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Some scholarships are not associated with a particular area of study. Instead, they are offered to a certain demographic or for a certain level of education. For instance, there are special scholarship opportunities for women, minorities, and students with disabilities. There are also scholarship opportunities for college and high school students. Some of the scholarships are for particular purposes, like study abroad or internships. Be sure you know what is being offered before you apply.

Below, you will find links to information about these miscellaneous scholarships. As you peruse the listings, pay special attention to the stated interests of the groups offering the scholarships. Many private and public organizations grant scholarships in order to promote a certain ideology or to encourage the members of a special-interest group. You may find that you are a member of the target audience for a niche scholarship. The pools of applicants for narrow scholarships are often smaller, which increases your chance of success. Also, the specificity of these scholarships makes it easy to target your application. Be sure to appeal to the values of the organization offering the scholarship as you compose your written submission.

Take some time to explore the links posted here. Bookmark the scholarship opportunities which might be appropriate for you. If you have any doubts about whether you qualify for a particular scholarship, contact the offering organization. Remember: it is always better to try and fail to receive a scholarship than to fail to apply at all. Good luck!

College Fellowships

College fellowships are often administered in the form of national awards and scholarships. These unique and esteemed opportunities allow students to participate in a variety of research programs, service learning programs, and other educational opportunities throughout colleges and universities across the United States and abroad. Many fellowship research opportunities are open to undergraduate as well as graduate students who want to pursue more in-depth research training in their special field of interest. Fellowship awards are merit-based and do not need to be repaid.

Fellowships are usually part of a recruitment package offered to incoming graduate students, but they can also be offered to students through competitive awards processes. Some fellowships allow students to study abroad while researching a special topic in graduate school (as in for a master's thesis, dissertation, or postdoc). As fellowship recipients, students usually receive a stipend to cover the costs of their research, as well as room and board. The amount of the stipend will vary with the award and the criteria of the funding program. Please note that Graduate Fellowships differ from Graduate Teaching Assistantships, which carry a teaching load, a research project, and/or administrative tasks.

Which fellowship is right for you?
Fellowships serve a specific area of academic interest. For example, if as an undergraduate student you are interested in pursuing additional research studies concerning genetic mutation, an award that focuses on that topic would be highly beneficial to your career goals. After you have established your specialized interests in an academic area and have successfully pursued that area in previous coursework, the determination of a fellowship is largely based upon what complements your experience and future plans.

What do fellowship applications require?
Although each fellowship opportunity is unique, there are certain requirements you can expect in every application packet:
Two to eight letters of reference
Nomination by a faculty representative
Personal essay
Proposed research plan
Personal interview
GRE (Graduate Record Examination) Score

What if I have questions about a fellowship?
Administrators of College and University Fellowship programs realize that students have specific questions and unique circumstances that may not always mirror the list of frequently asked questions. If, after you have read through all available information pertaining to the fellowship, you still have not found an answer to your question, call or email the Fellowship Program Office. To expedite matters, prepare your questions in advance so you can confidently and effectively get the information you need.

High School Scholarships and Special Programs

Many high school scholarships and other special programs, such as unique internships and fellowships for high school students are available through the United States Department of State. If you are a junior or senior in high school and are looking for an opportunity to gain invaluable experience and insight into the State Department, check out the following listings. Students who are interested in pursuing careers in government or working for a state agency are encouraged to apply.

Cooperative Education Program/Student Career Experience Program (SCEP)
SCEP combines on the job training with academic studies. This program offers a unique partnership opportunity between the student, the school, and the U.S. Department of State. These are paid positions and are available on a full-time or part-time basis.

Eligibility:
16 years +
U.S. citizenship
Current enrollment as a student
Good academic standing
Must pass security clearance
To apply: Submit resume and cover letter to coop@state.gov

Stay-in-School
Stay-in-School is a work studywork-study program also known as the Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP). While school is in session you can work part-time as a work studywork-study student. When not attending classes you can work full-time. Work studyWork-study participants are paid a salary and receive regular reviews, promotional opportunities, and pay increases.

Eligibility:
16 years +
U.S. citizenship
Full-time or part-time enrollment or acceptance for enrollment in high school, a vocational training school, or undergraduate program

Summer Clerical Program
The Summer Clerical Program helps out with summer staffing needs during periods in which the regular staff takes their vacation time. Job duties entail receptionist/front desk responsibilities or answering the telephone, light typing or word processing, photocopying, and proofreading outgoing correspondence.

Eligibility:
16 years +
U.S. citizenship
Enrollment as a part-time high school student or as a two-year/four-year undergraduate degree-seeking student
Complete background check required

To receive notification regarding this program, interested applicants must subscribe to the State Department email list.

Contact:
U.S. Department of State
HR/REE/REC
2401 E. Street NW
Suite 518 H
Washington, DC 20522
Email: careers@state.gov

Other High School Internships

Smithsonian Internship Program
As the world's largest museum complex, the Smithsonian offers a vast number of internships. Most interns are enrolled in college, but there are opportunities for high school students. In general, the internships are unpaid and last from one month to one year. Paid internships last ten weeks and require a forty-hour work week.

Eligibility:
16 years +
Must be at least a junior or senior in high school
Requirements vary by program. Check with individual program listings for details.

Contact:
For information: info@si.edu
Smithsonian Information
P.O. Box 37012
SI Building, Room 153, MRC 010
Washington, DC 20013-7012

Museum of Modern Art High School Summer Internship Program- offers six-week, paid internships to students of New York City public schools that have previously participated in at least one other MoMa High School Program. Interns receive invaluable training in museum education and learn practical skills used in museum work. Interns can also participate in an educational program offered through the museum and taught by museum staff.

Eligibility:
Open to New York City high school students entering their junior or senior year the following fall or who are recent high school graduates
For more information: info@moma.org
Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street
New York, NY 10019

Student Financial Aid

According to Trends in Student Aid, over $131 billion in grants, work study, and federal loans was distributed to undergraduate and graduate students in 2006-07 to offset the costs of higher education. In this report, these same students borrowed in excess of $18 million from state and private sources for the purpose of funding their education.

In a study of federal grant and loan aid for the 2006-07 academic year, Trends in Student Aid suggests that grant aid averaged $4,648 per full-time equivalent student, while total federal grants averaged $19,639 million, and total federal loans averaged $59,593 million.

Government Aid

Pell Grant awards distributed $12,881 billion to 5,165 recipients with $2,494 per recipient in 2006-07. As reported by Trends in Student Aid, the Pell Grant funds approximately 32% of the average total cost of tuition, fees, and room and board at four-year public colleges and universities, and approximately 13% at private colleges and universities.

Institutional Aid

Institutional aid remains the largest source of grants to undergraduate and graduate students. Average grant aid to full-time equivalent students was $4,648, $4,337 in federal loans, and $428 in tax benefits per student in 2006-07.

Scholarship Impact

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit or academic achievement, not financial need. For that reason, it is important to remember that a scholarship is counted within a student's total financial package (along with, for example, any other grants or loans administered). Federal and state financial aid programs are only intended to offset the costs of higher education, they are carefully monitored to ensure that students do not receive aid in excess of what they need to attend college. When a scholarship is awarded, the student must be sure to inform his/her financial aid advisor of the scholarship to determine what, if any, revisions must be made to the student's overall financial package.

Last Updated: 12/18/2015

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