Funding Your Master's Degree
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Congratulations on being accepted into the Future Generations University’s Master’s Degree in Applied Community Development. As an accepted student, we are now ready to work with you to make this educational opportunity affordable.
Through the process of looking for funding, you widen your network, making important contacts that will continue to serve you throughout your career. Approach the fund-raising and scholarship-seeking process as part of your participation in the Master’s degree, not as the insurmountable obstacle in the way of your final goal. With this perspective in mind, following are some steps to take in search for funds .
Please check and date each step as you accomplish or attempt it, and make notes on your success and challenges.
I. APPROACH YOUR EMPLOYER
Ask your employer if there is financial assistance available for professional development that could help pay for your tuition or residential airfare. Emphasize that this degree is U.S. accredited, will increase your knowledge and skill capacity, and will strengthen your community ties.
II. APPROACH LOCAL BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS/ASSOCIATIONS
Emphasize that the degree is U.S. accredited, but that it builds links to the local community rather than drawing allegiance away (addresses problem of brain drain). Ask about contacts in the diaspora – professionals who have moved abroad but still want to support their home country.
III. APPROACH COMMUNITY AND FAMILY MEMBERS
Help them to understand what you are undertaking and its value. Make sure they are supportive of your desire to conduct an applied research project (your practicum) in the community. Ask if there is a community fund available to help with education or professional development pursuits.
IV. GO TO THE UNITED STATES EMBASSY/CONSULATE IN YOUR COUNTRY
They will be aware of scholarships and grant opportunities for citizens of your country studying at a U.S. institution. The obstacle is that many of these scholarships require the student to be resident in the U.S. for a minimum of several months to a year. If you explain the nature of the degree, they may be able to make an exception.
V. SEARCH FOR SCHOLARSHIPS ONLINE
One helpful website is the Institute of International Education, go to www.iie.org. Look especially for scholarships available through local foundations and organizations. Look for other on-line scholarships.
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