College-Based Awards

The difference between getting a good job and a great job can weigh heavily on what college you graduated from. The same goes for scholarships: If you decide to further your education beyond your BA or BS, your alma mater may be able to provide significant scholarships if you elect to complete your graduate studies there as well.

Besides the actual financial perks – which can range from a few hundred dollars per semester to more than 50 percent of your total tuition cost – there are countless other benefits to returning to your undergraduate stomping grounds. You spent four or more years of your life there so you are already familiar with the campus layout, you know how registration processes work and you may even have an existing rapport with past professors who can provide a valuable "in" with instructors teaching in the graduate school. These aspects may not immediately factor into your decision-making process but they will certainly give you a leg up on students from other schools.

But back to the money...the real reason you clicked through to this page. Here are some discounts, awards and scholarships available to alumni from colleges across the country:

  • Assumption College: This institution offers a 50-percent Standby Discount for Assumption alumni (with bachelor or graduate degrees) and their spouses on a space-available basis.
  • Champlain College: Champlain’s Committee for Integrated Studies gives graduate students the opportunity to win a $1,000 scholarship toward their first three-credit course taken within the program.
  • Connecticut College: Graduate students are eligible for the Phi Beta Kappa, Delta of Connecticut Scholarship; however, the number of scholarships awarded each year and the size of each scholarship varies with the quality of the applications and the amount of money donated to the fund each year by members of the Delta chapter.
  • Lesley University: Lesley Alumni are entitled to a 10-percent tuition reduction on most on-campus courses.
  • San Francisco State University: SFSU’s Alumni Scholarship Association grants scholarships of $1,000 each to graduate applicants with at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA and who are enrolled full-time.
  • Stanford University: Stanford offers a 15-percent break for members of the Stanford Alumni Association. (FYI: A valid SAA ID number is required to cash in.)
  • University of New Haven: UNH Alumni can receive $300 off each graduate course; that amount is upped to $400 for students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • University of Pittsburgh: Incoming or currently enrolled Pitt graduate students who also received his or her undergraduate degree from Pitt are eligible for a one-time $5,000 graduate scholarship.
  • University of Scranton: Alumni who have earned a baccalaureate degree are eligible for 50-percent tuition reduction.
  • University of Southern California: USC graduate students who have also received their undergraduate degree from the university are eligible for the $2,500 Rockwell Dennis Hunt Scholastic Award.
  • University of Wisconsin at Madison: Madison’s Computer Sciences Alumni Scholarships provide a stipend of $2,500 to $5,000 for entering graduate students with high academic achievement.

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by Susan Dutca-Lovell

Harvard revoked more admissions offers - this time involving 10 students who participated in a Facebook group called "Harvard memes for horny bourgeois teens." Jokes about abusing children and the Holocaust and insulting comments about different racial and ethnic groups were found in the group, according to Inside Higher Ed.

Earlier this month, Harvard also rescinded an admission offer to Kyle Kashuv who, when he was 16 years old, used inflammatory and racist language, including the N-word, right before the Parkland shooting at his school, Stoneman Douglas High School. The shootings have since "changed him and made him more mature," he claims. Kashuv became famous for his conservatism, pro-gun and pro-Trump activism which he believes, represent a different view on how to prevent future, like tragedies.

In a recent Twitter post, he apologized for his past comments and stated that, "We were 16-year-olds making idiotic comments, using callous and inflammatory language in an effort to be as extreme and shocking as possible...I'm embarrassed by it, but I want to be clear that the comments I made are not indicative of who I am or who I've become in the years since." Shortly thereafter, Harvard looked into his case and eventually revoked his admissions offer. Though university personnel appreciate his "candor and expressions of regret," Harvard "takes seriously" the "qualities of maturity" and of "character" of the students it admits. Despite appealing the revocation, Kashuv was turned down. In his defense, Kashuv argues that, "throughout its history, Harvard's faculty has included slave owners, segregationists, bigots and anti-Semites. If Harvard is suggesting that growth isn't possible and that our past defines our future, then Harvard is an inherently racist institution. But I don't believe that. I believe that institutions and people can grow. I've said that repeatedly." In your opinion, should Kashuv have had his admissions offer revoked based on something he did when he was 16? Why or why not? [...]

Wiccan Prof Sues Catholic University Over Alleged Discrimination

June 11, 2019

by Susan Dutca-Lovell

A Wiccan Professor at St. Bonaventure sued the university and her alma mater for discrimination, alleging that she was not allowed to advance in her career because she is a woman and a witch. The reported discrimination began around Halloween in 2011, after she was asked to conduct an interview about her Wiccan beliefs with the university's student TV station, SBU-TV. [...]

LGBTQ Scholarships for Pride Month

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by Susan Dutca-Lovell

In honor of LGBTQ Pride Month this June, Scholarships.com is recognizing the success of, and providing financial aid resources to the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, and queer community and its allies through featured LGBTQ scholarships. These colorful LGBTQ scholarships are not only intended for those who identify as LBTQ or are questioning, but are available to LGBTQ parents and allies, as well. Below is a preview of LGBTQ scholarships that were created to provide economic mobility and equality for LGBTQ students and allies who may face unique challenges on their educational journeys. For even more LGBTQ scholarships, Parent LGBTQ scholarships or LGBTQ Ally scholarships, visit here. [...]