Much like the "Area of Study" scholarships we once offered to high school and undergraduate students, career-specific scholarships are perfect for potential or current graduate students who are either already members of a particular field or are returning to school for an entirely different degree but have a clear idea of where they want their career paths to lead.
Now more than ever, adults are returning to school for advanced degrees that will make them more valuable and give them more security in their existing professions. This could mean getting an MBA or further narrowing the focus into a program like International Business or Operations Management. And believe us, there’s a scholarship, grant or other financial assistance out there for just about any concentration. Here are a few examples:
- If you are a graduate student (or prospective graduate student) in journalism school with a knack for copy editing, the American Copy Editors Society (ACES) Scholarship is an excellent fit because it grants $2,500 (or one of four $1,000 runner-up awards) for simply excelling in the field.
- For those with a focus in education, apply for the Applegate Jackson Parks Future Teacher Scholarship, which awards $1,000 to a deserving graduate student.
- Social workers can take advantage of the Licensed Mental Health Services Provider Education Program (LMHSPEP), a loan-repayment program that awards post-graduate or doctoral level students up to $15,000 toward the repayment of school loans. (You must be licensed to practice in the state of California and a registered Marriage & Family Therapist or Clinical Social Worker to be eligible.)