College  |  May 3, 2019  |  Winnie Sun

Must-watch grad school scholarship tips from Winnie Sun

What you’ll learn
  • Where to find grad school scholarships
  • Scholarship application tricks and tips
  • How to stand out on your applications

One of the first steps for finding money for grad school? Graduate school scholarships. I’ve got the details on where to find them, how to apply, and more.

How to find scholarships

There are scholarships available for all different types of graduate disciplines, like STEM, teaching, medical, and law. There are even scholarships available to student veterans and those with a military connection.

The first thing you should know is that grad school scholarships are available through organizations, companies, and states. They can be need-based or merit-based, but you have to apply for them.

Graduate scholarship winners apply smart! They diversify! They don’t apply for a few scholarships, they apply for as many as they can and learn how to use the information shared on one application for many others.

How to make the most out of your applications

Searching and applying for graduate scholarships is free, but, you may need to pay for some document fees such as requesting your transcripts.

Pay attention to scholarship deadlines. Keep them logged in your calendar and make sure you meet all the criteria.

Get creative and set yourself apart from the competition by making your applications pop with a great video, PowerPoint presentation, or even a song.

Lastly, never overlook scholarships just because they may be small. Every bit adds up and can help you cover costs such as books and living expenses.

Make scholarships part of your grad school to-do list

Ready to put my tips to work? Start by signing up for a free graduate school scholarship search to get matched to scholarships that fit your background and interests.


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Please note, Winnie Sun was compensated by Sallie Mae for this article but the views and opinions expressed herein are her own.