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Graduate School Scholarships and Grant Resources

An October 6, 2017 blog article posted on highlighted a number of graduate education funding resource options[1].  In an effort to provide potential and current BSU graduate students with helpful information and support, we offer the following list of graduate funding resources.

Note:  this document is not an endorsement of any of these options.  Students should be aware and cautious of any scholarship foundation or company that requires an application fee, investment, processing fee, etc.  Please review the Federal Trade Commission’s recommendations on how to avoid scholarship and financial aid scams:

American Association of University Women:

One of the world’s largest sources of funding for graduate women, AAUW provides Career Development Grants  for women pursuing a certificate or degree to advance their careers, change careers, or re-enter the workforce and whose bachelor’s degree was received at least five years before the award period; Fellowships  for women who are international students; and Selected Professions Fellowships, which supports women in business.


Includes a large financial aid database that matches graduate student’s strengths and interests to possible funding options

Federal Student Aid for Graduate or Professional Students:

Includes options for and guidance on financing graduate education


Includes various funding options as well as a scholarship database:

Sallie Mae (Scholarship Search Engine):

This Website requires you to create a profile in order to use their Graduate School Scholarship Search engine and get free access to 850,000 graduate scholarships, worth up to $1 billion.  Your profile will include your field of study, skills, and interests.   You can then set up alerts to notify you when new graduate scholarships matching your profile become available.

Sallie Mae (Graduate Loans):

This Website provides information about applying for a loan to pay for a master’s degree for eligible domestic and international graduate students.

Jobstars –

Provides a list of industries and their professional associations and organizations.  These organizations often provide funding to graduate students.  Here are a few that are related to BSU graduate programs, but review them for additional possibilities:



Criminal Justice




Physical Fitness


Sociology / Social Work

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James Madison Memorial Fellowship Program -- Deadline: March 1, 2019

The James Madison Memorial Fellowship is a federal program that offers secondary level teachers (both pre-service and in-service) of history and government up to $24,000 to complete a master’s degree in history, political science, or related fields.

To be eligible, you must be, or plan to become, a teacher of American history, American government, or any other social studies class, teaching topics on the Constitution at the secondary school level (grades 7–12). In addition, you must be a U.S. citizen and either possess a bachelor’s degree, or plan to receive a bachelor’s degree no later than August 31 of the year in which you are applying.

In addition to receiving financial assistance for a master’s degree program, Fellows will have the unique opportunity to attend an intensive summer institute to strengthen their knowledge of the origins and development of American constitutional government.

Visit to learn more.

Voya Unsung Heroes -- Deadline: April 30, 2019

The Voya Unsung Heroes Awards Program annually provides grants to K-12 educators who are utilizing new teaching methods and techniques for classroom/school projects to improve learning. Educators are welcome to submit grant applications describing projects they have initiated or would like to pursue. Each project is judged on its innovative method, creativity, and ability to positively influence students. Each year, one hundred educators are selected to receive $2,000 each to help fund their innovative class projects. Three recipients are then selected to receive additional top awards of $5,000, $10,000, and $25,000.

Applicants must be employed by an accredited K-12 public or private school located in the United States and must be full-time educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, or classified staff with projects that improve student learning. Find out more and apply at

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