Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (VTAG)
This grant is specifically for Virginia residents who are full-time students pursuing their first graduate degree in the field of health professions. Eligible programs include Health Care Management, Health Promotion Management, Nursing, and Physical Therapy. The VTAG is a non-need-based grant, and there is no requirement for repayment. If you meet the criteria for state residency, you can receive assistance for a total of four semesters. The amount of the grant varies each academic year depending on state funding. Students receiving full tuition waivers from employers, or graduate assistantships, are not eligible for this grant. Apply by submitting a VTAG application, available on the Financial Aid Office website. The deadline is July 31 of each year.
Scholarships are generally awarded on the basis of a specific type of accomplishment, such as academic performance or leadership, in a particular field of study. Scholarships do not need to be repaid. Available graduate scholarships are as follows:
ASID Foundation Legacy Scholarship
This scholarship, for graduate students in Interior Design, is awarded on the basis of academic/creative accomplishment as demonstrated by school transcripts, a letter of recommendation, and a 400-600 word essay explaining the student’s inspiration to pursue a professional career in Interior Design, professional goals, or special areas of interest. Review the criteria and application procedures online.
The Diotima Scholarship
This scholarship is available to a graduate student in the English and the Humanities program who demonstrates both financial need and merit. The Diotima Scholarship is awarded annually and provides a $2,400 award. To apply, you must have completed at least nine (9) credits in the program, maintain a 3.5 GPA, and demonstrate financial need. For essay requirements, contact Dr. Amy Scott-Douglass, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Human Resource Leadership Awards Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a graduate student pursuing a degree in the Human Resource field. It is sponsored by the Human Resource Leadership Awards of Greater Washington. Applicants must maintain a 3.0 or better. Contact: Human Resource Leadership Awards of Greater Washington, email@example.com.
National Science Foundation CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service
This scholarship is available to students pursuing an M.S. in Information Technology with a concentration in computer science or the M.S. in Cybersecurity. It provides a $12,000 stipend, full tuition and academic fees, a $1,000 book allowance, funding for conference attendance, and a paid summer internship. Upon graduation, recipients will fulfill a two-year work commitment in the cybersecurity field with a federal, state, or local government agency or a federally funded research and development company. Contact Dr. Diane Murphy (Diane.Murphy@marymount.edu) for more information.
Virginia Nurse Educator Scholarship
This scholarship program is open to full-or-part-time students enrolled in a graduate nursing program in Virginia. Priority will be given to a master’s degree or doctoral candidates who plan to teach in community colleges. Scholarship recipients must complete their degree requirements within two years and teach at a Virginia school of Nursing as a condition of accepting the scholarship. Students chosen for this highly competitive scholarship will receive $20,000 a year for up to two years, while completing their graduate coursework. Applicants should review the criteria at the Virginia Department of Health website.
Internet sources, such as Fastweb.com can increase your aid options. Other financing options can include private foundations, organizations, professional groups. Some employers offer tuition assistance as well.