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Opportunities for Graduate Degree Scholarships

written by: Stephanie Mojica•edited by: Elizabeth Stannard Gromisch•updated: 6/30/2011

Whether you're seeking a PhD or a master's, you may need to secure graduate degree scholarships to reduce the financial burden of postgraduate education. While outside scholarships can be tough to find, a variety of organizations offers funding for certain fields, such as nursing.

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    Nursing Education Scholarship Program

    One of the available graduate degree scholarships is offered to eligible Illinois residents through the Nursing Education Scholarship Program. Those seeking postgraduate nursing credentials can apply for these educational awards through the Illinois Department of Public Health.

    The number of awards offered each year varies, according to “The Ultimate Scholarship Book 2010.” However, those selected usually receive scholarships between $1,603 and $4,942 in tuition and fees, plus a living expense stipend. Successful applicants must demonstrate financial need, have lived in Illinois for at least one year, and have been accepted to a nursing education program. This award also can help undergraduates seeking an accredited nursing program of study. Keep in mind that only United States citizens or permanent residents may apply. Those selected for the scholarship must agree to work for Illnois as a nurse or nursing educator, or repay the scholarship amount.

    Nursing Education Scholarship Program

    Illinois Department of Public Health

    535 W. Jefferson St.

    Springfield, IL 62761

    Phone: 217-782-1624

    Website: http://www.idph.state.il.us/about/rural_health/rural_NESP_more_details.htm

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    The Military Order of the Purple Heart Scholarship

    The Military Order of the Purple Heart Scholarship is available for graduate or undergraduate study. Applicants must be the children, stepchildren, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren of either a veteran who died from war-related injuries or a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Fifty scholarships of $3,000 each are awarded each year, according to “The Ultimate Scholarship Book 2010.”

    Applicants must have at least a 2.75 grade point average in high school or college depending upon whether a graduate or undergraduate scholarship is requested. An essay is also required.

    Military Order of the Purple Heart

    MOPH National Headquarters

    Attn: Scholarship Committee

    5413-B Backlick Rd.

    Springfield, VA 22151

    Phone: 703-642-5360

    Fax: 703-642-1841

    Website: http://www.purpleheart.org/Scholarships/Default.aspx

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    The Jeanne S. Chall Research Fellowship

    The Jeanne S. Chall Research Fellowship is available only to prospective graduate school students who will conduct dissertation research in reading. One $6,000 fellowship is offered to a successful applicant each year, according to “The Ultimate Scholarship Handbook 2010.” Applicants must be members of the International Reading Association. Possible areas of such a dissertation effort include but are not limited to subjects such as beginning reading, reading difficulty, stages of reading development, and teaching adults with limited reading ability.

    International Reading Association

    The Jeanne S. Chall Research Fellowship

    Division of Research and Policy

    800 Barksdale Rd.

    P.O. Box 8139

    Newark, DE 19714

    Phone: 302-731-1600

    Fax: 302-731-1057

    Website: http://www.reading.org/Resources/AwardsandGrants/research_chall.aspx

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    The Adelle and Erwin Tomash Fellowship in the History of Information Processing

    The Adelle and Erwin Tomash Fellowship in the History of Information Processing offers graduate degree scholarships to a student who has completed all academic requirements for a master’s or doctorate except for the research and writing of a dissertation. The intended subject must relate to the history of information processing. Applicants must submit a five-page personal statement and research proposal as well as a curriculum vitae. One student will receive a $14,000 stipend each year, according to “The Ultimate Scholarship Handbook 2010.”

    Charles Babbage Institute

    Center for the History of Information Processing

    University of Minnesota

    211 Andersen Library

    221-21st Avenue South

    Minneapolis, MN 55455

    Phone: 612-624-5050

    Fax number not published.

    Website: http://www.cbi.umn.edu/research/tfellowship.html