Numerous schools and organizations offer scholarships for grad school students, and high GRE scores can help scholarship applicants qualify for one. GRE scores are needed, along with other indicators of academic ability, such as the undergraduate GPA, faculty recommendations, and relevant coursework, to determine whether or not an applicant will receive a scholarship.
Yes, students can get scholarships for getting high GRE scores. The organizations and schools offering scholarships for grad school are heavily depending on the student’s GRE scores as their criterion. However, they are also looking for other indicators of academic ability such as relevant coursework or GPA.
No, ETS does not offer scholarship opportunities or financial aid to applicants.
The different kinds of GRE grad school scholarships are listed below:
- School-based scholarships. Many schools and programs offer direct scholarship opportunities to student applicants, and there may be different application criteria from one school to another.
- Organization-based scholarships. Aside from schools, many organizations offer grad school scholarships that accept GRE scores. Most scholarships of this type allow recipients to apply their funds to any college of their choice.
Requirements for both school-based and organization-based scholarship applicants may include affiliation with a religious group, residency status, gender, race, etc.
Listed below are organization-based scholarship programs that accept GRE scores:
- Beinecke Scholarship Program
- Florida Education Fund (McKnight Doctoral Fellowships)
- Forté Fellows Program
- HHMI Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study
- HHMI Medical Research Fellows Program
- IIE Scholarships
- La Caixa Graduate Fellowship Program
- Nurses Educational Funds (NEF) Scholarships
- Teresan Scholarship Fund
- Walter S. Barr Fellowship
Applicants who need specific information about the GRE scores required to apply to these scholarships may visit their websites and look at the various program requirements.
The steps for finding GRE scholarships are as follows:
- Find scholarship information online. Applicants may check the website of their chosen school first to see if they have any scholarships and fellowships available for students. Most scholarship information is available on departmental, program, and financial aid pages. If their chosen school does not offer any scholarships, they may consider searching for organization-based scholarships.
- Directly contact the admissions office of the school. After searching the internet for information but coming up with nothing useful, applicants may contact their school's admissions office directly. Contact information about the school is usually available on the website.
- Start the application process. Applicants may choose the scholarships they are eligible for and start the application process after receiving all the information they need. The requirements might differ from one school to another, but schools generally require letters of recommendation, personal statements, GRE scores, resume/CV, transcripts, and general application.
Scholarship applicants must check the eligibility requirements of the scholarship program before applying. Additionally, applicants must make sure that their applications get submitted well on time.
The list of factors considered for students to be granted a GRE scholarship are listed below:
- Performance or academic ability of all scholarship applicants in various admissions test (GRE, TOEFL, IELTS)
- Strength or quality of letters of purpose
- Quality of recommendation letters
- The available number of scholarships that are offered in a university
- GRE scoring trends of the academic year
- Work experience of applicants
The GRE is an important criterion when applicants are trying to apply for scholarships. However, applicants must consider all other deciding factors to obtain a scholarship grant.
The steps to assessing the ideal GRE score for a scholarship program are the following:
- Visit the scholarship's website. The scholarship website might list the sort of GRE scores they're expecting of candidates. However, this is somewhat rare since most scholarship websites will only ask for GRE scores without indicating the exact GRE scores they want.
- Ask one of the previous scholarship recipients. Scholarships may not disclose any details about their GRE score expectations, so applicants may try searching for previous scholarship recipients' GRE scores when they applied for the same scholarship.
- Look for average GRE scores. Students applying for school-based scholarships might have better luck looking for the average GRE scores of previous scholarship recipients. The average GRE score for a program can be found on the program's website, specifically its FAQ and admission requirements. If they find these scores, they should aim to score at least three points higher than those averages.
- Get estimates of required scores. For applicants unable to find previous scholarship recipients or admitted applicants' GRE scores, they can estimate the GRE scores required to stand out by using percentiles as a last resort. They should aim for, at least, the 80th-85th percentile in the section pertinent to their field of study and the 70th-75th percentile in less relevant sections.
Applicants can assess the ideal GRE score for their scholarship program by visiting the scholarship's website, asking previous scholarship recipients, looking for average GRE scores (for school-based scholarships), and estimating the GRE scores required to stand out by using percentiles as a last resort.
GRE scores that are good for scholarship programs are above 80th-85th percentiles on the portion of the GRE that relates to their field of study and at least the 70th-75th percentile on the least relevant section.
Applicants with the following scores will be in the top 10% of GRE test takers:
- GRE Verbal Score: 163 - 170
- GRE Quantitative Score: 165-170
- GRE Writing Analysis Score: 5.0-6.0
The best scores for a scholarship grant are GRE scores in the 90th percentile in all the sections of the test.
The goal of most graduate students in the programs is to assist professors with prestigious research projects and earn money in the form of grants. By scoring well on the GRE, one can gain an advantage in the application process and have a better chance of obtaining one of those prestigious grants.
In many schools, specifically large research universities, graduate students can often qualify for scholarships and stipends depending on their GRE score. When selecting students to receive these stipends, administrators look for high GRE scores along with solid undergraduate grades.
Candidates should consider their "niche" when looking for scholarship opportunities. Some factors that could help candidates obtain a private scholarship include race, gender, nationality, field of study, residency, or church. For instance, a woman studying business at a particular school can be a recipient of a scholarship.
Different U.S. government departments offer scholarship grants to grad school students. These scholarships depend on the applicant's field of study or a specific department. For instance, students studying engineering may try to apply to the U.S. Department of Energy.