Finding the money to afford to go to college can be a difficult task, especially when pursuing a master’s degree. For women with these educational goals, going to school can result in graduating with a staggering amount of debt. Fortunately, scholarships exist that are designed to help these women succeed in their goals and advance their education without having to worry as much about the cost.
Scholarships for Women Majoring in a Traditionally Male-Dominated Field
Many scholarships exist to assist in fulfilling the educational goals of women who intend to go into a certain field, typically a traditionally male-dominated one. These scholarships aim to encourage women to go into careers that are not traditionally held by women and achieve advancement for women in these fields.
Microsoft Research Graduate Women’s Scholarship
The Microsoft Research Graduate Women’s Scholarship is designed to support women in the second year of their graduate studies who are majoring in computer science, electrical engineering, or mathematics. To receive this award, students must apply in the first year of their graduate studies.
The aim of this scholarship program is to increase the number of women who pursue a doctoral degree. The student who is awarded this scholarship will receive $15,000 to be used for the costs of her education and a further $2,000 to cover the expense of attending a professional conference in her field of study. The recipient will be awarded for one academic year, during which she must be enrolled full-time in a graduate program.
Applicants for the program must be full-time students enrolled in a graduate program at a university in the United States or Canada. The applicant must be nominated for this scholarship by their university. Universities may nominate a maximum of three students per department. Further details and application information can be found at research.microsoft.com.
The Chrysalis Scholarship is funded by the Association for Women Geoscientists and is intended to help women who have had their educations interrupted by raising children or other circumstances in their lives and need funding to complete their graduate degrees in geoscience.
Recipients are awarded up to $2,000. Unlike many scholarships, the award money can be used not only for traditional education expenses, but also for expenses such as child-care, travel, and research.
Applicants must demonstrate their academic achievements as well as the potential to contribute to the field of geoscience and obtain a letter of recommendation from their thesis advisor and a scientist of their choice. More details on the application process for this scholarship can be found at www.awg.org.
Society of Women Engineers Scholarship Program
The SWE Scholarship Program is funded by the Society of Women Engineers and provides monetary assistance to women pursuing graduate degrees in engineering, engineering technology, or computer science. Award amounts range from $1,000 to $10,000.
These scholarships are available to students in any year of their degree program. This scholarship program also offers special awards to help women who have had interruptions in their education continue pursuing their degrees and enter the workforce in the field of engineering. Students can apply for these scholarships at scholarships.swe.org.
Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship
The Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship is provided by Zonta International. The scholarship is intended to help women succeed in business and is awarded to women pursuing undergraduate or master’s degrees in business management.
The goal of the program is for female business students around the world to break through the gender barrier that exists in the field of business. Award amounts range from $1,000 to $5,000 and can be used for tuition, books, or living expenses.
Any female business student is eligible, except for members and employees of Zonta International. Applicants must be nominated by their local Zonta club. More information on this scholarship can be found at www.zonta.org.
Holly A. Cornell Scholarship
The Holly A. Cornell Scholarship is awarded annually by the AWWA and sponsored by CH2M Hill. The award is a one-time grant of $7,000 and is intended to help female or minority graduate students who are pursuing a degree in water supply and treatment. CH2M Hill will also pay for the travel expenses of the recipient of this award so that they may attend the annual AWWA conference where the awards are presented.
The Holly A. Cornell Scholarship is one of many scholarships provided by the AWWA. Other scholarships from this organization, while not gender-specific, are also worthwhile to be informed about for those who seek a career in water supply and treatment.
Information and application details for the Holly A. Cornell Scholarship and all other scholarships offered by the AWWA can be found at www.awwa.org.
AWG Foundation Penelope Hanshaw Scholarship
The Penelope Hanshaw Scholarship is a $500 scholarship that is awarded annually by the AWG Foundation. This scholarship is for women who are pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in geoscience. Applicants for this award must be enrolled full-time at a college or university in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, or West Virginia.
To receive this award, the student is required to have a grade-point average of at least 3.0 and demonstrate their potential in the geoscience community. The student must also be nominated by a geoscience professor or geoscience department chairperson and present a letter of recommendation from geoscience employers or faculty. Application details for this scholarship can be found at www.awg.org.
The ACM-W Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences are offered by ACM-W with the support of Wipro Technologies. These scholarships are for women who are pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in computer science or a related field who need financial assistance in order to attend research conferences.
Twenty scholarships are awarded every year. Ten scholarships of up to $600 are awarded to those who wish to travel to conferences in the United States and Canada, while the other ten are scholarships of up to $1,200 and are awarded to students who wish to travel to conferences outside of North America. A letter of recommendation from the applicant’s advisor, chair, or dean is strongly recommended.
More information and application forms for this scholarship can be found at acm-w.acm.org.
Scholarships for Minority Women
It sometimes seems as if the odds are doubly stacked against minority women trying to get into careers not traditionally pursued by women. However, for minority women who need funding to achieve their goal of a graduate degree, there are many options to choose from.
AAUW Selected Professions Fellowship
The AAUW Selected Professions Fellowship is offered by the American Association of University Women and focuses on helping minority women enrolled in graduate programs in business administration, law, and medicine pay for their education. Fellowships in architecture, engineering, computer science, and mathematics are also available.
Scholarships awarded for business administration majors can only be used in the second year of the student’s graduate degree, while the law scholarships can only be used in the student’s third year of study and the medical scholarships can be used in the third or fourth year of study.
Awards offered by this program range from $5,000 to $18,000. Applicants must be minority women graduate students enrolled full-time at a college or university in the United States. More information on these scholarships can be found at www.aauw.org.
William Rucker Greenwood Scholarship
The William Rucker Greenwood Scholarship is given out every year by the Potomac Chapter of the Association of Women Geoscientists and aims to support minority women studying geoscience. The amount awarded to recipients of this scholarship is $1,000. This program aims to help minority women who intend to advance the status of minorities and women in the field of geoscience.
Applicants must be minority women enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate program at a college or university in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, or West Virginia. The student must be nominated by a geoscience professor or geoscience department chairperson and submit a letter of recommendation from a geoscience employer or faculty member. Application details can be found at www.awg.org.
National Physical Science Consortium Fellowship
The National Physical Science Consortium Fellowship is a program offered by the NPSC which provides financial support to minority women studying astronomy, chemistry, geoscience, physics, and engineering at the graduate level. This scholarship awards $16,000.
Students applying for this program must have at least a 3.0 grade point average and be enrolled in a graduate program in one of the physical sciences at an NPSC member institution. Applicants must not have any previously earned doctorate degrees. More information on this scholarship can be found at www.npsc.org.
Judith McManus Price Scholarship
The Judith McManus Price Scholarship is funded by the American Planning Association and offers financial assistance to minority women who are pursuing graduate degrees in urban planning and demonstrate financial need. Award amounts range from $2,000 to $4,000.
A student applying for this scholarship must be a woman of African-American, Hispanic American, or Native American descent who is enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate program in planning at a Planning Accreditation Board-approved college or university and intends to use their degree to work as an urban planner in the public sector.
Applicants must be United States citizens. Application information for this award can be found at www.planning.org.
AT&T Labs Research Fellowship
The AT&T Labs Research Fellowship is an exciting opportunity offered by AT&T that aims to help minority groups that are underrepresented in technological fields to break through those barriers and succeed in their chosen career.
Students selected for this program receive a full-tuition scholarship, including expenses for books, fees, and approved travel. Recipients also get a monthly stipend for living expenses, money to conduct research, travel expenses for one approved scientific conference per year, and opportunities for paid summer internships with AT&T.
Participants in the program are paired with an AT&T researcher who will mentor them and work with them on projects that will teach them how to apply their knowledge to their future careers.
Students planning on applying for this program must be women of African-American, Hispanic, or Native American descent who are enrolled in or planning to enroll in a graduate program majoring in computer science, mathematics, statistics, electrical engineering, operations research, systems engineering, or industrial engineering. Applicants must also be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. More information about this fellowship can be found at research.att.com.
For women who do not meet the requirements for any of the above scholarships, or for women who do and want to explore even more opportunities, there are plenty of options. Scholarships exist for just about every group of people and every field of study.
ELA Foundation Scholarship
The ELA Foundation Scholarship is sponsored by the Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation and offers scholarships to female graduate students who have physical disabilities. Awards for recipients of this scholarship come in varying amounts.
To apply for this scholarship, the student must be a women with a physical disability who is currently enrolled in a graduate program. Applicants must also be current members of the American Association of People with Disabilities. Details and application information can be found at www.ela.org.
National Pathfinder Scholarship
The National Pathfinder Scholarship is awarded by the National Federation of Republican Women and is intended to get more women involved in the political process. Scholarships of $2,500 each are awarded to three students every year. Undergraduate sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible for this scholarship as well as graduate students.
It is not required to be a member of the National Federation of Republican Women to qualify for this award. Applicants must demonstrate leadership abilities, contributions to the community, and academic achievement. Application information can be found at www.nfrw.org.
College Art Association Professional Development Fellowship
The College Art Association offers the Professional Development Fellowship, which provides financial support to artists and art historians pursuing graduate degrees. Awards are in the amount of $5,000.
The awards are intended to facilitate the transition between the completion of the student’s degree program and the start of their career, and can be used for anything from helping in their search for a job to purchasing new materials for their studio. Recipients of this scholarship also get a free membership to the CAA for one year and a free registration to their annual conference.
Students who apply for this scholarship must be women in the second-to-last year of their graduate program who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States and demonstrate outstanding artistic ability and a unique contribution to the visual arts. More information on this scholarship can be found at www.collegeart.org.
National Women’s Studies Association Graduate Scholarship
The National Women’s Studies Association Graduate Scholarship is a program that is offered by the National Women’s Studies Association and is awarded to female graduate students writing their master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation in women’s studies. The award is for $1,000 and can be used by the student to pay for tuition or cover research expenses.
To qualify for this scholarship, the student must be a student member of the NWSA and demonstrate that their research advances the aims of the National Women’s Studies Association. More information on this scholarship can be found at www.nwsa.org.
Fellowship on Women and Public Policy
The Fellowship on Women and Public Policy is available to female students of any major and encourages more women to get involved in advocacy and public policy. The recipient is awarded $9,000 to cover tuition expenses. The program also provides the recipient with the opportunity to be involved workshops and conferences to facilitate learning and growth.
Students involved in this fellowship have access to the Network Mentoring Program and the opportunity for health insurance through the fellowship. Applicants must be women who are enrolled full-time at Rockefeller College and have completed 12 graduate credits. An application form for this fellowship can be found at www.albany.edu/womeningov.
For women who need help paying for graduate school, help is out there. These are just a few of the scholarships that female graduate students can qualify for. Every year, scholarships are more plentiful and easier to find than ever before. Because of this, the keys to a higher education for everyone can be just a few clicks away.