Scholarships & Grants

Sad but true fact: no one is going to hand you money!

If you need money for college, you are going to have to look for it. There's no way around it. But the good news is: there is money out there if you look for it! So spend some time during your breaks on this page and follow the links and find yourself some money. 

The reason you have to do this--spend time every week--is that scholarships deadlines occur every day, all year long. Private scholarships are also incredibly diverse, just as college students are. There are scholarships devoted to people with a particular last name. There scholarships for students whose grandparents emigrated from Italy. There are scholarships for women who are over 6' tall. It's just not possible for colleges to match students with scholarships like these--students have to search for them because we just can't know who had grandparents who emigrated from Italy.

There is money out there, and it is possible to get it, but you have to work for it. You need to treat scholarship searching like a job: if you spend 5 hours a week on your scholarship searches (less maybe a 2-week vacation), you're spending 250 hours a year looking for scholarships. If you net just ONE $2,500 scholarship, you have earned $10 per hour TAX FREE. That amount is multiplied if you don't have to take out a loan and pay interest on that $2,500. If you consistently spend 5 hours every week looking and applying for scholarships, it's highly likely that you will net more than the $2,500 in that example. Most students don't take the time to do this. It will take some work, but you will thank yourself in 5 years when you have money spending money because you could take out fewer students loans.

Pick 2-3 search engines, and maybe create an email address just for the scholarship searches (here's help for that strategy). These services require that you spend time filling out a detailed questionnaire that gives them some of these details, and then sends you matches based on your answers. It is worth your time to fill these out, because they help match you to scholarships that YOU qualify for that other people won't. NEVER pay for scholarship searches or applications. Also descide what scholarships are worth your time. For instance, a $500 scholarship open to ANY student anywhere for any major that requires a long essay probably isn't worth the time. A $2,000 scholarship for women (as long as you identify as female) studying your particular major is.

More help in being financially savvy for college and searching for scholarships is in Tyler's video playlist on scholarships.

The first secret to finding money? Read the WHAT every week!

If you are looking for scholarship money, the most important thing you can do is to read the weekly Week Here At Tyler (WHAT) email newsletter for other scholarship opportunities and deadlines. Most Temple and ALL Tyler-specific scholarship opportunities with deadlines are included in the newsletter. If you are not reading this weekly, you are missing out!

The second secret to finding money? Visit the Temple Office of Scholar Development and Fellowships Advising

This should be your go-to place to help you identify and apply for both internal and external scholarships! This office offers regular 45-minute workshops called Scholarships and Fellowships 101: Strategies for Finding and Winning Funding. Look for them in the WHAT. Go to one. It is more than worth your time.

Located within the Temple Writing Center, the Office of Scholar Development and Fellowships Advising assists students with all aspects of applying for scholarships and fellowships. At their website, you will find links to information on research, teaching, study abroad, and internship experiences available to you as a Temple student that will make you more competitive when applying for awards, and later, when seeking employment. Application processes and obligations associated with fellowships and scholarships also vary. For some awards, students must apply through an institutional representative. Some require a particular kind of post-award service. They will help you identify awards that are a good fit for you, and prepare a strong application package.

Tyler Dean's Grants

Dean’s Grant for Student Research

The mission of the Dean’s Grants for Student Research is to create opportunities for outstanding achievement by providing funds to realize ambitious goals and support opportunities for Tyler students’ work to be seen in the larger contexts of their profession. Grant awards range from $200-$1000, are open to undergraduate and graduate students, and are due by November 27th, 2018. Complete application information can be found here.

Dean’s Student Travel Grant

The goal of the Dean’s Graduate Travel Support Program is to support graduate student travel to present their work at professional conferences. Presentations must be chosen through a selection process; non-juried forums are not eligible for this award. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, complete application information can be found here.

Additionally, the Graduate School also has travel support for PhD students who are the primary presenter of a paper or poster at a national or international meeting of a professional organization. Please contact Samia White in the Tyler Dean's Office for more information and to obtain the form. 

Study Abroad Scholarships

Temple University is committed to helping as many students as possible study abroad, and to help facilitate that, has set aside scholarship money specifically to help students do that.  Tyler students have been very well represented amongst students who have received these funds, so do not think that you cannot study abroad because you can't afford it.  The Education Abroad office has a list of scholarships, both internal and external, just for students studying abroad, so make sure you check their list and apply for as many of the awards as you qualify for. And remember that your Temple financial aid award will follow you abroad as long as you coordinate your study-abroad experience with the Education Abroad office

Most scholarship deadlines are also listed in the WHAT.

Scholarships for Current Tyler Students

Tyler has several scholarships funded by various donations to the school for currently matriculated students. One form and application is all that is necessary to apply for all of these scholarships at once.

Applicants must be an undergraduate student enrolled in the Tyler School of Art. Students with documented financial need, leadership activities (current engagement in student organizations, professional organizations, community service, etc.) and a GPA of at least 3.0 will be given priority, but any student may apply.

The application is entirely online here. This application is for scholarships for the Spring 19 semester.

Deadline is December 31, 2018. Students should be notified by February 1.

See more Division scholarships here.

Temple University Resources

Merit Scholarship Summer Educational Research Stipends

Students admitted into Honors, including President's Scholars and Provost's Scholars, will have received notification of these stipends from the University as part of their admission package. These stipends have been created to help advance students' educational goals outside the classroom and studio through funded experiential learning opportunities.  Stipends are $4000, intended to offset the costs of pursuing approved study abroad/study away programs, faculty-mentored research, or unpaid internships.

Tyler Honors students who have been recipients of these awards should contact Assistant Dean Cheryl Carreno at (215) 777-9180 ( with any questions regarding the program.  The Tyler Internships page and the WHAT (Week Here At Tyler) are good resources for locating internships.  Cheryl is the Dean's Designee and approver for the stipend applications.

Searching on your own:  Start Here

This listing will provide search engines and scholarship or grant opportunities to research. There are many good search engines you can use to help you do that.

The US Department of Education has a wealth of information about paying for college.  This is about the most unbiased information you will get anywhere, and it explains the difference between scholarships, grants, and loans.  This is the first place you should go to make sure you are an informed customer.  Visit them at

Created in 1963 by the Pennsylvania General Assembly, the Pennsylvania Higher Ed Assistance Agency (PHEAA) has evolved into one of the nation’s leading student aid organizations. Today, PHEAA is a national provider of student financial aid services, serving millions of students and thousands of schools through its loan guaranty, loan servicing, financial aid processing, outreach, and other student aid programs. PHEAA’s earnings are used to support its public service mission and to pay its operating costs, including administration of the Pennsylvania State Grant and other state-funded student aid programs. PHEAA continues to devote its energy, resources, and imagination to developing innovative ways to ease the financial burden of higher education for students, families, schools, and taxpayers. PHEAA conducts its student loan servicing activities nationally as American Education Services (AES) and FedLoan Servicing.

Scholarship Search Engines

Most of these search engines are run by for-profit entities and there are different ways they make their money.  In most cases, it’s by very annoying advertising that you must physically dismiss in order to get the information you seek.  Watch out for companies that use the information you give them to search for scholarships to try to sell you other stuff; oftentimes there will be an ad that you have to click through to get to the next step, and the default will actually send you to the ad instead of the next stop.  Fill out the forms carefully, paying attention to the ads. Create a special email alias and holding folder to contain your emails. Just remember to check that email address occasionally in case someone sends you actual scholarship information!

You will also want to read the scholarships carefully to make sure they really are legitimate scholarships and not just excuses to collect your information to sell you something later.  If you’ve never heard of the sponsor, check them out in a search engine to make sure it’s legitimate.  In NO case should you have to pay an application fee–if you’re asked to pay even a small fee, there’s a good chance it’s just a scam. There are many scholarship programs that are designed specifically to collect email addresses and build a contact list for a new business. Typically, these are the ones that offer $500 or $1000 to anyone in college studying any major and require that you write a generic short essay. Usually, they're not worth your time, unless you use an email specifically for scholarships, and have a good generic essay you can enter without spending the time to write one.

With those caveats, these can still be easy and valuable ways to start your search for money to help pay for college.

Other Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Resources


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Don't Give Up!

We are finding scholarship opportunities weekly and in the oddest places.  For instance, if you are a gamer, look at this website. That time you spend gaming could translate into thousands of dollars of scholarship money!  

And read the WHAT every Monday!!