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Why are there no scholarships specific to graduate school?

I am applying to graduate school, and many scholarships (70% I would say) are specific to undergraduate studies. In addition, there are very specific graduate school scholarships around stem, a field I have no interest in.
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Chas’s Answer

Brian, undoubtedly grant and scholarship funding is harder to find for graduate level studies, because I think the assumption is that graduate students are either able to fund their ongoing education on their own, or that they will have access to opportunities not available to undergrads (ie. GA positions, paid research posts, part-time professional roles, etc.). Don't let those assumptions stop you from asking for exceptions, though.

Chas recommends the following next steps:

Check with the Student Aid office to see what options are available specific to your field of interest, school, and funding need
Contact scholarship committees anyway to see if they'll consider an application for graduate level education, if even on an exception basis
Check with the individual professors at your school to see f they have openings for GA/TA roles, and find out what will give you a leg up in the competition for those spots.
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Aneil’s Answer

Hi Brian,

As the other users mentioned, Graduate school scholarships are much harder to come by. Most scholarships will be for students in undergraduate studies. This could be due to the expectation Graduate students will be able to fund their own education, and scholarships will focus on undergraduates instead to help them get their 4-year degree.

I would keep researching opportunities and ask your school Financial Aid office for help or resources.
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Amber’s Answer

I would recommend to chat with the student aid office about scholarships and review apps that will help find scholarships for graduate students. I would agree to ask professors in the graduate program about scholarships. An app that I have heard about for scholarship help is Scholly: College Scholarships and College Board Scholarship Search.
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