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50 Best Scholarships for Master’s Students in 2020

Why stop at a bachelor’s degree when you can earn a master’s? While taking the master’s degree path can mean more student loans, keep in mind that it will open more doors of opportunity! Your bachelor’s degree may be enough to get inside the door, but a master’s degree will get you a seat at the table.

Here’s proof: According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), jobs that require a master’s degree will rise by about 18% between 2012 and 2022. Indeed, a master’s degree brings with it numerous benefits, particularly in differentiating yourself from the competition and being a valued employee.

First and foremost, your earnings potential will likely increase. On average, employees with a master’s degree earn more than 20 percent more than employees with a bachelor’s degree. In the landmark 2015 Georgetown University, The Economic Value of College Majors, states that workers with a bachelor’s degree earn $61,000 while master’s degree holders earn $78,000. Both figures represent average annual salaries.

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Throughout their careers, the former will earn $2.27 million while the latter can earn up to $3.65 million. Of course, there are differences in the average annual salary earned between professions. For example, civil engineers, mechanical engineers, and electrical engineers can earn between $101,000 and $107,000 annually.

Beyond the monetary benefits, earning a master’s degree will also result in a more specialized knowledge in your field. You may even introduce innovations in the course of your studies, thesis presentation, and fieldwork. Indeed, you have every opportunity to make a difference in the world! 

With a master’s degree, your transition from rank-and-file employee to a senior position will be easier, perhaps faster. This is because many organizations, from for-profit corporations to non-profit charities, recognize the knowledge and skill behind a master’s degree. Most of these organizations prefer employees with master’s degrees, too, especially in the healthcare, engineering, and education industries.

While you’re in the master’s degree program, your research, analysis, and communication skills will also be challenged and polished. You will be better at critical thinking and problem solving as you pursue life-long learning. Furthermore, your personal and professional network will be bigger and better – and we know the benefits of such a network in your life!

But we understand your hesitations about pursuing a master’s degree. For one thing, there’s the issue of time since most people enrolled in a master’s degree program are part-time and full-time employees. How can you pursue advanced study when you’re already juggling work and family responsibilities?

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Well, you can find the time! Take note that universities and colleges offer flexible arrangements for working students, an opportunity worth grabbing. You can take the minimum number of credits, for example, so you’re not pressured for time. 

In addition, there are financial problems associated with higher education in the United States. Student loan debt has soared to a record-high of $1.6 trillion, and you may well still be paying for your student loans. You’re reluctant about getting a master’s degree because it can mean more debts.

The cost of higher education has also rapidly risen, according to the study The Price of Graduate and Professional School – How Much Students Pay. In 2015-2016, for example, the average published tuition and fees for students enrolled in a master’s degree program ranged between $11,100 (public universities) and $25,160 (private non-profit institutions). These amounts are exclusive of other expenses, such as room and board, travel, and miscellaneous costs. 

The actual tuition and fees vary widely, too, depending on the university. At Harvard Graduate School of Education, part-time students pay $25,952, while full-time students pay $51,904 for the 2020-2021 academic year. The amount doesn’t include the $5,128 health insurance fees as well as the costs for rent, utilities, food, books and supplies, personal expenses, and technology expenses, among others.

Fortunately, there’s good news – SCHOLARSHIPS! Your student and personal debts don’t have to be as large as you dreaded it because scholarships are available and aplenty. Of course, scholarships are monetary support provided to students without the expectation of repayment, not even a single cent.

But like grants, there are eligibility requirements and other conditions attached to scholarships. Some scholarships are needs-based, meaning these are given to underserved or unserved cohorts like women of color. Some scholarships are merit-based, meaning individuals meeting high academic standards will qualify. Some scholarships are granted based on industry or profession, such as scholarships only for nurses or for individuals studying Jewish culture.

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Many scholarships are so generous in their terms, too, that the benefactor will shoulder your entire two-year master’s degree program! Fulfill your end of the bargain, which may include excellent academic performance, public speeches, and innovative solutions.

But we will be the first one to warn you that getting a scholarship isn’t easy! With hundreds, perhaps thousands, of master’s degree students vying for a single scholarship, it’s a tough field out there. Put your best foot forward to ensure successful submissions

And if you don’t know it by now, you can get two or more scholarships from different organizations. You may then be able to earn your master’s degree with manageable out-of-pocket costs! The trick is in applying for as many scholarships as you’re qualified for, submit the required documents early, and hope for the best.

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Below are 50 of the Best Scholarships for Master’s Degree students in 2020. Many of these scholarships are annual. As such, you can reapply for the next school year if the deadline has passed.

Many, fortunately, also have current deadlines. We strongly recommend checking them out as soon as possible. As the saying goes, the early bird gets the worm!

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Fulbright Foreign Student Program

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: Varies
Deadline of Application: Application window from February to October each year (The actual deadline varies according to the country)

A graduate-level scholarship administered by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright Commissions/Foundations, and other partners in more than 160 countries, the Fulbright Foreign Student Program covers the students’ tuition, required fees, and travel to the U.S. for the entire duration of their study. While the eligibility requirements vary between countries, successful applicants are typically the best and brightest of their undergraduate class.

Most fields of study, such as social science, engineering, and science and technology, are covered except for clinical studies, such as medicine and nursing. But nursing administration and public health programs are permitted. 

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Cornaro Scholarship

Type of Scholarship: Annual (Non-renewable)
Amount: $5,000
Deadline of Application: Varies every year (Check the website for updated deadlines)

The Cornaro Scholarship is sponsored by the Kappa Gamma Pi sorority, which has affiliations in more than 100 colleges and universities in the U.S. Take note that it’s exclusively offered to the sorority’s honors graduates. It’s a competitive scholarship with the successful applicants required to present proof of their adherence to the sorority’s motto, as well as their values, leadership experience, and high academic achievements. 

Only two scholars are approved every year, and they can apply the money toward their education-related expenses at any accredited university or college. Unsuccessful applicants can also resubmit their applications in succeeding years.

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NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Program

Type of Scholarship: Annual (One-time, non-renewable)
Amount: $10,000 for each sport season
Deadline of Application: Three application dates corresponding to the sports season [Fall (January 15); Winter (April 1); and Spring (June 5) but dates can change]

The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship is awarded to the NCAA’s best student-athletes, and it’s awarded three times during the year, as abovementioned. Every sports season, the panel awards 42 scholarships for men and women, divided evenly between the genders. Applicants are assessed based on their academic and athletic achievements, as well as their community and campus involvement, demonstrated leadership, and volunteer activities.

Applicants should meet the following eligibility requirements to be considered:

  • Either in the final season of NCAA eligibility or have completed it
  • Either in the final year of the bachelor’s degree program or have finished it
  • Either 3.200 overall undergraduate minimum cumulative grade-point average or its equivalent (4.000 scale basis); graduate-level hours and grades aren’t included
  • Have performed with distinction in the varsity team of any sport for which the NCAA member school nominated him/her
  • Have enrolled or must enroll in a graduate degree program in an accredited school
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CyberCorps: Scholarships for Service

Type of Scholarship: Annual (Supports up to three years in a master’s degree program)
Amount: $32,000 
Deadline of Application: Rolling application deadline  

The Scholarship for Service (SFS) program is unique in that it’s designed to increase the quantity and improve the quality of federal information assurance professionals. The scholarships can provide full funding of a full-time graduate student’s typical costs during the program, as well as stipends up to $32,000 per academic year.

Eligibility requirements include either a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident and a full-time student in a master’s degree program. Applicants should be involved in information technology, security management, or industrial control system security, among others. Scholars must work for the U.S. Government after graduation, preferably in a cybersecurity-related position, and for a duration equal to the scholarship length.

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Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: Varies depending on the fellowship
Deadline of Application: Check the website for more information

The Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship is given to promising graduates in various fields of arts at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign or other institutions with equal academic standing. There are three significant fellowships offered, namely:

  • Music (up to $20,000)
  • Theater, art and design, architectural design and history, music, or dance (up to $20,000)
  • Architecture, landscape architecture, theatre, art, dance, or urban and regional planning (up to $9,000)

There are also three minor fellowships granted based on the selection committee’s recommendations. The applicants must demonstrate unusual promise and high attainment in academics, artwork, and seriousness of purpose, among others.

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Forte Fellows Program

Type of Scholarship: Annual (Recurring)
Amount: Up to £20,000
Deadline of Application: Check the website

The Forté Fellows Program is offered exclusively for women pursuing master’s degrees or executive MBA education, both full-time and part-time, in 54 partner universities in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Applicants must show proof of admission in an MBA program, as well as proof of academic excellence, leadership skills, and professional achievements, among other requirements. The one-time scholarship can only be applied to tuition fees, and the number of scholarships varies between participating universities.

Aside from the financial benefits, Forte fellows are provided with professional opportunities, including participation in conferences, access to networking communities, and exclusive invitations to leadership programs and job openings. 

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Richard A. Freund International Scholarship

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $5,000 (Approximate)
Deadline of Application: April 1 every year

The Richard A. Freund International Scholarship is open for graduate students enrolled in programs related to quality control, assurance, and improvement as well as total quality management and applied math, among other quality-centric topics. The money will be used for education expenses and costs of living in the recipient’s own country or abroad.

While applicants don’t have to be ASQ members, they must have a 3.25 or higher GPA, either in their undergraduate or graduate programs. The recipient for each year is announced on July 1, or three months after the deadline of application.

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Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship

Type of Scholarship: Annual (Non-renewable)
Amount: $1,000 to $8,000
Deadline of Application: Depends on the specific club’s deadline

Zonta International sponsors the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship with women as the exclusive recipients. There are regional and international scholarships worth up to $8,000, and the amount can be used for tuition, books, and living expenses.

Women enrolled in a business or business-related program, either in a brick-and-mortar or online accredited university or college, can apply. Applicants must be on their second year of a bachelor’s degree program through their final year in a master’s degree program, and their application should be submitted to their local Zonta club.

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Olivia James Traveling Fellowship

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: Up to $25,000
Deadline of Application: November 1, 2020

Administered by the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), the Olivia James Traveling Fellowship is awarded to a single scholar for study- and travel-related expenses between July 1 of the award year and June 30 the following year. Only applicants studying classics, architecture, archaeology, sculpture, history of Near and Middle Eastern studies will be considered, and the merit-based selection process is among the most competitive in the industry.

Emphasis must be made that field excavation projects aren’t covered in the scholarship. The money can be used for institutional overhead, administrative recovery costs, or indirect costs. Applicants should be AIA members for at least one year (graduate students) or two consecutive years and U.S. citizens.

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Elizabeth Bartman Museum Internship

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $1,000 – $4,000
Deadline of Application: April 1, 2021

The Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) administers the Elizabeth Bartman Museum Internship, and it’s intended to provide financial assistance to graduate students in their museum internship. The amount can be applied in universities within the U.S. or abroad. Individuals who have recently achieved their master’s degree can also apply; both graduate students and master’s degree holders should be involved in archaeology or a related field.

The selection panel chooses the scholars based on academic achievement, financial need, and past experiences, if necessary. Membership in the AIA for at least a year, enrollment in a pertinent graduate program, and submission of the project proposal, budget, and letters of recommendation, among others, are requisites for consideration.

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YIVO – Joseph Kremen Memorial Fellowship

Type of Scholarship: Annual (Non-renewable)
Amount: $7,000
Deadline of Application: December 31, 2020

The Joseph Kreme Memorial Fellowship is one of many scholarships offered by the Institute for Jewish Research, best known as YIVO, for the preservation, study, and information dissemination of Jewish life, history, and culture. This fellowship is offered to graduate students involved in the Eastern European Jewish theater, music, and arts, and the stipend can be used for research-related expenses. Applicants should send their curriculum vitae, two letters of support, and a research proposal by regular mail, email, or fax.

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YIVO – Fellowship in East European Jewish Literature

Type of Scholarship: Annual (Non-renewable)
Amount: $5,000
Deadline of Application: December 31, 2020

YIVO also administers the combined Vladimir and Pearl Heifetz Memorial Fellowship and the Vivian Lefsky Hort Memorial Fellowship, a scholarship for graduate students engaged in the study of Vladimir and Pearl Heifetz Memorial Fellowship and the Vivian Lefsky Hort Memorial Fellowship. The stipend can be used within the 2-3 months of research, as required in the terms, and the fellow will be required to give a public lecture. 

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YIVO – Samuel and Flora Weiss Research Fellowship

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $4,000
Deadline of Application: January 1, 2021

The Samuel and Flora Weiss Research Fellowship is awarded to graduate students who are researching modern Polish-Jewish history, particularly the Holocaust period, Jewish-Polish relations, and Jewish contributions to Polish culture. The fellow can spend the stipend on whatever expenses he/she deems fit during the 2-3 months of fellowship. The expectations include research conducted at the YIVO library and a public lecture in exchange for the stipend.

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Kate B. and Hall J. Peterson Fellowships

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $1,350 to $1,850/month
Deadline of Application: January 15 every year

The American Antiquarian Society offers the Kate B and Hall J. Peterson Fellowships, a visiting academic research scholarship program. Applicants should be engaged in scholarly research in American history and culture until 1876. The fellowship lasts for 1-3 months only, and the applicants are chosen based on merits, including scholarly qualifications, the relevance of the proposal, and the importance of the project.

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Lambda Alpha National Collegiate Honor Society for Anthropology Scholarship Award 

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $5,000
Deadline of Application: Usually March 1 every year but check the website for details

This is a scholarship sponsored by the Lambda Alpha National Collegiate Honors Society for Anthropology and offered to undergraduates interested in studying anthropology in graduate school. The admission requirements include a 2.5 GPA (minimum), enrollment in a university’s graduate program, and a completed statement of plans.

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Lou Hochberg Thesis and Dissertation Awards 

Type of Scholarship: Continuous
Amount: $1,000
Deadline of Application: Continuous

While the Lou Hochberg scholarship’s $1,000 grant isn’t much, its eligibility requirements are relatively easy to comply with. The essays submitted should focus on the social, biophysical, and experimental aspects of Wilhelm Reich’s discoveries. These are then judged based on their clarity, merit, and accuracy, and there’s no deadline for submissions.

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Frances C. Allen Fellowship

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $2,500/month with supplemental funding available depending on the case
Deadline of Application: December 15, 2020

The Frances C. Allen Fellowship is exclusive for women of American Indian heritage. Applicants must be engaged in studies related to the Newberry Research Library’s collections, and the fellow must use the resources at the Chicago, Illinois library. Applicants should also write to the library for more details, although application forms are available on the official website.

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The Reese Fellowship 

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $2,500 for a month
Deadline of Application: December 1, 2020

The Bibliographical Society of America sponsors the Reese Fellowship, a one-month scholarship with the money allowed for use in travel expenses, living expenses, and research expenses. Applicants should show proof of their research into the history of print in the Western Hemisphere, as well as submit a 1,000-word proposal, a curriculum vitae, and two official letters of recommendation. The fellow should be in residence and report their research for The Bancroft Library and the William Reese Company.

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The Charles J. Tanenbaum Fellowship in Cartographical Bibliography

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $3,000
Deadline of Application: December 1, 2020

The Pine Tree Foundation of New York funds the Charles J. Tanenbaum Fellowship in Cartographical Bibliography while The Bibliographical Society of America sponsors it. Eligible applicants include academic possessing any degree for as long as their project proposals are focused on cartographical documents since the Renaissance until present times. Applications should include the applicant’s curriculum vitae, a 1,000-word proposal, and two official letters of recommendation.

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The BSA-Mercantile Library Fellowship in North American Bibliography

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $3,000
Deadline of Application: December 1, 2020

Applicants of the BSA-Mercantile Library Fellowship should submit their curriculum vitae, official letters of recommendation, and 1,000-word proposal. The latter should demonstrate the applicant’s focus on studying North American bibliography, including production, distribution, and trade. The St. Louis Mercantile Library and The Bibliographical Society of America, the scholarship sponsors, strongly encourage unorthodox and innovative projects. 

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David H. Clift Scholarship

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $3,000
Deadline of Application: March 1 every year

The David Clift Scholarship is a one-time award given to a deserving student enrolled in a master’s degree that is the American Library Association (ALA)-accredited. Eligible graduate students should be in an MLS, MLIS, or MIS degree program but shouldn’t have completed over 12 semester hours before June 1 of the year of the award. Applicants should submit official academic transcripts of their bachelor’s degree, up to three official references, and a personal statement.

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Foster G. McGraw Graduate Student Scholarship

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $5,000
Deadline of Application: Applications accepted between January 1 and March 31; Winners are informed by July 1

The Foundation of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) awards 20 outstanding graduate students in their last year in a healthcare management program (MPH, MHA or MBA, for example) with a scholarship. The money can be used for tuition, general expenses, and even student loans. Applicants should show proof of the financial need to qualify for it.

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Albert W. Dent Graduate Student Scholarship

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $5,000
Deadline of Application: Applications accepted between January 1 and March 31; Winners are informed by July 1

ACHE also funds the Albert W. Dent scholarship, and it’s awarded to 20 minority graduate students enrolled in healthcare management programs. Applicants must meet the financial need requirement and be considered as part of a minority group. They will be assessed based on the terms set by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: Between $67,000 and $135,000
Deadline of Application: Check website for details

While most scholarships come with no strings attached, particularly repayment in dollars, the National Health Service Corps Scholarship requires a two-year to a four-year service commitment. But scholars are provided with financial support for full-time studies for up to four years, said the support of which includes tuition and eligible fees, reasonable educational costs, and monthly stipends. Every year, the Bureau of Health Professions chooses between 100 and 200 students in a wide range of healthcare programs as scholars.

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ONS Foundation Research Grant

Type of Scholarship: Annual (Non-renewable)
Amount: $25,000
Deadline of Application: August 15, 2020

Funded by the Oncology Nursing Foundation (ONF), the ONF Research Grant is available for graduate students currently enrolled at a recognized university and studying either oncology or nursing. Applicants should submit Letters of Intent on or before August 15, while the applications are due by September 15. Applicants should show proof that the grant will be used in clinically focused research involving cancer patient care, research, and education.

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APF $5,000 Scholarships

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $5,000
Deadline of Application: Varies depending on the scholarship

The American Psychological Foundation (APF) has several $5,000 scholarships available for graduate students every year. The Charles and Carol Spielberger Scholarship, with an annual deadline of June 30, is awarded to a graduate student whose research proposal, grades, and previous publications, among other requirements, meet the strict selection process.

Other scholarships include the Harry and Miriam Levinson Scholarship, the William and Dorothy Bevan Scholarship, and the Peter and Malina James & Dr. Louis P. James Legacy Scholarship. In all these scholarships, the recipients can use the money for research costs related to their master’s thesis.

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Ruth G. and Joseph D. Matarazzo Scholarship

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $3,000
Deadline of Application: Usually June every year

The Ruth G. and Joseph D. Matarazzo Scholarship is also administered by APF and given to a deserving graduate student enrolled in a master’s degree program. Applicants will be screened based on their research proposal, use of requested funds, and personal background, and they are required to submit a brief outline of their master’s thesis, transcript of records and curriculum vitae, and letter of recommendation. Online application forms may be accessed on the official website.

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APF $2,000 Scholarships

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $2,000
Deadline of Application: Varies

Graduate students specializing in psychology will find more than a dozen $2,000 scholarships offered by APF! These include the William C. Howell Scholarship, Clarence J. Rosecrans Scholarship, and Raymond K. Mulhern Scholarship. The eligibility requirements are similar, if not the same, as those for the other APF scholarships.

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Ronald D. Lunceford Scholarship

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $4,000
Deadline of Application: December 31, 2020

The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists Educational Foundation sponsors the Ronald D. Lunceford Scholarship, a grant for graduate students studying psychology, therapy/rehabilitation, or social services. Applicants should be American citizens from an ethnic population, particularly of Black, American Indian, Asian/Pacific Islander, Alaska Native, or Hispanic heritage, as well as affiliated with the sponsors.

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NEF – Estelle Massey Osborne Scholarship

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: Between $2,500 and $10,000
Deadline of Application: March 1 every year

The Nurses Educational Funds, Inc. (NEF) awards the Estelle Massey Osborne Scholarship to registered nurses enrolled in graduate nursing programs; 16 slots are usually available. Furthermore, applicants should be African-Americans/Black, a member of a recognized professional nursing association, and in a full-time master’s degree program. The scholarships are based on academic excellence, visionary goals, and recognized leadership potential.

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The Rotary Foundation Global Grant Scholarships

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: Range from $30,000 to $400,000
Deadline of Application: Rolling but applicants are advised to submit the requirements at least three months before the planned departure date

Non-Rotarians involved in graduate-level coursework and research in peace and conflict prevention and resolution, water and sanitation, or disease prevention and treatment, among others, can apply for the Rotary Foundation Global Grant Scholarships. Applicants should be enrolled full-time at a recognized university and sponsored by a local Rotary District or Club.

The scholarship can be applied on passport/visa, travel expenses, tuition, school supplies, room and board, and language training courses, among others. Most miscellaneous and personal costs aren’t covered, however. Interested individuals should contact the local Rotary office in their area for more information.

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Theodore C. Sorensen Fellowship

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $3,600
Deadline of Application: September 30, 2020

The Theodore Sorensen Research Fellowship is offered to graduate students enrolled in political science or journalism coursework in Massachusetts. Applicants should submit a complete application form, a brief proposal about the planned project and budget, a sample of their writing, curriculum vitae, and two letters of recommendation. Additional documents will not be accepted. 

The planned project should focus on political journalism, domestic policy, or press relations, among others, and use the resources from the JFK Library.  The stipend can be used for educational and cost of living expenses.

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Harry S. Truman Scholarship

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $30,000 (Up to 75 scholars are selected every year)
Deadline of Application: February 2, 2021, with the list of scholars posted on April 14, 2021

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship is among the most competitive national scholarship program in the U.S. Applicants should meet stringent criteria including full-time enrollment in an undergraduate program to pursue a graduate program in law, public administration, and public policy, among others; U.S. citizenship; and aspirations to become a change agent. They should also express the strong desire to work in education, government, or the non-profit sector to improve societal conditions.

Extracurricular activities, such as participation in student government, government internships, and membership in interest groups, are also viewed favorably.

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Bryant L. Bench Scholarship

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $10,000
Deadline of Application: December 2, 2020

Applicants to the Bryant L. Bench Scholarship should be enrolled in a master’s degree program in a water engineering-related field, especially with a focus on sustainability, energy use, and other environmental issues. The requirements for application include a personal statement, official transcript of records, essay, and a recommendation letter. Applicants should demonstrate their passion for water-related issues and their innovative solutions, too, as well as their qualifications.

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National Physical Science Consortium Graduate Fellowship

Type of Scholarship: Awarded quarterly (Renewable)
Amount: $16,000
Deadline of Application: November 30, 2020

Now known as the Graduate Fellowships for STEM Diversity, the National Physical Science Consortium Graduate Fellowship is open to all U.S. citizens interested in pursuing STEM-related graduate degrees. Applicants should be either in their senior year with a 3.0 or 4.0 GPA, at the least, be enrolled in a terminal master’s program, and be returning from the workforce with a master’s degree as the highest educational attainment.

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Thomas R. Camp Scholarship

Type of Scholarship: Annual (Non-renewable)
Amount: $5,000
Deadline of Application: December 2, 2020

An American Water Works Association (AWWA) initiative, the Thomas R. Camp Scholarship is for graduate students interested in the water industry and conducting applied research in the field. Applicants should submit a personal statement, official transcript of records, an official recommendation letter, and an essay to be considered for the one-time scholarship.

The selection process is competitive, as only applicants with outstanding academic achievements will be considered, along with the other documents. Be sure to check out the official AWWA website for information on other scholarship opportunities.

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Society of Women Engineers Scholarship Program

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: From $1,000 to $10,000
Deadline of Application: December 1, 2020 (Applications for the academic year 2021-2022 are open on this date)

An initiative of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), the SWE Scholarship Programs provide financial assistance enrolled in graduate degree programs in computer science, engineering, or engineering technology. Women who have had their graduate education interrupted can also apply.

Other eligibility requirements include prior education in ABET-accredited programs, full-time enrollment plans except for non-traditional and reentry applicants, funding exclusivity from SWE, and official transcripts in English.

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Chrysalis Scholarship

Type of Scholarship: Annual (Renewable)
Amount: Up to $2,000 (Amount varies on a case-to-case basis)
Deadline of Application: March 31, 2021

Sponsored by the Association for Women Geoscientists Foundation (AWG), the Chrysalis Scholarship provides female graduate students with financial support that enables them to continue their studies. The amount is intended to cover the costs related to the completion of a master’s thesis, such as drafting expenses, late-stage research and analysis, and defense travel, even childcare costs.  Documents needed include a complete application form, personal statement, and recommendations/references.

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CIA Graduate Scholarship Program

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: Varies depending on the position (Range from $18,000/year for tuition and fees to $25,000/year for STEM field positions)
Deadline of Application: October 15, 2020

The Central Intelligence Agency’s Graduate Scholarship Program is open for highly accomplished graduate students, especially people with disabilities and from minorities, who are on their first or second year in a recognized master’s degree program. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship, a minimum of nine credits per semester taken, and a minimum of 3.0 overall GPA, and applicants should meet income requirements.

Scholars receive several benefits, including the monetary consideration given every calendar year, daily allowance during summer tours, and reimbursement for travel costs between Washington, D.C., and school. Take note that the scholarship also means continued employment with benefits like an annual salary, life insurance, and federal retirement plan.

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GEICO Pathway to Completion Master’s Degree Scholarship

Type of Scholarship: Annually
Amount: $2,500 (Two scholarships are given every year)
Deadline of Application: October 30, 2020

Alumni of the Phi Theta Kappa fraternity can apply to the GEICO Pathway to Completion Master’s Degree Scholarship. The eligibility requirements include possession of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited educational institution; in good standing at their local chapter upon leaving; with a 3.5 GPA or higher; and will be enrolling or enrolled full-time in a master’s degree program as a first-timer.

The selection committee gives preferences to fraternity members who served as officers in the chapter, regional or international chapters.

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Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $13,755 payment to the educational institution and $30,000 stipend
Deadline of Application: September 30, 2020

The Department of Education awards the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program. It is for graduate students enrolled in a terminal master’s degree program at a regionally accredited college or university. Applicants should be involved in selected fields in humanities, social sciences, and the arts.

Applications have to include GRE scores, an official transcript of records, two official recommendations, and a duly completed FAFSA form. The fellowship cover either 48 months or until the completion of the master’s degree program.

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Rusty and Kay Moody Post-Graduate Scholarship

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $5,000
Deadline of Application: December 1, 2020

The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) awards the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) to its members who are pursuing a two-year master’s degree program. Applicants can be in any field of study, but they should have a cumulative 3.0 GPA at least and demonstrate a passion for horses.

AQHA also offers Career Path Scholarships for graduate students involved in the study of animal science, veterinary medicine, or journalism. In both scholarships, recipients are selected based on rigorous criteria, including financial need, academic achievement, community service, leadership potential, and involvement in AQHA.

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Soros Fellowships for New Americans

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: Up to $90,000 for the duration of the scholarship
Deadline of Application: November 1, 2020 (For 2021 Fellowships)

The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans restricts scholarship awarding to children of naturalized citizens, immigrants, DACA recipients, and green card holders attending master’s degree programs in accredited U.S. graduate schools. Eligibility requirements include born outside of the United States, at least 30 years old, with a four-year bachelor’s degree, and in his/her first or second year in master’s studies. Applicants should also show creative initiative, commitment to the values enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and sustained accomplishment.

Note: If you weren’t accepted into the program in any given year, you could still reapply in succeeding years for as long as you’re still eligible.

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Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation Merit Scholarships

Type of Scholarship: Annual (One-year, one-time)
Amount: Varies
Deadline of Application: August 15, 2020

The Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation Merit Scholarships are based on merit. Eligibility requirements include current full-time enrollment in an accredited degree-granting college or university; minimum of 3.0 GPA; and show proof of community service and involvement. Applicants should submit a complete application form, an updated curriculum vitae, official transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a written description of the scholarly pursuit or research study. 

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American Association of University Women American Fellowship Summer/Short-Term Research Publication Grants

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $6,000
Deadline of Application:  November 1, 2020, for fellowship year July 1, 2021–June 30, 2022

The Summer/Short-Term Research Publication Grant is the oldest female-specific scholarship program for graduate students. Of course, only female graduate students are considered, and they must either be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident. Applicants should also be available for eight consecutive weeks during the summer.

The American Association of University Women selection committee applies strict criteria in choosing the annual crop of scholars. The criteria include academic excellence, project originality, project design quality, project scholarly significance to the discipline, and project feasibility. The applicant’s qualifications are also considered.

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American Association of University Women Career Development Grant

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $2,000–$12,000
Deadline of Application: November 1, 2020, for fellowship year July 1, 2021–June 30, 2022

The Career Development Grants are female-specific scholarships, although preference is given to women pursuing their first graduate degree in non-traditional fields and to women of color. Women who are also in the process of reentering the workforce or changing careers, particularly in education, social sciences, and health and medical sciences, can also apply. 

The scholarship money can be used for tuition, fees, and books as well as dependent care and travel expenses. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship or permanent residency; possess an earned bachelor’s degree; and plan to enroll in a master’s degree program.

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American Association of University Women American Dissertation Fellowship

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $20,000
Deadline of Application: November 1, 2020

The American Dissertation Fellowship is intended for women in the last phase of their master’s degree program, particularly in the completion of their dissertation in their final year. Applicants should demonstrate completion of all coursework, as well as passing preliminary exams and receiving approval of their research proposals as of November 1, 2020. Preference is given to graduate students in engineering, science and technology, and gender issues.

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AACP Express Scripts Scholarship

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $10,000 (Up to four scholars selected every year)  
Deadline of Application: September 30, 2020

The Express Scripts Scholars Program gives preferential treatment to low socio-economic status applicants and applicants from underrepresented minorities. Applicants must meet eligibility requirements for their applications to be considered, said requirements of which include U.S. citizenship or permanent residency. Applicants should also be enrolled in a pharmacy-related dual degree program.

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ACES Bill Walsh Scholarship

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $3,000 (Up to six scholars chosen per year)
Deadline of Application: November 15, 2020

The Bill Walsh Scholarship is open to graduate students enrolled during the summer and fall term. It is awarded to the qualified individual regardless of the applicant’s field of study or major. Applicants should also demonstrate a passion and aptitude for news-related jobs, mainly copy editing.

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AQHA Adrianna Andreini Scholarship

Type of Scholarship: Annual
Amount: $17,500
Deadline of Application: December 1, 2020

The AQHA Adrianna Andreini Scholarship is open for current AQHA or AQHA Youth members, and it can be applied to a two-year graduate program. Applicants should have a 2.5 GPA, minimum. Note that the current and previous AQHF scholarship recipients aren’t eligible for this scholarship.

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