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Graduate Funding Opportunities

The College of Graduate Studies is dedicated to helping make pursuing a graduate degree accessible and affordable through various assistantships, grants and scholarships. By collaborating with Bridgewater's Financial Aid Office, students are able to identify various loan opportunities that can help to offset the costs associated with graduate education and receive individual counseling and support to move closer towards their personal and professional goals. 

Prospective graduate students are encouraged to begin the financial aid application process as soon as they begin to think about attending graduate school. Applying for financial aid early ensures that applicants in programs that are eligible have resources available to them at the start of their program.  For more detailed information regarding financial aid and how BSU can help, please contact our Office of Financial Aid at 508.531.1341 or finaid@bridgew.edu.

Financial Aid Resources:

Free Application for Federal Student AID (FAFSA)  www.fafsa.ed.gov
Federal School Code for Bridgewater State University is 002183
Information about the TEACH Grant

American Association of University WomenOne of the world’s largest sources of funding for graduate women, AAUW provides Career Development Grants for women pursuing a certificate or degree to advance their careers, change careers, or re-enter the workforce and whose bachelor’s degree was received at least five years before the award period; Fellowships for women who are international students; and Selected Professions Fellowships, which supports women in business.

FastwebIncludes a large financial aid database that matches graduate student’s strengths and interests to possible funding options

Federal Student Aid for Graduate or Professional Students: Includes options for and guidance on financing graduate education

Sallie Mae (Graduate Loans):  This Website provides information about applying for a loan to pay for a master’s degree for eligible domestic and international graduate students.

Note:  this is not an endorsement of any of these options.  Students should be aware and cautious of any scholarship foundation or company that requires an application fee, investment, processing fee, etc.  Please review the Federal Trade Commission’s recommendations on how to avoid scholarship and financial aid scams:  https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0082-scholarship-and-financial-aid-scams

The following programs are eligible for Financial Aid:

Accelerated Postbaccalaureate Program (Secondary Education) Education Professional Associations & Organizations*
Teacher of Dance (all levels)
Teacher of Earth Science (5-8)
Teacher of Earth Science (8-12)
Teacher of English (5-8)
Teacher of English (8-12)
Teacher of Health, Family and Consumer Sciences (all levels)
Teacher of History (5-8)
Teacher of History (8-12)
Teacher of Mathematics (5-8)
Teacher of Mathematics (8-12)
Teacher of Music (all levels)
Teacher of Physical Education (PreK-8)
Teacher of Physical Education (5-12)
Teacher of Physics (5-8)
Teacher of Physics (8-12)
Teacher of Spanish (5-8)
Teacher of Spanish (8-12)
Teacher of Theater (all levels)
Teacher of Visual Art (PreK-8)
Teacher of Visual Art (5-12)

Postbaccalaureate Initial Licensure Education Professional Associations & Organizations*
Early Childhood Education Teacher of Students With and Without Disabilities PreK-2
Elementary Education
Health, Health/Family and Consumer Sciences PreK-12
Instructional Technology, All Levels
Physical Education PreK-8, 5-12
Early Childhood Education
Elementary Education
Educational Leadership
Health Promotion 
Instructional Technology
PreK-12 Education (for Educators in Non-U.S. Settings)
Reading 
Special Education - Moderate Disabilities
Special Education - Severe Disabilities
Special Education - Non-Licensure
 
Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Education Professional Associations & Organizations*
Biology
Creative Arts
English
History
Mathematics
Music
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
 
Master of Arts (MA)
English 
Psychology American Psychological Association (APA) is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States.*
 
Master of Business Administration (MBA)  American Management Association (AMA) is a world leader in professional development, advancing the skills of individuals to drive business success*
 
 
Master of Public Administration (MPA)
 
Master of Science (MS)
Athletic Training  National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is a membership organization for elite strength coaches, personal trainers and dedicated researchers and educators.*
Computer Science 
Physical Education
 
Master of Social Work (MSW)  National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world.*
 
CAGS in Reading
 

Provides a list of industries and their professional associations and organizations.  These organizations often provide funding to graduate students.  Here are a few that are related to BSU graduate programs, but review them for additional possibilities:

 
 

Graduate assistantships and fellowships are available on a competitive basis to full and part-time matriculated graduate students who are enrolled in a graduate degree program (M.Ed. or CAGS programs consisting of 30 credits or more) at Bridgewater State University.  These opportunities enable students to attend graduate school at significantly reduced tuition and fee rates while receiving a bi-weekly stipend for working in an academic or administrative department at the university.

Appointments are competitive and are determined by the following: undergraduate and/or graduate grade point averages, pertinent experience and skills, educational preparation, and interviews.  They are intended to encourage and assist students in pursuing graduate study and completing degree requirements expeditiously.
 

Graduate Assistantships
Full Graduate Assistantships:
Students work in an academic or administrative department 20 hours per week and earn an income during the fall and spring semesters. Students will receive tuition and fee remission for up to 24 credits per academic year, plus a complimentary parking pass.  Award valued over $17,500 available to well-qualified matriculated students taking at least 9 credits. 

½ Graduate Assistantships:
Students work in an academic or administrative department 10 hours per week and earn an income during the fall and spring semesters. Students will receive tuition and fee remission for up to 15 credits per academic year, plus a complimentary parking pass. Award valued over $10,000 available to well-qualified matriculated students taking at least 6 credits.  

For more information about Graduate Assistantships, please email Janice Bowen in Graduate Student Services.

Research Assistantships
Graduate Research Assistantships allow part and full-time matriculated students the opportunity to collaborate with a professor on meaningful research up to ten hours a week and earn an income during the fall and spring semesters. With tuition and fee remission for up to 15 credits per academic year, the value of this award is over $10,000. For more information about Graduate Research Assistantships, please email Janice Bowen in Graduate Student Services. 

For current openings, please visit https://jobs.bridgew.edu and click on the Student tab.

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The GWF program at BSU is coordinated by Dr. Elaine Bukowieck. For more information about this program, please feel free to contact her: Ebukowiecki@bridgew.edu

Writing Fellowships
Graduate Writing Fellowships link part and full-time matriculated graduate students with peers from their graduate program to provide support in discipline-specific writing. Earning a weekly income combined with tuition and fee remission for up to 15 credits, Graduate Writing Fellows receive an award valued at over $20,000. 

A graduate writing fellow (GWF) is a graduate student trained to work with peers in their own (or cognate) disciplines. GWFs mostly conference with students one-on-one, and largely help with the “big picture” parts of students’ writing, as opposed to line-by-line edits: getting started on writing assignments; understanding assignments; finding resources; using other peoples’ writing in their own work; organizing papers so that they are easy to read; adhering to citation styles, and the like. Support is offered through a variety of methods, including face-to-face meetings and online communication. Having a GWF in a graduate program highlights the importance of reader feedback, drafting, and revision, which are key processes to successful disciplinary and professional writing.
 
How Do Graduate Writing Fellows Work With Graduate Programs?
At Bridgewater State University (BSU), GWFs work for 10 hours a week in a variety of different models, which are selected by each graduate program:
  • Referral-based: In this model, the GWF services are primarily available to students who are referred to the program by faculty who feel that the student could benefit from writing support.  Students can also self-refer to the GWF program.
  • Classroom-based: In this model, all students in a particular course, such as a gateway course to the graduate program or a research course, are required to attend meetings with the GWF.
     
  • Programmatic: In this model, students from more than one course across a program participate in the writing fellows program, meeting with a GWF at different points in their program and academic career (i.e. in their first and second year).
     
What Graduate Programs at BSU Are Involved in the Graduate Writing Fellows Program?
Below is a list of participating graduate programs with their respective faculty mentors:
 

Program

Faculty Mentor

Contact Email

Movement Arts, Health Promotion, and Leisure Studies

Dr. Karen Richardson

Karen.Richardson@bridgew.edu

Reading

Dr. Elaine Bukowiecki

Ebukowiecki@bridgew.edu

Criminal Justice

Dr. Jennifer Hartsfield

Jennifer.Hartsfield@bridgew.edu

Social Work

Dr. Castagna Lacet

jclacet@bridgew.edu

Psychology

Dr. Michelle Mamberg

Michelle.Mamberg@bridgew.edu

Public Administration

Dr. Kevin Donnelly

KDonnelly@bridgew.edu

TESOL MAT

Dr. Yulia Stakhnevich

jstakhnevich@bridgew.edu

Counselor Education

Dr. Elaine Bukowiecki

Ebukowiecki@bridgew.edu

Scholarships
The College of Graduate Studies offers a variety of scholarships to matriculated students across all disciplines. To learn more about scholarship opportunities available to graduate students, please contact Maureen Chaves in Graduate Student Services. 

Additional scholarship resources:

Sallie Mae (Scholarship Search Engine)This Website requires you to create a profile in order to use their Graduate School Scholarship Search engine and get free access to 850,000 graduate scholarships, worth up to $1 billion.  Your profile will include your field of study, skills, and interests.   You can then set up alerts to notify you when new graduate scholarships matching your profile become available.
Note:  this is not an endorsement of any of these options.  Students should be aware and cautious of any scholarship foundation or company that requires an application fee, investment, processing fee, etc.  Please review the Federal Trade Commission’s recommendations on how to avoid scholarship and financial aid scams:  https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0082-scholarship-and-financial-aid-scams

 

 

Conference Funding Award
The College of Graduate Studies provides matriculated students the opportunity to offset the costs associated with presenting their research at professional academic conferences. These presentations provide graduate students the opportunity to showcase their research as well as  to interact with scholars and fellow graduate students in their specialized field. These presentations can also help to compliment a graduate student’s application to doctoral programs. For more information about the Conference Funding Award, please email Lauren Lamothe in the Office of the Dean. 

 

 

Other resources for K-12 teachers found at

https://scholarshipamerica.org/what-we-do/students-parents/open-scholarships/:

James Madison Memorial Fellowship Program -- Deadline: March 1, 2019

The James Madison Memorial Fellowship is a federal program that offers secondary level teachers (both pre-service and in-service) of history and government up to $24,000 to complete a master’s degree in history, political science, or related fields.

To be eligible, you must be, or plan to become, a teacher of American history, American government, or any other social studies class, teaching topics on the Constitution at the secondary school level (grades 7–12). In addition, you must be a U.S. citizen and either possess a bachelor’s degree, or plan to receive a bachelor’s degree no later than August 31 of the year in which you are applying.

In addition to receiving financial assistance for a master’s degree program, Fellows will have the unique opportunity to attend an intensive summer institute to strengthen their knowledge of the origins and development of American constitutional government.

Visit jamesmadison.gov to learn more.

Voya Unsung Heroes -- Deadline: April 30, 2019

The Voya Unsung Heroes Awards Program annually provides grants to K-12 educators who are utilizing new teaching methods and techniques for classroom/school projects to improve learning. Educators are welcome to submit grant applications describing projects they have initiated or would like to pursue. Each project is judged on its innovative method, creativity, and ability to positively influence students. Each year, one hundred educators are selected to receive $2,000 each to help fund their innovative class projects. Three recipients are then selected to receive additional top awards of $5,000, $10,000, and $25,000.

Applicants must be employed by an accredited K-12 public or private school located in the United States and must be full-time educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, or classified staff with projects that improve student learning. Find out more and apply at www.scholarsapply.org/unsungheroes

TEACH Grant

The TEACH Grant Program provides grants of up to $4,000 a year to students who are completing or plan to complete course work needed to begin a career in teaching. 

Student Loans

Various student loans are available to help defer the costs of attending graduate school. For more information about student loans and eligibility, please click the button below

Financing Options

In addition to the financial aid programs at Bridgewater, you have a variety of financing options including the BSU Payment Plan, federal loans and private loans.