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Guide to Graduate School Scholarships

Guide to Scholarships for Graduate School

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Psychiatric nursing
  • 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.

Microsoft Research Women's Fellowship
  • Discipline: Not specified
  • Aid Amount: $20,000 ($18,000 for tuition and $2,000 toward travel allowance and fees for attending a conference in the fellowship recipient's field of study)
  • Application Due Date: Not specified
  • Apply Now

Microsoft Research provides funding to a list of ten universities for the 2016-2017 academic year. These universities will then each award a fellowship to one woman who is interesting in pursuing a PhD and is in need of financial assistance. Microsoft Research will also create opportunities for each fellowship recipient to engage with Microsoft researchers in their domain of study and connect in a collaborative community.

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.

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.

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
  • Apply Now

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
  • Apply Now

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
  • Apply Now

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
  • Apply Now

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
  • Apply Now

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
  • Apply Now

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
  • Apply Now

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
  • Apply Now

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
  • Apply Now

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
  • Apply Now

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
  • Apply Now

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
  • Apply Now

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
  • Apply Now

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.

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.

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
  • Apply Now

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
  • Apply Now

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
  • Apply Now

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
  • Apply Now

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.

Albert W. Dent Graduate Student Scholarship
  • Discipline: Healthcare administration or healthcare management 
  • Aid Amount: $5,000 
  • Application Due Date: March 31
  • Apply Now

The American College of Healthcare Executives awards this scholarship to minority students pursuing a Master of Health Administration, Master of Public Health, MBA in Healthcare Administration or similar degree. Candidates are not required to be a student associate of the American College of Healthcare Executives but preference is given to candidates who are. Candidates must submit a current resume, official academic transcripts, three current letters of recommendation and an application essay.

Xerox Technical Minority Scholarships
  • Discipline: Technical science or engineering 
  • Aid Amount: $1,000-10,000
  • Application Due Date: September 30
  • Apply Now

Xerox awards scholarships to minority students pursuing a BS, MS or Ph.D. in a technical science or engineering field. Candidates must have tuition or related expenses not covered by other scholarships or grants. Spouses and children of Xerox employees are not eligible.

Generation Google Scholarship
  • Discipline: Computer science or computer engineering 
  • Aid Amount: $10,000 
  • Application Due Date: Not specified
  • Apply Now

This scholarship is open to undergraduate or graduate students from a group that is underrepresented in computer science. Scholarship recipients are invited to attend the Google Scholars' Retreat in the summer. Candidates must submit a current resume, academic transcripts, two letters of reference and responses to four essay questions.

Additional Resources for Minority Students

  • National Medical Fellowships offers numerous scholarships specifically for minority students pursuing an advanced degree in medicine.
  • United Negro College Fund (UNCF) is a minority education organization that provides advocacy and scholarships to help students from low- and moderate-income families attend college. UNCF's membership includes 37 historically black college and universities and its website features a searchable scholarship database.
  • The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) lists scholarship opportunities and other resources for African American students.
  • The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) provides scholarships for Asian Americans as well as Pacific Islanders. Their goal is to help these scholars become leaders in their respective communities.
  • The American Indian College Fund is the largest scholarship organization for American Indians. They also provide other resources for American Indians, such as fellowships, internships and career and college readiness programs.

Graduate Scholarships for Hispanics

The number of Hispanic students pursuing graduate studies is small but growing. Of the 611,000 master's degrees conferred to U.S. residents in the 2009-2010 school year, Hispanics earned 7 percent of those, up from less than five percent in 1999-2000, reports the National Center for Education Statistics. For doctoral degrees, Hispanics earned nearly 6 percent in 2009-2010.

Many students from low- and middle-income families find it challenging to fund a graduate degree, especially those who might be undocumented and therefore ineligible to apply for federal student aid.

Fortunately, graduate scholarships for Hispanics and other minorities can help fund an advanced degree. Here's a look at several prominent scholarships available to Latino students. Also keep in mind that your local community, religious organization, professional association or college or university may have additional scholarship opportunities available, so don't limit yourself to the scholarships listed below. Instead, think of it as a starting point.

Becas Univision Scholarship
  • Discipline: Not specified
  • Aid Amount: $500-5,000
  • Application Due Date: March 30
  • Apply Now

Graduate students of Hispanic heritage with a minimum 2.5 GPA are eligible to apply for this scholarship, which is part of the Univision Educación campaign. Candidates must complete FAFSA or a state-based financial aid application.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholarship
  • Discipline: STEM majors
  • Aid Amount: $500-5,000 
  • Application Due Date: March 30
  • Apply Now

To be eligible for this scholarship, graduate students must be of Hispanic heritage, have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) for college and graduate studies. The aid amount is based on relative need.

Hispanic Bar Association of Houston Scholarships
  • Discipline: Law
  • Aid Amount: Not specified
  • Application Due Date: April 5
  • Apply Now

The Hispanic Bar Association of Houston awards scholarships to deserving students who are members of the Hispanic Law Student Association at each of the three Houston area law schools. The scholarship is awarded based on financial need, demonstrated leadership, extracurricular activities, potential for success and commitment toward the advancement of Hispanics through the legal profession.

The Greater Cincinnati HSF Scholarship
  • Discipline: Not specified
  • Aid Amount: $500-5,000
  • Application Due Date: April 15
  • Apply Now

To be eligible for this scholarship, graduate students must be of Hispanic heritage, have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) for a minimum of 9 credits, and have permanent residency in Ohio, Kentucky, or Indiana and/or attend a graduate program in one of those states.

National Association of Hispanic Journalists Scholarships
  • Discipline: Journalism
  • Aid Amount: $1,000-5,000
  • Application Due Date: Not specified
  • Apply Now

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) has several scholarships available to students attending an accredited university within the United States or Puerto Rico. Students must be pursuing careers in journalism in either English or Spanish-language media or both. Candidates must submit work samples in English or Spanish, an essay, a financial needs statement, letters of recommendation, unofficial school transcripts, a resume and a W-2 form.

Victor Grifols Roura Scholarship
  • Discipline: Medicine with focus in hematology/blood diseases
  • Aid Amount: $7,500
  • Application Due Date: Not specified
  • Apply Now

The National Medical Fellowship provides a scholarship to a second or third year Latino medical student who is training in the metropolitan Los Angeles area with clinical interests in hematology. Several other scholarships are also available to underrepresented minority medical students.

ALPFA Scholarships
  • Discipline: Not specified
  • Aid Amount: $2,000-10,000
  • Application Due Date: Not specified
  • Apply Now

ALPFA's mission is to empower Latino leaders. To that end, they award scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students in diverse fields at universities in the U.S. and Puerto Rico to help them develop into leaders.

Additional Resources for Hispanic Students

  • The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) has awarded over $500 million in scholarships to support Hispanic Americans pursuing higher education.
  • La Unidad Latina Foundation (LULF) is an independent, nonprofit, charitable organization that funds educational achievement in the Latino community.

Don't let the sticker price of a master's or doctoral degree stop you from furthering your education. Scholarships and fellowships can help you make those educational goals more affordable and minimize the amount you need to borrow.

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Ethnic Minority and Women's Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship for Careers in Athletics, NCAA, Accessed May 2016, http://www.ncaa.org/ethnic-minority-and-womens-enhancement-postgraduate-scholarship-careers-athletics

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Jane M Klausman Women in Business Scholarship, Zonta International, Accessed May 2016, http://foundation.zonta.org/Our-Programs/Educational-Programs/Jane-M-Klausman-Women-in-Business-Scholarship

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Internal Auditor Magazine Scholarship, Internal Auditor, Accessed June 2016, https://iaonline.theiia.org/scholarships

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Donaldson D. Frizzell Scholarship, First Command Educational Foundation, Accessed July 2016, https://www.fcef.com/scholarships/donaldson-d-frizzell-scholarship-3/

AFCEA STEM Majors Scholarships for Undergraduate and Graduate Students, AFCEA, Accessed July 2016, http://www.afcea.org/site/?q=foundation/scholarships/stem-majors

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Disney-SVA Scholarship, Student Veterans of America, Accessed July 2016, http://studentveterans.org/programs/scholarships?layout=edit&id=287

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