Scholarship Secrets: Zeiger Firm Scholarship

Zeiger Firm Scholarship

“The rising cost of obtaining a college education has made it increasingly difficult for many students and families to realize their dreams of earning a college degree. As an attorney, Brian Zeiger understands the value of education as well as the financial strain that being a student can often entail. In an effort to help students meet their financial needs, his firm is pleased to offer a $1,000 scholarship to each winner of the biannual Brian Zeiger college scholarship essay contest.

The right to a trial by jury is a fundamental tenet of our legal system which is enshrined in the United States Constitution. Under current law, however, only people accused of serious crimes that are punishable by more than six months prison have an absolute right to a jury trial. Do you agree with the current state of the law? Why or why not.”

$1,000 – 1 Award

Deadline: February 2, 2016

Student Eligibility:

In order to participate, prospective applicants must be currently enrolled in an accredited United States college or university or planning to attend one in the fall 2016 semester. Applicants should submit a 500-word essay answering the question on the website (also posted above).

Applications can be found by going to:


Scholarship Secrets: Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarships

Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarships

The Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarships recognize students who are driving awareness and mobilizing youth to be catalysts for innovative models and solutions to eliminate hunger in America.

$5,000 – 20 Award

Deadline: December 5, 2015

Student Eligibility:

Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarships are open to all college and high school students enrolled in an accredited educational institution in the United States. Applicants must meet the age requirement by October 5, 2015.

Applications can be found by going to:

Scholarship Secrets: Create Real Impact Scholarship

Create Real Impact Scholarship

“As a teen, how do you talk to your friends, parents, and even your siblings about the very real dangers of reckless and distracted driving?

That is the very question Impact Teen Drivers began asking in 2007 while educating young drivers in schools about poor decision making behind the wheel. Teens across the United States all said the same thing, “let US do the messaging.” Impact Teen Drivers created the Create Real Impact Contest to ask young people, ages 14-22, to show how they would talk about this very real problem.

Young people enter to win cash and prizes by showcasing art, music, video and creative writing to address reckless and distracted driving and solve the problem. It’s that simple. This unique opportunity allows for a safe and expressive platform to speak out and create real impact. In 2011, over 100,000 votes were cast on over 2,000 submitted entries – all with a network of friends, loved ones, and young drivers and passengers raising their awareness to stop distracted and reckless driving behaviors.

Now it’s time for a new contest and even more entries and votes. If you’re eligible to enter, what would you say and how would you say it? Three easy steps to enter: Make it, Upload it, Submit it.”

$1,500 – 10 Award (Deadline: November 5, 2015)

Student Eligibility:

Create Real Impact Contest Awards are open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia between the ages of 14 and 22 years. Entrants must be enrolled as full-time students in an accredited educational institution (secondary [middle/high] school, trade school, college, or university). All applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited.

Applications can be found by going to:

How can I afford graduate school?

There’s been a lot of discussion lately about the cost of graduate school. Rightly so… there’s no way to sugar coat the fact that grad school is expensive, especially at a private institution. While the Office of Graduate Admissions can’t reduce the tuition, we can certainly point you in the direction of resources that make it more affordable on the front and back ends.

For those of you in the early phase of your graduate school search, I encourage you to peruse our list of external scholarships for graduate applicants/students.
While this is by no means an exhaustive list, it is a comprehensive guide to external scholarships, grants and fellowships specifically for those interested in schools/careers in international affairs.

These external scholarships are of course in addition to Josef Korbel School scholarships which range from $10,000 to full tuition.

The thought of taking out $50,000 or more in loans to cover graduate school tuition is daunting to put it lightly. The thought of sleeping in your parent’s basement, inability to cover bills, exchanging your car for a bike and not indulging at your favorite restaurant every few weeks gives rise to sleepless, anxiety filled evenings when considering life after the six-month loan grace period.

There are two, fairly new federal programs that are particularly helpful to prospective and current graduate students interested in careers in international studies/affairs/relations: Income Based Repayment (IBR) and the Public Loan Forgiveness program.

Income Based Repayment
Income-Based Repayment (IBR) is a repayment plan for the major types of federal student loans that caps your required monthly payment at an amount intended to be affordable based on your income and family size.

To qualify for Income-Based Repayment, the following:

  • You must demonstrate partial financial hardship to qualify.
  • Payments are 15% of your discretionary income. (Discretionary income equals your Adjusted Gross Income minus 150% of the Federal Poverty Rate).
  • Payments are adjusted annually based on your Adjusted Gross Income and family size.
  • Payments can be as low  as zero.
  • If, after 25 years of payments, there is still a principal or interest balance on your loan, this remaining amount can be forgiven. For individuals who qualify for Public Service Loan. Forgiveness (see below), the forgiveness can occur after 10 years of payments.
  • Use this IBR Loan Calculator to determine if you qualify for the IBR plan.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness program
Under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, you can qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balance due on your federal student loans after you have made 120 payments while employed full-time by certain public service employers. The 120 required payments need to be made under the Direct Loan (DL) Program (meaning you may need to consolidate your loans into the DL Program upon graduation if your current loans are borrowed through the bank-based FFEL program).

To qualify, you must make payments under one of the following repayment programs:

  • Income Based Repayment.
  • Income Contingent Repayment.
  • Standard Repayment.

I hope this information is helpful as you consider your graduate school options. Be in touch if you have any questions,

Nicole Vilegi-Sandage
Associate Director of Graduate Admissions
Josef Korbel School of International Studies