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Need it to advance your education? Here's a rundown on some of the nation's top scholarships for seniors and graduates. A continuation of "Digging for Dollars".

By Joe Schall

You know the money's out there; you're just not sure where to begin looking for it. Below is a list of some of the nation's top scholarships for seniors and graduating minority students. Keep in mind that these are mere sketches; you will need to visit the Web sites, email or call for complete information. Also, note that scholarship applications vary widely: some require GRE scores, some referral letters, some answers to essay questions, and still others involve candidate interviews. Application materials are often available online and sometimes can be submitted electronically, so the Web is always a good place to start your search.

GEM Engineering Award for Minorities

Offered by the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Inc. (GEM), the GEM Engineering Award provides a fellowship for graduate study leading to a master's or doctoral degree in engineering. Various kinds of fellowship awards are available.

Open To: Juniors, seniors or recent graduates. M.S. applicants must have a GPA of 2.8; Ph.D. applicants must have a GPA of 3.0.

Eligibility: U.S. citizens who are African American, Native American, Mexican American or Puerto Rican.

What They'll Give: With summer internship stipend and payment of tuition and fees, the total award value ranges from $20,000 to $60,000, depending on applicant's academic status at the time of application.

Application Deadline: Applications accepted September 1-December 1 annually.

What They Want: Recipients are expected to accept summer employment with a member employee.

Contact Information:
GEM Office
Box 537
Notre Dame, IN 46556
(219) 631-7771
Email: gem@nd.edu

Web Site: www.nd.edu/~gem

Lucent Technologies-Bell Laboratories Fellowship and Research Programs for Women and Minorities

Lucent Technologies-Bell Laboratories sponsors several fellowship programs, one of the most attractive being the Cooperative Research Fellowship Program (CRFP). During the summer before graduate school, the fellowship holder works at Lucent-Bell for 10 weeks. In another program, the Summer Research Program for Minorities and Women (SRP), students who have completed their second or third year of college may apply. Fellowship recipients are also assigned a mentor.

Open To: Juniors, seniors, or recent graduates who are members of minority groups.

What They'll Give: For CRFP, payment of tuition and fees, a stipend of $17,000 per year, plus travel expenses; for SRP, a summer salary commensurate with experience.

Application Deadline: December 2 for SRP; January 8 for CRFP.

What They Want: Recipients must accept summer employment with Lucent Technologies-Bell Laboratories.

Contact Information:
Special Programs Manager--SRP
Lucent Technologies-Bell Laboratories
283 King George Road, BlD24
Warren, NJ 07059
SRP Email: summersearch@lucent.com

Lucent Fellowship Program--CRFP
Scholarship Management Services, CSFA
1505 Riverview Road
P.O. Box 297
St. Peter, MN 56082
CRFP Email: coopgraduate@lucent.com

Web Site: www.bell-labs.com/fellowships

Ford Foundation Predoctoral and Dissertation Fellowships for Minorities

The Ford Foundation offers approximately 60 predoctoral fellowships and 40 dissertation fellowships per year. For predoctoral applicants, GRE General Test scores are required. Awards may be granted for one year or multiple years.

Open To: Minority students at or near the beginning of their graduate study.

Eligibility: U.S. citizens or nationals who are African American, Native American, Mexican American/Chicano, Alaskan Native, Native Pacific Islander or Puerto Rican.

What They'll Give: Varies. For example, the one-year dissertation award pays a $24,000 stipend plus conference expenses; longer-term awards include an annual stipend of $15,500 and an allowance of $8,500 to the fellowship institution to cover tuition.

Application Deadline: Early to mid-November, annually.

Contact Information:
Fellowship Programs Office/FF, TJ 2041
National Research Council
2101 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20418
(202) 334-2860 or (202) 334-2872
Email: infofell@nas.edu

Web Site: http://national-academies.org/osep/fo

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Founded in 1975, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund was created to help Hispanic-American college students complete their education. The scholarships are available on a competitive basis for community college, four-year college and graduate students of Hispanic heritage.

Open To: Hispanic students who have earned a minimum of 15 undergraduate credits with a minimum of a 2.7 GPA.

Eligibility: U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are of Hispanic heritage.

What They'll Give: Ranges from $1,000 to $3,000.

Application Deadline: October 15

Contact Information:
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
One Sansome Street, #1000
San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 445-9936 or (877) HSF-INFO
Email: info@hsf.net

Web Site: www.hsf.net

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Funded by the National Science Foundation, fellows receive three years of support for graduate study in science, mathematics and engineering fields. Applications are particularly encouraged from women, minorities and persons with disabilities.

Open To: Citizens, nationals or permanent resident aliens of the United States.

Eligibility: Fellowships are awarded for graduate study leading to research-based master's or doctoral degrees in fields of science, mathematics and engineering supported by the NSF. Fellowships are intended for individuals in the early stages of their graduate study.

What They'll Give: $16,800 stipend for 12-month tenure plus a $10,500 cost-of-education allowance.

Deadline: early November, annually.

Contact Information:
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
Oak Ridge Associated Universities
P.O. Box 3010
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-3010
(865) 241-4300
Email: nsfgrfp@orau.gov

Web Site: www.orau.org/nsf/nsffel.htm

Microsoft Scholarships

Five female and five minority students received scholarships from Microsoft this year. Scholarship recipients typically are offered a paid internship to help develop Microsoft products.

Open to: Full-time students with a GPA of 3.0 pursuing an undergraduate degree with a demonstrated interest in computer science.

Eligibility: Depending upon the scholarship, students must be female or a member of one of the following groups underrepresented in the software field: African American, Native American or Hispanic.

What They'll Give: Full-tuition for the academic year

Deadline: March 2, each year.

Expectation: Recipients are expected to complete a salaried summer internship of 12 weeks or more with Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, Washington.

Contact Information: Heather Raschko, Minority Scholarship Director Microsoft Corporation One Microsoft Way Redmond, WA 98052-8303 Email: scholar@microsoft.com

Web Site: www.microsoft.com/college/scholarships.htm

Read the orginal article "Digging for Dollars".

Joe Schall is the Giles Writer-in-Residence for the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at Penn State. His book, Style for Students: Effective Technical Writing in the Information Age (Outernet Press), will be published in Spring 2002.

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