Physical and Life Sciences Scholarships On The Internet
Graduates of physical and life sciences courses are always in demand since the field deals with a lot of jobs and applications both commercial and academic. However, the popularity of Physical and Life Sciences courses doesn’t mean that its graduates are a dime a dozen. Companies which employ graduates of Physical and Life Sciences courses look for people who have finished a college degree. If you are an aspiring Physical and Life Sciences student and you’re looking for financial support, you’re in luck. Organizations related to Physical and Life Sciences are plentiful, and so are the scholarship programs they have. These scholarships range from general to more course specific assistance, so physically scouting for these offers would be an unwise move for you. The most convenient way is to just use the Internet to look for the right scholarship which can help you achieve your dream.
In searching for scholarships on the Internet, it pays to start your search with your chosen university or college. If you don’t have one in mind yet, you should at least look up the schools that are near you. The reason for this is that if you choose to immediately type in “Physical and Life Sciences” in a search engine, you run the risk of missing out on school-based scholarships which aren’t course-specific. Even if the school that you’ve been planning to go to doesn’t have a scholarship program for your specific course, it might have other broad-ranging awards (e.g. minority scholarships, programs for those with outstanding high school grades) that you can also apply for.
Also, looking for Physical and Life Sciences scholarships in search engines will probably give you links to scholarships that you can’t or won’t be able to apply for. A lot of the links will be scholarships from schools which might be inaccessible to you, or the scholarship might require a different major than the one you’re planning to study. In the end, it’s still up to you to go through the links brought back by search engines to find out which of them will be of use to you. On the other hand, you can also make a list of schools and search for their websites instead.
However, this doesn’t mean that looking for Physical and Life Sciences scholarships first before schools is a wrong method; in the end it’s the way you’ll probably end up devoting more time to. But what we want to do is to make your search more efficient and comprehensive. So remember to look first at the websites of the schools that are near you. Even if you end up finding better scholarship programs elsewhere, you’ll at least have a nice fall back in case anything comes up.
If you’re already a continuing Physical and Life Sciences student, then by all means proceed with the second method and scan the results brought back by search engines. You’ll eventually come across a lot of non-school based organizations that offer very adequate scholarships for your field. The government also recognizes the importance of having skilled Physical and Life Sciences graduates so they also have programs for deserving students who are having a hard time paying for their education.
A good place to look for non-school based scholarships would be the websites of organizations that are devoted to your specific field of study. Look for the UCLA website; it has a very thorough list of scholarships offered not only by companies and organizations but also government agencies as well, such as the National Air and Space Museum, the US Department of Energy, and the National Security Education Program. Course restricted scholarships are almost always better than the ‘general’ scholarships offered elsewhere. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) for example, offers stipends, living allowance and even moving expenses aside from the requisite tuition fee coverage for Physical and Life science students who concentrate on environmental health sciences, specifically environmental toxicology. Within these offers you’ll find other forms of assistance as well, such as the summer program for internship included in the aforementioned NIH scholarship. Although it looks like an additional requirement, the chance for a student to work for and learn outside of the school is a priceless and valuable advantage to have.
As you can see, it pays to be familiar with the organizations that are linked to the field you are in or planning to go to even before searching on the Internet. Keep an eye out for these benefactors and go directly to their websites to see if they have something for you.
One final reminder -- wherever you choose to apply, keep in mind that scholarships have deadlines. Whether your benefactor is a school or an organization, the application period for scholarships is usually only until the start of the coming school year or semester. Of course, different programs will have different requirements, but some forms like copies of grades and referrals are always asked for when you apply for scholarships. Try to prepare multiple copies and even soft copies of these forms so that you can submit your application to several programs simultaneously.