You have finally completed your undergraduate degree and are ready to move on to the next phase of your education. Unfortunately, graduate school can be even more expensive than the tuition you have already paid and finding scholarship money is more important than ever. Graduate degrees are necessary for many of the best careers and the tuition and fees associated with such degrees reflect that importance. Luckily, there are a great number of graduate school scholarships available for you. All you have to do is apply for them. To get you started, here are a few of your choices:
American Copy Editors Society
The American Copy Editors Society promotes the highly important career of copy editing by offering five annual awards to college juniors and seniors as well as graduate students. Four of these awards are for $1,000 and one is for $2,500. The highest scholarship is named for the “godfather” of ACES, Merv Aubespin.
Applications must be submitted by November 15 each year in order to be considered. To apply, send an email to the Fund vice president, Alex Cruden, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Attachments to the email must include a brief essay on the most important aspects of copyediting in a multimedia society, a resume, up to six original headlines, and three references from faculty members and/or supervisors. At least one of these references must be from someone with whom you have worked in a professional capacity. This material will then be forwarded to judges around the country for determination. Once finalists are chosen, they will have to take a 45-minute editing test online. The results of this test will be added to the other application materials for a final judging. For full details and information on past winners, visit www.copydesk.org.
Mary Louise Roller Panhellenic Scholarship
Were you a member of a sorority during undergraduate school? If so, you may qualify for one of the $1,000 Mary Louise Roller Panhellenic graduate school scholarships. This scholarship is only available to those who have been active in a sorority and who can demonstrate the qualities promoted by the Panhellenic Society. Applications are due by March 31 and winners are notified by May 31. To apply, fill out the online application at www.nif-inc.net. This scholarship fund is paid for by a grant from the Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity as a recognition of Mrs. Roller’s 33 years of service on the AOPi Panhellenic Delegation. To be eligible, applicants must have a record of outstanding service to her college’s Panhellenic during her undergraduate program. Each college Panhellic is allowed to nominate one candidate each year.
If you want to apply for this special scholarship, you must submit your official application must be accompanied by an official transcript from the college or university, a letter of endorsement from the Panhellenic Council, a copy of a graduate school acceptance letter, and a letter of endorsement from the Panhellenic Advisor. It is highly recommended that you start working on compiling your documents and application well ahead of the deadline to avoid any issues with the application process.
If you are struggling to find ways to pay for graduate school, take heart in knowing that there are many great graduate school scholarships available that are custom tailored to fit your needs. It may take a bit of research to find all scholarships for which you are eligible, but the rewards of the work are worth the effort. After all, graduate school can be very expensive and most students can use all they financial help they can get in order to make their dreams come true.