid Amount: $10,000 
  • Application Due Date: March 14
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This fellowship is awarded to doctoral students of a racial minority who need financial assistance to finish the write-up phase of their anthropology dissertation. Candidates must be a member of the American Anthropological Association and enrolled in a full-time program leading to a doctoral degree in anthropology. Funds are awarded in three installments.

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