There are a number of online sites that one can access abundant information regarding various grants provided by the Government. The purpose of this article is to present some of the jargon surrounding the area of Government Grants as well as to provide a clearing in this jungle of information.
Firstly a short definition as to what grants and scholarships are. Grants provide funding for students in college. They do not need to be paid back and are available for undergraduate and graduate students. Student grants are generally provided by the federal government, state government, colleges and private organizations. Education grants can be allocated based on a specific study field, aimed at various groups such as physically challenged students and or minority groups as well as others. Similarly, a scholarship is a financial aid award allowing students to continue their education. Scholarships are also not required to be paid back.
There are five main federal student grants and these are: The Federal Pell Grant and Academic Competitiveness Grant which are aimed at undergraduate students. Students majoring in Physical Science, Engineering, Technology, Life Science, Computer Science, Mathematics or a Foreign Language (critically needed) can apply for The National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant. Those students who especially need financial assistance can apply for The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant. Those students who apply for the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant have to commit to four years of teaching in a school that attends to those students who come from a low-income background.
Usually minority students, women, disadvantaged students, women and those who are intending to major in a high need field will be entitled to a State grant. Graduate students can also be awarded state grants although they usually are awarded to undergraduate students. Those students who already are working and attend college part-time can apply for the Delaware’s Governor’s Workforce Development Grant. In this case the employers of these employees will also participate in covering the student’s education costs.
In addition to the above there are also Private Organization Grants and Education Grants from Colleges. Students entitled to a Private Organization grant are usually graduate students and must already be a member of that specific organization in order to apply for the grant. Education Grants that provide grants to individual students usually graduate students that major in specific fields among others but there are some colleges that award grants to undergraduates who write proposals outlining specific projects.
In short, good luck and apply for the grant / scholarship. Don’t let that stop you from pursuing your goals and allowing yourself to reach for the stars…