Financing Your Education

There are many ways to help fund your education. Below are listed some of the resources that may be available to help you.

Loans

After students are admitted, they work with the School of Medicine Office of Student Financial Planning for assistance in determining the eligibility and type of loan available. Eligibility is determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the Washington University Family Financial Profile (FFP) for Graduate and Professional Students, a student loan Master Promissory Note and the amount of merit scholarship you are awarded. Applications may be requested from the Office of Student Financial Planning after admission.

Government agencies/private foundations fellowships

Many government agencies and private foundations offer fellowships for graduate study. These favor applicants who are seniors in college, although they will consider applications from recent college graduates who have not started graduate school, and a few of them will permit applications during the first year or two of graduate study.

Please note: this list is a good starting point; however, students may want pursue other fellowships.

Funding opportunities

Fastweb is a recommended site. Here you enter your information for personalized opportunities for funding your education.

Below are examples of scholarship opportunities, some specific to the areas of statistics and STEM related fields.

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship
Fellowship for “new Americans” (permanent residents, naturalized citizens, and students whose parents immigrated to the U.S.) in any field of graduate study.

Gertrude M. Cox Scholarship
Women only graduate study in statistics (MS/PhD) – $2,000.

Government Statistics Section Wray Jackson Smith Scholarship
Awarded jointly with the ASA’s Social Statistics Section, this scholarship supports work toward a career in government statistics. The scholarship encourages promising young statisticians to consider a future in government statistics. It provides funding of up to $1,000 for use in exploring any of a broad number of opportunities for furthering the development of a career related to government statistics.

Mary G. and Joseph Natrella Scholarship
The Mary G. and Joseph Natrella scholarship is open to students who are currently pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree full time in an accredited college or university. The student must have a demonstrated interest in quality applications as evidenced by course work, research topic, or prior work experience. The scholarship provides a grant as well as a travel stipend to attend the Quality and Productivity Research Conference at which the student will give a presentation of their research work.

ASQ Freund International Scholarship
This scholarship honors the memory of Richard A. Freund, a past president of ASQ. It is for graduate study of the theory and application of quality control, quality assurance, quality improvement, and total quality management. It covers the engineering, statistical, managerial, and behavioral foundations of those fields. The scholarship is offered to members and nonmembers worldwide. Study may take place in one’s own country or in another country.

American Association of University Women
Selected Professions Fellowship – Selected Professions Fellowships are awarded to women who pursuing full-time study in a master’s or professional degree program in which women are underrepresented, including STEM, law, business, and medicine.

International Fellowship – International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate studies at accredited U.S. institutions are supported. Recipients are selected for academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to women and girls. Recipients return to their home countries to become leaders in business, government, academia, community activism, the arts, and sciences.

Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation Scholarship for Service Program (SMART)
The DoD recognizes the need to support the education of America’s future scientists and engineers. The SMART Scholarship-for-Service Program is part of a concentrated effort to improve the flow of new, highly skilled technical labor into DoD facilities and agencies and to enhance the technical skills of the workforce already in place. SMART offers scholarships to undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral students who have demonstrated ability and special aptitude for excelling in STEM fields. Students are also provided opportunities to continue their research in civil service roles following graduation. Through SMART, we are proud to offer our research leaders of tomorrow not only an education, but a career.

ASQ Ellis R. Ott Scholarship
The purpose of this scholarship is two-fold: to honor the life and work of Ellis R. Ott, a pioneer in the field of applied statistics and quality management, and to encourage students to pursue a rewarding career in a field that greatly benefits society. Individual awards of up to $5,000 per student and academic year are given to qualified students in a field related to statistics and quality.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions. NSF Fellows are anticipated to become knowledge experts who can contribute significantly to research, teaching, and innovations in science and engineering. These individuals are crucial to maintaining and advancing the nation’s technological infrastructure and national security as well as contributing to the economic well-being of society at large.

Great Minds in STEM – HENAAC Scholars Program
The HENAAC Scholars Program addresses the immense need that the United States has to produce more domestic engineers and scientists. The goal of the program is to ensure STEM college retention with a 3.0 grade point average or higher; to guarantee college graduation with an undergraduate technical degree in four-five years; and, to contribute to Hispanic communities by producing STEM role models for future generations and securing the country’s place as the finest technological leader in the world.

Monsanto Graduate Student Scholarship
The Monsanto Graduate Student Scholarship is part of our company’s broader focus on innovation and investment in agriculture. To meet the challenges the world faces in feeding nine billion people by 2050, investing in future leaders pursuing STEM careers in food and agriculture is key. The next generation of innovators will be the ones to ascend and meet the challenges of global food security.

Novus Biologicals Scholarship Program
Research is a critical component for the development and advancement in the life science community. We want to further scientific achievement by helping students who are interested in developing a career in science.

The Novus Biologicals Scholarship Program is awarded to students pursuing a degree in a science related field twice a year. A $1500 (or international currency equivalent) scholarship will be awarded to one student for the fall and spring semesters.