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Types of Scholarships Available

Types of Scholarships Available

November 30, 1999

Graduate and undergraduate students have a wide range of scholarships available, all coming from diverse sources. Awarded scholarships support college education through specialized funding usually referred to as Student Financial Aid.  The following are types of scholarships aimed to help various types of students--including those enrolled in online degree programs as well as those enrolled in traditional campus degree programs--to achieve their educational, professional and personal goals:

Undergraduate Scholarships

  • The President's Grant: for international students and Americans who wish to study abroad
  • The President's Scholarship
  • Trustee Scholarship

Graduate Scholarships

  • Graduate Assistantship:  granted in exchange to up to 20 hours of work. Students receive a tuition waiver and a monthly stipend
  • Teaching or Research Fellowship
  • Fellowship Financial Assistance: consists of full tuition waiving and a monthly stipend intended for teaching and research duties. In addition, regular scholarships are available nationwide, depending on external funding, college or departmental competition

Most colleges have their own scholarship money to develop financial packages known as College-Specific Awards. Applicants that are granted admission to college may apply for this scholarship (terms vary).

Athletic Scholarships

  • National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
  • National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)
  • National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA)

Types of Departmental Scholarships

  • Departmental Awards or Academic Awards: These aremerit-based scholarships awarded for academic achievement, to attract and retain students in a specific department's field of study. Students often receive this type of scholarships directly from their college, rather than applying for them

Scholarships Offered by Corporations and Private Organizations

  • Private scholarships: Awards range from $50 to $20,000, depending on the organization and the applicant, while 
  • Corporate Scholarships: Come from corporations and are granted to attract and to retain employees.  They are also granted to encourage a well-defined business field of work, especially within communities.

Types of Community Scholarships

  • Unions:  The Federation of labor organizations (AFL-CIO) allows student the benefit of union-sponsored scholarships for up to $4,000,000 in total available funds. Checking with your local union or group, you can find availability of scholarships in your community
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Religious Organizations

School District Scholarships

School districts also participate in scholarship programs, which award high school students that are nearing graduation. Ask your school when planning for your future to make sure you are eligible for a scholarship award.

State and Federal Financial Aid Resources

  • Air Force ROTC program: paying full tuition and stipend for books, although military scholarships are only awarded in return for a tour of duty under a branch of the military