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A few scholarships to note

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Each year, many of our students receive financial support from sources other than SIPA and Columbia University. But they didn’t stumble upon those sources by chance. We’ve realized that it can be time consuming searching the web for potential sources of financial aid, and want to offer you a helping hand. Below are five outside funding opportunities with deadlines that are fast approaching.

You can find many external funding sources by checking out our External Funding Page, where there are more than 240 different outside scholarships, grants and fellowships available for our outstanding students and those interested in public policy programs. Just keep in mind that external or outside awards may affect eligibility for student loans. There are also external funding sources that SIPA provides partial matches for, increasing recipients’ funding. Thus, notify the SIPA Financial Aid Office if you’ve received any additional funding, so that  you do not miss out on any other funding opportunities.

If you have any questions about financial aid, contact us at 212-854-6216 or at sipa_finaid@columbia.edu

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Every dollar counts — here are 2 scholarships to consider

Grace LeGendre Fellowship For Graduate Study

The BPW/NYS Grace LeGendre Endowment Fund, Inc. is now accepting applications for Graduate Study Fellowships of $1,000. Each year, fellowship applications must be postmarked on or before February 28. Applications received after the February 28th deadline will not be reviewed

 Qualifications

  • Women who are residents of New York State and citizens of the United States.
  • Completed Bachelors degree
  • Currently registered in graduate studies, and within two years of completing studies in a graduate degree program at an accredited college or university located in the state of New York.
  • Show evidence of scholastic ability and need for financial assistance.

Qualified candidates may go to the Grace LeGendre Endowment Fund web site:

http://www.gracelegendre.org/Portals/0/docs/GLEF2015FellowshipApplicationSept2014.pdf

 

Also, there is a HIF Scholarship

The Hungary Initiatives Foundation is accepting applications for the “HIF Scholarship in the US” again. Interested and qualified individuals can apply for grants up to $10,000 per semester. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Priority given to applications received by November 30th (Spring Semester).

More details: http://www.hungaryfoundation.org/programs-projects/current-applications/20140608_SCHOLAR_USA

 

IIE — heard of it?

An email crossed our path yesterday from the Institute of International Education (IIE) regarding emergency funds available for Filipino students studying in the U.S. with urgent financial needs due to the impact of typhoon Haiyan.  Unfortunately, the deadline to apply is tomorrow (wish we heard of this earlier so we could share it with you before now).

Anyway, we dug around a little more and realized that IIE (if you haven’t discovered it yourself) offers many funding opportunities for students interested in education… studying or conducting research.  You should definitely take a look through their website and see if there is an award that you qualify for.  Just keep in mind there are fast approaching deadlines so don’t put this on the “back burner” for another day.

Our advice of the day (if we haven’t said it enough), SEARCH FOR FELLOWSHIPS EARLY AND OFTEN.

Can’t say it enough

[As the saying goes] To put your best foot forward, below are some helpful tips to be aware of as you prepare your SIPA application.

  • Graduate School is expensive so finding money to fund your education is important.  Begin your search for scholarship early – Don’t wait until you have been admitted into a program before beginning that process – It may be too late by then to even be considered for some of the funding opportunities.  Many times scholarship application deadlines occur around the same time as an application deadline for the program you seek entrance.
  • Along the lines of scholarships, SIPA considers all admitted applicants for all applicable first-year fellowships. The only requirement for most awards is to complete and submit the admissions application and all supporting materials by the appropriate deadline.  SIPA also offers first-year students an opportunity to compete for additional named fellowships that require a separate application*; there may be specific eligibility requirements for each of these scholarships.    You will be able to access the scholarship application once you have submitted your fall admissions application, which will appear once you click “submit”.  This opportunity will offer applicants an additional chance to secure funding for their education at SIPA.  Awards vary with each scholarship.  *Available SIPA scholarships for first year students outside of the first year Merit Scholarship process: Dasturdaza Doctor Jal Pavry Award, Financial Women’s Association (FWA) Scholarship, Harriman Institute Fellowship, International Fellows Program, Ipeknur and Shwan Taha Fellowship, Julie Rasmussen Fellowship, Karen Klitzman Memorial Fellowship, Magzhan Auezov Fellowship, Ranjit Jayanti Fellowship, Rachel Spear Fellowship, Robert Kopech Fellowship, Romita Shetty and Nasser Ahmad Fellowship, Sainsbury Fellowship, Sara Jacobs Fellowship, the Most Honorable Bapsy Marchioness of Winchester Award, Robert Legvold Fellowship
  • Please make sure you proofread and edit your personal statement/essays before submitting them.  Tailor your essays to the school, even if it means writing different essays for each school you apply — Make sure you use the right school name if you are submitting similar essays to multiple schools.  And make sure you address the questions asked.
  • Recommendation letters – If the recommender cannot submit it online, they can email it to the SIPA Admissions Office.  Make sure you send them a reminder if they have not submitted the recommendation letter by the end of December — Give them enough time to write and submit it before the application deadline if they haven’t done so already.  And remember you do not need to wait for your recommendations to be received to submit your application.
  • While we do not have a minimum score for the GRE/GMAT, we do have one for the test that measures your English language proficiency (TOEFL/IELTS).  There is a minimum score needed for your application to be considered for admission.  So be mindful of it when you submit your application.  SIPA’s TOEFL/IELTS minimum scores are: TOEFL ibt: 100, TOEFL (computer): 250, TOEFL (paper): 600, and the IELTS is 7.0.

Funding your SIPA education (as an international student) – part 8

If you are an international student (or will be), you may be faced with some challenges in identifying funding sources available for studying in the US.  But each year, approximately half of SIPA’s students are international, and each of them has found their own way to meet the costs associated with furthering their education overseas.

As you are probably aware, SIPA offers a number of scholarships for first year students, and scholarships and assistantships for students in their second year of study.  All of these awards are available to international students.  All applicants for admission are automatically considered for funding during their first year, and all interested students should apply for second year funding during the application period (typically early in the spring semester).  Some international students borrow students loans from private lenders while studying here (loans from the US Government are not available to international students).  For more information and a list of lenders that international students at Columbia University have had success with, click here.   Please note lenders require international students to have a US citizen or permanent resident as a co-signer.

We certainly recommend that students thoroughly investigate all forms of assistance from government or private sources in their own countries.  Many international students at SIPA have been supported by their governments, employers or other agencies while studying here.  There are also resources available from entities in the United States and elsewhere that may be helpful, and we have compiled a list of websites that contain information that may be of use to international students seeking funding:

http://www.foreignborn.com/study_in_us/8-paying4school.htm

http://www.intlstudent.org/scholarships.html

http://scholarships.berkeley.edu/main_content/schol_details/pdf/int_student_opportunities.pdf

http://www.iefa.org/

http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/the-scholarship-coach/2012/03/22/an-international-students-guide-to-us-scholarships

http://www.edupass.org/finaid/

http://www.fundingusstudy.org/StateSearch.asp

SIPA’s Financial Aid Office also has a database of external funding opportunities; although it is not specifically for international students (and admittedly has some dead links that we will soon be in the process of cleaning up as SIPA transitions to a new website), we encourage you to visit that site as well.  Click here for details.

"The most global public policy school, where an international community of students and faculty address world challenges."

—Merit E. Janow, Dean, SIPA, Professor of Practice, International and Economic Law and International Affairs

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