Out of the thousands offered annually, every college scholarship has its own application procedure and those seeking graduate scholarship opportunities must find them, read the instructions carefully, then fill out the forms completely before submitting them, reports Federal Student Aid. Sometimes, deadlines are as much as a year before school starts, so undergraduate students seeking scholarships for graduate school should start applying early. Though many scholarships focus on undergraduate opportunities, there are a number available for graduate students.
Students can locate scholarship opportunities by querying the financial aid offices of the graduate schools they are considering attending, by using FastWeb.com or the free scholarship search engine at the U.S. Department of Labor website, and by searching library reference sections, as advised by Federal Student Aid. They can also approach professional organizations, ethnicity-based organizations, foundations, and federal and state agencies. All scholarship information is freely available, and students do not have to pay professional services to locate it for them.
Opportunities offered as of 2015 include several merit and need-based scholarships by the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority for African-American women and the David B. Goldberg scholarship for graduate students majoring in government finance, as indicated by U.S. News & World Report. The Exede Internet Scholarship, another scholarship opportunity, requires a speculative essay on the Internet with its application. An example of the opportunities available through ethnicity-based organizations is the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's graduate school scholarship to Latinos.