What is Scholarships: Definition and 37 Discussions

A scholarship is an award of financial aid for a student to further their education at a private elementary or secondary school, or a private or public post-secondary college, university, or other academic institution. Scholarships are awarded based upon various criteria, such as academic merit, diversity and inclusion, athletic skill, financial need, among others. Or some combination of these criteria. Scholarship criteria usually reflect the values and goals of the donor or founder of the award. While scholarship recipients are not required to repay scholarships, the awards may require that the recipient continue to meet certain requirements during their period of support, such maintaining a minimum grade point average or engaging in a certain activity (e.g., playing on a school sports team for athletic scholarship holders, or serving as a teaching assistant for some graduate scholarships). Scholarships may provide a monetary award, an in-kind award (e.g., waiving of tuition fees or fees for housing in a dormitory), or a combination.
Some prestigious, highly competitive scholarships are well-known even outside the academic community, such as Fulbright Scholarship and the Rhodes Scholarship.
This article primarily addresses post-secondary scholarships in the United States of America and other countries

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  1. MevsEinstein

    Admissions Ideas on Davidson Institute Fellows Scholarship

    Hello Physics Forums! There is a scholarship for gifted children under the age of 18 provided by Davidson Institute. What you need to do is write a research paper on a topic and then judges decide if the submitter should get a 50k scholarship, 25k scholarship, 10k scholarship, honorable...
  2. MevsEinstein

    Admissions Win a Davidson Institute Fellowship: Unlock the Potential of Your Math Project

    If you didn't know, there is something called the Davidson Institute Fellow Scholarship for middle and high school students. To get a scholarship (which come in 10,000 dollars, 25,000 dollars, and 50,000 dollars (if I remember correctly)), you will need to share a research project in the...
  3. Gimblestitch

    Other Scholarships for US undergraduates with disabilities

    Greetings, Before you say, “Google it”, let me tell you about my situation: I have advanced Lou Gehrig's disease, Motor Neuron Disease. I'm both quadriplegic and mute, using a computer that tracks my gaze. I wish to study at the Open University in the United Kingdom. I have no money though...
  4. mohamadharris96

    Studying Scholarships for international Undergraduate students

    Hi, First of all, sorry for the title that sounds like a clickbait. Wasn’t intend to but well.. Don’t really have idea for a good title. Anyway, I need some help. I’ve struggling for a year now, wasting every bit of my time fighting for some science scholarship to study for Bachelor degree...
  5. F

    Admissions Applying for a PhD position in Germany/Sweden/Ireland

    I have a masters degree in physics and I want to apply for a PhD position especially in Germany. What are the necessary steps that I should take and how can I apply for a scholarship? I have looked online but some information are a bit confusing and lacking so I hope someone could layout a rough...
  6. gerardofingurbe

    Schools Is there any other college like Balseiro institute?

    hello i am currently graduating in Electronic's engineering and doing my 5th semester in physics , however venezuela's situation is critical , and universities are suffering a lot , so quality is going down , also the fact that venezuela is so bad is kind of forcing me to emigrate , so i'd like...
  7. Avimanyu Ray

    Admissions Academic guidance after graduation with honours (India)

    Hello, I am currently in 2nd year of my 3 year course B.Sc. honours (India) course in physics. I was looking forward to studying the university which is apt for me in masters...what are my options of studying abroad like UK or other universities good for physics? Also I would like to know about...
  8. Alejandro Ramos

    Studying Got accepted for MEXT scholarship, and I need some advice

    Hello, my name is Alejandro. And I posted here a long time ago asking for some help in preparing for MEXT scholarship exams, and you guys helped me so much and I am really thankful. I am happy to inform that I have been the only one who cleared those exams out of the 40 or so applicants in my...
  9. Eclair_de_XII

    Testing Should I worry about grades if I don't have scholarships?

    I'm not really anywhere near failing in my Calculus III class, but I took my midterm today and I have the strongest feeling that I didn't do as well as I could have. Like, I don't expect my score to be higher than an eighty. This midterm is worth twenty-five percent of my grade; my final is...
  10. Amey Shukla

    Schools Good colleges with full-paid scholarships

    Right, I am poor. Consider pretty great in India, but hey if you compare that to the fees of MIT or UCLA or Oxford, don't have that much. I would like to have an undergraduate degree in Physics. But, time and time again, I am struck. There is variety, but I would like to enter the best I can...
  11. Anithadhruvbud

    How to get scholarships for studying abroad?

    I want to do medicine from foreign countries.My friend told me that getting into a good college there with scholarship is not possible since foreign countries do not provide any special provisions for international students.I am an american citizen living in India.I just want to know whether...
  12. circulos meos

    Paying for school (Physics scholarships)

    Hello, I'm a first year student in pursuit of a physics degree and I'm just beginning to learn the hardships of paying out of pocket for college (and my school is relatively cheap, only about $9,000 a year before student loans.) But basically, I'm paying about $650 a month out of pocket by...
  13. Meron

    Finding Scholarships for High School Seniors

    I'm a senior in high school. I need to go to a good school. For that I need a scholarship. Can someone please help me find one?
  14. D

    Improve Calculus Grade: Tips for Junior High Students

    I just got my report card last week. My math class calculus is really difficult but I have been working really hard. I got a B+. I knew that my garde was going to be low but now I am really worried that I won't be able to be a physicist any more. Is a B+ going to stop be from getting into a...
  15. M

    Upper-tier undergrad offering merit-based scholarships?

    Hello, Physics Forums! I currently a high school junior in the US, and I plan on majoring in physics. Finances are a concern for me, since I don't qualify for financial aid, but won't be receiving any help from my parents. As a result, the very highest schools like MIT are out of the question...
  16. S

    Scholarships for 12th Grade Passers Majoring in Physics

    i passed 12th grade with 80%.i want to major in physics.i thought of going to BITS dubai.but the fee structure there is too much costly and i can't afford it.so is there a way of getting any scholarship.also are there any exams which i could give to get such scholarships.please let me know if...
  17. stardust

    Opportunity of physics scholarships

    I've been reading ZapperZ's article on being a physicist, and I visited the society of physics students website. The first thing I noticed was that being a member gave you the opportunity of scholarships. A question occurred to me. Does anyone else know of any organizations that could provide...
  18. E

    Available Astrophysics or Astronomy Master Scholarships

    What is the best, if not great, scholarship for a master (graduate) in Astrophysics or Astronomy? I have been looking around the internet, but I am not sure if the scholarships I have seen will allow me to study Astrophysics, and most of them have their deadlines passed. I'm also planning to...
  19. M

    Why do scholarships want these strange essays all the time?

    Why do scholarships want these strange essays all the time? Is it just a deterrent to see who really wants the money? Are these things worth writing in mass? Because I can see applying for 10 scholarships with 10 essays as being very time consuming.
  20. B

    Programs Navigating Cambridge Programs & Scholarships as an American Physics Student

    I want to apply to Cambridge as well as for the Gates Cambridge scholarship. However, I am unsure of which programs I am eligible for as an American student with a 4 year bachelor of science in physics from a strong liberal arts college. I believe that in Europe, a bachelor's degree is three...
  21. J

    Uvic Scholarships: 8.8 GPA in Physics Courses

    Hey I just finished first year at Uvic, where I took a pretty diverse selection of science courses with a focus in physics, and I ended up with an 8.8 GPA on a 9 point scale. I was just wondering if anyone could predict what kind of financial support, if any, Uvic would be inclined to offer me...
  22. G

    Schools Scholarships for second semester college freshmen?

    Is there a way to get scholarships as a second semester freshmen in college. I was thinking about starting to fill some out and become really obsessive about it and I'm only a first semester freshmen and don't have a degree earning transcript (I have a couple grades on my nondegree earning...
  23. F

    Schools Scholarships & Finiancial aid for current college students?

    I live in Canada and I am a rising sophomore. Is there such thing as scholarships for current college students? If so where does one apply? I live in Canada and my parents said they want me to take advantage of the student loan because there is no interest because i will be borrowing...
  24. N

    I'm having a hard time getting scholarships. As a senior in high

    I'm having a hard time getting scholarships. As a senior in high school, I got one that is about $2,000 a year, but that is all that I've gotten. My parents make enough that I am not considered for the semi-need based ones, and I'm not outstanding enough that I can really get the super...
  25. J

    Schools Scholarships After Already Starting College

    I just have a few quick questions about getting scholarships after one has already gone through the first year or so of college. My mediocre GPA from high school, a result of slacking, prevents me from getting a lot of scholarships right out of high school. I'm completely fine with using student...
  26. M

    I'm pretty clueless about how to get scholarships I have tried

    I'm pretty clueless about how to get scholarships... I have tried searching online but all I have found are school-specific ones. I got accepted into a good university, and just got my financial aid award... and I'm still about $9000 dollars short! So I really need to get some scholarships...
  27. C

    Schools Which engineering schools give scholarships to international students?

    I am an Indian national and am a freshman at the National Institue of Technology [Calicut],in India where I am studying Mechanical Engineering. However it has always been a dream of mine to study at top university in the U.S.I have a strong longing to write my SATS over the coming summer and...
  28. J

    Scholarship Thread: Quantum Info Science

    Is there a thread/forum for science Scholarship advertisements? My supervisor has asked me to advertise PhD positions in Quantum Information science on the net.
  29. G

    Schools Colleges with good transfer scholarships?

    Over the past two years I have done very well at my current college. I had been planning to transfer to the University of Maine (in-state) in the Fall of 2007, but I am learning now that they have very little scholarship money to offer transfer students (a 1-time $1000 transfer scholarship)...
  30. T

    Solving an Actuarial Problem: Investing $10,000 for Annual Scholarships

    This is a problem on an assignment for my actuarial class. First of all I found how much time it would take for the investment to reach the present value of the perpetuity: 10000(1 + i)^n = 2000/i 10000(1 + 0.05)^n = 2000/0.05 n = ln(4)/ln(1.05) n = 28.41339817 Then for the second...
  31. S

    Are There Alternate Scholarships for Indian Students at NTU, Singapore?

    Hi people... Does anyone know of scholarships available for Indian students wanting to pursue under-graduate studies in NTU, Singapore.. (except for the ones administered by the university and the MoE grant as I am not eligible for them) Regards Sparsh http://www.alchemy-education.com/Board
  32. T

    Programs Exploring PhD Scholarships & Financial Sources in the US

    hi, I am not an US citizen, but have a plan to study phD in US. However, I have financial problem. My question is: If I am awarded a phD scholarship, is there still any other "financial sources" that I can work for to earn some more money? If I spend just enough for basic living...
  33. A

    Scholarships for Physics Majors - Joe's Story

    hello everyone; my name is joe i am a student in Virginia tech in blacksburg, VA i am international and a physics major and an astronomy minor. My father is supporting me for my tuitions and I'm paying approximately 19000$ per year only for tuitions. The economical situation in lebanon -...
  34. J

    Engineering Scholarships for Adult Students Returning to School | Tips & Advice

    So I've finally got things straightened out enough to go back to school part time. I'm starting by retaking calculus in the spring, moving on through calc 2, multivariable, linear algebra, and 2 semesters of calculus based physics before I apply for admission to the University of Minnesota. I'll...
  35. P

    Recent experience with scolarships for out-of state scholarships

    does anyone have some recent experience with scolarships for out-of state scholarships they could let me know about...I already meet all the requirements on my sats and what not for anything instate, but i live in florida and was looking at either caltech, or mit definately for a major, and...
  36. M

    Anyone know of any good math scholarships or competitions?

    I'm trying to finance my way into college, and I'm having some trouble. Anyone know of any good math scholarships or competitions? (Or maybe have some general advice too :biggrin:) That'd be great. Thank you.
  37. K

    Discover Scholarship Opportunities for Physics Studies in the USA

    I love Physics and want to study in the USA after grad. What are the opportunities of scholarship in the USA?