Do you have a mind that is constantly untying knots?  Are you someone that has been building things for years?  Do you have a brilliant mind, yet feel as if there is no money for you to go to college. If this is the case, then you might be in luck, as the government may just give you the money to follow your dreams.  Especially if you don’t mind working for them for a few years, a check to the college of your choice may soon be in the mail on your behalf.

Unfortunately, contrary to popular belief, the driving winds in this country are ones that tend to stifle the middle class.  For instance, if you are someone who is middle class, then you are going to have too much income in order to qualify for tuition assistance, and you are going to have too little money to outright pay for college.  Also, if you are not a minority, then you are really out of luck.

So, it may be important to attempt to qualify for grants based on your major, rather than qualifying for Pell Grants and the FSEOG program.  The possibilities may not be endless, but they sure will keep you busy.


Engineering Grants

The US government will always have use for engineers.  From designing a base that a culture art sculpture will go on, or building a better oil refinery, the government is always in need of smart, technical minds that can do the hard thinking.

This is one reason why the US government will spend billions on educating engineers through grant programs.  But, these programs will work in a few different ways.

The first way is just giving the college money from their own government bank account on your behalf.  This is probably the least likely scenario, as you may have to be a “one of a kind” person with a special skill set in order to qualify.  In addition to that, the US government might stipulate that you need to have a job with them once you graduate if you do want the money.

The second scenario is that the US government has already funded specific programs, and it is up to the colleges in order to decide who gets the money.  This allows the government the luxury of not needing to keep track of every recipient and every penny, as they can just hand it to the learning institution.  Here are a few examples of opportunities based on this model.


The Opportunities

The Geologic Society of America provides graduate grant monies to students researching their graduate theses or dissertations on topics relative to geology.

Oh, to preserve the future of oil! The American Association of Petroleum Geologists Foundation sponsors an annual Grants-in-Aid Program. Award amounts up to $2000 to be used toward thesis research.

For the biology student specializing in malacology (the study of mollusks) comes the Student Research Grants in Malacology from the Western Society of Malacologists.

Content-management students specializing in electronic documents will find grant money through the Electronic Document Systems Foundation.

The IEEE, or Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, sponsors grants to students at all levels of Computer Science study. Their Student Enterprise Award is given to students with promising “projects” that need funding support.

Don’t overlook the national chapters of the Future Farmers of America grants. Undergraduate students with an eye to farming or agriculture of any kind should explore. The organization purports to have over $2 million dollars available each academic year to support students.

Students living in Ohio and enrolled in advertising and marketing programs may qualify for one of the Cleveland Advertising Association’s grants.

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