Funding Individual Courses

Various professional associations and organizations offer scholarships that are subject-specific. To apply for these scholarships, an individual has to be enrolled in a course in the specified field or demonstrate the intention to enroll in a program. It is a good idea to explore funding opportunities from professional associations in your field of study. Some areas of study are outlined below as well as potential sources of financial aid for students in these programs.

Accountancy

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and partner organizations offer several scholarships for students enrolled in accountancy programs. Students may be enrolled in community colleges or 4-year universities in associate, bachelor, master or doctoral programs. Through the AICPA scholarship search, individuals may review numerous scholarship opportunities, to find awards that meet their needs.

Dental

Students pursuing a dental education may want to check on financial aid offering from the American Dental Education Association (ADEA). The ADEA offers various awards, fellowships and scholarships to dental students. Dental students may also explore scholarship offerings from the American Dental Association (ADA) through its foundation. The ADA Foundation offers various awards to dental students at various levels of education.

Medical

For financing medical education and student debt, students can explore what the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation has to offer. The AMA also provides resources, to help medical students locate and secure financial aid. Medical students may also check with the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH), for financial aid. Both institutions fall under the US Department of Health and Human Services, and provide significant support to nursing students.

Nursing

A lot of financial support is extended to the nursing educational sector, partly in recognition of the vital role that registered nurses (RNs) play in healthcare delivery. Financing nursing education is also aimed at increasing the supply of RNs, which helps to alleviate the nursing shortage being experienced across the nation. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) offers scholarships for undergraduate, graduate and doctoral nursing students. The AACN also provides financial aid resources for nursing students.

Project Management

Project management students enrolled in undergraduate, graduate or doctoral programs, and those who plan to enroll, may check what the Project Management Institute Educational Foundation (PMIEF) has to offer. The PMIEF offers scholarships and grants to students, to support the development of the profession.

Psychology

Various scholarships, grants and awards are offered by the American Psychological Association (APA) and affiliate organizations, to psychology students at all levels of education. In offering financial aid to students, the APA aims to advance the science and practice of psychology, which facilitates understanding of behavior and promotes health and human welfare. Many of the awards are classified under topics, which makes it easier for applicants to identify what matches their interests.

Sources:

ADEA Scholarships, Awards and Fellowships. (2011) American Dental Education Association.

AICPA Scholarships. (2011) AmericanInstitute ofCertified Public Accountants.

AMA Financial Aid. (2011) American Medical Association.

How to Apply. (2011) ADA Foundation.

Scholarships and Financial Aid Resources for Nursing Students. (2010) American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Scholarships, Grants and Awards. (2011) American Psychological Association.

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