$2,500 for Graduate School: GradCAS Breakthrough Scholarship

  • Master, Phd
  • $2,500

The scholarship is awarded annually to a student who demonstrates a “breakthrough” in their studies. Share the breakthrough moment that led you to pursue a graduate degree. Did you overcome a hardship, or have an “aha” moment? Tell us about it! The GradCAS Breakthrough Scholarship is awarded to a graduate student who applies and matriculates to a graduate program participating in the GradCAS application.


  • Available to U.S. and non-U.S. residents
  • 3.25 or better grade point average on a 4.0 scale
  • Apply to a graduate program using the GradCAS application
  • Matriculate to a program participating in GradCAS
  • At the time of matriculation, applicants must have completed undergraduate studies at an accredited four or five year institution of higher education
  • Acceptable degrees include M.S. and PhD across all disciplines

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  • One scholarship will be awarded each year in the amount of $2,500, provided directly to the graduate school in the name of applicant
  • Scholarship funds are paid directly to the school and applied to your student tuition account, and can be used for tuition or any other incidental school expenses


  • Complete and submit the Breakthrough Scholarship application via GradCAS
  • Request 2 letters of recommendation to be sent through GradCAS
  • Upload scholarship essay in the Documents section
  • Upload CV/Resume
  • Upload unofficial transcripts in the Academic History section
  • Self-reported GRE or GMAT scores (optional) in the Standardized Tests tile in the Academic History section
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