The challenge for 95% of the students interested in graduate and professional study is finding money – scholarships, fellowships, and grants. Finding money is especial difficult for students who don’t know what monies are available or how and where to look for them.
African Americans, in particular, lack the information needed to identify these financial resources and, as a result, tend to think more about taking out a loan to pay for their education. If other sources are not available, you should consider a loan.
However, our hope is that you will use the information provided as a launching pad to find and secure free money for your graduate and professional studies.
The Black Collegian has compiled the following listing of some of the organizations assisting people of color interested in pursuing graduate and professional degrees in management, humanities, social sciences, physical sciences, natural sciences, mathematics, engineering, law, human resources, labor/industrial relations, material sciences, astronomy, computer science, geology, chemistry, and physics.
With some legwork and research, you should find a scholarship, fellowship, grant, or loan to support your graduate and professional study.
Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC Pre-doctoral Clearinghouse)
803 East 8th Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
Amount: $9,500 plus tuition (5 years)
Deadline(s): January 2
Field(s): Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Engineering
Pre-doctoral fellowships for U.S. citizens of African American, American Indian, Mexican American, or Puerto Rican heritage. Must hold or expect to receive bachelor’s degree by late summer from a regionally accredited college or university. Awards for specified university in IL, IN, IA, MI, MN, OH, WI, PA. Write for details.
Consortium for Graduate Study in Management
200 S. Hanley Road, Suite 1102
St. Louis, MO 63105
Amount: Full tuition and fees; second-year support contingent upon satisfactory progress in the first year.
Deadline(s): December 1, early decision; February 1, final deadline.
Must be a U.S. citizen certifying membership in one of the following minority groups: African-American, Native-American, or Hispanic; must qualify for admission to a Consortium MBA program. Basis of award is applicant’s desire to study management, proven aptitude, ability and scholarship.
Earl Warren Legal Training Program (Scholarships)
99 Hudson Street, 16th Floor
New York, NY 10013
Deadline(s): March 15
Scholarships for entering Black law students. Emphasis on law students who plan to practice Civil Rights or Public Interest law. U.S. citizens or legal resident. Write for complete information.
Florida Endowment Education Fund
201 E. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 1525
Tampa, FL 33602
Amount: $11,000 stipend plus $5,000 tuition and fees (per year)
Deadline(s): January 15
Field(s): All fields (except law, medicine, and education)
Open to all African-Americans with at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution who wish to pursue a doctoral degree. Program recruits nationwide; however, fellows must enroll in a Florida institution. U.S. citizen. 25 awards per year. Renewable for up to 5 years. Students must write to request application.
Industrial Relations Council on Graduate Opportunities, Advanced Level Studies (GOALS Minority Fellowship for Graduate School)
P.O. Box 4363
East Lansing, MI 48826
Amount: Up to full tuition plus stipend
Deadline(s): April 1
Field(s): Labor/Industrial Relations; Human Resources
Open to African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Native Alaskans, and Native Hawaiians for graduate study in the above areas at a member university of the GOALS consortium. Write for complete information.
National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering & Science, Inc. (Fellowships)
P.O. Box 537
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Amount: Full tuition and fees plus annual stipend
Deadline(s): December 1
Field(s): Engineering; Natural Sciences
Master’s and Doctoral Fellowships for ethnic/racial minorities. Must be a U.S. citizen at time of application. 250 fellowships per year.
National Medical Fellowships Inc.
254 W. 31st Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Deadline(s): May 31 for renewal; August 31 for new applicant.
Field(s): Medicine; Osteopathy
Awards and fellowships are offered to African Americans, mainland Puerto Ricans, Mexican Americans, and American Indians in their first or second year at an accredited school of allopathic or osteopathic medicine in the U.S. Must be U.S. citizen and demonstrate financial need. Write for complete information.
National Physical Science Consortium (Graduate Fellowships for Minorities and Women in the Physical Sciences)
c/o New Mexico State University
Box 30001, Dept. 3 NPS
Las Cruces, NM 88003
Amount: $10,000 to $15,000 per year
Deadline(s): November 15
Field(s): Astronomy; Chemistry; Computer Science; Geology; Material Science; Mathematics; Physics
Open to USA citizens who are Black, Hispanic, Native American, and/or female who have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 and are eligible to pursue graduate study in the above areas at a participating NPSC member university. Renewable for up to six years. Total value of award up to $180,000. Write for complete information.
The Graduate School
BOYD GRADUATE STUDIES RESEARCH CENTER
Athens, GA 30602-7401
The Graduate School of the University of Georgia offers masters and/or doctoral degrees in more than 90 departments. Graduate assistantships are available and are awarded on a competitive basis. Tuition for assistantship recipients is $25 per quarter. UGA is a Research I institute.
Dr. Judith Brasseur
Coordinator of Graduate Equity Programs
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, CHICO
The Graduate School
Chico, CA 95929-0875 (916) 898-5391
CSU, Chico offers over 40 master’s programs in The Colleges of Humanities & fine Arts; Behavioral & Social Sciences; Business; Communication & Education; and Engineering, Technology & Computer Science. Nonresident tuition waivers and financial aid are available.
Associate Director of Admissions
EMORY UNIVERSITY – GOIZUETA BUSINESS SCHOOL
1602 Mizell Drive
Atlanta, GA 30332 (404) 727-6311
Located in Atlanta, the Goizueta MBA program is designed to provide broad management education and the opportunity for students to concentrate such areas as accounting, marketing, finance, organization and management, technology and international studies. The primary areas in which we place graduates are consulting, finance, and marketing. Ninety-one percent of the Class of 1996 had job offers by graduation with an average starting salary of more than $61,000.
Cheryl Burgan Evans, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of the Graduate School
Oxford, OH 45056
Minority Access to Education (M.A.E.) Award is designed to help minority students gain advanced degrees. The program provides a graduate assistantship to minority students for graduate study at Miami University. Stipend for two semesters for half-time duties and a tuition waiver. Requirements: American minority, minimum GPA of 2.75 and admission test (depending on academic program). Deadline for application: February 1st.
ROBERTS WESLEYAN COLLEGE
2301 Westside Drive
Rochester, NY 14624
Founded in 1866, Roberts Wesleyan College is a Christian, independent, coeducational liberal arts college. Situated in suburban Rochester, on one of America’s most progressive cities, Roberts has an enrollment of 1,350 students. As mentors and teachers, faculty seek to provide students with moral and spiritual foundations for personal wholeness, as well as strong academic foundation for professional success. Roberts’ service-minded approach is reflected in its Master of Social Work (MSW) graduate degree program, designed around specific community needs.
THE UNIVERSITY OF AKRON
School of Law
Akron, OH 44325-2901
1-800-4-Akron-U or (330) 972-7334
firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.uakron.edu/law/ind ex.html
High quality education at an affordable price. Tuition for one-full year: IN-STATE: $6,785 day/full-time or $5,297 evening/part-time – OUT-OF-STATE: $11,633 day/full time or $9,085 evening/part-time. Entering minorities: 9.5%. Female: 40.6%. Legal clinic. Trial program. [Joint degrees: JD/MBA, JD/MTAX, JD/MPA. Graduate assistantships available. GMAT may be waived].
Future Faculty Fellows Program
Graduate School, 501 Carnell Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Fax: (215) 204-8781
Temple University is a comprehensive urban university with doctoral programs in over 65 field and professional programs in Law, Medicine, and Dentistry.
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES
Box 951419, Room 1252, Murphy Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1419
The Graduate Affirmative Affairs Office at UCLA is committed to diversity in higher education. We offer several multi-year awards to students of color pursuing PhD programs which include fees and stipends up to $12,500. In addition, our counselors assist students throughout their academic careers at UCLA and serve as a resource to students on an array of issues and concerns.