Grants Based on the Student’s Circumstances

This is one fo the most fertile areas for grant funding from federal, state and private sources. These funding sources are intended to furthe the opportunities for people in certain groups, either by attempting to level the playing field for groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in higher education, or simply by making it easier for people in a groupt to further their education.

Inventory Yourself

The first step in finding this kind of grant is to think very carefully about what categories you fit into and what groups you belong to. Some of the descriptors that could get funding include:

  • minority status,
  • ethnic background,
  • religion,
  • veteran status,
  • city or state of residency,
  • disability,
  • gender,
  • marital status,
  • sexual orientation,
  • stage of life, and
  • membership in a club or organization.

With this list of target descriptors, you can begin your research.

Think Broadly and Creatively

Federal and state governments are particularly concerned with opening up opportunities to students who may face special challenges or who are underrepresented in higher education. These students include minorities, the disabled, and women. But people in these groups are by no means the only students who can find student-based grants. By thinking creatively and keeping an open mind, students who do not fit into these groups still can find an array of organizations that are looking for students like them.



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