Grants available for degrees
While it may be tedious to look for grants, the rewards are profitable. Many grants are specialized and cater to specific areas of study; for example there are grants offered to those pursuing a degree within the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) field, educational, and arts and humanities. Because you do not have to pay back the money you receive from grants, it is a very competitive process. It is important to do diligent grant research to find those that are often overlooked; look at all the grants the university offers; and apply yearly - junior and senior year of high school.
In addition to the Pell Grant, the federal government offers multiple types of grants. College freshmen and sophomores, who have maintained at least a 3.0 GPA in the STEM field have the option to apply for the Academic Competitiveness Grant, whereas college juniors and seniors may apply for the SMART grant.
Virginia and Connecticut offer engineering grants; MIT offers a MIT scholarship
for undergraduates; and The University of Michigan offers their M-Pact and Michigan Grants.
There are many grants offered to those looking to pursue a career in the nursing field.
Nursing Scholarship Program provides over 200 different scholarships and grants
Nursing Education Loan Repayment will pay off student loans once the degree is obtained
Army Nurse Corps is a way to pay off student loans for active duty nurses
Minority Nursing Grants are provided to minority students enrolled in nursing school
The grants listed above are only a few of your options. Approximately 38 states offer a state funded grant opportunity. Florida, North Carolina, Maryland and Indiana are some states who receive the highest grant awards.
There are grants for those who are interested in applying to medical school, such as: Physicians of Tomorrow grant, Tylenol Future Care Scholarship, National Health Service Corps Scholarship, and the Diverse Medical Scholars Program. Kaiser Permanente's School of Medicine (California), and University of Houston's New College of Medicine (Texas) are both offering tuition free programs for eligible students.
Grants for teachers
The TEACH grant is one of the largest grants provided to those in the education field. This federally supported program provides up to $4,000 yearly. By accepting this grant, once you graduate you must teach for four years in a facility of high needs. Additionally, the James Madison Fellowship Foundation Grant is offered to college seniors and graduates. For those interested in teaching high school mathematics, apply for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) which offers up to $10,000.