Need Help Paying For Graduate School? Where to Look

In last month’s blog, “Top Resources for YFCS Distance Learners,” we provided general resources to help students achieve success in distance education right out of the gate. This month, we focus more specifically on financial support—an area in which almost all students could use some guidance.

YFCS-Specific Funding Opportunities

Let’s start by reviewing the funding opportunities our program offers:

  • YFCS Scholarship Opportunity: NC State’s YFCS Graduate Program offered six $500.00 scholarships for prospective students for the 2018 academic school year to be used towards tuition. While this year’s deadline has passed, we strive to offer some level of scholarships every academic year. Learn more info here
  • YFCS Diversity Enhancement Fellowship Opportunity: Prospective students from underrepresented groups are nominated for the Diversity Fellowship, a financial award up to $2,000 per student, by Program Director Dr. Kim Allen. Underrepresented groups include, but are not limited to, Native Americans, African-Americans, and Hispanic Americans. Learn more info here. Applications are being considered until March 19, 2018. 
  • Conference Funding: To encourage student scholarship, our program provides funding for students to attend family science-related conferences, including the following prominent conferences. To be considered for conference funding, apply here.
  1. National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) Annual Conference: This year’s theme is “Families and Cultural Intersections in a Global Context: Innovations in Research, Practice, and Policies” and is being held in San Diego in November 2018.
  2. Family Life Coaching Association (FLCA) Annual Conference: This year’s theme is “Family Life Coaching Has Arrived!” and is being held in Raleigh in June 2018.
  3. Southeastern Council on Family Relations (SECFR) 2018 Conference: This year’s theme is “Families of Tomorrow: The Intersection of Technology, Theory & Practice” and is being held in Baton Rouge in March 2018.

NC State Funding Opportunities

It’s very important to review all your funding options. Therefore, spending some time on the NC State Graduate School Fellowships and Grants web page is a great start to exploring your possibilities. We want to feature one grant that is particularly applicable to YFCS graduate students:

  • Graduate School Diversity Enhancement Grant Program: The purpose of this grant is to promote diversity at the graduate level at NC State. Applicants must be new or continuing full-time graduate students who are U.S. citizens and promising scholars, maintaining a 3.0 GPA. Applications from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged. You can learn more here.
  • GSA Award for Conferences: This highly-competitive, merit-based award covers conference attendance (up t o$1500) for NC State graduate students.  The deadline for the Fall and Spring semesters are September 15 and February 15, respectively. A graduate student can only earn this award once per graduate degree.
  • GSA Travel Assistance Award: Created through a collaboration between GSA and the Graduate School, merit-based $500 travel awards support NC State graduate students attending and presenting their research at conferences. The deadline for the Fall and Spring semesters are September 15 and February 15, respectively. A graduate student can only earn this award once per graduate degree.

Funding Opportunities Outside of NC State

Many savvy students seek additional funding outside of our program and the university. Searching the internet allows students to discover a broad range of funding help from a diverse group of entities. Here’s one such scholarship that may be applicable to YFCS graduate students:

  • The Welcoming Project: Starting in 2011, The Welcoming Project began “to encourage local businesses, health care/service providers, organizations, and congregations in Norman, OK, to display welcoming signs for the purpose of making LGBTQ individuals and allies feel welcomed as patrons.” Annually, The Welcoming Project awards 1 $500 scholarship to a student who provides “outstanding contributions to LGBTQ activism.” Learn more info here.

In the YFCS Graduate Program, it’s our goal to ease students’ financial burden, so you can focus on what’s most important—earning your degree by engaging in rigorous academic learning and research.

Check back next month when we talk with one YFCS graduate student who actively sought funding opportunities to fuel her degree and met with great success.