Graduate school financial aid is difficult to come by, and Go Financial Aid is largely focused on an undergraduate audience.  However, grad school is hard enough without having to struggle to find aid, so we should talk about it.

First, there is financial aid out there for graduate students.  Let’s talk about scholarships for now, which may require some more thorough research to locate.  These scholarships, as you will learn from doing your own research, are either career-based or sponsored by organizations.


Graduate school scholarships often provide funds to individuals pursuing a particular career path.  Consider the following examples.

• American Copy Editors Society (ACES) Scholarship. Graduate students pursuing journalism/copy editing have the opportunity to gain funding from the American Copy Editors Society (ACES) Scholarship.  The scholarship is based on excellence in the field and yields a maximum award of $2,500 (or one of four $1,000 awards).  Applicants must include writing samples and professor recommendations.

• Saul T. Wilson Scholarship Program. This scholarship provides awards for those students in the field of veterinary medicine. The graduate level scholarship offers $10,000 each year for tuition and school expenses.  The Saul T. Wilson program is not only a scholarship, but an internship as well.  Scholarship recipients are required to work with the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) during school breaks and summertime, as Veterinary Student Trainees.  Applicants must have completed a year of study in a veterinary program.


Many organizations not only help undergraduate students, but also set up programs for graduate students pursuing further education.

• Howard Penniman Scholarships for Graduate Study.  Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, awards five $2,000 scholarships a year to its members. and they are designated only for first year political science graduate students.  Candidates for the scholarship must be first year political science students, be recommended by chapter advisors, provide a statement about career goals and describe any volunteer activities.

• AMAF Valuing Diversity Ph.D. Scholarship Program. The American Marketing Association Foundation (AMAF) endeavors to foster diversity in the marketing profession.  As such, the organization has established a scholarship program for African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans who are pursuing doctorate degrees in the field. Five $1,000 scholarships are awarded to Ph.D. students each year at the Marketing Doctoral Students Association Annual Conference.  In addition to being a member of one of the above minority groups, each applicant must submit an essay regarding their own marketing research.

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