Federal Scholarships

Federal scholarships are a form of financial aid that provides students with higher education pursuits a free gift of money to be applied to school costs. Most federal scholarships are merit-based, or awarded to students based on certain achievements, accomplishments or talents, for instance in academics or sports.

In addition to the federal government, legitimate scholarships can be gotten from colleges and universities, private organizations/companies and non-profit organizations. To find out about federal scholarships and other scholarships, go to Student Aid on the Web and browse their extensive database of scholarship and grant opportunities.

Here are a some examples of the types of federally funded scholarships students can hope to recieve:

1. Federal Employer Education Assistance Fund (FEEA) Scholarship
The FEEA scholarship awards eligible undergraduate, graduate or doctoral students between $300 and $2000. To qualify you must have been a civilian federal employee (or be the legal dependent of one) for a minimum of 3 years.

2. Health Professions Scholarship
Although it is a scholarship, the Health Professions Scholarship requires recipients to repay the scholarship through a service obligation in their chosen health profession to be fulfilled when the student is out of school. Qualified applicants must be a member of a federally recognized American Indian or Alaskan Native tribe. Also, potential recipients must be accepted or enrolled in a health professions degree program and school at the undergraduate, graduate or doctoral level.

3. Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
Undergraduate students who are recipients of the US Federal Pell grant and enrolled in a 2-year or 4-year college or university who want to study abroad can apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. Funded by the US Department of State, Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, recipients of this award can get up to $5000 and an additional $3000 for students studying critical need languages.

4. NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP)
If you are an exceptional student both academically and with regard to your financial need and you plan to pursue a research career in biomedical, behavioral or social science at NIH then you may qualify for the NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program. Eligible recipients must also be undergraduates enrolled at a 4-year college or university with at least a 3.5 GPA. The scholarship offers up to $20,000 per academic year to be applied to school costs including tuition and living expenses. Recipients of the NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program must fulfill a service obligation after finishing school.

Every student should apply for federal financial and the way to do that is to file a FAFSA or Free Application for Federal Student Aid. In addition to federal scholarships, students may be eligible for federal grants and loans as well and such financial assistance may be the key to funding your higher education goals.