For those who are intent on getting a degree after college, there are important graduate student grants to consider. These programs have become especially important given that graduate school expenses have skyrocketed over the years and will continue to do so. Grants give varying amounts of money and are provided by both private organizations, and public bodies such as the federal government. Despite coming from different sources, grants all have a common goal: to ensure that students in need can afford to attain their career aspirations.
According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, a medical degree from a private school cost up to $43,000 a year during the 2010 - 2011 academic year. Because many students cannot afford this expense, several organizations have created grant programs to provide scholarships to qualified students.
One such program is the Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarships program, which gives between eight and 12 students $10,000 each year. The scholarship is offered by the American Medical Association and it is given to third-year medical students with financial need. The program also aims to support students interested in a career in medical journalism. Another option for medical students is the Medical Scientist Training Program from the National Institutes of Health. The program provides funding for six years of medical training. To qualify, candidates must be American citizens or legal permanent residents.
Law School Grants
Getting into law school is a competitive process, but paying for a law degree is just as difficult if you do not have the money. This is because the average law degree costs upwards of $150,000, and most students cannot afford it. Fortunately, there are scholarships available. One is the Arthur Lockwood Beneventi Law Scholarship, which gives $2,000 to selected recipients. It is administered by the Daughters of the American Revolution National Society, and is available to both female and male students with at least a 3.25 grade point average.
Mexican-American students in law school can take advantage of the MALDEF Law School Scholarship Program. Every year, five to 10 students receive $5,000 to apply towards their education costs. The program is administered by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and candidates must exhibit a commitment to Latino civil rights issues. They must also demonstrate financial need.
Science, technology, and other related fields continue to be an important part of American progress. To ensure that there are enough qualified citizens to work in these sectors, both public and private sources provide money for science education. The Department of Energy, for instance, offers the DOE Scholars Program to American citizens and legal residents. The program is available to those pursuing a graduate degree in several subjects, including engineering, mathematics, computer science, and environmental science.
Graduate students in the sciences can also apply for a fellowship from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. One such fellowship is the Year-Long Program, which gives $28,000, plus a $5,500 stipend money for health, vision, and dental insurance to selected recipients. They also get $1,500 for travel expenses and $5,500 for research-related expenses, such as books and equipment.